Project touches lives

2016-07-06 06:00
DURING the handover are from the left the circuit secretary of the United Congregational Church of South Africa (UCCSA), Miettah Modise, with beneficiaries Matumelo Modisenyane and Mimi Morake. Photo: Boipelo Mere

DURING the handover are from the left the circuit secretary of the United Congregational Church of South Africa (UCCSA), Miettah Modise, with beneficiaries Matumelo Modisenyane and Mimi Morake. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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MIMI MORAKE (79) happily approached Express Northern Cape to convey her gratitude after she had been handed a food hamper by members of the United Congregational Church of South Africa (UCCSA).

The beneficiaries converged at the UCCSA church building in Tyala Street to fetch their hampers.

Morake is from one of the more than 30 families who have benefitted from the second annual Harvest Project of the UCCSA.

This project is aimed at touching the lives of disadvantaged people.

The project – the name of which is derived from the command in the Bible that one should bring the best of what one has to God – is an initiative aimed at touching the lives of others through sharing.

“Thanks be to God. I already feel blessed to have made it to the beneficiary list this year.

“I really wish growth and prosperity for the church members who have made me part of this in their initiative.

“Now me and my three grandchildren, of which two are orphans, will be able to put food on our table for this month.

“I thank them from the depth of my heart,” said Morake.

Through the Harvest Project, the UCCSA aims to send a message to the community to take hands and work together in blessing the needy after being blessed by the Lord. The project is also praised for showing such growth that the church has identified the Hoogstander family’s house in Galeshewe and has renovated it in the process.

UCCSA’s circuit secretary, Miettah Modise, emphasised that they further aimed to bring the local municipality and government on board, as they had realised that there was a greater need amongst the community, apart from filling their stomachs.

“We were blessed by the Lord and thus have to do the same and bless others,” she said in high spirits.

According to her, they managed to choose the same beneficiaries and add some more from the church and the community.

“To show that our harvest is bearing more seed, four of the beneficiaries from the first Harvest Project (2015) came back and joined our church.

“That is a good sign that we did not only touch their lives, but their hearts and soul as well. They have joined our congregation to worship with us.”

She added that the decision of the beneficiaries to join the church had also motivated the church members to do even more.

“That is how they jumped to work and reached out to the mother and children who needed their house to be dignified.

“We have also donated school uniforms to the seven-year-old and 11-year-old boys of a single mother.”

Modise further mentioned that they had a delegation that co-ordinated a programme that dealt with outreach programmes within their communities.

In 2015, the church revealed that the project, which is part of its Social Responsibility Programme, saw 50 families in Kimberley, Warrenton and Jan Kempdorp benefitting from the Harvest Project.

The identified beneficiaries are from within the church, as well as from the broader community.

According to Modise, the Bible actually refers to ploughs and sowing crops in one’s garden.

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