Church uplifts local communities

2019-04-09 06:01
Wendy Kerr and Chris Heiberg of Tokai Methodist Church with Meshack Nchupetsang of On Bike Works, celebrating the handover of the bikes.

Wendy Kerr and Chris Heiberg of Tokai Methodist Church with Meshack Nchupetsang of On Bike Works, celebrating the handover of the bikes.

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Tokai Methodist Church is not just a place of prayer and sharing Bible scriptures, but rather a congregation with a multitude of talents and big hearts.

For years they have been using the different skills of the members for the betterment of various communities.

Programmes include ministering in Pollsmoor Prison, ministering on the trains and support of the Westlake United Church Trust and the Fikelela Children’s Home.

They have recently run the Big Wheels Drive and are currently running a Lenten Moms and Babies Drive, where they collect items desperately needed by moms who leave the hospital with their new-borns with few or no resources. Some of their members support the Fikelela Children’s Home for abandoned, abused or neglected children in Khayelitsha, with medical support and weekly visits where they interact with the children.

They also support the Emmanuel Educare Centre, a pre-school in Westlake, by nominating them as a beneficiary on their Woolworths MySchool Cards. Recently three of their members rode the Cape Town Cycle Tour and raised money for the centre.

They have Shared Life Groups which support various charities and arrange collections on an ongoing basis.

Wendy Kerr, one of the Church’s Society stewards, says: “The programmes have been running for various lengths of time, some for many years. We are simply trying to live out the second of Christ’s commandments, namely to love one another. The parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke Chapter 10, verses 25 to 37 is a great inspiration. Jesus concluded the parable by instructing us to ‘go, then, and do likewise’”.

“Our love and compassion for our fellow men, women and children, leads us to help as best we can to alleviate suffering and bring joy and hope to our neighbours.”

Explaining how they developed their concepts, she says that Westlake has a very different socio-economic demographic to Tokai and they felt the need to be involved in the community.

A church member who is a medical doctor assisted with the care of the children in the Fikelela Children’s Home. Her involvement at Fikelela led to the weekly visits described above.

Kerr also explains that a family friend from Bokmakierie used to struggle with transport before saving up for months to get money to buy a bike.

“The bike transformed his life and it got me thinking about the many previously loved, but no longer used, bikes lying around in people’s garages or storerooms. This gave me the idea of having a drive at church to collect all types of Wheels for the Westlake community, where they would hopefully bring the same joy into other people’s lives.”

She says the bikes are donated to Meshack Nchupetsang of On Bike Works in Westlake, who repairs the bikes with a full service and a six-month guarantee before selling them at a competitive price to benefit the community.

“Thus both Mr Nchupetsang and the community benefit from the donations,” she says.

V For donations call Chris on 021 715 6284 or email the church at admin@tokaimethodist.co.za

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