Student wants to keep kids off streets

2019-10-01 06:00
Reuben Isaacs encourages parents to send their children to his Sunday school twice a month to keep children off the streets.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Reuben Isaacs encourages parents to send their children to his Sunday school twice a month to keep children off the streets.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Reuben Isaacs, a 20-year-old student of False Bay College in Fish Hoek, is not content simply completing his qualification in business – he also wants to help keep the children of his community in Lavender Hill off the streets and out of harm’s way.

Four months ago, Isaacs opened a Sunday school at his home in De Villiers Court, the flats next to his former high school, Lavender Hill High School, where he was head boy years before.

The Sunday school operates every second Sunday of the month, with the hope of instilling good values in the children who are far too easily influenced by the social ills and criminal elements in the community.

The need for this type of service is evident by the growing number of children he cares for each time.

“We get about 30, 35, 39 children; and that is only the court’s children,” he says. The children range from the age of four to 13.

“We talk to them, teach them what is wrong and what is right, talk to them about the future and then we give them something to eat, tell them a scripture and sing.”

Feeding the tummies of almost 40 children is no easy task, but Isaacs does not do it alone. “The church will take up a special offering every second Sunday (for the Sunday school), then we will make bread and buy chips and give them some juice,” he says, adding that they were able to give the children something extra special at the last gathering.

“Last week we gave them ‘love boxes’. It’s stationery, books and toys. Our church got them from people overseas.”

Pastor Charles Daniels from Maranatha Morning Star Church assists Isaacs with the children and the donations for food, as well as Aneecka Scholls and Isaacs’ mother, Mildred Moleon.

Aside from lending his hand for the betterment of the community, Isaacs also has his sights firmly set on his future. He says: “I’m doing three years at False Bay College (studying towards a business qualification) and then I’m going to do another two years at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to become a lecturer in Business.”

He adds that splitting his time can be difficult, but he’s passionate about all he does. “I make time for both of them (the children and his studies). I study during the night and I’m also the worship team leader of our church. During the week the children also come to me so I can help them with their homework.”

Isaacs is encouraging more children to attend his Sunday school.V Call Reuben Isaacs on 060 555 7926 for enquiries or more information.

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