It is a lesson in humility that those who have in abundance should share with the less luck in society this time of the year.
Umzi wase Tiyopiya of Southern Africa Church took this religious instruction literally when they paid a visit to the impoverished community of Esigingqini recently.
Led by reverend Sizwe Ntlanjeni, the congregants visited this community on Sunday bearing alms. At a time when millions in the world are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, thy found it apt to do so. Social responsibility head at the church, Thozama Bongwana-Mayi said, for them this was an annual occurrence to share with the poor donations from church members.
“We choose various communities guided by the need and also the views we get from our congregants. Last year we were in Mandela Park and this year we chose Enkanini because we identified part of the community that was suffering,” she said.
Reverend Ntlanjeni said it was part of the Christian culture to “share and show empathy”.
“We are not here to boast or show off. God has sent us to share his love with you. Our congregants spent time and money collecting these items so that you can also smile and say Jesus still loves us,” Ntlanjeni said to thunderous applause.
He added that the social responsibility committee hoped to do more next year.
“Our motto is also to teach people how to fish.We will be coming here more often to see other ways where we can help you to become sustainable, where you rise and do things on your own,” he said.
The tiny Esigingqini community hall was filled with beneficiaries and onlookers who came to witness the handover.
Thirty eight families were selected by a local committee comprised of local leaders and the councillor. Noma-India Ntshonga said the selection was fair because their committee “knows families who benefit from other charities and social services and those who don’t.”
“We have lists that we keep to make sure that families don’t get overlooked or benefit twice when opportunities like these happen,” she said.
Neliswa Quvana, a community leader thanked the church for choosing this area.
“We have no words to describe our thanks, Rev Ntlanjeni and your church you must spread this love so that it reaches all corners of the world,”she said.