Members of a local church took a break from preaching the Gospel and conducted an outreach project in Kensington’s 6th Avenue informal settlement instead.
The team from the Restored Foundation Pentecostal Church dished out food to poor residents of the settlement on Sunday 16 December.
Residents young and old were served a cooked meal with dessert and drinks at the annual Christmas dinner.
Co-founder of the church, Elize Frans, says this was the event’s fourth year.
She and her husband, Christiaan Frans, started the church five years ago as a Sunday school for children. Since then, many residents have joined in.
The church focuses on preaching the Gospel but also works with children and the youth, guiding them away from drugs and crime, thus laying the foundation for a better future for them.
Frans says they decided to support people in informal settlements because of the difficult circumstances in which people live there. She says many of the people are dependent on social grants and many are single parents.
She says she understands the plight of the people. “I came from a poor family in the Northern Cape and I know the feeling of being hungry. I can guarantee you that a lot of these people don’t have a proper meal on a Sunday, not because of drugs but because of poverty. They have no income other than the grant. But God laid it in our hearts to do this every year,” says Frans.
She says she appreciates the community’s response to the project.
“It is a real pleasure to see people enjoying the food. It’s not just about preaching the Gospel, but feeding people because this is out of our hearts, like a mother would do something for her child.”
Frans hopes to carry on with the work and impact more informal settlements and hopes for more sponsorship.
She announced that early in 2019, she would hand out grocery hampers, thanks to sponsor Pick n Pay.
She thanked all her other sponsors and her family.
Local resident Royston Collins was grateful for the food. “It’s not every day that we get food and we thank God for this Sunday plate. I know children on the streets don’t have this and they need food.”
Rosaline Cupido said she enjoyed the food. “I had a very good time today.”