NEWS IN THE FIELD
Our outreach in Africa continues to expand
Reach4Life Introduced in Zambia
In July 2017, Biblica arranged for a meeting with Thandeka [Thandy] Mavundla and professors at Northrise University in Ndola, Zambia. Twelve professors were given an overview of the Reach4Life program and taken through the Peer Educator training manual [see picture of breakout group above]. They are interested in sharing the program with their students as well as using the program in small groups and ministries that they are personally involved in. Zambia is the fourth country where the program has been introduced that falls under Thandy's leadership, after South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique. [Biblica has other ministry partners around the world who have access to Reach4Life, but Thandy's program, structured for ongoing discipleship, is unique.]
Work Begins in Mozambique
Nine churches have selected fifty young people to be trained in January as Peer Educators. We will begin work in Mozambique for the first time this year . The ground work has been done by the Swaziland team just across the border, and they are ready to launch! Church leaders have welcomed Reach4Life [R4L] in the community and headmasters have welcomed the program in their schools. Most of these young people will serve as volunteers until funding is available for subsidies.
Program Expands to Swaziland
Reach4Life has started in Matsupa, another village in Swaziland. Coordinator Nonkazimulo Malaza reports, "After being trained to reach teach Reach4Life, we then trained more teams. It is being noticed by officials because of the purity movement that started up in our Mankayana village, which has the highest number of HIV infections and child headed homes. The Department of Health and Education asked us to present the Reach4Life program and with their approval, we've launched five Reach4Life Bible study groups in our village clinics."
Cape Town Department of Education Approves Reach4Life
Work began in Cape Town in January 2016. Pastor Masizana, Reach4Life coordinator, is pictured here introducing the Peer Educators and program in one of the Cape Town schools. He says: "We thank God for this team! Within a few months of launching Reach4Life in Cape Town, it has been approved by the Cape Town Department of Education, allowing us to roll the program out to more schools. To God be the glory for His amazing favour!"
Work Begins in North West Province
During the past year, Reach4Life has been introduced into another one of the nine South African provinces — North West Province, which borders Botswana (pictured here in red). Work is being done in three areas in the province — Klerksdorp, Pilanesburg, and Rustenberg Mafikeng. Fourteen volunteers are taking the program into nine schools, two prisons, eight churches, three community groups, and one college. Recently, a local radio station has been giving the team free time to advertise Reach4Life groups in the area.
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