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South Africa and the world have come to a standstill recently since the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been and I’m sure, will continue to be a fast changing world during this unprecedented time and generations to come. Even more than ever we need to keep the Faith in Almighty God and know that He has the ultimate plan for us all as His children. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29 v 11
As South Africa was plunged into a 5 week lockdown, we found ourselves inundated with requests for food support from Pastors around the city as many of their communities, livelihood was suddenly stopped. Those who live from hand to mouth by selling food, fresh fruit and veg etc. on a daily basis were suddenly without money and therefore no food. Project Gateway was granted 4 travel permits which enabled 4 of our Senior Executive Board Member Pastors to take food parcels to their communities. The food parcels were distributed to the Greater Edendale Valley, Mfakathini in Vulendhlela, Willowfountien and Imbali areas. Many families in the city centre were also left hungry and we were able to assist a few. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, Matthew 25 v 35
As we transition into Level 4 and loosen the restrictions slightly, we are sure that those who have been mostly affected will be able to continue with their informal trade, their only source of generating an income. The real question needs to be how we can assist them to make long term plans so that they are able to sustain themselves during difficult times? This is the development challenge that most NGO’s are grappling with at this time.
Please pray for us at Project Gateway that God will grant us the wisdom to know how to move forward after COVID-19. So that we can continue with our Mission which is to Care, Educate and Empower.
A special thanks to our donors and those praying for us we are only able to fulfill our mandate because of your giving, kindness and generosity.
Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you. George Whitefield
PASTOR JABU MNCULWANE
About the Author
Pastor Jabu worked as a Senior Pastor for one of the Churches affiliated to Project Gateway since the early 1990’s. He then planted a Church in Harrismith and kept close ties with Project Gateway. He came back to Project Gateway in 2006 as CEO. He has steered Project Gateway through many changes since then and continues to put the role of the Church first and foremost in the area of development.