February 11, 2014
Lindelani Village Ministry
Greytown, South Africa
ccm Cross #0062
GPS/DMS 26.9556° S 26.6347° E
Additional pictures below the Testimony:
3478 cdd PG 13 Good Health
Cyber Daily Devotion
Volume 15 Number 042
Today’s Author: Pastor Bill
Scripture: James 1:27a
“Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help” NCV
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Informal settlements in South Africa were originally established as temporary housing. People migrated from remote areas to the cities and waited in these informal settlements for government subsidized houses to become available. Over the years, for some, this type of life became permanent and impossible to control.
Life in the informal settlement of Lindelani (the word means wait) on the outskirts of Greytown, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, is described by a previous resident named “Princess”. In her own words:
“The Lindelani informal settlement area was filled with lawlessness. Not even police wanted to venture inside. Killing, kidnapping, raping and pillaging at will were everyday events. And on top of all that, witch doctors raided the area and kidnapped small children using their body parts for potions.”
Using body parts for potions is commonly called a “Muthi Killing” in South Africa. The Muthi Killings at times extended beyond young children to the elderly and infirmed. Potions for casting spells are made from the Muthi Killings generating great income.
This area of Greytown, South Africa, was known nationally as one of the Hot Spots for insurrection. Gun battles took place on the streets and many homes were set on fire.
Enter Shalom Fellowship, a local church, on the Shalom farm, of which Angus and Jill Buchan are a part. The work at Lindelani at first was all spiritual. Prayer teams saturated the area walking throughout Lindelani claiming it for the Kingdom of God. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians in chapter 6 verse 12 describes the scene: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” NKJV
As the peace of Jesus delivered by the prayer teams began to settle down the lawlessness — physical work began. Buildings were planted, fresh water brought in and a refuge for children was established.
In America such a group living together brings up the shantytowns of the great depression era. The best guess for the Lindelani population is 3-5,000 people. The community is built with mud, tin, plastic or similar items and is almost invisible as one drives by. Just beyond the rise and around the corner there it is — lean-tos and boxed huts tucked away in a valley — that most refuse to acknowledge.
Shalom Fellowship set up a “Crèche” — a French word meaning a place of baby care. They named it Philani, meaning “Good Health”. Here would be the beginnings of physical restoration following the prayer saturation. A beachhead that is a safe. A clean environment set up as a refuge for children.
“Princess” is now the director of the staff of five full time employees who operate Philani. Lauren and Magda are the Shalom Fellowship volunteers overseeing the work done there. Everyday 20 babies are cared for and more than 60 children to age seven are given love and shelter. And there are plenty more children in Lindelani that need help.
At the “Crèche” daily activities include:
Feeding people regularly.
Teaching skills that can lead to jobs.
Holding weekly Bible studies for the ladies.
Encouraging cleanliness with classes for adults.
Bringing in health care professionals who work pro bono.
Establishing vegetable gardens so families can feed themselves.
Holding after school activities to keep kids occupied and out of mischief.
Providing day care when no grandmother is available so mom can go to work.
Teach a risen savior and faith in Jesus Christ as the beginning of lifting them out of the financial and spiritual poverty that grips their lives.
Additionally Shalom Fellowship has helped with:
Installing an incinerator to allow for proper handling of debris.
Hiring local people when funds are available to help with workloads.
(As we did when planting the Greytown, South Africa, Crosses).
Increasing water supply bringing in fresh, clean water to ward off disease.
In Lindelani there is a long way to go but each day is step forward with the Lord.
This Cross planted is “Giving God Glory” for making a way where there seemed to be no way — breaking down strong holds one child, one adult, one marriage and one family at a time. Bringing the peace of Jesus to Lindelani.
Prayer: Father thank you for the love of Jesus that turns out of control situations into peace and good health. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
Lindelani is the name of the informal settlement
and Philani is the name of the Creche (day care)
where ministry takes place every day. Here the
Philani children are actively playing on gym set.
Philani children playing in their sun protected porch area
Lindelani as seen walking up the entry path
Lindelani tucked in the valley from the road
Shacks made of mud, plastic and discarded materials
Tin, wood, rubber, paper and more discarded materials
This is a look at the Creche (day care)
inside the informal settlement of Lindelani.
The Philani Creche is just on the
outskirts of Lindelani.
Pastor Carol, Magda and Princess speak to the ladies
Pastor Carol shares the love of Jesus
with the women’s Bible study
Pastor Carol praying for the women
Attaching bolts and nuts to Cross
But a minor setback slows progress.
The hole has filled with ground water.
The Cross is moved to a new location
Where a second hole was dug and we
promptly severed the main water line
Hans, a member of Shalom Church came to
our rescue and quickly repaired the water
line. Then invited us back to Greytown
next year to plant a cross at
Khayalami Childrens Village,
an orphanage that he supports
and servers nearly 50 children.
Cross raised in position
Preparing to go higher
FIRE IN THE HOLE
Attaching the plaque
Filling the hole
Cross planting team
Lindelani plaque Declaring God’s Glory over the informal
settlement, the Philani Creche and Grey Town, South Africa