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Game for the World Played at Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s Youth Conference

February 17, 2013

It was an honor to be invited by Rev Luxolo Mantini to present a workshop on Game for the World at the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s Youth Ministries Connexional Conference, held in Magalies Retreat, 100km from Johannesburg. As we drove up a dirt road to the conference, we saw a graceful giraffe – our first sign of wildlife in South Africa!  The Retreat is set in a game reserve, right against the Magliesburg mountains.

It was great to reconnect with some of the people we had met on our road trip from Cape Town to Johannesburg: Rev Kamogelo Monoametsi from the Grahamstown District, Msimelo Qumntu and Annelisa Jaji from the Queenstown District and Rev Mbuso Kubone from Natal West. A lovely surprise was seeing Moagi Sekejewane, the former Connexional youth coordinator.  Everyone made us feel immediately welcome, with lots of laughs and photographs.

We had a lively session with the youth ministry team; 42 of them played the game at 7 tables. It was an effective way for the group to talk deeply about HIV/AIDS in a safe environment, within minutes of starting to play the game. We donated 8 copies of the game to each district youth coordinator, and wish we had copies for each participant, as everyone wanted to know how they could have one.

We told the group that it isn’t sustainable to bring the games over from the U.S., and that ideally, they should be made in South Africa, if the church can find a sponsor or some funding to produce them locally.

We are very grateful to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund which provided a grant for us to supply Game for the World to Youth Coordinators and HIV/AIDS Coordinators with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. The Fund supports education, prevention and care programs for people living with HIV and AIDS around the world. It currently supports over 200 HIV/AIDS church oriented and Christ- centered ministries in 37 countries, including the United States.

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