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Game for the World in the Clarkebury District, South Africa

Alan and I drove through the mist on roads under construction from Butterworth to Mthatha to meet  Mrs. Ncumisa Faku, the HIV/AIDS Coordinator for the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s Clarkebury District. The reason for the success of this district is the involvement and interaction of the laity. The District has a bursary and an HIV/AIDS fund for the disadvantaged in the community. The District has 52 circuits and is divided into four regions; each circuit has a coordinator who reports to a regional coordinator who in turn reports to Mrs. Faku.

Many of South Africa’s black leaders come from the Mthatha area, including Nelson Mandela, who still visits his home village of Qunu.  Mthatha is the home of one of the Nelson Mandela museums, which exhibits key aspects of Mandela’s life.

Alan and I are grateful to all of the coordinators we met, who met us with short notice. Mrs. Faku was no exception.   A minister’s wife and a retired nurse, Mrs. Faku has been the District’s HIV/AIDS coordinator for ten years.  Her District and the Grahamstown District held a workshop on how the Church could handle HIV/AIDS.

Mrs. Faku, shown below, plans to use Game for the World with people who are “infected and affected by HIV.” She  also  plans to use it with her women’s prayer group.

Mrs Faku (1)

February 5, 2013

Game for the World and Youth in the Queenstown District, South Africa

After spending the night in King Williams Town, we drove through mist and on winding roads to the small town of Butterworth to meet with Rev Mthi, the youth coordinator for the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s Queenstown District.

The vision of the MCSA’s Queenstown District is to be a place that provides refuge and relief, that makes a difference and adds value to the lives of its people. It strives to be a center of healing and transformation for its communities.

Rev  Mthi had travelled earlier that day to Butterworth  to hold a strategic planning session with his committee. I knew right away that he had a sense of humor when he introduced his secretary, Msimelelo Qumntu as the Reverend, so our meeting started out with lots of laughter. I was honored that he took time from his first strategic planning session to meet with Alan and me and to play Game for the World.

Rev Mthi and Msimelelo told us many people don’t want to know their HIV status.  “They don’t know the power of getting tested and managing their virus.”  The District plans to have HIV testing at every youth gathering they have this year, along with testing for other health issues such as blood pressure and diabetes, so that there is no stigma around the HIV testing.

Game for the World enables people talk about the value and importance of being tested, and so we hope it will make a difference in the Queenstown District. The District plans to use it at their Youth Synod on March 15th and at their Sport Weekend, April 26th – 28th.

Show in the photo along with Anne  from left to right are Msimelelo, Rev Mthi,  Anelisa Jaji, Assistant Secretary and  Mduduzi Mzanywa,Executive Member. We’ve also included a photo of Butterworth, the town where we met.

Rev Mthi and group good Butterworth street

February 3, 2013


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