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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

Game for the World to be Used at Cape of Good Hope District’s Youth Synod

Ernest Van Sitters is a Theology student and the Youth Coordinator for the Cape of Good Hope District. “The only time we talk about HIV/AIDS as a faith community is during ‘Compassion Month’ in August and on World AIDS Day. I think people believe that if we don’t talk about it, it will go away.”

Ernest has been looking for a method of teaching about HIV and AIDS that “doesn’t intimidate, scare or bore people.” Ernest is excited about using Game for the World and has many organizations interested in the Game, including a company that specializes in pharmaceutical supplies, two schools and his church’s women’s group.

He has played it with his family and says: “What an experience it was for me and for them. My cousin shared his thoughts after we played, saying,’ It’s very educational, yet different.’ Another family member said ‘I want one.’ One commented that she got to know herself while playing the game.” Ernest says “I’m looking forward to introducing this game to more and more people, especially the young ones. Just let me know what I should do to get more games… I’m running out of stock.”

We’re delighted to know that Ernest plans to use the Game at the 2013 District Youth Synod, March 15th-17th.

January 19, 2013


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