Missions we support
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Alan and Cath Pitt both felt the Lord calling them into full time ministry with young people in 1994. In that year the Pitts left Fish Hoek for King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape, both employed at the KWT Child and Youth Care Centre. This innovative children’s home ran a ground-breaking day programme for teenagers in trouble with the law, as a diversion option and restorative justice centre. In 2000, Scripture Union (SU) approached Alan to run its East London branch which he did until 2003, when the family moved back to Fish Hoek for family reasons. Alan has been at the SU National Office in Ronderbosch since then, currently being the National Operations Director for SU. He oversees the various regional offices and supports the Bible engagement work of SU with young people and adults. SU’s mission is to lead young people to know and walk with God, this emphasising SU’s evangelistic and discipling role, being a specialist arm of the Church to young people.
Cath has worked with a number of organisations in the mental and physical disability sector and currently trains caregivers through Cape Mental Health. She is an experienced Occupational Therapist. Alan trained as a linguist/journalist. They have 2 children, Tegan (18) and Thomas (16) and love being part of the KCC family. If you don’t find Alan or Cath at work or home, he’ll be on the tennis court and Cath will be hiking.
Many years ago we felt the Lord call us into full-time ministry in Moçambique and have been serving Him and the local communities here in a vairety of ways for the past 15 years. We are based in Quelimane, but our work extends both north and south into rural areas of Xambezia, Sofala and Nampula provinces. We work under the oversight of an international organization called World Outreach International, as they are registered in this country and provide the necessary covering and authority to obtain residence and persmission to work among the people here.
One of our main goals is to help the local community enter into a relationship with Christ, then devote our time and energy into raising up local leaders so that they inturn will have a firm Word-based foundation to their faith and are then able themselves to go out and make disciples, thus creating an indigenous church, worshipping God within an indigenous context that is meaningful to them.
Tina also has a great vision to reach out to women in these communities who are tremendously oppressed and has developed and written a biblical literacy teaching prohram which not only helps them toward a relationship with Christ, but also enables them to read the Bibles for themselves. They inturn impact their children with these new skills of reading, writing and being able to tell Bible stories.
In addition to these spiritual objectives we also reach out via food-aid during times of drought and flooding, sinking water well-points to provide potable water to decrease cholera and amoebic dysentry that is so common in a tropical country.
In partnership with an American couple from the Gideon’s society we also distribute Bibles, run eye clinics and provide physical help to the disabled via crutches, walkers and wheelchairs. The eye clinic has been quite successful in bringing the Gospel to Muslims and some have come to Christ. Whenever possible, we also contribute financially toward the building of a widows and orphans centre.
2 Tim 2:2 “… and what you heard from me by many witnesses, entrust that to faithful people who will be able also to teach others …”
Veritas College International (VCI) is an organisation whose mission is to serve the church in its various expressions on grass roots level around the world, based on its philosophy of Integrated Leadership Development. This mission is fulfilled by training church leaders and believers who will be able to train others, using a VCI licensed curriculum which contains approaches and methodologies to facilitate the following processes:
• Interpret the Bible in a practical and responsible way
• Apply the obtained absolutes of the Bible in a specific context
• Communicate the absolutes in the specific context
Through these three processes VCI promotes self-theologising (the doing of theology in context) that leads believers and churches to maturity which will be reflected in their lives and in their transforming influence on individuals and families in the church and on society at large, according to biblical absolutes.
VCI works internationally with a focus on areas where there is a need for practical, professional or academic biblical training and/or where time or resources are limited. VCI training takes place in existing churches of any denomination or in church planting situations. The training aims to be integrated into the life and ministry of the church and it is offered by VCI approved facilitators by invitation.