Pastor John Thomas introduced David to his congregation as the man God used for radio in South Africa. The vision of this partner is providing a soup kitchen for the homeless and with a radio station reaching into Masiphumelele, an urbanized township (we would say squatters camp) in Fish Hoek, South Africa, which 20,000 inhabitants call home.
Living Hope has a ministry in this township.
Masiphumelele formerly known as site 5, residents renamed their township Masiphumelele, which means 'we shall succeed' in Xhosa, the main language of the Masi people. Masiphumelele was originally created in the early 1990's from an overflow of people from the Khayelitsha township and a nearby squatters camp. It was designed for 750 families, with no provision for community based businesses. The township grew rapidly and although official figures suggest 16,000, unofficial estimates reach as high as 3,000. Thousands of shacks have been built around the brick houses as the population continues to explode.
Ask any farmer and you will quickly learn that running a farm is no easy task.
In the last ten years, the Living Hope farming program has grown and adapted from a two tunnel greenhouse project to a full scale operation; moving locations, changing curricula and experimenting with various animal husbandry and produce. At the root of our agricultural program is teaching and training. Not only do we grow and harvest seedlings, but we grow and harvest people along the way!