#LIGHTtheWORLD in the Africa Southeast Area: Week Two

#LIGHTtheWORLD in the Africa Southeast Area: Week Two
As Christmas approaches, members of the church throughout South Africa have continued to share the spirit of Christ through several #LightTheWorld activities. Some of these members share their experiences from the second week.

On Day #5, members of the church remembered how Christ helped heal others, by signing up as organ donors. Hetta Sacargi’s daughter, Bernice (photo below), was among these members and said that the experience made her “feel important”. Others, such as the Gordon family, gave service by donating blood at a local blood drive.


Two days later, Rochelle Bester and her friends spent Day #7 making angel biscuits for children at an underprivileged nursery school for their Christmas party (photo at the head of the article).

Thalia Holmes and her two-year-old daughter celebrated the 7th day of service by shopping for simple staple foods to include in gift hampers to the needy. “This Christmas, many people in Africa don’t need lavish presents or food. Things like beans, oil and salt will brighten their day. How easy it is to lighten their day!” says Thalia.

While walking along a Johannesburg street on Day #10, Sister Sithole from Johannesburg saw a handicapped man struggle to climb a steep ramp towards High Point shopping mall. With the help of two men, Sister Sithole was able to assist the man up the harsh ascent. “Thank you so much. I am ok now,” said the man in gratitude. All of them parted ways with smiles on their faces.

On the same day, a group of YSA in Johannesburg decided to visit the Eufees Oord old age home to wash windows and spend time with residents, many of whom never get visitors during the festive season.

This same group celebrated #Day11 by crafting T-shirts with a wheelchair-bound friend. The T-shirts read: “Just because I am disabled, doesn’t mean that you can push me around”. Jeremy Dickey from Johannesburg says that the project showed him that “no matter what our bodies or minds lack, our talents shine; a reminder that we are all children of God with a special light”.

Day #12 gave Gina Randall from Randburg an opportunity to teach others as the Saviour would. “I helped someone in my circle to open a bank account to prevent them being attacked while carrying home their wages. My friend was so happy to have a bank card instead of cash and kissed the card she got from the bank,” says Gina.

As the week drew to a close, members focused on how Jesus ministered to children. Madison Erasmus of Krugersdorp relates how her parents ministered to her and her siblings while growing up. “One of those ways was instilling in us a great love for Christmas and the true meaning behind celebrating every year. I am grateful for the lessons my parents taught me, for they stay with me always. That’s all I want when Christmas comes to town,” says Madison.