Sarepta Outreach Ministry
For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed you, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and cloth You? 39 Or when did we see You sick or in prison and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Mathew 25 verses 35 to 40.
The work that is known as Sarepta Outreach Ministry is undertaken as a mercy ministry out of Sarepta Church. We have been operating in this ministry for more than a decade.
The basic vision that we believe that we are called to address is to care for and support people infected and affected by the rampant and devastating effects of HIV and AIDS. There is sadly no shortage of people that are affected by the disease in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. The prevalence rate is the highest in South Africa and regarded as one of the highest in the world.
The focus of our ministry currently is in the Stockville Valley.
We believe that we are called to assist in the small way that we can, one family at a time. We draw alongside a few families. We seek to address some of the most basic of needs. We assist with food, clothing, schooling (mostly in the form of school fees & uniform), spiritual needs, working with the social worker we assist with getting people registered for the various grants that may be available, and then ultimately we will assist with getting people set up to ensure that at least one member of the family has the means to provide some form of sustainable income for the family. Once this is complete, we believe that the family is to stand on their own feet. We seek to ensure that they assist with new families that are in a position worse than their own.
With such a ministry, we believe that we make a significant difference to a small number of families, but when each family is large, there is a more significant number of people that are involved.
The team is headed up by Joe Morris, supported by Zolani Phakathi, Alan Blackman and other volunteers. We are always looking for people to help to go into the Valley every second week to take food, minister and pray.