Every month we ask you to join us in praying for one of our partner ministries' mentors. These mentors serve as role models for underprivileged kids and teens in the Sweetwaters community. They do everything from hosting bible studies to teaching life skills.
Thulani has been with our partner ministry since 2012, and although he grew up in Johannesburg, he calls Sweetwaters home now. Thulani is passionate about teenagers, and especially the teens in the area around Mashaka school. Thulani teaches Life Skills classes in this school, has after-school Life Groups (Bible Studies) with these kids and teens, and last month, started up a new Saturday kids club for children in this area of the community. One of his favorite programs is iThemba Running Club, the after-school club he coaches for young teens. The club provides them with something fun to do after school (there are not extra curricular activities), teaches them self-discipline and perseverance, and is a great place to build relationships and introduce teens to Jesus.
Thulani says, “I love getting to know the children in a different perspective through sport. You’re able to develop a relationship. I love the opportunities we get to race against other schools—it helps open the kids eyes to a world that is wider than their own community.”
Thulani has big dreams for the running club. “My dream is to see kids from this club who can take over from me and train other kids. I want to see them not only competing locally, but provincially, and getting scholarships that can help their education. Most importantly I want to see their lives changed through the sport, through the community service we do together, and through our conversations about Jesus.”
Thulani says it’s not just the kids who are learning. “I have seen Jesus working in my life through the programs that we do. Jesus teaches me humbleness and patience and that I need to love people despite their situation and their background. Especially in terms of patience, he’s helped me not to look for immediate results, but to be content investing in the future, and helping kids grow more dependent on Jesus.”
The Running Club competes every Wednesday for the next few weeks against other schools in the area. Please keep them in your prayers.
Prayer Request from Thulani
For God to continue to sustain the new Saturday Kids Club that we started up this term.
That God would help me coach the running club well, and that kids would see Jesus through that experience.
Pray for my health to stay strong. This time last year I was very sick with allergies, and sinus infections. Praise God that he’s kept me well so far this winter season!
Help us sponsor more mentors like Thulani, by contributing to the mentoring fund.