Soweto is part of Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city. It is made up of 29 townships and is home to 13,000 students.
Parts of Soweto rank among the poorest in Johannesburg. Many people live in informal housing and rates of unemployment, addiction and domestic abuse are high. There is a great need for more churches in Soweto that will hold out the good news of Jesus, bringing sound, bible-based teaching to the community.
Christ Central Soweto launched in 2018 with a vision to become a hub from which many evangelical churches can be planted. It began with 20 adults and 10 children and now sees around 40–50 adults and 50–60 children each Sunday. It is a bible-centred church, focussed on teaching God’s word to a community acutely aware of the brokenness of God’s world.
The church hopes to appoint staff workers for each of their areas of focus (children’s, students’ and pastoral ministries) but is unable to do this without external support. They need approximately £64,000 per year, of which £54,000 has been raised for 2020 and £35,000 per year thereafter.
It has been a truly unprecedented year in the life of our family and the Church at large. All indications are that the uncertainty will continue for another year. How wonderful it is that we have a rock and unshakable fortress in Christ our salvation (Psalm 62:1-2).
On 20 September we resumed our physical Sunday gatherings, after more than six months of virtual meetings and audio sermons. We are so grateful to God for technology that made it possible to keep meeting during lockdown but the exclusive use of technology helped us to see what a blessing it is to gather and interact with God's people physically. Adjusting to meeting again (with the new COVID regulations) has not been without its challenges. The seating in the church is limited, screening people for COVID takes time, singing with a mask on is uncomfortable, and we have had to adjust many of our church activities to maintain social distancing. But what a joy it has been to see our numbers steadily grow over the last five weeks as we have attracted more visitors through word of mouth.
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