House of Refuge for Refugees...
It's a new dream. One cooked up God and a local hero from Zimbabwe...
THE DREAM: PURCHASE A SAFE & SECURE PROPERTY
IN MASIPHUMELELE FOR REFUGEE MOMS AND KIDS
THE NEED: $40,000 US dollars (the 1st $20,000 is pledged!)
Thousands of African refugees came to Cape Town hoping for a better life only to find themselves living in inhumane conditions in the wetlands of Masiphumelele (Masi). Picture tin shacks with dirt floors which turn into mud when it rains. No plumbing. Fire destroys hundreds of shacks every few months and these brave people lose everything. The mothers and children are especially vulnerable as South Africa's violence against women is the highest in the world for nation that is not at war. Refugees are routinely overcharged for rent, even in conditions like these.
After 16 years of working in Masi, the Lord has led us to respond by building Houses of Refuge for the most vulnerable refugee families! With our African partners, we are dreaming of building a property that will offer safety from crime and fire. A place where the Gospel of Love is shared freely with marginalized refugees who are often single moms with kids. A place where prayer and trauma counseling are offered by our African-led team. A safe haven where violence won't be tolerated. The estimated cost to purchase our first property is $60,000. We have already raised $20K! So only $40k is needed to get started. If God stirred your heart, considering praying about being a partner with us in making this goodness happen.
We’re launching... WITH Africa!
After 16 years in South Africa, 21 years in missions, and 26 years in full-time ministry, we are launching WITH Africa (a 501-C3)! This will simply allow us to better continue doing what we are already doing from a legal and funding standpoint. We feel called to South Africa and this continent as whole, so we’re creating the framework for us and our (nearly) adult children to be able to stay, grow, and thrive while remaining in partnership with so many we love here.
We are WITH Africa.
South Africa has a word, Ubuntu, which translates: “I am because we are.”
Why the name WITH Africa?
We know Africans reach Africa best. This nation is full of industrious, warm-hearted South Africans who know the best way to serve their communities. Many are living and loving like Jesus and desire to make more impact. What they most often lack is resources and encouragement in the form of partnership, mentorship, or training.
The lasting effects of Apartheid (modern day segregation) plague millions and have caused South Africa to have the most economic disparity between the races in the world. This history of colonization, slavery and Apartheid are front and center in the consciousness of all South Africans, young and old. While most are polite and gracious to foreigners who want to help, they are also deeply sensitive to the attitude behind the helping hand: Are you reaching down? Or, are you walking with me?
WITH Africa is finding, partnering, and resourcing local heroes who are creating lasting change through their grassroots efforts. Together, we care for the most vulnerable and oppressed by supporting leaders who know their communities best. Together, we are making the love of Jesus tangible.
What does WITH Africa do?
Kevin and Tonya Stanfield
Serving in South Africa since 2007