South Africa

Team Vision
InnerCHANGE South Africa exists to incarnationally live and serve among the poor in order for our communities to be transformed and disciples of Jesus to be made. We want to follow Jesus whole-heartedly, and collaborate with Him and with our neighbours to see movements of God’s Kingdom in Soshanguve.

Let’s walk humbly, seek justice and love mercy together.

History
InnerCHANGE South Africa was birthed out of a NieuCommunitites (now Beta Communities) presence in the city of Pretoria. In 2007 a team of NieuCommunites and InnerCHANGE staff conducted a week-long exploration in Soshanguve township, North of Pretoria, to discern how God could use an InnerCHANGE team in that particular area and context. 
Luc and Petunia Kabongo and their family relocated to Soshanguve, Block HH in April 2008 to pioneer the new InnerCHANGE team. The team has since developed into a diverse group of people, seeking to love God and their neighbours together.

Ministry

We endeavour to extend the blessing of Jesus and His Upside-Down Kingdom through demonstrations of love in word and deed, with the help of the Holy Spirit. We serve alongside the local church, government welfare institutions, local Non Profit Organisations as well as pioneering new and organic ministries in partnership with our neighbours. As a mixed race team, we hope to live out the joy of God's incredible diverse family.

We are always seeking to build positive empowering relationships with our neighbours through our different activities. We are individually involved in mentoring and learning about God together with different friends.

Current areas of ministry include:

  • The Blazers Basketball team; giving teenage boys and girls opportunities to develop skills, build relationships and provide positive role models.
  • Kids Club; a weekly fun-time involving baking, games, singing, bible stories and lots of noise! Our local children often play unsupervised during non-school hours, Kids Club gives them a place of belonging and positive experiences.
  • Teenage Hangout; a weekly time with young people playing games and exploring life and faith.
  • Tutoring; we are involved with local schools and with children and adults within the community. There is little educational assistance available in the township, we help with homework and with ongoing studying.
  • Father Smangaliso Mkatshwa Centre; a government-run institution for children and young people who are unable to stay with their families. We are involved in mentoring children and young people, helping with homework and assisting with the Sunday morning service.

IC South Africa is looking to recruit potential team members
What kinds of people would we love to have on the team?

  • Those who feel called to work among the urban poor in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Those who are flexible.
  • People who can pioneer new ministries, and those who would not mind being a part of the on-going ministries listed above.
  • Men and women who value people and relationships over tasks and activities. A fine balance between people and activities would be ideal.
  • People who value living in a community focused on mission and continual learning as the followers of Jesus.
  • Those who desire to use their skills, talents and gifts as a blessing to the poor for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

The Message of Presence

Sometimes God pulls you towards certain people; other times, he pushes them to you. This is the case with Miriam, a young girl from our block who has taken a special shining to me. Miriam is an orphan, and lives with her step-mother, who neglects her in favor of caring for her own children. In addition, Miriam has mild mental retardation.

Learning the Game As I Go

On my third day here, after baking with the neighborhood kids, I was recruited for a backyard game. I didn’t know what I was getting in to, but I was just thankful to have not been the last one picked on the team. (Petunia and I were the oldest ones playing by at least 20 years). The game involved bouncing a tennis ball to hit the opposing players, stacking tin cans on top of paint buckets (in descending size order), saying a magic word, hopping on one foot, knocking the tin cans down, running around, and of course celebrating when your team won a point.

God is moving in Soshanguve!

by Johannes, in South Africa

Following in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus is very crucial in my journey. I am part of a group of six boys from my neighborhood that meets every week. I am mentoring them in different areas of life.

New Micro-finance Social Club

By Petunia Kabongo, in South Africa

Sometime last year, while I was still serving with a local home based care NGO, through conversations with the caregivers, I learned that most of them were borrowing money from local “loan sharks” on a monthly basis to cover some of their living expenses. Anna (our British former intern) and I started conversations on saving money as a way of long-term future planning to improve one’s standard of living rather than borrowing.

The Photo Contest

Back during the spring I had trained Melanie Avila on how to use Peachtree Accounting Software. The Guatemala team bought a copy of the software in the US and took it back to use locally. Later in the summer, I received an email newsletter from Peachtree saying they were having a summer contest that involved taking pictures in an exciting, exotic place. This happened to be the year of the CRM Worldwide Conference in Malaysia - exotic to most and I was going to visit Cambodia before hand - even more exotic, so I thought I'd give it a shot. And I won - BUT not in how we had expected . . .

Soshanguve, SA


Luc & Petuna Kabongo describe how God used Nieu Communities to help prepare them for their current ministry with InnerCHANGE in Soshanguve Township, near Pretoria, South Africa.

Soshanguve, Sudáfrica

Luc y Petuna Kabongo describen como Dios usó a Nieu Communities (Comunidades Nuevas) para prepararlos para el ministerio actual con CambioInterno en Soshanguve,un municipio cerca de Pretoria,Sudáfrica.