By Matthew Hanks | Project Manager: Africa update-from-south-africa-1The Christian Life Center (CLC) in Durban, South Africa, is a vibrant and thriving church community strategically planted among the poor. The center ministers to the Zulu people in that region along with the ethnic Indian Hindus who are one of the largest populations of Indians outside of India.

As a church, with a great force of volunteers, they take care of 20-orphaned children from the surrounding communities. The children live in four family-style houses and are cared for by “Nannies” who are typically widowed women. The church is led by Pastors Siva and Roni Moodley, who shepherd the church with great care, love, and do a wonderful job equipping the church members for ministry (Eph 4:2).

update-from-south-africa-2In addition to the children’s homes on the church property, there is a primary school, a bakery, a sewing/shoe making facility, and a coffee shop that the church uses to facilitate many types of conferences and events.

The Zulu tribe is considered among the poorest of the poor, and the CLC is building great relationships with these people who are out in the “mountains.” The CLC is bringing the love of Christ through medical clinics, delivering Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, food supplies, and visiting them in their homes. They’ve also set up 'fair trade’ markets for the beaded craftwork created by many in this community, which supports their families. They have been given a piece of land and have great vision to begin caring for orphaned and vulnerable children directly through building a daycare center that will also function for church services and other ministry use.