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Initiative aims to make a difference

Ibutho LikaJehova was initiated on March 1 to address social imbalances community members face.

KwaThema – Minenhle Nxumalo (24) conceived the idea of Ibutho LikaJehova in 2023 under the Home Fellowship Church, with guidance from Prophet Modise.

“In January, I decided to move forward with the initiative. I managed to spread the word to the Home Fellowship Church youth members who I further engaged about the idea.

“The first session was successful. Ever since, Ibutho LikaJehova has been having sessions every second Friday of the month.

“The sessions are helping young people learn about issues affecting them today. In each session, we tackle different topics through discussions. We offer advice, answer questions, pray, and debate, often sharing different perspectives.

Drop-off donations are accepted.

“Many participants learn from the experiences of others. The feedback received from young people who have attended has been overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing they have longed for such sessions,” said Nxumalo.

Nxumalo said this initiative aims to unite young people.

“We have created a safe space for young people. We offer support to one another in a world where external forces significantly influence young people’s perspectives.

“The common goal between us is to expand Ibutho LikaJehova, reaching as many young people as possible while maintaining a safe and supportive environment,” she added.

Kgomotso Sisosko and Masechaba Mokoena are overwhelmed by the donations.

Nxumalo said Home Fellowship Church pastor, Reverend Njabulo Khumalo has long envisioned reaching out to the needy and donating essential items. The church collects donations for the needy.

“Currently, we are collecting as many clothing, food, and toiletry items as possible for the donation drive.

“For the pad drive, we aim to gather 100 packs of sanitary towels.

“A church member, Siphesihle Mabena, proposed the idea of a June Soup Kitchen, and we felt it was the perfect opportunity to combine these efforts,” said Nxumalo.

Nxumalo said they focused donations on a home facility around Ekurhuleni.

“The plan is to visit and donate these items to the facility on June 29. The group wants to spend the day at the facility cleaning and help where possible.

“Additionally, we aim to run the pad drive throughout the year, as we have identified young girls from disadvantaged homes who can benefit greatly from receiving a pack of sanitary towels,” elaborated Nxumalo.

Nxumalo said they are still pleading with Kwatsaduza communities to make donations.

“We still need as many donations. For those interested in donating, we have designated donation boxes outside the church premises, accessible throughout the week from 08:00 to 16:00,” added Nxumalo.

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