south of somewhere

Hi, our names are Sarah and Nathan Cooper. We are based in Sheffield in England, but are preparing to move to South Africa in September '06 to join a church planting team in the Western Cape. We hope that this blog will keep you up to date with our progress as we embark on this new adventure. Watch this space...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Food & Clothes going out!

The young people in Next Level did a great job this month of organising food and clothing parcels for the most needy famillies in their communities. 3 groups went out, taking the parcels to famillies in the local Government flats (with serious over-crowding problems), to the township of Avian Park (that you can see in the picture), and to the homeless people who sleep rough in Worcester town centre. You can see Sabelo, Quinton and Leonie in the photo.

The outreaches were all thought-up and organised by the youth themselves - we are so excited to see leaders emerging!

PS - please do pray for Quinton. His Father has a drink and drug addiction, which means Quinton is sometimes unable to stay at home because he is not safe there. We recently lent him a cricket bat and had to tell him off for leaving it a friend's house. It later emerged Quinton had to leave the bat at his friend's house several times because his Father keeps trying to sell it. Quinton came to us as an exceptionally quiet person who really seemed to be taking nothing in and was basically responseless. In recent weeks he has blossomed - he's cracking jokes, mixing with the other kids, making suggestions of things he'd like to do with the NextLevel (and he's even organised a film evening for us complete with a projector onto the wall!) His confidence has increased no end, but we know just how hard he finds it to go home at the end of the day.


Anonymous Mum & Dad Cooper said...

Good to see you've got the photos working . Lovely to see the 'Next Levellers' again. Give them our love !
Mum & Dad C. xx

9:41 pm  
Blogger Sarah A said...

Six months down the line and you seem to have made a massive impact already. Perseverence seems to be the key and your committment to these youth is fantastic.

I'm finding Sudan is almost home already. Not quite, but you know what I mean when somewhere feels so welcoming. That said, I'm not yet in Darfur so that may change!!

Keep up the amazing work you are doing and I will continue to pray for you both (and the people you work with).

6:46 am  
Blogger Matt & Liz Wisbey said...

Great news of all the progress guys. Must be so heartening to see some of the youth becoming more the people God made them to be. Can't wait to see you in less than 6 weeks!

10:07 am  

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