Written by William Manyika of Arise & Shine International Ministries:
Arise and Shine is an Independent church that does not receive or depend on any individual or organization for donations or any form of assistance. As a church it is our sole responsibility to help our people both spiritually and financially in whichever way we are able to.
We also aim to help people despite their denomination or whether or not they are a Christian or not. We do at times feel helpless as the church is dependent on the offerings of the congregation and relies heavily on such, which means we are not always in a position to reach out to those in desperate need.
For us it is not a case of reading about people who are in need, but rather a fact that we actually live amongst them in our community. We are driven by the belief that our good Lord will answer our prayers beyond any human beings understanding. As people who live in a community together with very needy people everyday, our brothers and sisters spotted an old man by the name of Mr. M.A. Magwaca who used to live alone in a very tiny, leaking shack. In order to cheer him up our sisters used to ensure that he either received lunch or supper which they bought and supplied with money from their own pockets.
We saw a need in this old, very lonely man and approached him to ask if we could possibly be given the opportunity to assist in renovating his leaking shack. Mr. Magwaca explained that the shack in fact belonged to his ex-wife and that since the divorce she had been living in a solid structure (brick house) nearby.
Upon probing him further as to what the best way to assist him would be he explained that returning home to his village in the Eastern Cape would be the biggest dream come true. He would be delighted if he could receive transport money to get back to his sister, who in fact believed that he was dead.
Upon discussions we recognized the fact that Mr. Magwaca was off balance and held onto the walls to get around we decided that not only would we get him back to his village but we would send someone with to escort and ensure his safety all the way back to Dutywa in the Eastern Cape. Mr. Mwale one of our Malawian brothers offered to ensure his safe arrival and kindly embarked on the journey with him. We sent a very happy old man home not only with his smile by we also provided him with a suit, shoes, groceries and a blanket in order for him to start over. This entire process would not have been realized had it not been for God’s work, through Mr. Craig Featherby, who donated the funds in order to make this possible as well as help a few other people within our community.
Mr. Magwaca left Cape Town on Friday, 19th June 2015 and met with his sister the following day.
This is a moment we will all remember. Seeing his delightful smile and a ‘bright light’ on the face of this old man when he saw that he truly was heading home after 7 solid years without returning, made our hearts so happy. It was a joyful time when Mr. Magwaca and his sister met with tears of joy as his sister Nompalampala never ever expected to see her brother alive again.
As a church we have played our part. This is what it is all about. We will continue to help wherever we can “since no one has ever become poor by giving – Anne Frank”, this encouraged us to keep on helping people.
We shall continue to remember the words of Apostle Paul in Acts 20:35 that reads “in everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus himself who said: It is more blessed to give than receive.”
May our good God continue blessing all the hands that are taking part in helping those that are in need and thank you for assisting me in giving people hope.
– William Manyika