In 2007, Rev Samantha Chambo, member of Eldorado Park Church of the Nazarene and wife of Regional Director, Dr. Chambo, saw a need for the children in the community around the Church. She says, “we have a big informal settlement just down the road from the Church”. When a resident of the settlement began attending the prayer group at the Church, Rev. Chambo saw the perfect opportunity to reach out to these disadvantaged children through this prayer group member. The children’s outreach programme then began in her backyard. Over three years later, Samantha and four other volunteers from the Church continue to offer Adventure Bible Club to between 60 and 100 children.
A typical attendance each week is about 70 children. Singing, Bible stories, memorizing Bible verses, a hot meal and social and physical activities are how they spend each Friday afternoon. Some special projects have been offering a weekend or weeklong summer camp, distribution of blankets with Turn the Tide for Children and other outreach projects. Children who attend the club that is funded completely by the local church are orphans; children affected by HIV/AIDS, immigrant children who are not able to attend school and children living in poverty. Chambo says, “we thank God because He has blessed this ministry”. What a wonderful example of the Church being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”. (James 1:27, NLT).
By Denise Anderson