Fourth Jubilee Project in Swaziland
By Amy Alexander
In 1999 a storm destroyed the Tsambokhulu Church of the Nazarene church building in the East District of Swaziland. After six years of meeting in a nearby classroom the Pastor was approached by a man whose father was the pastor many years ago. The current Pastor, Pastor Nyoni, has been the pastor for 34 years. The man gave money to the church to start building a new structure in honor of his father. The money that was donated was enough to complete the walls. As of 2011 the church was in need of support to help put the roof on the new structure.
As BFC started preparing for the March GO Team in 2011 a construction project was needed. The East District was a part of Swaziland where the BFC partnership had not worked on a church. Under the leadership of Distric Superintendent Rev. Timothy Dlamini the Tsambokhulu Church was labeled as the construction project for the March GO Team. Tsambokhulu Church of the Nazarene had the largest need for assistance in the East District.
As planning started taking shape many members of the community came alongside Andy and Amy Curry, the on-site coordinators, to help assist. Even community members that were not part of the church came to help. There was an excitement in the community over the roof for this great church. In March the GO Team partnered with Swazi's to help complete the roof. The task was accomplished in a few short days. While the men worked on the roof the women worked hard to level the dirt floor.
At the end of the week a celebration lunch was thrown for not only the GO Team but for the church and community members who helped accomplish the goal. At the celebration service the church's treasurer spoke about the great partnership. Instead of inviting the GO Team to go first in line (which is typical) he encouraged the Swazi's and American's to intermingle. This was a beautiful representation of the heart of the BFC partnership. Coming alongside our brothers and sisters to better the Kingdom of God together.
Posted on Mon, May 23, 2011
by Amy Curry