Rev Kalipa al­ways ready to work in har­vest for his flock

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O MORE sit­ting around sim­ply pray­ing for change, as Methodist min­is­ter Rev­erend Sandile Kalipa has taken on the task of rolling up his sleeves and fix­ing prob­lems.

Kalipa is an Eastern Cape man, born in Tsit­sikamma, who moved from his min­istry in Namibia in 2016 to take on the job of serv­ing the peo­ple of Port Al­fred and its out­ly­ing ar­eas, tak­ing over from Rev­erend Kamo­gelo Monoametsi. Mov­ing with him was his wife, Son­wa­bile, and his two sons.

Methodist cir­cuit stew­ard, Robin Sol­wan­dle, wants every­one to be aware of what Kalipa is do­ing for the com­mu­nity.

“Rev­erend Kalipa is pas­sion­ate about two things,” said Sol­wan­dle, “ed­u­ca­tion and car­ing for the peo­ple who have been – and are cur­rently marginalised. He wants every­one to know that they are all spe­cial in some way and im­por­tant. We want the com­mu­nity to em­brace this man and recog­nise his tal­ents.”

Sol­wan­dle said that the min­is­ter re­cently vis­ited Mty­obo Pri­mary and Dam­buza Pri­mary schools, as well as Nonkqubela Pre-pri­mary

NS­chool, where di­rect help was of­fered in the form of a R3000 gro­ceries do­na­tion for the pre-pri­mary and school uni­forms, for the less for­tu­nate pupils at the schools. “Our min­is­ter be­lieves that ac­tions are im­por­tant, and ed­u­ca­tion and help­ing to make sure every­one feels that they are im­por­tant and have not been for­got­ten,” said Nelly Su­tuse, a leader at Abel Mn­aba Methodist Church in Ne­mato.

“He wants to lead the com­mu­nity in to ac­tion, to par­tic­u­larly help those who feel marginalised. He needs the com­mu­nity to sup­port him.”

Sol­wan­dle added that small so­ci­eties in the ru­ral ar­eas were again be­com­ing ac­tive, and it was all thanks to the ef­forts of Kalipa.

“The rev­erend be­lieves that the Methodist Church is a mis­sion church. That means we do not sit around wait­ing for a mir­a­cle, but get out into the com­mu­nity to make it hap­pen,” said Sol­wan­dle. “We want the com­mu­nity to help to change the lives of our chil­dren by help­ing with their ed­u­ca­tion and phys­i­cally getting in­volved in help­ing our less priv­i­leged com­mu­nity mem­bers.”

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