Church puts roof over se­niors’ heads

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

THE Methodist Church of South­ern Africa, con­cerned that their mem­bers are well taken care of, have pro­vided houses to two needy se­nior cit­i­zens.

On Sun­day the Young Men’s Guild (Amado­dana aseWe­seli) of­fi­cially handed over the houses to their two elderly mem­bers.

Vice Pres­i­dent of the Guild’s Em­pan­geni Cir­cuit, Vusi Vi­lane said they are aware of the many needy fam­i­lies within the church, es­pe­cially the se­nior cit­i­zens and youth.

‘Our main pur­pose as a con­gre­ga­tion is to en­sure that all our mem­bers have safe and per­fect shel­ters over their heads.

‘We also want to en­cour­age all our mem­bers to share, as we know that faith with no love is use­less.

‘To us, it is very im­por­tant to en­sure that we take care of our se­niors. We are not can­vass­ing for mem­bers, as th­ese two house re­cip­i­ents have been with the church for a long time,’ said Vi­lane.

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, Duduzek­ile Phakathi (74) of KwaM­thethwa un­der uM­folozi Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity said she was very grate­ful about what the church did for her.

‘I am happy that the Lord heard my prayers, at the end I have got a proper house. I have been liv­ing in a ron­davel with my three grand­chil­dren,’ said Phakathi.

‘We were cook­ing and sleep­ing in the same room. I’m grate­ful to God who made it pos­si­ble for the church to build me a three-roomed house,’ she said.

Church lead­ers and mem­bers then moved from KwaM­thethwa to Mzingazi near Richards Bay, where they handed over a newly-built house to 65-year-old Mar­garet Manzi.

‘I have been liv­ing here for a long time, shar­ing my shack with snakes. I’m happy to have such car­ing people in my church. They also brought me food and gro­ceries,’ said Manzi.

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