City youth of­fered spir­i­tual sup­port

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

OPEN­ING a gate­way for young­sters to re­ceive coun­selling and sup­port, Cam­pus Cru­sade will be op­er­at­ing from The Abun­dant Life Cen­tre (TALC) in Richards Bay ev­ery Tues­day morn­ing from 10am to 2pm.

The move­ment aimed at bring­ing hope and restora­tion to com­mu­nity mem­bers will also serve as a youth desk and is headed up by Pas­tor Der­rick Man­qele, a multi-tal­ented teacher and lec­turer with a long his­tory of work­ing with youths.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers who are in need of any sup­port, life­long learn­ing pro­grammes, coach­ing, spir­i­tual devel­op­ment or per­sonal growth can visit the cen­tre.

Prac­ti­tion­ers in the com­mu­nity are also wel­come to con­duct vol­un­tary ser­vices at the cen­tre.

Man­qele, who was a high school teacher by pro­fes­sion, had a life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence sev­eral years ago when one of his stu­dents ex­plained that she was sleep­ing in class be­cause she was al­ways hun­gry which in turn, was brought on by her an­tiretro­vi­ral treat­ment.

‘That en­counter changed my per­cep­tion and touched my heart and I felt the urge to help.

‘Af­ter leav­ing the teach­ing pro­fes­sion I joined Cam­pus Cru­sade, the para-church or­gan­i­sa­tion which as­sists lo­cal churches with re­sources, tools and ma­te­ri­als for train­ing and mak­ing good lifestyle choices.

‘We teach peo­ple how to pray, fo­cus on shar­ing the in­for­ma­tion and go­ing into churches, uni­ver­si­ties, busi­nesses and the dig­i­tal sphere to make an im­pact.’

Head­ing up the move­ment in the re­gion, Man­qele has part­nered with TALC and will be shar­ing these life-chang­ing tools through in­di­vid­ual in­ter­ac­tions and vis­its to schools, com­mu­nity groups and higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

‘Je­sus brought peace and free­dom and we strive to build re­la­tion­ships, ca­pac­i­tate and share the mes­sage of love.

‘Peo­ple need con­stant prayer, care and train­ing and we want com­mu­nity mem­bers to come and re­ceive and then go out into their com­mu­ni­ties and share the in­for­ma­tion.

‘We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to close the gen­er­a­tional gap and to em­brace the youth re­gard­less of their im­per­fec­tions, of­fer them sup­port and the re­sources to make good life choices.

‘Cross cul­tural re­la­tions is an­other im­por­tant fac­tor and for dif­fer­ent race groups to un­der­stand each other’s iden­tity and to re­spect each other.

‘We also high­light and ed­u­cate on the true ben­e­fits of for­give­ness so peo­ple can be set free.’

Man­qele achieved the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the first black South African to be ap­pointed as an area di­rec­tor for Cam­pus Cru­sade.

He is mar­ried to Con­stance Man­qele and is also the chair­man of the steer­ing com­mit­tee that is manag­ing the AIDS ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme in the tri-city area of Richards Bay, Em­pan­geni and eSikhaleni.

Pas­tor Der­rick Man­qele is head­ing up the Cam­pus Cru­sade weekly pro­gramme at TALC in Velden­vlei ev­ery Tues­day

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