Dedication of the new building of Tumelong Haven Creche in Maboloka on Mandela day by The Right. Revd. Allan John Kannemeyer.

 

 

SPEECH BY PAULINA TLAKA, DIRECTOR OF TUMELONG MISSION, AT THE SERVICE OF DEDICATION OF NEW BUILDINGS FOR THE MABOLOKA HAVEN, AT MABOLOKA, ON 11 JULY 2018

Thank you all for making the time to come and celebrate with us the blessing of these humble buildings. Today is a very important day for us, not only in the history of this creche, but in our life together as the people of God.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
Just a month ago, this creche turned 17 years. Yes, that’s how long it has taken to be where we are today. The creche started from small beginnings on 10 June 2001 as a Saturday feeding scheme for orphans and needy children, operating from a caravan at Maboloka Clinic, which you passed on your way here less than a kilometre away. MaDikeledi Khacha was instrumental here.
Two years later, the caravan grew into a “mokhukhu” – a shack – with just two rooms, serving 8 children who were attending during the week. In fact, only one room was used for learning, because the other room served as a kitchen.
Then, in 2006 this double-stand on which we are today was donated to the diocese by the lekgotla, or the chief of this area. It was through the efforts of Christina Mogale, a social worker from Madidi, that a donor installed the “zozo”, or prefabricated structures, that we are replacing today. At that time, the number of children had grown to about 20.
Seeing that the children had nowhere to play, the St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls built these shelters under which we are gathered and the play area over there, including that sandpit and the swings.
Throughout this time, there were no proper facilities here for the children. Water was fetched from the village using 20 litre water containers “Digubu”. Toilets were initially unhygienic buckets, and even later when long-drops replaced them, they were only covered on the sides. You can imagine how degrading this must have been even to little children and indeed how fatally risky it must have been, judging by stories we have heard of children falling into pit latrines in provinces like the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.
It was only in 2017 that proper toilets were constructed ,tiled by our fellow parishner’s at Corpus Christi Garsfontein and St Francis Waterkloof, Corpus Christi installed a borehole also so that they can have access to clean water.
St Alban’s College for Boys installed a new kitchen unit and a cabinet in the store room .Sis Dorah from St Francis Waterkloof heard me saying that I will be happy if we could build a proper classrooms for the children because when it rains water come through the classes , she later asked me to do a presentation to Nozala Trust around June 2017, the Trustees of Nozala Trust gave us a substantial donation in December, supplemented by donations from Eurico Ferreira and St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls, which enabled us to construct this new building. The building comprises 4 classrooms, an office area and a sick bay. Unfortunately, Rosanne Blackbeard from St Martin’s, Irene, who generously donated brand new and high-quality mattresses and blankets for the children could not be with us today.
So, this building which we are blessing today, marks the culmination of the work of many caring people over a long period of time. To you all who contributed financially and labouring , I express my heartfelt appreciation and that of the church, the children and the community for making it possible for us to realise this dream.
As we stand here today, this creche has 54 children, 33 of whom are girls and 21 boys, aged between 3 months and 6 years. The crèche is registered with the Department of Social Development. Our partnerships with the Department of Health and Bojanala District Municipality ensures that none of the children miss their necessary immunisations, and those with pyscho-social problems receive attention from social workers. The team of our dedicated staff who are volunteers earning a minimal stipend, led by centre coordinator Matsietsi Monethi, maintain a safe and conducive environment, through a structured curriculum which includes learning, playing and enrichment activities .The children and their families are also offered pastoral care by our local parish, led by Fr Elias Lekoro, the priest at St Paul’s church, not very far from here.
Most of the children served by this crèche are either orphans or come from destitute families. For many of them the balanced meals they receive here are the only meal for the day. This crèche is also a distribution point for scores of food parcels and items of clothing that we collect from the faithful of the Anglican Church and give to vulnerable households whom we have identified through the work of the crèche. Some of the parents are here today.
From all that I have said, we can all agree that life is hard for these children, and for the community of Maboloka – and you yourselves can see the conditions under which the people live in this area, 25 years after democracy.
I have no doubt that what these children and their parents want is for the hardships to disappear, and to have the best facilities for their children, like those crèches in other parts Pretoria. That is what they want, and what we all want for them. But what they need is tenderness. What they need is to be loved. What they need is a companion for the journey, today you became that love and companion they have been looking for.
And, this is the gospel Jesus proclaims; for in Jesus, God becomes our companion for the journey and walks with us in those moments when life is most difficult. By sharing the things that God has entrusted to you with these children and the community here, you have become the face of God to them, the presence of love, the presence of God. As they smile back at you with gratitude and fondness, as they play and learn in safety, and as they enjoy these facilities that you have gifted them, you will see the face of God in them. “Give a child love, laughter and peace.” Nelson Mandela
So, today my own heart is full of joy and gratitude because our children will be able to learn in conditions that are better. Their dignity has been restored. As today’s Psalm says, “The Lord does not forsake his inheritance.” And, indeed, “God’s consolation has brought us joy”. It is my prayer that the community of Maboloka, as stewards of this gift, will look after and protect this asset so that it can serve future generations.
May the fruits that we see today encourage us all to do more not only for this crèche but for all other people in need throughout our diocese. As scripture says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal 6:9-10).
And let us, acting together, so continue the mission of our Lord, “to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” (Lk 4:18-19).
As I conclude, I now ask the Representatives of the following companies and institutions to quickly come forward if they are present:
• Nozala Trust
• Corpus Christi
• St Alban’s College
• St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls
• Eureco Ferreira
Sisters, brothers, thank you so much for all you have done for the children and community of Maboloka village. May God richly bless all of you and multiply from where you have taken. Let’s give them a big round of applause. (Shaking hands, hugs and kisses!)
And to our Beloved Bishop Allan a dedicated servant of the people of God, Archdeacons, shepherds of God’s people, the board members of Tumelong Mission thank you very much for your leadership, encouragement and support.
A big Thank you to the Chief and elders of these community in providing the land and allowing us an opportunity to serve the vulnerable in this village.
To the Anglican clergy, Organisations, Guilds and Friends of Tumelong thank you for your support in this Mission of Development.
Lastly I would like to thank the Madibeng Archdeaconry, especially the Anglican women Fellowship from Manche Masemola in Letlhabile, St Paul Maboloka and other community members for being with us every day for the past two weeks to clean up and prepare for today.
“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.” Nelson Mandela
“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” Nelson Mandela

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE TO AGM 2018

 

Let’s join our Lord in His mission to the poor

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”. Luke 4:18-19

Our theme for 2017 was to ‘’enlarge our territory’’, by which we dream of increasing the footprint of the Lord’s work in all our Archdeaconries, building capacity and being a serious agent of social change.

In pursuit of this theme, we up-scaled our HIV and AIDS prevention programmes in 2017, registering huge improvements in the number of people reached. We also introduced Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision.

 

“Enlarging our territory” also means bringing substantial improvement to our care of children. We promised the previous year that we would be focusing a lot on early childhood development as this is the most important area to get the foundations right for small children to be able to learn and grow to their full potential. In 2017, thanks to the generosity of Corpus Christi and St Alban’s College, new ablution facilities and a borehole were constructed, the kitchen renovated, and new cupboards installed in the storeroom at Tumelong Haven, Maboloka. Additional funding secured from Nozala Trust, and supplemented by St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls and Eureco Ferreira, will see proper classrooms built for this child care centre. We expect completion in June 2018 and look forward to Bishop Allan officially opening and consecrating the buildings on Mandela Day, 18 July 2018.

 

Our care and relief work continue to bring hope and needed relief to scores of destitute families.  In the next year, we hope to intensify this part of the church’s ministry. With the Bishop’s current efforts to prioritise the youth, and the decision to include the environment as part of our mission to care for creation, we will add entrepreneurial skills to our current offerings and work to reach more youth. The appointment of a fieldworker who will be working closely with the clergy and Friends of Tumelong, will strengthen community development efforts and bring greater collaboration and alignment as we let our collective Prayer of Deeds “proclaim the good news to the poor”, breaking into our communities and enlarge the Kingdom’s territory.

 

I would like to thank you all for your interest in the work of Tumelong and the support we get from donors, Parishes, Friends of Tumelong, and many people who help in innumerable ways.

 

Special thanks are due to Bishop Allan Kannemeyer for his support and guidance, as well as our dedicated Board of Directors for their commitment, oversight and strategic direction.

My final words of gratitude are reserved for Tumelong staff for their commitment and amazing work ethic and to the Diocesan staff for their helpfulness. To all, may the Lord richly bless you and please to continue to walk with us and to pray for us as we continue to enlarge the territory of the Lord’s reign, who calls each of us to join him in his own mission to the world and to the poor.

Mrs. Paulina Tlaka

Director

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN 2018 AGM

Devotional Classics, a devotional book by JR Foster and JB Smith has become standard reading for anyone who wish to understand a little bit about the varied practices of Christian spirituality. In it they define six main expressions of Christian practice.
These are the Prayer Filled Life (Contemplative Tradition), the Virtuous Life (Holiness Tradition or Devotional Surrender), The Spirit Empowered Life (Charismatic Tradition), the Word Cantered Life (Evangelical Tradition), Sacramental Life (Incarnational Tradition), and the Compassionate Life (Social Justice Tradition or the Prayer of Deeds).
While all six of these themes of Christian life should be held in balance in the life of a disciple of Christ, we find that one is emphasized, often at the expense of others. There are no prices for working out where Anglicans are placed within Foster and Smith’s work. In our churches the altar dominates. It is housed in a sanctuary, from where specially trained worship leaders lead the worship. At almost every service the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is celebrated. We’ve been drawn to what Foster and Smith call the Sacramental, or the Incarnational Tradition.
A good discussion can be had in Bible study classes about these expressions of Christian practice. For now, I wish to draw your attention to the Compassionate Life, also called the Social Justice Tradition, or more simply, and this is the name I prefer, the Prayer of Deeds. We focus on the prayer of Deeds because the ministry of Tumelong essentially is to help the holy faithful people of God in our Diocese to take seriously the call of our Lord Jesus in Matthew 25:23-46. It is in this text that the righteous are judged by the words: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me” (vv35-36).
Often in the life of a Christian the focus is on the first part of the teaching of our Lord: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. But this is an incomplete focus. The Prayer of Deeds is a call to complete the Lord’s teaching and bring balance through a focus on the latter part of this teaching: Love your neighbour as yourself.
The Prayer of Deeds is the call to the holy faithful people of God to seek the total transformation of individuals and communities. The response to this call will involve one in relief work, development work, social transformation, and taking position against all that which oppress and cause suffering.
Tumelong is rightly referred to as the relief and social development arm of the Diocese of Pretoria. But who is Tumelong? At present it seems as if it is Paulina Tlaka and her staff, assisted by a small sprinkling of the faithful. There is huge room for improvement in the participation of parishes in the important work of Tumelong. It is hoped that the newly appointed fieldworker will help to bridge the divide between Tumelong and the rest of the Diocese.
As always, our deep gratitude and appreciation is extended to Paulina Tlaka and her staff. They, together with the Friends of Tumelong, the Governing Body, and the individuals and parishes who pray and give to help Tumelong achieve its mandate deserve our special thanks.
Let us commit again here today to live the Prayer of Deeds by taking up the complete teaching of Christ.
The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
The Right Revd AJ Kannemeyer
Bishop of Pretoria (Anglican) and Chairman of the Governing Body

bottle caps and bread tags #giving back to the community

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St Francis Mamelodi & Tumelong also collected bread tags in exchange of wheelchairs giving back to the community

We as Tumelong & St Phillip Anglican church in Ga-Rankuwa collected cold drink bottle caps in exchange of wheelchairs for our physically impaired community

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botle caps with your help of collecting bottle caps and bread tags we  can change a life of someone out there

 

so Anglicans lets start making a difference in other peoples life

 

#bottle caps and bread tags

Bishop Jo Seoka centre celebrating christmas party with learners from WHPS

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St Francis of Assisi waterkloof and WHPS boys school sponsored  the Bishop Jo Seoka centre’s Christmas party    which will stay in our memory for years

Renaming and Blessing of Tumelong ECD centre in Ga-Rankuwa

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Tumelong ECD centre in Ga-Rankuwa was renamed after The Rt. Revd. Dr. J.T. Seoka on the 30th of October 2015 and is now called the Bishop Jo Seoka Centre, Diocese of Pretoria. The centre was re-open and blessed by him. The gala dinner held on the 26th of September was used as a platform to raise funds for the renovation of this centre.

Tumelong Mission Gala Dinner

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20150926_172809 20150926_224125Tumelong held a Gala Dinner  to celebrate their 75th anniversary and to bid farewell to The Rt. Revd. Dr J.T. Seoka, Bishop of the Diocese of Pretoria and Chairman of Tumelong Mission’s Board.

 

 

 

 

Table settings and decor done by Mokgaetji Matlaisane

 

 

 

 

 

Cutting of the cake with the Board Members of Tumelong Mission

Anti-Corruption March

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Anglican Pretoria Diocese clergy and Tumelong staff participating at the Anti-Corruption march hosted by the Faith Based Organisation.

Busisiwe Khanyile 21 birthday party at Luvuyo Orphanage Home

Busisiwe Khanyile is a young girl who was born in Soshanguve and is passionate about her studies, career and giving back. This young lady who is an actress, entrepreneur and student recently turned twenty-one and when her mother asked what she wanted to have, she said she wanted to have a dinner. She is blessed enough to have a mother who took it to the next level and she managed to invite family and a few close friends to share this beautiful day. Busisiwe decided that seeing as her guests will be treated to a three course meal, they will not have enough space to eat the cake so that sparked the idea of sharing her cake at an orphanage in Soshanguve.
Busisiwe invited two of her friends on the 31st of March (two days after her birthday), Pfarelo Dau and Mosa Modiri to pay a visit to a wonderful bunch of children at the Luvuyo Orphanage Home in Soshanguve. They all thoroughly enjoyed this experience although Busisiwe described it as, “It was a great experience, if I ever reached what I define as success, I definitely wouldn’t do it again. I’d rather take kids to school; in that way, I’m giving them something no one can take away from them. I will do that.” The three ladies all agreed after seeing a wonderful performance by the children who did a gumboot dance piece for them, that they are extremely talented and that they deserve bigger platforms where people can also come and watch them perform.