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


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