22nd March Journeys Through Lent
One of the issues discussed was Christ's stay in the desert. Something Tony White mentioned at the end of that session has stayed with me since. It was a comment related to the desert, a contemporary desert: a poverty stricken society and if we ventured in would we find Christ there…. maybe it would be easier to see Christ there than in a glitzy society.
I want to introduce you to Khayelitsha, just outside Cape Town. One of the biggest Townships in South Africa, which grew out of the white South African man's hatred for black and coloured races. It started life in the 1980's as an attempt to reduce overcrowding in other townships and was once seen as a haven of depravity, violence and corruption and murder was a daily event. The expansion has also been created by blacks arriving from other areas of Africa, to a land that they believed would give them everything they had dreamed of.
Gradually the tin shacks are disappearing, government support enables people to build their own houses, schools and craft centres are springing up and the churches are thriving. The new thinking, gives people hope and aspirations become realised. The downtrodden are educated and small communities of businesses are taking off. There is a community atmosphere of empowerment, of hope and belief in a new Africa.
These images give a flavour of the past and recent developments.