CABSA dreams of caring Christian communities that are able to bring new life and hope in the areas of health, wellbeing and equality in a world affected by HIV. In order to achieve this, CABSA motivates and assists the Church to bring change through training, advocacy, knowledge management and networking.
CABSA is a faith based NGO registered in South Africa, providing services internationally, but with a specific focus on Southern Africa.
Through the work of CABSA, faith leaders and faith communities learn accurate scientific about HIV and the sociocultural drivers of the HIV epidemic, hear God's voice in the epidemic and develop a sound Biblical response and are equipped to initiate and guide a HIV competent response in their local faith community.
CABSA has two flagship programmes and one key campaign. The two projects are the CARIS (the Christian AIDS Resource and Information service), which manages this website, and the Churches, Channels of Hope programme. The reach of our Churches, Channels of Hope programme is expanded through partnership with license holders, World Vision International and AIDSLink. CABSA is involved in a genderbased violence campaign - "Thursdays in Black" and also manages the website www.thursdaysinblack.co.za.
CABSA is not a direct service organisation, but builds capacity and guides and supports Christian communities to respond to the challenges of HIV through advocacy, comprehensive online information services, a variety of trainings and workshops, mobilising and networking.
You can also download the short introduction to CABSA in Afrikaans and English below.
You can contact us either at the Channels of Hope office in Wellington or the CARIS office in Randburg.
Lyn is a passionate Johannesburger with a background in nursing and business consulting.
She became involved in the work of CABSA through a needs analysis in 2004, and bought into the vision of CABSA to such an extent, that she can not imagine herself working in any other position.
The most exciting function of CABSA is enabling Christians to do what God has called them to do in the field of HIV and AIDS more efficiently and effectively.
She is married to Jan, and have three (adult) children and one very precious grandchild. She is passionate about gardening, mostly with indigenous plants, loves cross-stitch embroidery (but seldom have time for this!) and reads compulsively (an ideal prerequisite for this job!).
Or at the CARIS office.
My name is Nonceba Maud Ravuku. I am from Soweto.
My journey with CABSA started in 2008 when I worked at the CARIS office as a office assistant, this was the best opportunity to be trained as a facilitator and I have grown tremendously and have been part of the training team many times. I always learn from facilitators I meet about their experiences. My journey with HIV though started in the early 90s.
I enjoy working with youth and church leaders.
I have a beautiful daughter, I love reading, I love interacting with different people from different backgrounds.
The first seeds of HIV involvement were planted in Aneleh in the early 1990s when she met Rev. Christo Greyling. Her studies in Development Studies motivated her to become involved as a volunteer with the Stellenbosch Aids Action. This led to full-time employment as Training Coordinator with this organisation.
Aneleh became a co-worker of CABSA in 2003 and is now in a part time capacity responsible for training and mentoring at CABSA. Aneleh is married to Gerhard and they live and breathe in Somerset West where they are close to the mountains and the sea!
You can contact her at the Wellington Office or by e-mail
Clive Swartz - Churches, Channels of Hope Programme Coordinator
is born in Cape Town. Since his graduation in 1996 with a diploma in theology has spent over twenty years in pastoral ministry to date. In the meantime he has completed his BMin degree also. He has a heart for people and this has soon lead him onto the path of people who are living with HIV. Becoming involve with World Vision’s Channels of Hope in Child Protection and Gender Base Violence, further developed a passion in him, to see that the church accomplish their mandate towards the vulnerable.
“I was welcomed by Logy Murray to a ministry and not to just an organisation.” He sees CABSA as a tool in the hand of God to support churches to reach their “God mandate” with specific focus on equipping church leaders to be efficient and effective in their field of ministry towards people living with HIV and AIDS. Clive is a family man, married to Anette and have two children Abigail and Kyle. They are his pride and joy and he is passionate about them.
You can reache Clive at the Wellington Office or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Meloney was born and bred in Paarl, one of 4 children.
She has a passion for people and sees herself meeting the needs of her brothers and sisters.
She looks forward to her involvement at CABSA every day. She sees her job as a commitment and challenge and feel privileged to be linked with CABSA.
Her interest is reading, she loves the sea and nature.
You can contact her at Head Office or by e-mail or at the Wellington Office
Training Teams, Contract Staff and Regional Representatives
CABSA uses a network of coworkers as training team members and regional representatives - read more about some of these valuable coworkers.
Jan has a background in the Natural Sciences, Human Resources, Training Management and Organisations Development. Typically of the way he works, he taught himself web design in 1997 when he got fed up with web developers that did not want to share their knowledge with him.
His focus is on helping people 'understand'. He loves sharing and debating what he knows - or thinks he does - be it about organisations, strategic planning, organisation culture, change or websites. He is currently also working on processes for sharing the experiences and knowledge he gained in the business world with NGO’s, which is where the real world -changing things are happening.
You can contact Jan here
What is a CABSA representative?
CABSA has people who 'represent' the organisation in many different ways; Staff, Board and Management Committee members, Facilitators etc.
A special group within the orgaisation is the people we call 'representatives'.
One of the ways in which CABSA, a small organisation with limited resources, expands our capacity is through part time and ad hoc agreements with CABSA Representatives. CABSA representatives are trained Churches, Channels of Hope facilitators who share CABSA’s dream of caring Christian communities, ministering reconciliation and hope in a world with HIV and commit to assist the organisation in various ways.These are not CABSA employees, but volunteers or people with whom we 'contract' for a few hours a month.
A CABSA regional representative is a member of the CABSA mentoring team who is specifically allocated to build and maintain relationships with a group of facilitators from a specific region. Lead trainers of the CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope programme represents CABSA in a special way during training. All CABSA representatives may also from time to time represent CABSA at events and in initial discussions with other organisations and networks.
CABSA regional representatives will contact trained facilitators in the area they represent and will offer them support. You are also welcome to contact your regional representative if you need any support, encouragement, prayer or other guidance.
What if there is no CABSA representative in the province or region I stay?
We aim to identify a CABSA representative for all the regions in Africa where there is a cluster of trained facilitators. However, this is not always possible. If you need any assistance or support you are most welcome to contact Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux, the mentor coordinator, with your requests and needs.
Meet your Regional Representatives......
First, meet them all together, with Aneleh, Jerry and Lyn at the capacity building weekend in January 2011:
Kiari also often part of the Churches, Channes of Hope facilitator training team
Lloyd went through the CABSA training in August 2006 at Mazenod, South Africa. He has worked in an HIV and AIDS project for close to ten years now. Apart from working with different groups and institutions in Malawi, he has facilitated HIV and AIDS workshops in South Africa and Ghana. Lloyd is fulltime involved with the organisation, FLAEM. FLAEM has offices at Luchenza in Thuchila House and Mulanje at Nkhonya Trading Centre (Turn off to Mulanje Mission Hospital). Lloyd is usually at one of these offices. However he sometimes works from his house in Blantyre. If you are in one of these places feel free to contact him.
Lloyd can be contacted at 002651664723002651664723/002658841619.
I work in the Department of Education, in the Section called Inclusive Education in which we are giving support to the learners experiencing barriers to learning. I am a Life Skills, HIV & AIDS master trainer and a Coordinator for Life Skills in the District. I have been training since 1998.
In 2007 I was trained as a CABSA Facilitator. This gave me a new perspective of HIV & AIDS because I then started to look at it with the eyes of heaven. It pushed me into the Bible where I found my responsibility as a Christian.
The advantage of being a CABSA facilitator is that, the organization supports, empower and gives you all the tools you need for the work. I am proud of being part of CABSA their information is always updated and I use it whenever I am given a platform to say or do anything on HIV & AIDS.
Hello. My name is Minenhle Melody Moyo, you can call me Minie. I live in Pretoria, married with 3 beautiful girls. My journey with CABSA began in December 2005 when I trained as a facilitator and has grown over the years. I enjoy being a part of this family because I get to meet other facilitators, share experiences and grow. Working together in this region of Gauteng, I look forward to us shinning as Channels of Hope - together.
Mini will start to make contact with you from July, but with almost 100 facilitators in Gauteng, it might take a while before she personally contacts you. If in the mean time you need her assistance you are most welcome to contact her.
Cell: +27 (0)76 303 9969
Cell: +27 (0)82 956 0048
Many individuals, organisations and congregations have been supporters of CABSA through the years. They share CABSA’s Vision and guiding principles; pray for the organisation, the staff, programmes and activities; are ambassadors of the organisation and her vision; support the organisation financially and through “in-kind” donations of goods, services and time; and in some cases commit to regular financial support. Although this financial support from Friends is extremely valuable to CABSA in these times of economic instability, this is not a requirement, and all forms of support is valuable.
Why is this Necessary?
This support enables CABSA to assists faith leaders and organisations in their response to HIV and to serves many people – especially people living with HIV. As we expand our basis of support, we will also be able to expand the number of individuals, congregations and organisations to whom we provide our services free or at minimal cost.
Through the “Friends of CABSA Commitment” CABSA honours, formalises and expands these valuable relationships.
We would like to invite individuals, congregations and organisations to join this core group of Friends of CABSA.
If you would like to join us in creating caring Christian communities, ministering reconciliation and hope in a world with HIV, contact Lyn for an application form.
Sadly we have over the years heard of members of the Churches, Channels of Hope family who passed away. We would like to honour their lives and their commitment to being channels of hope on this page. We would appreciate it if you share information about these or any other individuals with us.
Rev S. Konsapi - January 2014
Rev Konsapi died in January 2014 after a long struggle with cancer.
Rev Konsapi, formerly from URCSA Mbekweni, played a pivotal role in the Regional Synod Cape in various commissions.
We were privileged that Rev Konsapi was one of the early supporters, facilitators, board members and coworkers of CABSA and a man with a particular passion and commitment for the church’s response to HIV. We remember him as a remarkable man, and particularly for the compassionate, calm and tranquil way in which he approach often difficult issues.
Rev Konsapi was trained as a facilitator in 2004.
Rev Timothy Maymbo. 13 October 2013
Rev Timothy was trained as Churches, Channels of Hope Facilitator in February 2010 and was working at the Rusitu Bible College at the time. At his training he wrote "I am going to be a Bible college lecturer with a difference. " Our sympathies go to his wife, Violet, and loved ones.
Matsheliso Angeline Ntahane. August 2012
Ian Rushton shares the following:
Me Matsheliso Angeline Ntahane was laid to rest on 4 August 2012 in Manyatseng, Ladybrand, Eastern Free State. Lovingly known as either 'Tshidi' or 'Angelina' to so many, she was a CABSA Channels of Hope facilitator and shelter of support and protection for many people in all kinds of need, often putting her own needs and difficulties into the background. She leaves her sons Molefi and Mpho, as well as Paballo whom she took under her wing. Tshidi herself was full of life and enduring courage and was a life giver to many. Her portrait says it all. She will be sorely missed.
Tshidi was trained as CCOH Facilitator in 2009
Rev Samy Gumbe - 3th August 2011
On behalf of the Board Members, Staff and all over the members of Rede Cristã contra HIV e SIDA (Mozambique Christian Net Work Against HIV and AIDS, with constrain in our hearts we want to inform the passing away of REV. Samy Gumbe on 3th August 2011, in Maputo.
Rev Samy Gumbe was one of the RCHS founder and he became the first general secretary.
Samy was trained as Churches Channels of Hope Facilitator in 2004
We received the following from Rev. Tsepo Matubatuba, Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg HIV and AIDS Coordinator, on 16 November 2010:
Sizi was formerly of the St Andrew's Anglican Parish Kensington, before moving to her smallholding in Dennysville Free State. Sizi was one of the long serving menbers of the Diocesan HIV and AIDS Ministry from when I took over till she moved in around 2008. I was informed in short succession this morning of her brutal killing by Mrs Martha Molete of St Andrew's and Rev. Zanele Mtshali. Sizi was a single parent running her own Management and Leadership and Training Consultancy to support her two children, a son and daughter. All of them were actively involved in Ministry in their former Parish and in our Diocese. May the good Lord make her soul rest in peace and provide comfort and healing for her family from this sad loss.
Richard Malaudzi - August 2010
Richard Malaudzi, who originates from Limpopo, was trained as Channel of Hope facilitator in November 2005
Richard was trained through ACSA
Leopoldina Verissimo - June 2010
Leopoldina, who comes from Angola, was trained as Channel of Hope facilitator in May 2010
Nompumelelo Mbele - December 2009.
Nompumelelo was a trained Social Auxiliary worker and was trained as CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope Facilitator in July 2009.
According to her colleagues she was very committed to her work and enjoyed assisting the community of Nazareth (Ladysmith) where she lived. She had one child and she lived in challenging financial circumstances. In spite of this she is remembered as someone who was passionate about her work, always striving hard to get what she wants, always trying her best to assist the community and striving to get the best for her child and family.
Sibongiseni Masondo - 2009
Thabo Makepe - October 2009
Thabo Makepe, who comes from Lesotho, trained as a Channel of Hope facilitator in June 2009
Prof Attie van Wijk - July 2007
We remember Prof Attie van Wijk for his personal involvement and mentoring role in the organisation as Board Member.
The day after his death Logy Murray wrote: “Prof Attie was vir my so 'n spesiale persoon - as individu, as leier by die Kollege, en veral as 'n besonder vennoot en mentor by CABSA. Dit voel regtig vir my of CABS se "pa" oorlede is! Ek sal hom altyd onthou vir iemand wat met begrip en deeglikheid kon luister - ook agter woorde kon "hoor" - iemand wat ons visie by CABSA volledig gedeel het, en met toewyding tyd gegee het om drome te laat waarword.”
Magdalene Adams - 2007
Magdalene Adams, from Limpopo, a member of Moravia Church, was trained as a Channel of Hope facilitator in Oct 2003
Catherine Dipholo 11 September 2007
We received the following message from Sothemba (Catherine was trained in 2002):
Ons treur oor Catherine Dipholo wat vanoggend vroeg oorlede is. Sy was een van die eerste fasiliteerders wat by CABSA opgelei is. Sy was vir omtrent 10 jaar werksaam as koordineerder van beraders hier by Sothemba. Haar gesondheid was nie so goed die afgelope tyd nie en sy is met 'n longkwaal gediagnoseer. (iets soos emfiseem) Sy het nog tot Vrydag gewerk, maar is Sondagnag in Karel Bremer hospitaal opgeneem waar sy vanoggend 5vm oorlede is.
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The first diagnosis of AIDS was made in South Africa in 1982 and by the time the first national antenatal survey to test for HIV was done in 1990, 0.8% of pregnant women were HIV positive. Today there are approximately 5.7 million people living with HIV in South Africa, and almost 1,000 AIDS deaths occurring every day. 
According to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, more people die from Aids-related illnesses each year than from all natural disasters together.
In spite of promising signs of stabilisation of the epidemic and even decrease in new infections in some countries, Southern Africa remains the region with the highest burden of HIV in the world. The extent of the suffering and need caused by the epidemic is well known, as is the confusion caused by misinformation and AIDS denialism in South and Southern Africa.
The oft quoted example of Uganda has demonstrated that real progress will only be made if and when all the potential and resources of a country can be utilized in cohesion. For this purpose all possible role-players in Southern Africa must be mobilised.
The faith based sector has been described as a key component in an integrated country or regional response to HIV.
The direct involvement of State Departments, actions taken by Industry and Business and the support of the Corporate Sector to NGOs in the HIV and Aids pandemic will all be inadequate if the churches and faith communities of the region remain uninvolved.
Since the beginning of the AIDS pandemic there have been wonderful stories of the role of the church in the response to HIV. There have also sadly been many stories of Stigma, Shame, Denial, Discrimination, Inaction and Misaction.
In many instances:
This sad and unfortunate situation has been described by many within Southern Africa as well as analysts visiting the region, including in studies of the WCC.
Christian churches provide a powerful channel for the implementation of HIV and Aids strategies. However, church leaders are often uninvolved because they lack a complete and comprehensive view of the pandemic and its drivers.
In order for this to change, and for churches to fulfill their potential as a powerful channel for the implementation of HIV and Aids strategies, churches and faith communities need:
The need for a Christian HIV and Aids service in South Africa was identified when congregations of various churches asked pastor Christo Greyling, an HIV-positive ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, for guidance on their involvement in the HIV terrain.
The need for a Christian HIV/AIDS service was identified when congregations of various churches overwhelmed pastor Christo Greyling, an HIV-positive ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, with requests for assistance to become involved in the field.
Within a short period of time, various church groups verbalised the need for a centralized information and resource service, where they would also have access to training and support. At the same time, the Huguenot College of the Dutch Reformed Church expressed the desire to be involved in the HIV/AIDS field in a unique way, and provided office space and infrastructure for the Christian AIDS Bureau. A service plan was developed and, with financial support from the General Youth Commission of the Dutch Reformed Church, the Christian AIDS Bureau was launched in 2001.
Mrs Logy Murray was appointed as Manager and started working for CABSA in July 2001. For the greater period of the first two years Logy was the only employee of CABSA. She played an enormous role in shaping the administration of CABSA, building its stature through networking and delivering services and developing the Churches, Channels of Hope mobilization model as the flagship of CABSA’s training.
Logy left CABSA the end of January 2005 to become the Africa Advisor HIV/AIDS & Church Partnerships for World Vision Africa Region. In the short period of three and a half years Logy developed CABSA from a dream to a reality as an organization that plays a significant role amongst churches in the AIDS field.
Christo is now " Director Faith Partnerships for Development (Channels of Hope)" at World Vision, where Logy was also involved for many years. Athough Logy is officialy retired, she actively involved with the Churches Channels of Hope programme.
Nelis du Toit.
Director until 30/6/2011
Nelis was involved in CABSA as a Management Board member from its establishment in 2001. At that time he was a full time minister of a URCSA congregation.
His involvement increased to the point where he started working full time at CABSA in July 2003. He led the organisation as manager from 2005 and later as director until the end of June 2011.
He wrote as follows:
"I am deeply thankful for the eight years that God has given me the opportunity to serve his Kingdom in and through CABSA. The exposure and challenges of this vocation often took me out of my comfort zones, but they have always enriched me. I have grown in ways I could not have imagined in 2003."
Nelis is now with the CHABAHIVA Trust.
Cristo, Logy and Nelis presently (2015-2016) serve on the CABSA Board.
Die Christen Vigsburo is nog in sy spreekwoordelike kinderskoene, maar het reeds groot treë gegee op die pad van hulle visie. Vanaf 14 tot 17 November het 27 geestelike leiers van 9 verskillende Afrika lande ‘n werkswinkel by die Kopanong Konferensiesentrum in Benoni bygewoon.
“Ek was so verras toe een van die personeellede van “Policy Project” (‘n internasionale organisasie wat spesialiseer in opleiding in gesondheidssake) vir my vra om hierdie werkswinkel te fasiliteer. Hulle is deur die “USAID Regional Programme” gekontrakteer om opleidingsprogramme rakende MIV en VIGS vir geestelike leiers van Suider Afrika aan te bied, en het ‘n vennoot gesoek wat toegerus is om vanuit ‘n geloofsbasis so ‘n werkswinkel aan te bied. Ek was eers baie huiwerig, maar met die hulp en ondersteuning van Christo Greyling het ek die taak aangepak en ons reeds bestaande werkswinkelprogram aangepas om by hierdie groep se behoeftes aan te sluit.”, het Logy Murray vertel.
Sewe en twintig geestelike leiers, afkomstig van Malawi, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mosambiek en Suid Afrika het ywerig deelgeneem. Logy Murray van die Vigsburo is bygestaan deur Motseki Motlatla, ‘n opleidingsbeampte van ATICC, Bloemfontein, asook lekeprediker van die …. Kerk in Bloemfontein. Die groep het ook vier instansies wat betrokke is by die versorging en ondersteuning van mense wat ge-infekteer en ge-affekteer is in Johannesburg omgewing besoek. Die doel van die werkswinkel was om die leierskap van kerk- en geloofsgroepe te bemagtig om projekte en programme op die MIV en Vigsterrein te ontwikkel.
‘n Baie besondere moment by die werkswinkel was toe ‘n leraar en sy dogter, wat 11 jaar gelede MIV+ getoets is, hulle verhale met die groep gedeel het.
“Dit is by sulke geleenthede dat ek stom staan en klein voel as ek sien hoe die Here werk. Ek raak opgewonde as ek die entoesiasme van jong leraars sien – baie van hulle afskomstig van gebiede waar die epidemie skrikwekkende afmetings neem. Ons het net weer eens besef dat kerke ‘n unieke rol kan speel – kanale wat die boodskap van Hoop kan oordra.”
Die Vigsburo het op 16 November ‘n amptelike bekendstellingsfunksie in Bellville gehou, en by diè geleentheid het Christo Greyling aangekondig dat hy ‘n stap in die geloof neem, en sy roeping gaan uitleef as vennoot by die Vigsburo. Vir 2002 word verskeie soortegelyke werkswinkels landswyd deur die Vigsburo beplan.
The vision of the organisation is:
"A caring Christian community, ministering reconciliation and hope in a world with HIV."
CABSA guides and supports Christian communities to become HIV competent, through advocacy, providing information, mobilising and networking. Through the CARIS project, we provide resources to empower a Christian response.
The Christian AIDS Bureau for Southern Africa (CABSA)
You can view a short PowerPoint Presentation about the organisation below.
WHAT? We guide and support Christian communities in their response to HIV. CABSA wants to sensitize churches, congregations and Christians about the Aids pandemic and mobilize them to become involved and make a positive difference.
WHY? The Aids pandemic in Africa is characterised by stigma (judgement, fear, isolation), lack of knowledge and indifference (apathy and irresponsibility). The infection rate is still increasing and one in nine South Africans presently live with HIV. There are however churches with structures in every outpost of the continent. This means that a wonderful potential exists for churches and Christians to be part of the solution to this crisis. CABSA can help unlock this potential.
HOW? CABSA makes information available, creates understanding, helps congregations become involved, trains leaders, is involved in initiatives and supports processes -in order that the love of God, the hope of Christ and the support of the Holy Spirit can be experienced in word and action in the midst of the Aids pandemic.
WHERE? Our head office is in Wellington in the Western Cape and our information service (CARIS) is based in Johannesburg. CABSA works nationally and in Southern Africa, while CARIS is accessible internationally.
WHO? We presently have three fulltime and one part-time staff members. CABSA has various co-workers, including volunteers and uses contract staff for specific tasks.
WHEN? Various continuous services are offered: e.g. the webpage http://www.cabsa.org.za is available 24/7; a “Tip of the Week” is sent out on request; enquiries are responded to during office hours; information is sent out for special occasions such as World AIDS Day and AIDS Candlelight Memorial Sunday; a DVD was developed “Mense wat leef met MIV”. CABSA creates opportunities: e.g. Facilitates workshops; 5-day facilitators training.
WITH WHAT? The staff and co-workers serve churches and communities to the extent to which funds are available. CABSA is however responsible for its own funding. Sources of funding include: donations from individuals; financial support from church organisations and congregations; funding through trusts; project funding and provision of services on contract.
WHAT ELSE? For more information phone us at 021 873 0028 or 011 796 6830
or email Lyn
'n Kort PowerPoint aanbieding oor CABSA is hier onder beskikbaar
Die Christen Vigsburo vir Suidelike Afrika te Hugenote Kollege (CABSA) is in Julie 2001 met 'n duidelike visie en missie gestig om kerke en geloofs-gemeenskappe in hulle respons op MIV en vigs te begelei deur voorsiening van inligting, sensitisering, mobilisering en die bevordering van netwerke. So word die visie van 'n versorgende Christengemeenskap wat hoop en versoening bied aan mense wat met MIV en vigs leef en direk daardeur geaffekteer word, nagestreef.
Ons is meer oortuig as ooit dat Christene en kerke 'n Godgegewe verantwoordelikheid het om die uitdagings van die vigspandemie in die oë te kyk en nie te ignoreer nie.
CABSA bestaan ter wille van mense wat met MIV en vigs leef en direk daardeur geaffekteer word. Dit is nie “hulle daar buite” nie. Dit is “ons”, want ons word almal deur MIV en vigs geraak.
Vermoëns en eienskappe
Besonderse vermoëns binne die organisasie maak van CABSA 'n unieke rolspeler op die vigsterrein. Onder ons kernbates tel die versamelde inligting wat deur databasisse beskikbaar gestel word en die "Kerke, Kanale van Hoop" program. Ons het die bewese vermoë om opleidingsprogramme te ontwikkel, komplekse inligting verstaanbaar te kommunikeer en te help om netwerke en samewerking te versterk. Ons is administratief gevestig.
CABSA ondersteun Christen gemeenskappe in hul hantering van die vigspandemie. Ons benader hierdie komplekse pandemie binne 'n Bybels-gefundeerde denkraamwerk. CABSA gee prioriteit aan talle kwessies, byvoorbeeld: afwesigheid van Christelike waardes, stilte, armoede, stigma, diskriminasie, geslagskwessies, kwesbaarheid van kinders en vroue, strategieë vir betrokkenheid in versorgingsprojekte en voorkomingstrategieë.
Die personeel word klein gehou ter wille van finansiële verpligtinge.
Waarom CABSA bestaan
Dringende probleme en behoeftes
Ten spyte daarvan dat MIV in 1981 medies bekend geraak het, woed die pandemie voort en neem dit skrikwekkende afmetings aan. Terwyl arm gemeenskappe die swaarste getref word, spring geen gemeenskap vry nie. Daarom is dit ontstellend dat in die kerke van Suider-Afrika die situasie dikwels nog die volgende is:
In plaas daarvan dat Kerke en Christen gemeenskappe 'n antwoord op die vigspandemie bied, dra hulle by tot die probleme wat die pandemie kenmerk.
Om van hierdie situasie te groei na versorgende Christen-gemeenskappe wat versoening en hoop aan MIV-geïnfekteerde en –geaffekteerde mense bedien, het kerke die volgende nodig:
CABSA spreek hierdie probleme en behoeftes aan
CABSA se begeleiding en ondersteuning van kerke en geloofsgroepe in hulle response op MIV en vigs fokus op die aanspreek van die probleme wat kortliks hierbo geskets is. Ons kernaktiwiteite word rondom die volgende vier doelstellings beplan:
Hierdeur lewer CABSA 'n bydrae daartoe dat Kerke en Christen gemeenskappe hulle God-gegewe roeping te midde van MIV en vigs sal uitleef. Deur ware sout en lig vir 'n stukkende gemeenskap te wees, sal die Koninkryk van God gedien en God verheerlik word.
Kern aktiwiteite van CABSA
CARIS (Christian AIDS Resource and Information Service)
CARIS is die inligtingsprojek van CABSA, met Lyn van Rooyen wat as projekbestuurder by die Fontainebleau Gemeenskapskerk in Johannesburg gebaseer is. CARIS funksioneer deur:
o 'n Plaaslike inligtingsentrum by die Johannesburgse kantoor, wat oor 'n verskeidenheid bronne oor MIV en vigs beskik
o Die ondersteuning van nuwe inligtingsentrums deur kerke of organisasies by ander sentra in Suider-Afrikao 'n Aktiewe webblad http://www.cabsa.org.za/ wat weekliks opdateer word.
Bewusmaking bly noodsaaklik
Dit is reeds 30 jaar sedert vigs as 'n terminale sindroom geïdentifiseer is. Die media berig gereeld oor die stygende infeksiekoers, maar tog ervaar CABSA steeds hoedat mense en ook gemeentes bewus gemaak moet word oor MIV en vigs en verwante kwessies. Sensitisering is gerig op die verandering van mense se houdings daaroor, veral teenoor mense wat met MIV leef of direk daardeur geraak word. Om gemeentes MIV-vriendelik en betrokke by voorkomende of versorgende programme te maak, is 'n langtermyn proses van bewusmaking en houdingsverandering.
Ondervinding wys dat die sensitisering van gemeentes slegs slaag wanneer die leierskap sensitief raak vir kwessies rondom MIV en vigs. Daarom fokus CABSA op leiers.
CABSA is opgewonde oor die vestiging van 'n Vigstaakgroep van die NG Kerk (Wes- en Suid-Kaapland) en VG Kerk (Kaapland). In samewerking met hierdie Vigstaakgroep kry CABSA die geleentheid om binne die strukture van die NG kerkfamilie betrokke te wees. Daar is al verskeie inligtingstukke op hierdie manier onwikkel en beskikbaar gestel.
Kerke, Kanale van Hoop
Die “Kerke, Kanale van Hoop” program en materiaal is deur Christo Greyling en Logy Murray ontwikkel. CABSA is die eienaar van hierdie effektiewe program om gemeentes en geloofsgroepe oor MIV en vigs te mobiliseer. Die Anglikaanse Kerk het dit reeds met vrug implimenteer, terwyl World Vision International en Operasie Mobilisasie dit na verskeie Afrikalande en ander kontinente neem.
CABSA lei fasiliteerders op tydens 'n sewe dag, indiepte opleidingsprogram. Kursusgangers verdiep hulle kennis oor die temas wat hulle tydens werkwinkels en met inligtingsessies sal aanbied. Belangrike kwessies, soos byvoorbeeld stigma, geslagsrolle, holistiese waardegebaseerde voorkomingsprogramme en betrokkenheid in versorging word bespreek. Dit geskied binne 'n Bybelgefundeerde raamwerk vir 'n Christen respons. Fasiliteerders word volgens opgestelde riglyne evalueer en ontvang omvattende fasiliteringsmateriaal.
So word fasiliteerders opgelei en bemagtig om in hulle eie gemeenskappe regdeur Suider-Afrika leiers op die vigsterrein te wees.
Mentor van opgeleide fasiliteerders
CABSA is terdeë bewus van die behoefte om fasiliteerders na hul opleiding verder te ondersteun. Hoewel ondersteuning 'n duur program is, is reeds begin om 'n mentorprogram te ontwikkel. Die eerste stappe om hierdie program te implimenteer is in 2006 geneem. Hierdie program sluit die volgende in:
Formele bande deur 'n “Memorandum of Understanding” bestaan of het bestaan met die volgende:
Voortgesette dienslewering deur CABSA
Finansiële volhoubaarheid en bestuur
Dienslewering tot dusver is moontlik gemaak deur 'n verskeidenheid van donateurs en is 'n verhaal van hoe God voorsien het. Daar is instansies en individue wat op gereelde basis bydra en verskeie gemeentes neem jaarliks kollektes op. Hierdie bydraes word met groot waardering ontvang.
CABSA het 'n volhoubaarheidsfonds wat as reserwe vir veral salarisse dien. Projekte word geïmplimenteer in verhouding met die beskikbaarheid van fondse.
Alle transaksies word gereeld te boek gestel en noukeurig gemoniteer. Ouditering geskied jaarliks vanaf die 2002 boekjaar. Inligting word in die Jaarverslag gepubliseer.
Resente geouditeerde state is op navraag beskikbaar. Detail begrotingsinligting word aan befondsers beskikbaar gestel wat 'n substantiewe bydrae wil maak.
Versoek aan potensiële ondersteuner
Met hierdie voorlegging nooi CABSA u om as mede-befondser met CABSA in verhouding te tree. Hierdeur sal u in die sensitisering en mobilisering van kerke en geloofsgemeenskappe investeer. U sal help om opleiding beskikbaar te stel wat niemand op grond van beperkte finansies uitsluit nie. U sal betrokke wees by die toerusting en bemagtiging van kerk- en gemeenteleiers om leiding in plaaslike gemeentes en gemeenskappe op die MIV en vigsterrein te neem.
Vir CABSA sal 'n verhouding met u die voordeel inhou dat daar voortgegaan kan word met dienslewering. Omdat CABSA as nie-profyt organisasie ander dien, sal befondsing tot voordeel van die persone, kerke en geloofsgemeenskappe wat CABSA dien, strek.
U sou CABSA op enige van die volgende wyses kon ondersteun:
o Finansiële ondersteuning wat gebruik mag word vir oorhoofse kostes (bv. telefone, kantoorhuur, salarisse). Dis moeilik om befondsing vir hierdie uitgawes te kry en daarom sal enige bedrag hiervoor baie welkom wees.
o Finansiële ondersteuning wat gebruik mag word vir die instandhouding en uitbrei van ons inligtingsdiens, CARIS.
o Finansiële ondersteuning wat gebruik mag word om opleiding van fasiliteerders te subsideer. Meeste persone wat aansoek doen om opgelei te word, kan nie meer as 10% van die opleidingskoste bydra nie. (Die opleiding geskied oor sewe dae en kursusgangers word vir die volle duur gehuisves.) Normale koste wat opleiding, materiaal, huisvesting en voedsel insluit, beloop R7,000 per persoon.
o CABSA sal enige ander voorstel vir substantiewe ondersteuning met graagte bespreek.
CABSA sal fondse deur u toegeken, aanwend vir die doel waarvoor u dit bewillig. Ons sal graag jaarliks aan u verslag doen. Geouditeerde finansiële state sal op versoek voorsien word.
Kontak Lyn van Rooyen by 011 796 6830 of per epos.
CARIS, the Christian AIDS Resource and Information Service, is a project of CABSA. CARIS aims to offer quality, reliable and accessible information and resources to empower Christian Initiatives in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Through the work of CARIS:
Funding for the first two years of the project was provided by the Anglican Church of Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Office.
Our flagship training and church mobilization programme is also used by partners such as World Vision and AIDSLink.
Read more about the programme and the training here.
CARIS is a project of CABSA and one of the tools through which CABSA aims to achieve its vision. Although our functions overlap, CARIS is mostly responsible for the information provision and networking part of our mission.
CARIS is responsible for updating and maintaining this website.
People sometimes find it strange that we speak about HIV and a Christian Response, or a Christian response to AIDS.
In the book “Development and Faith”, the authors, Katherine Marshall and Marisa van Saanen, devote a chapter to faith communities and HIV. In this chapter they say the following about “Information”: “Teams working on HIV/AIDS at the local level are hungry for information, especially about what works and what does not. Using the diverse communication channels and networks of faith networks creatively and well is one option.”
Read what others say about our programmes and services
Thank you so much for this wonderful newsletter, and for the support you render through CARIS' resources.
Can you please send me the resource pack for HIV trainings.
The demand is huge in our area for such information.
I want to congratulate you and your amazing team for the last five years. You did well and served the Body of Christ in a great way. Hands wishes you and all the staff a great next five years as you continue to serve in the same manner!!
Hands at Work in Africa
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! And congratulations on such an exciting first 5 years!
May God equip and guide you for the next 5!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARIS!!
I cannot believe that the CARIS I have seen is just 5 years old! What I saw there spoke of a work of many many years. Indeed, the Lord has used you mightily and accelerated your work and every desire. Congratulations CARIS,
I WISH YOU MANY MORE
There's interesting resources you have put up on the web thanks Lyn and Nonceba.
Christian AIDS Taskforce
Thanks a million.
Thank you for this newsletter and allow to add my voice to the others and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY CABSA. It's a godly thing to count ones blessings and thank God for what He has done. I enjoyed reading your personal experience and testimony in work and learning. I guess I am following in your footsteps in many ways, so you are an encouragement that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
The conference on mobilizing religious health assets sounds a great one, though I am hearing about it a bit late. Still reading the news letter, will write again later
Happy birthday and may my God bless Caris a lot, five years is not a little and i hope caris will be more for the next year. I bless caris a lot.
Dr Sylvie Kinkela
Congratulations Lyn. You are so with it for a person with no former knowledge of knowledge management and it shows in your programme!! Everything is possible with God.
AIDSPortal Facilitator, Southern Africa
Congrats on you and CARIS for reaching 5 years,
Well done to you and your small team in keeping the goal alive and spreading the message of love and peace and communication.
All I can say is thanks for the inspiration and leadership.
May you and the CARIS / CABSA Family be blessed .
I did receive your Birthday letter. Congratulations on CABSA's 5th birthday. You have indeed come a long way, and God has blessed you personally and CABSA generally with many wonderful gifts and blessings. You are making a difference. And you try to do what you do in excellence. Have a joyful celebration and trust God to heap more blessings on your undertakings. My prayer is with you.
Shalom and stay blessed
Sr Claudia o.p.
Catholic AIDS JHB
Belated happy birth day CARIS! May the lord grow and prosper the work for his own glory.
Family Life And Aids Education Ministry(FLAEM)
I cannot but help thanking our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for the work you and the organisation are doing in this very dark and difficult time we live in, especially with Christians and churches in highlighting the stigma attached to HIV and AIDS.
You and your team have made a profound impression on me during the conference in Durban, with the presentations and your stall which I visited daily. Your news letter is also very inspiring as well the messages I regularly receive. I forward them to all staff through the relevant channels in the Department of Labour in the Northern Cape where I work.
I am pleased to be on your mailing list and grateful to also have a small opportunity to pray and support your work. It is pleasing to read how you all started, and your sentiments about yourself, you definitely are the right person for the job you do now, also your personality, passion love and care you displayed, I must add that your presentation on the first day was excellent – when you spoke at the end of the plenary session. I must end by stating that I am the gentleman whom you kept the two books for until the end of the conference. I use them regularly since; and quoted from them during our Aids awareness session in my Department last week. Finally, congratulations on the five year anniversary, may our Lord Jesus continue to bless you and increase your ministry through the work you do.
Warm Greetings to you in Jesus Name and I hope you're doing well. Thank you so much for updating us with relevant information that really equips us in the field of HIV and AIDS.
What a wonderful opportunity to meet old friends and share memories! This is a quick glimpse at the event. A more comprehensive photoalbum is available on our Facebook page
This morning CABSA's AGM was held at the Dutch Reformed Church, Wellington North. More than just an AGM, it was also an opportunity to celebrate CABSA's 15th birthday! Lyn planned a quick overview of some of the highlights of the past 15 years. Once she realized the extent of the memories, she realized that it would be “not-so-quick”! And this was before the other voices were added. The really exciting part of this "flight through history" was that so many long-time friends of CABSA could share their stories. You can share in this walk in memory lane here. (Please be patient - it takes a few minutes to load.)
We were also privileged to have both CABSA's previous directors, Logy Murray and Nelis du Toit, at the event, as well as two previous chairpersons, Dr Adrie Killian and Dr Xolile Simon.
Special gifts were handed over to the staff who has been part of the dream for many years - Meloney Goliath (10 years), Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux (11 years) and Lyn van Rooyen (12 years). It is clear from this photo that it is Thursday, as we are all in black in solidarity with the Thursdays in Black campaign.
It was very exciting to see the newly developed website! Lyn highligted a few features of the new website and announced a very exciting competition. You can read about this here.
Logy gave feedback on the process of changing the constitution. Although there will still be some refining, the following suggestion was put to the meeting:
CABSA catalyses the competence of the Church to bring transformation in the areas of health, well-being and gender equality in a world affected by HIV.
Caring and competent Christian communities that embody transformation and hope in a HIV affected world, in need of health, wellbeing and equality.
CABSA Ethos Statement
The meeting supported the generall princple and again supported the principle of an electronic general meeting to approve changes in the constitution.
In addition to guests sharing may stories and memories they also shared their wishes for CABSA on a message wall and ended the meeting by praying for the future of the organisation.
For a visiual impression of the day click here
On Monday, 2 June, another CABSA Training of Facilitators started with 30 participants and a competent training team of 6 members. The Training continued for 6 days till lunch time on Sunday, 8 June. 'Tunde Fowe of Nigeria was the lead trainer of the team who helped to keep everybody focused and engaged. The programme, loaded with knowledge on HIV and AIDS, opportunities to practice Facilitation Skills and guided by Christian Principles, kept people involved and interested.
It was the first time that this format of training was done – the majority of the participants (25 people) came from one particular community in the Eden Park area in Gauteng. The rest of the participants came from Kenya and Zambia.
The participants all seemed excited about the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to be used in their different faith communities. Here follow a few comments from participants:
Through the grace of God and the financial support of our stakeholders, CABSA had the opportunity to help empower people in order to address the challenge of HIV and AIDS in our communities.
On the 18th of March CABSA had the opportunitiy to look back at the joys and challenges of 2012.
We were very priviliged to share this event with a group of the CABSA representatives and training team members.
You can download a PDF of the Annual Report here or read it online below.
The Infographic provides a snapshot of the activities of the year.
View annual report online
On Saturday 19 May CABSA and AIDSLink International had a shared AGM and Knowledge Sharing event. Like in the past, this was a great opportunity to learn from each other, to network, and to share resources.
CABSA celebrated our anniversary with a number of events on the weekend of 3-5 June 2011. Read the reports and view the photos below.
The first event of CABSA's anniversary celebrations was a evening of music and celebration. Our gracious host was the Zions congregation of URCSA Paarl.
It was wonderful to visit a congregation that integrated HIV in the life and ministry of the organisation. Banners and posters proclaim: "Ons gee om" - "We care"
The evening started with praise and worship by the URCSA Zions Praise and Worship group. In spite of it being very cold, the hall slowly started to fill with people with warm hearts!
Rev Jimmy de Wet welcomed al those present and opened the evening with prayer and lighting the AIDS candle.
A special moment was when the youth of the congregation were invited to light individual candles in the candelabra
We were entertained by the voices of the Bet-El Men’s choir and the Mbekweni choir and the movements and inspiration of the Zions Spiritual Dance group before Rev Nelis du Toit briefly introduced the work of CABSA.
Our special thanks on this evening went to a very special group of CABSA co-workers, individuals living with HIV who played a particular role through their positive lives to address stigma and break down misconceptions. Sadly, only Patti Thomas could be with us, but we also thought about and prayed for Fanie, Quintin and Toni
The final performance of the evening was our guest artist, the talented and inspiring Annalise Wiid. With her beautiful voice, wonderful stories and passionate message, she touched and inspired the CABSA family and all our friends to do even more in our quest to bring reconciliation and hope in a world with HIV.
The evening ended with a warm cup of soup prepared by the men of the Zions congregation!
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The 2011 CABSA Annual General Meeting and Networking Event had a very special focus to celebrate our 10th anniversary. As has become customary, there was plenty of time for sharing and networking, but there was also a specific focus on the organisation's founders.
The event was hosted by the DRC Helderberg congregation, Somerset West
CABSA staff members ready to welcome all the visitors.
Local organisations involved in some way with HIV were invited to exhibit, while CABSA also highlighted the work we do:
We were welcomed to the AGM by Rev Hannes Theron, pastor of the Helderberg Congregation, and the Chairperson of the CABSA Board opened the meeting with prayer, before Rev Nelis du Toit presented the annual report. (The minutes of the meeting, apowerpoint presentation and the Annual Report can be accessed below.)
Lyn introduced the founders of CABSA.
Christo sent his message from the Netherlands by video, and his mother accepted a gift and said a few words about their journey as family with HIV and with CABSA; Logy highlighted the extent to which CABSA has always been dependant on grace and what a privilege it has been to be part of the CABSA journey, and God's provision for the organisation; Corneel also spoke of the passion all involved with organisation displayed, and that CABSA was also part of Attie's passion.
View Christo's message:
Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux acknowledged a few other key role players in the history of the organisation: Ms Esther Blackaller representing the Women’s Ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church, Dr Andre du Toit representing Huguenot College, Dr Pieter Fourie representing Bible Media and Rev Nelis du Toit as outgoing director of CABSA.
Jerry highlighted the important role of other CABSA role players such as board members, staff, training team members, regional representatives, facilitators, donors and friends of CABSA. (Co-workers were honoured on Friday night). He also thanked everyone involved for their role in the organisation and the events of the weekend.
It is very clear that the CABSA family is large - and that the few staff members of the organisation are only the ‘ears of the hippopotamus’.
Representatives from exhibiting organisations had the opportunity to introduce their organisations, and conveyed messages of congratulations:
Helderberg Hospice - Ms Dianne Waddington
Monte Christo Miqlat Ministries Ms Zukiswa Khonjwayo
CPUT - Mr Marius Harmsen
CLF - Ms Hedwig Moore
And then it was time for candles, cake, plenty of delicious snacks, networking and building relationships!
More photo's of the networking part of the event will be posted soon!
|The service was held on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Calvin Protestant Church in Athlone, Cape town.|
Welcome and Call to Worship – Rev Stephen Snyman
Scripture Reading (in Xhosa)
Psalm 146 – Dr Xolile Simon
Candle Ceremony - Rev Elise Theunissen
Prayer - Dr Xolile Simon
Scripture reading (in Afrikaans)
2 Corinthians 4:1-3, 5-7, 13-15 – Rev Kathleen Smith
Message – Rev Nelis du Toit
2 Corinthians 4: 5-7 Though we are clay pots we bear the wonderful treasure of the message of God’s love.
We all know passages in Paul’s letters where we read about the wonders of being saved by Christ. In 5:17-18 he writes – “Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. The old is gone! The new has come! It is all from God. He brought us back to himself through Christ's death on the cross. And he has given us the task of bringing others back to him through Christ.” NIRV. In Eph 2:10 we read – “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT)
However, in our text Paul comes from another angle. Here Paul calls himself and his fellow believers earthen vessels. Clay pots!
Verse 7 – “Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us.” (Good News Translation)
I cannot explain to you what Paul exactly had in mind when he wrote this. As far as I know, this is the only time he used this expression. So instead of putting my ideas into Paul’s mouth I will rather just tell you what this means to me.
* Clay pots are made from clay – from the earth. That reminds me of Gen 2:7 – “Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live.”
Therefore the picture of a human being, or a Christian, as a clay pot is for me a picture of how we are created from this earth. We are part of God’s creation.
* Like many things in this earth, we are also perishable and fragile. Look at a rose – beautifully created by God, but it soon wastes away. Therefore, for me a “common clay pot” is a symbol of something that can break.
* This reminds me of the one lesson we as church have to learn well in this time of HIV and AIDS: We are all breakable. We are vulnerable. And we must add to this the truth that to be human means to be fallible. To put it in Biblical words – we are all sinners. Therefore not one of us can point a finger to the other to condemn.
I think one of the many temptations for the church is to become overconfident, superior, patronising and even condescending. This attitude easily grows when we only focus on the positive statements about us in the Bible and we forget the many other places where the balancing truths are explained.
Maybe some will agree with me that there were indeed elements of this in the church or amongst many Christians in the previous century. We were so sure about ourselves. When I was at university there was this attitude that our generation will be the one who will finally evangelise the whole world!
And then the century ended with the most devastating pandemic of known history. And for most of the time a big segment of the church was incompetent to respond to this challenge. Why? For many reasons, but one reason is that many church leaders were looking down at the pandemic. There message was: “if you are a broken clay pot it means you are still a sinner dying in your sins”.
We forgot – “we are all just clay pots!” Paul is a clay pot. Christians are clay pots. Christian leaders are clay pots.
* CABSA is a clay pot.
* However, to say that all of us are only clay pots, reminds me of God’s grace.
Example of Dead Sea clay pots: Although these pots were from clay and therefore breakable, it kept those scrolls from completely falling apart for about 1,900 years! Breakable but not useless. Even in Paul’s time, breakable clay pots were important utensils for daily life.
This brings me to the second part of Paul’s statement: there is a treasure in the clay pot.
And this treasure is not an eternal soul as the Greeks of those days believed. This treasure is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In verse 6 Paul describes it with a vivid expression that recalls his experience on the road to Damascus. “For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” (NLT)
It is as if Paul says, I have looked into the face of Jesus Christ and I have seen the glory of God.
What is the “glory of God”?
Again I can only share with you what this means to me. It reminds me of John 1:14 – “The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the one and only Son. He came from the Father. And he was full of grace and truth.” (NIRV) The disciples saw the glory of Jesus in his grace, his compassion. How He embraced everyone with the love of God.
This brings me back to the first verses of this letter: 1:3 – “Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him.” (NIRV)
Listen again to verse 6 in the NKJV – “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
When I read this verse I think of Rom 5:5 – “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (NKJV)
And we all know John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (NLT)
The treasure is this light shining into our hearts. It’s not something solid, something you learn and then you have it and you can hand it out as you like. It’s the wonder of discovering God’s tender love.
A simple comparison: you’ve been lying in bed with the flu in the Cape winter. You are sick and it is cold outside and raining all the time. No sun, no blue sky. And then you wake up the next morning, open the curtains and whala! The sun shines on your face! And the sky is blue and the birds are singing! That’s a treasure. It changes you and lifts you out of your depressed mood.
As much as the HIV pandemic has reminded us of the fact that we are only clay pots, the same pandemic helps us to understand the wonder of this treasure. The light of God is our treasure. The love of God is our treasure. The grace of God is our treasure. Seeing Jesus’ disciples embracing everyone is our treasure.
However, this is something we have to discover over and over. We have to remind one another. We have to drink from this well again and again.
But most important of all – we have to share it. We need to be clay pots that poor out the treasure.
According to John 7:37-38, Jesus said: "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Does anyone believe in me? Then, just as Scripture says, streams of living water will flow from inside him." NIRV. Cf GNT: “Streams of life-giving water will pour out from his side.”
To come back to the image of the clay pot. Water from a clay pot will only be refreshing if that clay pot is emptied often and filled again and emptied and filled again. It’s like a clay pot becoming a channel…!
Yes, CABSA is a clay pot, but fortunately CABSA is more than that, it’s a channel! A channel “passing on” this treasure of God we discover again and again. A channel pouring out this treasure of God again and again in a world with HIV and AIDS.
Therefore my prayer for CABSA is: may CABSA, who is a clay pot, always continue pouring out the treasure of God’s tender love, God’s light and may CABSA then be filled again and again with a renewed understanding of God’s grace.
Prayer – Rev Kathleen Smith
Offering – Stephen Snyman
Prayer for UNGASS – Lyn van Rooyen
Today’s date is significant, not only because it is CABSA’s anniversary. On the 5th of June 1981, the Centre’s for Disease Control in the USA published the first report of a strange new disease which would later become known as AIDS. So today could be viewed as the 30th anniversary of the epidemic. And in the week ahead, world leaders will meet in New York at a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS). This meeting will determine the direction and nature of the worlds response to HIV for the future. This prayer is made with these thoughts in mind:
Our celebrations come at a time of great importance in the AIDS epidemic:
Thirty years ago, the first report was published of what became known as HIV and AIDS. In these thirty years there have been many tales of heartbreak, but also many tales of scientific breakthroughs and organisational and national responses. In these years there has been many times when we called to you in despair and times where we praised you for your trustworthiness.
Today we come to you with a particular prayer for the wisdom of your Spirit. In the next few days world leaders will be meeting to determine the international response to HIV over the next few years. We would like to pray for this meeting and all the participants:
But more than this:
We pray this because we know that you are the trustworthy God, but you are also the God of new beginnings.
Give us a new beginning in our response to HIV.
Song – Amazing grace
Blessing – Stephen Snyman
Leader: Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith–– to the only wise God be glory for evermore through Jesus Christ! (Rom 16:25-27).
(Photo's: Jan van Rooyen)
These messages were received on the occasion of CABSA's tenth birthday celebration in June 2011:
Ian & Anita Rushton; TtF 2004, CABSA Representative KZN
Happy 10th Birthday to CABSA, an organisation birthed through a unique vision of the Body of Christ and its mission that has birthed life and spread reconciliation, hope and grace throughout our country and our wonderful continent. May God continue to inspire and grace CABSA's leadership.
May God continue to inspire, resource and grace CABSA's leadership to sustain and expand its life-giving ministry and to embody the Guiding Principles, and its co-workers and facilitators to be channels of hope and life-gives every day and in every way throughout our continent.
Lloyd Khanyanga: CCoH Facilitator, CABSA Representative Malawi, Director FLAEM
I wish all participants to the CABSA celebrations all the best as the celebrations come to the climax. We look forward to another blessed decade.
Mario Muromua: CCoH Facilitator, Mozambique
Thanks for the info and am with you people in spirit! Will keep praying.
Clive Ferreira, CCoH Facilitator, Somerset Wes
Thank you very much for your message. I too am sad that I will not be able to join you at CABSA's 10th anniversary celebrations. I would have love to have been there but the fact is that I shall be away on those very dates. Rest assured however that I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Chris Maphosa: CCoH Facilitator, Zimbabwe
Indeed I remain in prayer and are together with you in the Spirit.
Stay blessed and looking forward to hearing from you the proceedings
Kays (Aaron) Kanyangarara: CCoH Facilitator, Zimbabwe
I will certainly be with you in spirit. I am glad to be part of the wonderful work God is doing through CABSA. Thanks for advising me. Blessings
Wiehahn Maritz: CCoH Facilitator, CABSA Representative, Northern Cape
I would have loved to join all of you for the celebrations and understand that it’s not possible to sponsor everyone’s traveling costs. CABSA have much reason to celebrate! Enjoy every moment.
And, yes, I would be proud to wear the new CABSA T-shirt. Put me on the mailing list! Blessings from Upington.
Caroline: CCoH Facilitator
Happy celebrations! We are marking ours too here and CABSA T shirts will be worn on that day and prayers will be offered too. I wish everyone in CABSA a memorable celebration, wish I were there! Gods Blessings
Janine Ward: CCoH Facilitator, Community Builder
Your childhood is just about over and now you face growing into adulthood...may your adolescent years be smooth and productive! Thank you for training and inspiring so many of us to become channels of hope in our own spheres of influence.
My prayer is that God will bless all at CABSA with renewed strength and direction to fulfill His plan for this beloved nation of ours, and for our neighbours around us. HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY! Viva CABSA viva!
Richard Toxla: CCoH Faclitator, Ghana
I wish I were in S.A to join in the CABSA birthday celebrations … Please, do extend my congratulations to the CABSA Team.
‘Tunde Fowe: CCoH Facilitator, Trainer and Representative West and Central Africa
You cannot attend a CABSA training and remain the same. How do I know? First, from a personal experience. In spite of a myriad of HIV training I had received and my many years of experience in HIV response (part of which included serving as director of an HIV and AIDS programme at national level), CABSA training was refreshingly different - it went straight for my heart and I was transformed. Second, from my privileged participation on a number of training teams. I witness that life changing experience in participants without fail, every time a training takes place. CABSA is changing the face of Christian response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic by building caring communities. Thank you CABSA. May God enlarge your coast of influence.
Buyiswa Mpini: CCoH Facilitator and CABSA Representative in Eastern Cape
I would like to congratulate CABSA on this joyous and historic occasion. I thank God for the 10 years of touching lives and making a difference in people's lives. I appreciate CABSA's mission of bringing reconciliation in this time of HIV and AIDS in our world!!! I thank God that my life is one of those that was touched for the better for participating in the Churches Channel of Hope Programme. I continue to wear my Channel of Hope pin with pride as I know that my life has found a purpose through your programme!!! Thank you, May God continue to bless CABSA for many years to come!!!
Andrie Kilian: CCoH Facilitator, previous Chairperson of CABSA Board, Message from Northern Ireland
Ek dank die Here saam met julle vir die onberekenbare vrug en seen op al die inisiatiewe van CABSA gedurende die afgelope tien jaar. Ek bid dat die goeie gevolge van al julle ondernemings gedurende die volgende tien jaar sal vertiendubbel! Hartlik geluk.
I thank the Lord for His incalculable blessings on al the initiatives of CABSA during the past ten years. I sincerely pray that the good results of all your enterprises during the next ten years might duplicate ten-fold! Congratulations.
Annie Kaseketi Mwaba: CCOH Faciltator and Trainer, CPGD Project Trainer and Mentor; World Vision International, Church Partnership on Gender and Development
Thank you for faithfully serving with churches in making the lives of those of us that are positive worth while. To the Whole CABSA Family we send our congratulations on your 10th anniversary! May the Lord continue His good work in you, through and for you.
Dalene van Schalkwyk
CCoH Facilitator,CABSA Representative Western Cape
Congratulations CABSA! I thank the Lord for what He has done through CABSA the past 10 years. May He bless and help all to continue with what He has planned for us.
Bobby Fredd: CCoH Facilitator
Elzaan de Villiers; CCoH Facilitator, Building Hope
Baie geluk! Mag die Here CABSA oorvloedig seen met wysheid en insig en netwerke. En soos wat fondse vir MIV al meer krimp, “that the church will rise to take its leadership responsibility in caring for the sick, the widow and the orphan”.
Yvonne Morgan: Director, CATHCA
All of us at CATHCA send warm congratulations to CABSA on its 10-year anniversary. Thank you for the great work you do in bringing together Christians in the fight against AIDS! May your work be blessed and go from strength to strength. The need is there!
Johan Bouwer; CCoH Facilitator, HIV/AIDS STD TB Wellness Educator, Employee Wellness Offices
I have been very privileged to be part of CABSA. I have now also reached one of my goals and that is to be fulltime involved with HIV/AIDS in the City of Cape Town. Congratulations on your 10 years! Wow God is good. Blessings to all. Here is looking at the next 10 years!
Verslag or CABSA se feesvieringe op bl 3 van die Kerbode, gedateer 17 Julie 2011.
As part of the CABSA 10th birthday celebrations, two short story competitions with HIV as theme were held. This was done together with publishing partners “Lig” and “Southern Anglican”.
The English competition was won by Brigid Lawrence and Rhoda Kawinga.
In the previously published section, the winner was Brigid Lawrence is a 76 year old mother, grandmother and lay preacher from Fish Hoek. Her story was titled “A Journey Towards Hope”. She says: “I’m sadly aware of the terrible misunderstandings and prejudice that still remain against HIV/AIDS, but also so thankful for the incredible love and generosity shown by many. My char, Nopele, helped me with suitable names, and checked the story for authenticity! I‘d been solely dependent on the internet and an atlas!”
In the novice section the winning story was “Alive Again”, written by Rhoda Kawinga . She is a filmmaker, director and previously unpublished author, who was born in Zambia and now lives in Hout Bay, Cape Town.
Her motivation for entering the competition is “to highlight how the devastation of HIV Aids does not discriminate, hence the only way to beat the disease is to work together regardless of our field of expertise.”
The winning entry in the Afrikaans competition was “Om sag te dra” by Melodie Slabbert.
Net een weninskrywing is in die Afrikaanse kompetisie gekies "Om sag te dra", deur Melodie Slabbert.
Sy skryf soos volg oor haarself: Ek is ‘n professor in Geneeskundige reg aan die Universiteit van Suid-Afrika. Ek doseer onder andere ‘n meestersprogram en ‘n nagraadse diploma in die regsaspekte rondom MIV en VIGS. Die stigmatisering van persone met MIV/VIGS is ‘n kwessie wat ingrypend inbreuk maak op die fundamentele regte van persone wat leef met MIV en VIGS. Die swaar las van stigmatisering is ‘n aspek wat my in regsnavorsing oor MIV en VIGS besonder opgeval het en my aangespoor het om dit as vertrekpunt te gebruik vir my deelname aan die kompetisie. Ek is ook ‘n advokaat van die Hooggeregshof en sedert 1994 verbonde aan die Universiteit van Suid-Afrika. Ek is ook die voorsitter van die navorsingsetiekkomitee van Unisa.
On 8 and 9 May 2010 CABSA and FCC will once again be
The weekend will be filled with art and NGO exhibitions, knowledge-sharing and networking, worship and music and of course a moment for reflection and gratitude during CABSA's AGM.
All events will take place on the premises of Fontainbleau Community Church (were the CARIS office is situated), on the corner Rabie road and Fourth Avenue, Fontainbleau, Randburg.
A Registration form can be downloaded below. (One form for all the events of the weekend). Although this event is free, it would help us to plan if we have an idea of the number of participants at the different events planned for the weekend.
Programme and Activities:
Saturday 8 May 2010
Christian organisations responding to HIV in prevention, treatment care and support will have the opportunity to highlighting their work and make their products available. Interested organisations can contact Lyn for more information
Book exhibition space on the attached form below.
Those involved and interested in the HIV field will have an opportunity to meet with others responding to or wanting to respond to HIV and find opportunities to co-operate or learn from each other.
HIV Competent Faith Communities Conference
Key speakers will highlight various factors around the theme “HIV Competent Faith Communities.”
This is a draft Programme as on the 19th of April, and it is subject to change. We will update information as it is finalised
Welcome and Intro – Lyn van Rooyen, CABSA
Prayer and Candle Lighting, Rev Johan Pieters, FCC
08h30 – 09h30
Networking Breakfast and Exhibitions
09h30 – 10h10
“Compelled by Compassion!” George Snyman of Hands@Work in Africa on the Biblical mandate to respond to HIV.
10h10 – 10h50
The reality of HIV in Southern Africa, with particular focus on the socio-cultural drivers of the epidemic. Prof Geoff Setswe, Monash University
10h50 – 11h00
11h00 – 11h40
Faith Leaders Responding to HIV – The INERELA+ Experience. Carolyne A. Opinde, INERELA+
11h40 – 12h20
The challenges and joys of mobilising faith communities to respond to HIV. Anna Kaura, MCDC
12h20 – 13h00
Governance and Accountability. Ms Siziwe Ngcwabe, IThuba-Lethu Management Services
13h00 - 14h00
Lunch and Exhibitions
14h00 – 14h40
The Challenge - Resource Mobilization in Tough Times. AIDS Consortium
14h40 - 15h20
Using volunteers in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Dr Arnau van Wyngaardt from Shiselweni Home Based Care
15h20 – 15h30
Thank you and closing
There will be an opportunity to test for the HIV antibodies for the first time or to re-test
Art Competition: - Celebrating life in a World with HIV
Artist are asked to convey their impression of the theme: Celebrating life in a world with HIV
Art will be evaluated in a unique way – not by specialists, but by all participants in the activities of the weekend, and not according to the artistic merit, but on the impact it has on viewers. All who participate in the weekend in some way will have the opportunity to identify items that touch them particularly - artwork selected by most participants will receive a five hundred rand gift voucher. Art work will be evaluated in two categories – adults and high school learners
Download more info and application form below
Light lunch and snacks will be for sale and tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.
Sunday 9 May 2010
Christian organisations responding to HIV in prevention, treatment care and support will have the opportunity to highlighting their work and make their products available
All participants in the weekend and individuals interested in HIV work or CABSA are invited to join Fontainebleau for a Special Worship Service focussing on HIV. Pastor Annie Kaseketi Mwaba from Zambia will be the preacher at both the 08:00 and 09:30 services.
CABSA Annual General Meeting
CABSA management and board will present the annual report for 2009 and report on the activities of the organisation
Those involved and interested in the HIV field will have an opportunity to meet with others responding to or wanting to respond to HIV and find opportunities to co-operate or learn from each other.
For more information, contact:
Lyn van Rooyen at email@example.com or Tel 011 796 6830
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Some of the knowledgeable and passionare presenters at the Celebrate Life Conference were able to share their presentations with us. You can download these presentations below. Please use correct referencefor the speakers amd/or their organisations if you quote their material!:
After the inspiring message of Pastor Annie Kaseketi during the worship service, the director of CABSA, Rev Nelis du Toit presented the highlights of the year in a brief report. The annual report and financial statements were approved by those present. Rev du Toit's PowerPoint presentation is available below.
The annual report of this and previous years can be downloaded here.
A First for South Africa?
Visitors to the Fontainebleau Community Church (FCC) this morning stopped dead in their tracks, thinking their imagination has run amok, because on the unassuming brick facade of the church building was the largest red HIV ribbon they have ever seen.
We will add more information as we receive it
Learn more about our work. You can also buy resources, HIV ribbons and pins, or registoer for our electronic newsletter.
A selection of free HIV resources will also be available.
Jewels of Hope aims to mobilise and equip local people to care for and disciple orphans in their community.
Jewels of Hope provides tools to families, churches and organizations (our partners) to provide a means for personal growth and income generation for child-headed households and vulnerable children.
More on their website.
Providing holistic care for 20 000 orphans and vulnerable children and their households through day care centres, home based care, foster homes, and a palliative care centre
Read More on their website.
Food Manufacturers for the poor
Food Supplements specifically for HIV/AIDS
Contact Gerrit and Ria van Schalkwyk
Tel 083 388 8259 or 0792969527 or 012 991 8223
Will be exhibiting their products at Celebrate Life
Annie Kaseketi Mwaba works with World Vision International as Trainer and Mentor for the Church Partnership on Gender and Development Project. She was trained as a Channels of Hope facilitator in 2005 and has served on various Channels of Hope training teams.
Before joining World Vision, she served as an ordained Minister with Apostolic Church in Zambia.
She is a strong advocate for Church Partnerships on HIV and AIDS. She is now a member of the United Church of Zambia and fellowships at St Andrews Congregation in Lusaka.
She is married with one son.
Dr Arnau van Wyngaard has been serving for the past twenty five years as pastor of the Swaziland Reformed Church (Shiwelweni Congregation) and for 20 years as General Secretary of the Swaziland Reformed Church.
In 2006 he became Project Manager and CEO of Shiselweni Reformed Church Home-Based Care. He initiated the training of the first group of 32 home-based caregivers in an area in Swaziland, known as Dwaleni.
By the end of 2009, 770 caregivers in 24 different communities were involved in this project. Together they are caring for almost 2500 clients, most of whom would not have received much care.
In 2008 they received the Courageous Leadership Award, co-sponsored by World Vision and the Willow Creek Association for outstanding work done in the field of HIV and AIDS
George Snyman is founder and CEO of Hands at Work in Africa. He lives near White River, South Africa with his wife, Carolyn, and the youngest two of his four children. In 1994 the Snyman family left their sub-urban lifestyle in search for a meaningful life. Carolyn studied nursing while George did theology and development.
During their studies George took time off and walked through six countries in Southern Africa where God showed Him his call… to care for the widows, orphans and dying. George and Carolyn spent years in the field learning how to care for these vulnerable people; and while doing this they discovered God’s call and passion for His Church.
George is passionate in challenging and supporting the African Church to care for the widows, orphans and dying in their communities. He travels to Europe, North America and Australia speaking to Churches to support the African Church in this endeavor.
Geoffrey Setswe is a Professor and Head of the School of Health Sciences at Monash University South Africa. He was Research Director in the Social and Behavioural Aspects of HIV/AIDS (BSAHA) Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council and served as acting Director and Regional Director for Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) in Southern Africa. He was the founding Director of the AIDS Research Institute at Wits University where he coordinated HIV/AIDS research between 2003-2005.
He has previously worked at MEDUNSA as lecturer, senior lecturer and professor of public health over an 11 year period. During this period, he was also manager of the Secure the Future HIV/AIDS Fellowship programme and he coordinated the university-wide HIV/AIDS Action programme. His initial 12 years of working life was in the occupational health services of the Impala Platinum Mines in Rustenburg where he worked as Occupational Nurse, Night Shift Supervisor and Tutor in the Nursing College
Prof Setswe graduated with a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) and an Honours B.Cur degree with the University of Limpopo, a Masters of Public Health (MPH) with Temple University in Philadelphia, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, a BA Cur degree with UNISA and has six other Diplomas in nursing and health management.
His community work involves responsibilities as deputy Chairman of the Board of the AIDS Consortium. His involvement with the SA National AIDS Council (SANAC) involves being the Co-Convenor of the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) Technical Task Team (TTT).
Siziwe Ngcwabeis a qualified social worker. She is registered with SACSSP(South African Council for Social Services Professions )and SAASWIPP(South African Association of Social Workers In Private Practice), SAICHM (South African Institute for Health Care Manager) specialist member and has 14 years extensive experience and knowledge in individual counselling and working with families, community development, HIV/AIDS interventions, project management and training. As a professional social worker she worked with, and volunteered for a number of community based organisations, and held managerial positions. Through her vast experience, skills and knowledge she has developed an Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programme for Heartbeat centre for community development and an Organisational Development programme for Foundation for Professional Development (Compass Project).
The new CABSA constitution was approved at a Special General Meeting held in Wellington this morning.
With this meeting a long process of consultation was brought to a close. You can read the constitution below
|Dr Andrie Kilian(chairperson) signs the new constitution, while Dr Sam Pick looks on.|
Why change the constitution?
The changes to the constitution were initially motivated by a need for a more focussed and specialised board.
In the past a large part of the Board was comprised of representatives from organisatons with formal agreements with the organisation. The new constitution allows for a smaller and more streamlined board. We have also been able to refine the constitution because of our experience since 2001. The relationship with the Huguenot college changed recently, requiring further changes. The organisation's "Guiding Principles" have also been included in the constitution. CABSA believes that this shows greater transparancy about how we as a Christian organisation would like to act and interact in all our activities and relationships.
The new constitution also makes provision for a new "relationship" between CABSA and individuals and organisations who share CABSA's vision. Inidviduals and organisations can now become formal "Friends of CABSA". Contact Lyn if you would like more information about becoming a friend of CABSA.
The 2009 CABSA AGM was held on Saturday morning 9 May 2009 at the DRC Helderberg in Somerset West.
It was again a time for the CABSA 'family' to share and communicate.
The morning started with a meeting of the CABSA staff and the Western Cape facilitators who were able to attend. It was wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones.
The formal AGM consisted of a Power Point Presentation (available below) highlighting a few key points from the Annual Report. (The electronic version of this and previous Annual Reports are available online. If you would like a higher resolution version, please send me an e-mail). The report was accepted by the meeting.
The new constitution of was proposed and accepted. The main changes to the constitution comprise a smaller board and the creation of "Friends of CABSA". Individuals and organisation who share our vision will be able to apply to become "CABSA Friends".
Our passionate spokesperson, Zane Meas, shared his vision for restored, Christian, fatherhood. He emphasised how important the role of the father is in forming a healthy self image in children, especially girls. This would assist children to make healthy and positive choices, including choices about their sexuality.
CABSA and CARIS had tables available with resources and materials for sale. This was however not limited to our organisation. We also had tables and presentations from organisations in the area, including our hosts, Helderberg DRC and Cotlands, Connect Network and CLF.
A Friendly CABSA welcome from Meloney, Lucinda and Jerry
Did you attend the AGM? What were the highlights? Would you have liked something different? Let us know! Send me an email and I will share your views.
19-20 April 2008
Christian Organisations “Celebrate Life” in a World with HIV
24 April 2004
Randburg: “Celebrate Life” seems to be a strange theme for a weekend focussing on HIV related ministry. CABSA and Fontainebleau Community Church organised this weekend to show, amongst other things, that HIV is not a situation without hope.
CABSA (The Christian AIDS Bureau for Southern Africa) believes that churches and faith communities kan be caring communities, ministering reconciliation and hope to people and communities touched by HIV and AIDS.
The weekend was a network opportunity for Christian service organisations involved in HIV to do exhibitions and presentations of their work. Products made by people affected by the pandemic was sold and there was the opportunity to be tested for HIV. Business and church leaders came together for a breakfast where they had the opportunity to explore the possibilities of partnerships to address the challenges of HIV.
Fontainebleau Community Church’s services on Sunday morning focussed on the role Christians can play in addressing denial at all levels of society. Services were led by the Rev. Father Jape Heath, and Anglican priest and board member of INERELA+ (the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally affected by HIV and AIDS.
The well known actor, Zane Meas (Neville in Sewende Laan) was formally introduced as CABSA patron during the AGM.
Exhibitors and congregation members were very positive about the weekend. Ian Rushton, of Jewels of Hope, said that the event was a growth opportunity for their ministry.
Opportunities such as this is an essential part of the work CABSA does. CABSA also focuses on sensitising faith communities about the virus, mobilising churches through workshops and training of facilitators and ensuring access to reliable information.
Page through the photo album of the event below or watch the video made about CABSA on You Tube
The CABSA Annual General Meeting was held on the 31st of May 2007 in Wellington.
Ian and Anita Rushton shared the inspiring testimony of how God used then as CABSA facilitators to establish Jewels of Hope.
Seen at the meeting was Anita and Ian, together with Christo Greyling, CABSA board member, Lyn van Rooyen.
CABSA realised two of its longheld dreams in February.
The first occasion was an opportunity to talk with and listen to young people. On the weekend of 17 – 19 February a group of 23 “church-youngsters” where invited to a camp in Strand, near Cape Town. They had the opportunity to talk openly about HIV and sexuality. For CABSA this was a very valuable learning experience. The youngsters were unanimous that they want relevant information from the church and their parents, rather than from the media and other sources.
Some pictures from this occasion:
On the left you can see the happy faces that shared their thoughts at the camp
At times the discussions became quite serious!
There was also opportunities for physical activity!
Bringing together trained facilitators of the Churches Channels of Hope programme for two days was a first for CABSA. 25 facilitators from the Western Cape and even as far as George and Komaggas gathered for a Refresher Meeting on 21 and 22 February 2006. For many it was a wonderful opportunity to meet friends they have made during a Training course. Facilitators had the opportunity to share their successes and frustrations in implementing what they have learned from CABSA. Updated materials were provided and new developments in the Churches Channels of Hope programme were explained. The facilitators asked CABSA to follow this meeting up with future refresher meetings.
CABSA is working hard to establish a mentoring programme for all trained facilitators, to ensure that the full benefit of the programme is realised.
Participants sharing a moment of recommitment
We come to you as Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Lord Jesus, we pray to you as the source of our hope.
Holy Spirit, comforter and presence in our life,
Use us, Lord, Teach us to truly be the church today so that we may honour the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
CABSA represented We Will Speak Out SA and other partners at the 1st South African Conference on Violence, from the 15th to the 17th August 2016 at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre. In addition to materials from We Will Speak Out, materials were share from two Coalition partners: GEMA and CABSA. The Thursdays in Black Campaign was also highlighted.
The conference was exceptionally well-focused on gender based violence. There were over 400 delegates, 129 speakers, 21 poster presentations and 14 exhibitors . There were between 20 and 25 visitors at the exhibition daily. Participants had an opportunity to visit the exhibition room at tea break and after lunch, so there wasn’t much activity between sessions.
Brochures and pamphlets were shared with the participants. We had participants who completed the forms to join the coalition; one of them was a representative from the Ethekwini Mayoral office.
Participants were very interested in what Faith Based Organisations are busy with in their communities, because some of the organisations present at the conference had started to work with churches and church leaders. Participants were interested to gather information on activities on sexual violence and gender based violence and how to collaborate with faith based organisations.
There were lots of questions asked.
This was also a good opportunity to interact with other exhibitors and hear what work they are doing.
Together with Lifeline, exhibitors agreed to wear black on Wednesday since the following day was “Thursday in Black”. It made it easier to demonstrate or encourage our visitors about Thursday in Black.
Nomsa Papale from Lifeline and I had conversations on how to reach out to faith communities and what types of programs could be proposed to churches. She found this very encouraging because a lot of people have given up on faith communities. She also appreciated hearing other people’s experiences working with faith communities. She was also impressed on hearing and reading about We Will Speak Out. For her it was not just about being there to represent LifeLine but she has a burden for her faith community. It would be a great achievement for her to see faith leaders in her community working together to combat gender based violence.
Hearing stories from different people about the work they are doing and the impact it has on their communities and churches was motivating. A Muslim lady, who is a psychologist by profession, shared the challenges she faced on starting interfaith projects in Paarl focusing on Gender Based Violence. She faced challenges in also trying to show faith leaders how the project could have an impact if they worked together. She realised that this was a process not a quick fix.
Having a conversations with Doctors Without Borders was also enlightening. Mpho shared about their work with faith communities, she said “I realised that its not an easy task to get faith leaders to work together, it doesn’t matter where you are from and what education level you have. When you want to work in a community you have to have thick skin”.
It is imperative to understand the communities we work in and be inclusive to the faith community.
This was a great opportunity for We Will Speak Out to be known and recognised.
On the 24 September 2016 We Will Speak Out had an opportunity to exhibit at the annual Methodist Church of Southern Africa conference which was held at St Georges Hotel in Pretoria.
The conference was attended by 150 delegates. The delegation is made up of church leaders, lay and clergy, from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Swaziland.
We had an opportunity to interact and share information on WWSO_SA with around 80 people who were very interested in joining the coalition. 60 membership forms and Coalition Membership: Policy Document were distributed.
Even though we exhibited for only 5hrs, it was an exciting and good opportunity to interact with the leadership of the church.
CABSA represented We Will Speak Out SA and Thursdays in Black at the “Truth be Told” Conference at Rhema Ministries from the 14 – 17 September 2016.
Various Christian leaders spoke and challenged religious patriarchy and gender based violence (GBV). There between 50 to 60 visitors at the exhibition daily, participants had an opportunity to visit the exhibition before the sessions began and during tea and lunch breaks.
Brochures and pamphlets were shared with the participants, we had resources from all three partners and most of the resources were disseminated. We had participants who completed the forms to join the WWSOSA coalition. Most participants were very much intrigued by resources on Church and GBV, these resources sparked discussions and questions.
I met Mary-Anne who shared her very painful story with me where she was forced to be indoors by her ex-husband and not work or be part of any activities in her community or church. Every time she made a “mistake” she would be locked in a cage for a few hours in another room. Her marriage has been a terrible experience for her and her young son. She took courage to file for divorce and now she is safe but still needs support and counselling for her son also.
There are a lot of local church leaders who were amazed on the amount of information on GBV and on how they can get involved.
Ps Cele from AFM told of many cases from his church that he turned a blind eye on because he didn’t have any clue of how to deal with the situation but now he will have a new approach on how to deal with GBV in his church.
This was a good platform for church leaders to learn and be exposed to Gender Based Violence.
In June, some of CABSA’s staff exchanged the cold Johannesburg and Cape Town for comfortable Durban, in order to participate in the 7th South African AIDS conference. CABSA was involved in three activities; the ‘Faith in Action’ exhibition, a satellite session and a poster presentation.
The ‘Faith in Action’ exhibition was very popular with many visitors walking in wondering what we were representing. Posters or pamphlets of their denomination triggered the interest of many visitors sparking their curiosity on how their churches were involved in the HIV epidemic.
Although the exhibition space had a strong Christian focus, we had some good conversations with Hindi and Muslim delegates and invited them to cooperate with us in the 2016 International AIDS conference in order to truly have a ‘inter-faith’ presence
For the satellite session we were very blessed to have some great speakers reflecting on their journey with HIV and the role religion played in this journey. Unfortunately, this session had less visitors than we hoped. Many reasons can be found for this, including the time of the session.
CABSA’s poster presentation (see attachement below) illustrated how CABSA’s Churches, Channels of Hope training assists faith-leaders to understand and break down HIV-stigma in their faith community.
In addition to all CABSA’s input into the conference, we also had some time to participate in different sessions, network and simply enjoy the conference.
It was an unique week in Durban in which we were able to equip delegates, but which also equipped our own staff.