By Monique Chantal Duson
For the last 10 days, I have been blessed to have a Gap Missions Team serve here in South Africa. 9 team members from all over the United States, and one from Zambia, arrived on March 6 a bit tired from their travels, but completely ready to jump in and serve the children of the Cape Flats and Kayamandi.
From our in-school leadership programs, to Gap Camp (for our 7th grade students), to working at Legacy Center in Kayamandi (a township in Stellenbosch), each interaction between the team and those they reached out to was layered in humility, compassion, and love. It was an honor to have the Gap Missions Team here. Our students and I are extremely grateful for the fingerprints they have left on our hearts and this country.
I know that this trip and all that was accomplished would have been impossible without those who partnered with us and financially contributed to this mission. Thank you for your sacrifice.
Below, two of Gap’s team members share their experience being in South Africa.
After attending some GAP trainings, I had figured out that my greatest breakthroughs usually come while intentionally stepping out of my comfort zone; my trip to South Africa proved the theory right. I really had no idea what to expect when arriving in South Africa. I must confess I was a bit apprehensive and intimidated. Between working with the students at Perivale School and the Legacy Center in Kayamandi I was stretched in ways I simply could not fabricate in the U.S. Working with the 7th grade class at the weekend GAP Camp was one of the most challenging and subsequently rewarding experiences of my life so far. I’ve always heard that going on trips to serve like this ends up helping/changing the one who goes even more than the ones being served. Now I know through experience both why and how that statement is so true.
Chris N., New York
The real beauty resides in this mission experience of the South African people, and Gap community group did just that—“ Fill in and stand in the gap of communities.” The children of Kayamandi and Perivale Primary School are faces of both despair and hope for this country. It was a divine mission to be here and interact with the future of this incredible nation. We, maybe, were answers to someone’s prayers. I am humbled to have the honor to impart the love of Jesus to these kids. These kids are gifts from the Lord to me. My prayers in America have names and faces now—they have sparkling eyes, beautiful skin, wide white smiles, some scars, and sheepish look of innocence unto the unknown called life.
Neil U., Missouri