These are the programmes the Warehouse has innovated over the years to help churches respond to the issues they face in their communities. There are ongoing processes that grow, morph and develop as community needs change. These are part of The Warehouse's incubation role in developing responses to issues within a development framework and Kingdom of God perspective.
- The formal economy shed 800 000 jobs in 2009
- South Africa has the largest inequality quotient in the world
- An estimated 1 million south african children are used for labour
God Makes the Match
Sometimes people ask why we don’t send out requests (via e mail or our church networks) for the many specific items that people need. When Urban Gleaning gets a specific request for someone in need, we either have the item in The Warehouse and can gladly send it their way, or we do not, but can pray that God sends it through our doors soon. The second option means that we appeal to God to move someone to give something that will bless someone else, specifically.
A few weeks ago Urban Gleaning got a call from a pastoral couple in Khayelitsha who have adopted a baby girl but did not have everything they needed to care for her. What they most needed was a cot. We did not have one, but that afternoon, two teenage girls from a local church, who give time each Monday afternoon, carefully packed a beautiful “baby-shower” gift of essentials for them, and also started to pray.
The next Monday the two girls arrived with one burning question: “Has the cot arrived?!” Their faith was striking, but there was no cot. This continued for another two weeks (with one false alarm of a cot that was offered, but was badly broken). Then one day a gentleman came in with a beautiful wooden cot. When he found out that his gift was an answer to prayer and would be going to a couple and their newly adopted daughter, he was thrilled. He and his wife had adopted their child a few years ago, and he was so happy to hear where the cot would be going!