By Timothy Dovery (Destiny Leadership Academy Class of 2018)
Dundee mission was an amazing time for the entire team that went. We had the opportunity to help at the church to build and improve their Uptown facility, we painted and moved a lot of stuff to make the Uptown facility usable for kids.
We were hosted by John and Sofe Flanagan; the lead pastors in the One Life Church Dundee site. We had the opportunity to minister to schools in the area as well as visit a boarding home at which we just spent time loving the kids there as well as playing soccer with them and helping them with their homework.
All in all the Dundee mission was a success both spiritually and with regards to the things that need to be done. I Believe that we made an impact on the local community and we were greatly blessed by the people there. I know that we cannot wait to go back – they have taught us many things and we are keen to see them grow.
Jordan Bowden (Destiny Leadership Academy Class of 2018)
Going to Port Shepstone to serve was an incredible privilege, and encouragement.
Having lived there, and returning on mission after being away from home for just a few short months, the rapid growth was so overwhelming.
We spent a few days with the youth group and did renovations at the Bible camp, multiple team-building activities amongst our groups, we went on adventures and led worship at Riverlife Church.
The prosperity that has been sown for both our team, as well as the youth, has been absolutely beautiful. I can confidently say that the work we put in then, earned us a legacy to carry for the rest of our lives in the lessons we learned, the comfort zones we defied and the bonds that we formed.
How blessed we are!
By Riccardo (Destiny Leadership Academy Class of 2018)
The building project that was done at Mphophomeni was a great success and in the space of a week the Destiny Leadership Academy boys were able to level the ground, put up the structure and cement the foundations of the structure. It was a huge learning experience for most of the gents because many of us had never built a church in this sense.
Despite the super early mornings and late evenings, the boys definitely bonded in a way that cannot be described in words and we all got a taste of how challenges can be overcome when we stick together and do everything unto His name.
A few weeks later it was time to lay the concrete slab and so all the boys mustered up the strength we had regained from our short rest to continuously move what felt like 15 tons of cement. We met amazing people like Owen (Lindo) and worked closely with Bongani (Site captain).
All in all, the mighty Mphophomeni experience was great success and did great things for both our team and the Mphophomeni site.
By Tyla – Joy (Destiny Leadership Academy Class of 2018)
From the 22nd to the 26th of March, a group of us went on mission to Johannesburg we spent a lot of time just having fellowship with people there and we spent a lot of time doing street ministry and ministering to people in different areas. We participated on Sunday morning in the service at Gateway City Church in Alexandra. Some of us were asked to play in the band and then we all went and participated in their children’s ministry. We did “Make you famous” for the kids and told the story of Palm Sunday. The kids really enjoyed it and so did we. We got some time to go and do some fun things. We went to The Mall of Africa and The Johannesburg Zoo. We also spent lots of time at braais, lunches and attempting to do a movie night. We were hosted by people in the church and felt very welcomed and very blessed by the end of our trip. It was definitely a trip to remember.
By John Griffin (Destiny Leadership Academy Class of 2018)
This year between the 13 August to 4 September our team headed on mission to two of our neighboring countries, Zimbabwe and Botswana. There were many new experiences, memories and a lot of lessons to be had over those 3 Weeks.
Our first week had us split up amongst smaller towns surrounding Zimbabwe’s Bulawayo performing many forms of ministry, whether it was helping in the building of a church or sharing the word of God. Each person returning with their own experiences and memories of the past week.
The second week we were all reunited as team, and served at the Bulawayo equip at the Rock Church lead by Warren King. It was an amazing opportunity for us to serve as well as talk to and hear from a lot of the NCMI elders and pastors. During that time some of our team left to Harare to go minister to different churches and youth groups.
The following week more of the team left to Harare to help with their equip. Although it was a similar program to that of Bulawayo Equip it still had its different atmosphere and experiences. Visiting all these churches gave us a very good rendition of how churches do and don’t work, what structures stay and which ones fall through.
Our last few days on mission had all of us going to Botswana, Some of Team split to Francis town while the rest went to Gaborone. The guys in Gaborone had the privilege of going to a church that had a very young demographic, which created a very lively and refreshing atmosphere, a church that felt more like family than community.
By Mat Lombard (Destiny Leadership Academy Class of 2018)
I think that going on mission should be a thing that everyone looks forward to. We, the DLA students, recently had the amazing opportunity to mission through a few cities in RSA, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It was an incredible experience, not only because we got to experience new countries and cultures but we also had the privilege of serving at and building friendships with other churches. We got to work with some big built up churches and churches that had next to nothing. What astounded me was the fact that the people who had very little blessed us more than we felt we had blessed them.
We were also able to head into schools and do some kids ministry with the younger grades and take the assemblies for the older ones. It’s truly amazing knowing that you could’ve influenced a young girl or boy with your faith and that they could amount to great things because of your influence and obedience. One of the schools we went to in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, was a school for disabled kids and we had the privilege of dancing singing and praying with them. God really moved people that day because by the time we left, people had been filled by the Holy spirit, deaf ears were opened and some of the kids came to know christ.
There were many more miracles that happened, not because of us but because of the grace of God. It was an incredible time to not only strengthen the friendships with in our team but to also learn more about who we are in christ and to see our father’s heart for his people.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
We have an incredible group of dancers this year who are enthusiastic and always up for something new! We have had a very successful term where the team has been able to perform at some of our church events. They also worked on dance pieces throughout the term which they have performed on various mission trips as ministry. They have been exposed to a number of elements in dance such as improvisation and choreography and have been exposed to dance forms such as Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern and Dance Fitness. They are currently working on dance pieces for our annual ladies conference Sparkle which is sure to be hugely successful. We’re looking forward to seeing them grow in their confidence and skill even more!