Our history in Eswatini has taught us how we can lead more effectively today at our community centers with the goal of transforming people to transform communities.
Adventures in Missions in partnership Dream for Africa and Service Year for Christ showed the film “Beat the Drum” at every high school in Swaziland. Many students who saw the film made commitments for Christ and decided to wait until marriage before engaging in physical intimacy with a partner. The leaders at Adventures in Missions felt that God was opening doors in Swaziland to step in and help serve whole communities. By the end of the year, our first full-time missionary, Julie Anderson joined the First Year Mission Program to follow up with schools and discipleship commitments. During the next 18 months, as team members from First Year Mission Program reported back, staff at Adventures in Missions began to understand the scale of the desparate need for supporting vulnerable children.
Swaziland began to recover from the historic drought and many of our communities began to show new life. We experimented with new ways to report the good progress we were seeing at our CarePoints, and launched our own web app to help us keep track of the ever-growing number of children we serve. We celebrated the positive changes over the years we’ve been serving Swaziland with two 10-Year Anniversary events including a massive barbeque at our first established CarePoint, Bhalekane.
We welcomed Bheki Motsa as our new country director and quickly experienced life under lockdown due to Covid-19. Our leadership and the government took the pandemic very seriously which kept many people safe from the virus spreading into vulnerable communities.
Our leadership team decides to switch to a new regional model where our staff is much more accessible for the communities we serve. Children’s HopeChest hands over the ministry partnership to the sole care of Adventures Eswatini, leading Adventures to provide Sponsorship in-house. In addition, Adventures Eswatini starts planning to implement Family Strengthening program plans. Finally, the Swazi Leadership Academy changes it’s name to the Servant Leadership Academny and partners with the Umdoni Training Campus to better fit its long-term vision.