Be transformed into the image of Christ.
It all started
In 2006, when a group of friends went to Pretoria’s City Centre to feed the homeless people sleeping on the side-walks. We were delighted by their warm welcome, but also saddened by their plea for more food. Approximately a year passed before we returned to the streets and witnessed the exact same scenario. God stirred a passion in our hearts for the homeless people and we initiated a “Feed the homeless” project. A desire emerged within us to assist the homeless and invest in their lives, beyond just feeding them.
This desire gave birth to Kingdom Culture, a non-profit company (NPC 2014/159950/08). Kingdom Culture’s main base of operations is in Central Pretoria, South Africa and run the following established projects: Feet on the Street (previously Feed the Homeless), OpenChurch and the Worship Centre. New projects that we have taken on are: Relieve hunger and safe a life, Temporary homeless shelters and church in the park. The projects change as the needs change and the future vision takes shape. Established projects functioning within in Kingdom Culture include Feet on the Street (previously Feed the Homeless), Open-Church and the Worship Centre, to mention a few.
Throughout the years many people have volunteered and assisted in the outreaches and have been changed by what they’ve seen and experienced. Part of our vision and culture is to grow, equip and raise up leaders and see the Kingdom of God advance because Holy Spirit have ignited their dreams. It is a blessing to see how they have grown and are impacting the communities they infiltrate.
We do not have all the necessary skills and resources to meet all the needs of the city and therefore welcome taking hands and connecting with other ministries and churches. We all work towards the same goal of advancing the Kingdom of God, which includes helping people in need and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
To empower, feed, clothe, train and develop the under-privileged people in Pretoria – and ultimately South Africa – by utilising a Christ Centred approach with the assistance of volunteers.
To serve the community through a non-denominational, non-discriminatory service to all races, ages & genders, regardless of their circumstances.
To uplift the destitute community with the assistance of volunteers.
Maintain our Non-profit status thus relying on sponsorships and people volunteering their skills and time.
To work towards providing food, clothing, skill training and personal development to the communities by networking with Kingdom Culture partners.
With due cognisance of the above, we aim to make a positive contribution towards making a real difference (in the lives of individuals and the community
HOW WE WORK
We don’t have an “us and them” mentality when we reach out. We recognise that all people are loved by God and have the same precious value and worth regardless of what they do, where they live/sleep and what they have/own.
We get involved on a personal level from the start; we have normal conversations and ask about their skills, family, health and daily lives, just as one would get to know anyone else at a braai, social gathering or church. We develop real relationships, know each other’s names and they also start asking out about our lives and eventually about God too. By showing that we truly care, they begin to care for us too.
Trust is earned and it is much harder to earn trust from someone that has been “cast out by so called society”. By being consistent with our love and approach; remembering their names and stories, we start to earn their trust and get to make a positive difference in their lives.
WHO WE SERVE
Interestingly, we found that more than 80% of the people we speak with on a regular basis start living on the street by their own preference, because they are taking care of their families. They are typically from rural areas, where they were unable to find jobs, so they came to the city to work and then take money back to their families, or send it home when they can. They choose to sleep on the sidewalk, in order to save as much as possible and also often don’t eat for days for the very same reason.
For some the only way to survive the cold nights and harsh circumstances is to resort to using drugs or alcohol. A very large percentage of the people we work with are highly addicted to Nyaope (Heroin and weed), Heroin and Rocks. Often the only food they eat are when they are given food by their employers or by compassionate people. All the food and blankets we provide are from donations.
What we found is that most of our friends on the streets have heard much about God, but have never had a personal relationship with God.
When we pray with them and they truly have an encounter with God, they start to accept the goodness of God and allow Him to transform their lives, step by step. They regain self-respect and start behaving differently, like being on time for work, being more diligent and thus many of them have been able to find permanent employment. In our outreach in Voortrekker Road, it came to the point where many of the people who we were meeting with moved on because they found employment and we actually had to find a new location to reach out to. We have since moved to various different locations in PTA CBD and started building relationships and feeding people there, until the time arise where we need to find a new location to build relationship.
We trust for these new places to be emptied out like Voortrekker Road and will continue to build relationships and love on the destitute in our city.