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What Churches Are Doing

The following scan of what churches around the world are doing with C4L - as Mission partners - is telling. 

Initially, churches tended to support C4L's care and support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).  C4L moved past that focus as Unemployment replaced HIV/AIDS as the "supercrisis".

But we still find that churches gravitate towards our Listening programme...

Horizons of Dignity
The new project addresses the problem of Youth Alienation.  It is described in more detail here.

In 2005, C4L was ahead of "the curve" in terms of training teachers and youth leaders to provide care and support for orphans.  In 2010 it was again ahead of the of "the curve" is noting that the need to address youth unemployment was the top priority.  In 2016 C4L is again pioneering a new concern - not so much a Generation Gap as a Values Gap.  The "born-frees" are a different ilk from the generation that led South Africa in its free and democratic era.  Yet they are being sidelined by the status quo, having lost so many of their parents along their way to detrimental government policy.

Their exasperation is captured in the following paraphrase, derived from a great black church leader:

We come to our nation's rulers to cash a check.

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution,

they were signing a promissory note to which every South African was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all women and men

Yes, young as well as old

would be guaranteed paying work and sufficiency.

It is obvious today that the nation has defaulted on this promissory note

insofar as so many of her citizens are unemployed.

Instead of honoring this sacred obligation,

South Africa has given its youth a bad check,

a check that has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.

We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults

of resources and opportunity in this nation.

And so we've come to cash this check,

a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed indaba to remind South Africa of the fierce urgency

This is no time to engage in the luxury of fat-cat salaries

or to take the tranquilizing drug of patronage

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.

Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of corruption

to the sunlit path of honesty and transparency

Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of malpractice

to the solid rock of integrity

Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

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Church channels have tended to focus on C4L's Listening intitiatives - first grief counseling for OVC, then Christian Listening, and now the Horizons of Dignity project.

Partners in mission also provide a more flexible kind of resourcing on the whole than institutional partners like Donors or SETAs.  The combination of the two sources is mission-critical - a nonprofit like C4L cannot keep going on just one or the other.  They are symbiotic and synergetic.