In response to the November 2009 United Nations’ General Assembly declaration of July 18 as “Nelson Mandela International Day,” Lutheran Hour Ministries-South Africa joined with communities around the world marking the day with acts of good works and good will. This annual event (chosen for Mandela’s birthday) acknowledges the former South African president’s considerable contributions in conflict resolution, race relations, human rights promotion, reconciliation and gender equality.
In response to this worldwide humanitarian event, LHM-South Africa’s volunteers distributed soup and bread to homeless people. While honoring Mandela and his efforts, the work was also performed based on Matthew 25:40b … “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Volunteers Mr. and Mrs. Thamsanqa abd Nomaswazi Malinga, who provided their services, waited on individuals and took time to share the Word of God with those receiving food.
Operating from an office in Johannesburg since 1961, LHM-South Africa utilizes Equipping the Saints (ETS), Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC), and a performing arts program to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ministry center staff and volunteers also visit inmates in the city’s over-crowded prisons, sharing the Good News of salvation and encouraging prisoners to enroll in Bible Correspondence Courses.