For the last 10 years, Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni has had very close ties with 4 schools in our suburb. For example, we read Scripture, explain the meaning and pray in weekly assemblies. And we coordinate and teach weekly Christian Student Association meetings. We have worked closely with Crystal Park High School, Crystal Park Primary School and Jahari Christian Academy; as well as Gekombineerde Skool Noorderlig in the past.
We also minister practically. We do this by feeding the most vulnerable at schools in our suburb as the Lord enables us. The need has been greater than we anticipated, but so has the Lord’s provision.
What do we do?
Each day a cook arrives at the school, sets up and prepares a porridge. We distribute the food to the children during lunch, clean up and pack up.
We have a trained auxiliary social worker. She tracks, engages and identifies ways to connect vulnerable children to support structures.
What do the children eat?
We feed the children a nutritious porridge that we buy from Joint Aid Management (JAM). You might know them as “Hope in a Red Bowl”? This porridge provides children with a balanced meal. It is fortified with the vitamins and minerals they need for healthy growth. Each meal costs less than R 3.00 to serve.
How many children are we feeding?
We’ve been feeding 2 groups of 45 children daily at Crystal Park High School. We will start feeding another 45 children daily at a second school from the beginning of the third term.
What impact do we have?
Teachers report that children are more attentive in class during the second half of the day. They’re also more motivated.
We’ve had feedback from Grade 12 learners. This is the only meal they receive, especially at the end of the month. And they’ve requested we to put some food aside so they can take it home for supper.
How can you partner with us financially?
We can accept credit and cheque cards, instant EFT, Masterpass, SnapScan, Zapper, debit cards and SCode vouchers. Transactions are secured by PayFast.
Our banking details:
Bank name: Standard Bank
Branch name: LAKESIDE MALL
Branch code: 3042
Account number: 02 110 310 0
Account type: CURRENT
SWIFT code: SBZAZAJJ
How else can you partner with us?
Would you like pray for this ministry? Would you like to cook? Or be a mentor once or twice a week? Or would you like to partner with us in another way? Put up your hand by filling in this form.
Who is our team?
Mirriam is our auxiliary social worker. With 15 years of experience in social services, she spearheads the ministry.