We had a wonderful time in Durban, where around 100 people joined us to work with local churches and organisations; have a read below for some testimonies. We’ll keep you updated with any plans for another trip.
My eyes were opened and instead of feeling anger and despair at the poverty around me, I felt a peace and an eagerness to go and make a difference. I have returned to the UK a changed person, more passionate and eager to get to know Jesus better and my faith feels more alive than it ever has.
I felt I was at a crossroads myself before I went to Durban, I wasn’t sure about Christianity or the church anymore. It always felt far away and like it didn’t understand me. But I was proven wrong in Durban, the church was there for me from the moment I arrived and what it is doing all over the world is inspiring.
God turned all my head knowledge into heart knowledge – I feel him so much more!
It was amazing meeting people whose faith in God seems to defy their circumstances and seeing how God is working steadily in dark places. It really helped me understand what sacrifice for his Kingdom really means.
I feel like God changed my heart through my time in Durban.
What did it cost?
The package cost was £650. This cost included accommodation, breakfast, lunches on project days, mission costs, in-country travel and the game drive visit.
The cost of flights, travel insurance, jabs, any activities for the second day-off, lunches on non-project days, dinners and any other costs were not included here.
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The minimum age is 16 (at the time of the trip), and any under18s will need to be booked on with someone who is 18+ (with a ratio of one over18 to three under 18s) who will be their responsible adult. Unfortunately there is legislation which makes it complicated for under 18s travelling into South Africa, so if you are under 18, please carefully read the relevant information from the South African Department of Home Affairs below as you will need to ensure that you make the necessary arrangements.
This is the form that would need to be filled out for under 18s, but please do read the information below that goes with it.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL THROUGH A PORT OF ENTRY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
· Where both parents are travelling accompanied by one or more of their children, such children have to produce:
– Valid passports and an UBC (unabridged birth certificate) or Equivalent Document for each child travelling.
· Where only one parent is travelling with a child, (or children), each child has to produce:
– A valid passport, an UBC or Equivalent Document for each travelling child and the Parental Consent Affidavit from the non-travelling parent whose details are recorded on the UBC or Equivalent Document.
· An unaccompanied minor has to produce:
– A valid passport; an UBC or Equivalent Document; Parental Consent Affidavit; letter from the person who is to receive the minor in the Republic containing such person’s residential and work address and full contact details in the Republic, a copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the minor in the Republic.
· A person who is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, such child must produce:
– A valid passport, an UBC or Equivalent Document and Parental Consent Affidavit.
– These requirements apply also to children travelling with school groups.
· A child in alternative care shall produce:
– A valid passport and a letter from the Provincial Head of the Department of Social Development where the child resides authorising his or her departure from the Republic as contemplated in section 169 of the Children’s Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).
· One of the following documents may be presented in the absence of a Parental Consent Affidavit referred to above:
· A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or full legal guardianship of the child exclusively to the travelling parent ;
· A court order granted in terms of section 18(5) of the Children’s Act, 2015, (Act No. 38 of 2005) which is a court order granting permission for the child to travel in the event that there is a dispute or no consent forthcoming from the parent/s of a child; or
· a death certificate of the deceased parent.
· Where only one parent’s particulars appear on the UBC or equivalent document, no parental consent affidavit is required when that parent travels with the child.
· In the case of divorce, where custody of a child/children is shared, parental consent by both parents is required.
· Where a Parental Consent Affidavit is presented, also required are full contact details and copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child.
· The consent of parents recorded as such on the Unabridged Birth Certificate or Equivalent Document shall be required regardless of the marital status of the parents of the child.
We had a brilliant time in Durban in April 2015 working with our friends at LIV Village. It was a privilege to be there, to get involved in kids clubs, to play sports, to hang out with the LIV families, to be a part of the Easter sunrise service and to build a new home for a family whose house had become inhabitable. We loved working alongside the LIV team and proclaiming God’s kingdom in our words and actions. Check out the video to see some of the highlights of our time.