The connection that First Christian Shelbyville, Indiana, now has with Swaziland had its beginnings in 2004, though no one at First Christian knew it at the time. In 2004, Janice Wilson joined a group led by Anne Kleinschmidt, a Disciple minister from Kentucky with a heart for mission. It was to be a fact-finding mission of the realities of HIV and AIDS in Swaziland, which by 2004 had already reached the status of having one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world. The hope of that trip was to learn and listen and become witnesses and advocates - to put names and faces to the statistics and to be able to share the stories and realities back in the U.S. Because the trip was intentionally about “learning” more than “doing,” travelers arrived “empty handed” which was a change from most people’s norm of arriving with something to give. This fostered equality and a sharing which might not have been possible so quickly if the relationship had been built first and foremost around material and financial resources.Read more
The 2009 second grade class at the William F. Loper Elementary school in Shelbyville, Indiana collected and recycled about 300 pounds of aluminum cans during the school year to raise $161.65 for school scholarships for orphaned and vulnerable children in Swaziland. The class came up with the idea themselves after hearing about trip to Swaziland from a group who had visited.
The 2010 interns had the opportunity to visit Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland as part of their summer experience with DOM/Global Ministries. "Four Chosen, One Journey" is their testimony of their journey to these four African nations, July 11-26, 2010, accompanied by Sandra Gourdet, Africa Executive, and Julia Brown Karimu, DOM Vice President and Global Ministries Mission Personnel Executive.
In July 2010, the Kukhany’Okusha Zion Church provided an update on the use of Global Ministries donations mainly earmarked for support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs). The funds have provided scholarship funds for these children as well as support for the Neighborhood Care Points (NCPs), which supply clothing, food, medication, and sometimes shelter. The report also provides an accounting of the use of Global Ministries gifts given in support of the construction of a Youth Centre adjacent to the Manzini Church. The Youth Centre project was initiated with the aim of providing a central point for youth services, especially the poor, in the densely populated area of Madoda where the Manzini church is located.Read more