Thabo Mbeki Township

Willem and his team have been working in the Thabo Mbeki township in South Africa for fifteen years. Willem created an ‘up-skill’ centre after realising that job creation is the major need for the community. Here, locals come to the ‘up-skill’ centre and learn new skills in order to find employment.

Out of this centre, two local men, Mongi and Thlani, had a vision to start a soccer league within the township. They now host four tournaments per year. Sponsors get involved to help cover the costs where needed. Willem explains that the discipling is in its early days, but there is a lot of relationship building taking place. 

A team of 15 believers actively engage in getting to know the coaches and teams. They’ve become very open to prayer and meaningful conversation over time and, as the soccer league grows, God is opening more doors to address the obvious brokenness and need. This year, Mongi and Thlani started an additional clinic to ‘up-skill soccer coaching’. Here, local coaches have the opportunity to learn more professional and effective ways to coach their teams. As a result of the soccer league, a discipleship group has started! People meet in homes and are discovering Jesus and committing their lives to Him.

Please pray with us for a movement to start in Thabo Mbeki township and for the continuing success of the soccer league.