Young Missionaries Give Hope to Tragedy-stricken Families in the Kayelitsha Township

  Elder Lon and Sister Susan Roberts

  • 16 April 2013

Missionaries preparing the foundation

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  • This volunteer effort of preparing the foundations by the missionaries will dramatically speed up the effort to restore normal family function for the displaced families.

The Cape South Zone missionaries charitably volunteered to assist in building permanent houses for victims of a New Year’s Day fire that destroyed 678 homes in the Kayelitsha Township. 

The rally, led by Elders Dallin Horan and Michael Knight, took place during the week leading up to the greatest charitable act the world has ever known, the Crucifixion of the Savior Jesus Christ.

Twelve elder missionaries wanted to emulate Christ by “walking the walk.“ Young, strong bodies were the order of the day as the missionaries donned yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” vests. They dug through leftovers from the fire using shovels, picks, hammers, and nails to prepare 6m X 3m solid foundations of 12 new houses for thousands of displaced, tragedy-stricken families.   

After the project was finished on Thursday, March 27, 2013, the missionaries gathered at the O. R. Tambo Community Hall to have prayer with victims of the fire who were displaced. The comments and prayers uttered were of thankfulness to our Savior Jesus Christ, and hope for a brighter future through hard work and supporting each other through community service and neighborly love.