Volunteer Abroad - South Africa, Volunteer Abroad Programs

A Glimpse of Chintsa East through Sunday Worship

by Julie Mitchiner, Greenheart Travel Volunteer in South Africa

Today I went with several girls to the local Chintsa East church in the township.  And by church I mean a small hut with plastic chairs and a desk as the alter.  Brother Rubin and everyone were very warm and welcoming – they gave up their seats for us, shared their bibles and completely embraced us. The enthusiasm with which they conduct their services, and just general enthusiasm for God and Jesus is like none I’ve ever seen.  Loud and active song, dance, praying out loud (screaming, with some crying), and an endless amount of “Amens!”

It’s refreshing to witness people so freely expressing themselves and their worship.  It’s also a wonderful glimpse into such a warm and loving culture.  I don’t think any kind of touristy experience in Chintsa East can top being this close and personal to the local community and really understanding this great part of South Africa.

About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.

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