What a wonderful opportunity to meet old friends and share memories! This is a quick glimpse at the event. A more comprehensive photoalbum is available on our Facebook page
This morning CABSA's AGM was held at the Dutch Reformed Church, Wellington North. More than just an AGM, it was also an opportunity to celebrate CABSA's 15th birthday! Lyn planned a quick overview of some of the highlights of the past 15 years. Once she realized the extent of the memories, she realized that it would be “not-so-quick”! And this was before the other voices were added. The really exciting part of this "flight through history" was that so many long-time friends of CABSA could share their stories. You can share in this walk in memory lane here. (Please be patient - it takes a few minutes to load.)
We were also privileged to have both CABSA's previous directors, Logy Murray and Nelis du Toit, at the event, as well as two previous chairpersons, Dr Adrie Killian and Dr Xolile Simon.
Special gifts were handed over to the staff who has been part of the dream for many years - Meloney Goliath (10 years), Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux (11 years) and Lyn van Rooyen (12 years). It is clear from this photo that it is Thursday, as we are all in black in solidarity with the Thursdays in Black campaign.
It was very exciting to see the newly developed website! Lyn highligted a few features of the new website and announced a very exciting competition. You can read about this here.
Logy gave feedback on the process of changing the constitution. Although there will still be some refining, the following suggestion was put to the meeting:
CABSA catalyses the competence of the Church to bring transformation in the areas of health, well-being and gender equality in a world affected by HIV.
Caring and competent Christian communities that embody transformation and hope in a HIV affected world, in need of health, wellbeing and equality.
CABSA Ethos Statement
The meeting supported the generall princple and again supported the principle of an electronic general meeting to approve changes in the constitution.
In addition to guests sharing may stories and memories they also shared their wishes for CABSA on a message wall and ended the meeting by praying for the future of the organisation.
For a visiual impression of the day click here
On Monday, 2 June, another CABSA Training of Facilitators started with 30 participants and a competent training team of 6 members. The Training continued for 6 days till lunch time on Sunday, 8 June. 'Tunde Fowe of Nigeria was the lead trainer of the team who helped to keep everybody focused and engaged. The programme, loaded with knowledge on HIV and AIDS, opportunities to practice Facilitation Skills and guided by Christian Principles, kept people involved and interested.
It was the first time that this format of training was done – the majority of the participants (25 people) came from one particular community in the Eden Park area in Gauteng. The rest of the participants came from Kenya and Zambia.
The participants all seemed excited about the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to be used in their different faith communities. Here follow a few comments from participants:
Through the grace of God and the financial support of our stakeholders, CABSA had the opportunity to help empower people in order to address the challenge of HIV and AIDS in our communities.
On the 18th of March CABSA had the opportunitiy to look back at the joys and challenges of 2012.
We were very priviliged to share this event with a group of the CABSA representatives and training team members.
You can download a PDF of the Annual Report here or read it online below.
The Infographic provides a snapshot of the activities of the year.
View annual report online
On Saturday 19 May CABSA and AIDSLink International had a shared AGM and Knowledge Sharing event. Like in the past, this was a great opportunity to learn from each other, to network, and to share resources.
CABSA celebrated our anniversary with a number of events on the weekend of 3-5 June 2011. Read the reports and view the photos below.
The first event of CABSA's anniversary celebrations was a evening of music and celebration. Our gracious host was the Zions congregation of URCSA Paarl.
It was wonderful to visit a congregation that integrated HIV in the life and ministry of the organisation. Banners and posters proclaim: "Ons gee om" - "We care"
The evening started with praise and worship by the URCSA Zions Praise and Worship group. In spite of it being very cold, the hall slowly started to fill with people with warm hearts!
Rev Jimmy de Wet welcomed al those present and opened the evening with prayer and lighting the AIDS candle.
A special moment was when the youth of the congregation were invited to light individual candles in the candelabra
We were entertained by the voices of the Bet-El Men’s choir and the Mbekweni choir and the movements and inspiration of the Zions Spiritual Dance group before Rev Nelis du Toit briefly introduced the work of CABSA.
Our special thanks on this evening went to a very special group of CABSA co-workers, individuals living with HIV who played a particular role through their positive lives to address stigma and break down misconceptions. Sadly, only Patti Thomas could be with us, but we also thought about and prayed for Fanie, Quintin and Toni
The final performance of the evening was our guest artist, the talented and inspiring Annalise Wiid. With her beautiful voice, wonderful stories and passionate message, she touched and inspired the CABSA family and all our friends to do even more in our quest to bring reconciliation and hope in a world with HIV.
The evening ended with a warm cup of soup prepared by the men of the Zions congregation!
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The 2011 CABSA Annual General Meeting and Networking Event had a very special focus to celebrate our 10th anniversary. As has become customary, there was plenty of time for sharing and networking, but there was also a specific focus on the organisation's founders.
The event was hosted by the DRC Helderberg congregation, Somerset West
CABSA staff members ready to welcome all the visitors.
Local organisations involved in some way with HIV were invited to exhibit, while CABSA also highlighted the work we do:
We were welcomed to the AGM by Rev Hannes Theron, pastor of the Helderberg Congregation, and the Chairperson of the CABSA Board opened the meeting with prayer, before Rev Nelis du Toit presented the annual report. (The minutes of the meeting, apowerpoint presentation and the Annual Report can be accessed below.)
Lyn introduced the founders of CABSA.
Christo sent his message from the Netherlands by video, and his mother accepted a gift and said a few words about their journey as family with HIV and with CABSA; Logy highlighted the extent to which CABSA has always been dependant on grace and what a privilege it has been to be part of the CABSA journey, and God's provision for the organisation; Corneel also spoke of the passion all involved with organisation displayed, and that CABSA was also part of Attie's passion.
View Christo's message:
Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux acknowledged a few other key role players in the history of the organisation: Ms Esther Blackaller representing the Women’s Ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church, Dr Andre du Toit representing Huguenot College, Dr Pieter Fourie representing Bible Media and Rev Nelis du Toit as outgoing director of CABSA.
Jerry highlighted the important role of other CABSA role players such as board members, staff, training team members, regional representatives, facilitators, donors and friends of CABSA. (Co-workers were honoured on Friday night). He also thanked everyone involved for their role in the organisation and the events of the weekend.
It is very clear that the CABSA family is large - and that the few staff members of the organisation are only the ‘ears of the hippopotamus’.
Representatives from exhibiting organisations had the opportunity to introduce their organisations, and conveyed messages of congratulations:
Helderberg Hospice - Ms Dianne Waddington
Monte Christo Miqlat Ministries Ms Zukiswa Khonjwayo
CPUT - Mr Marius Harmsen
CLF - Ms Hedwig Moore
And then it was time for candles, cake, plenty of delicious snacks, networking and building relationships!
More photo's of the networking part of the event will be posted soon!
|The service was held on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Calvin Protestant Church in Athlone, Cape town.|
Welcome and Call to Worship – Rev Stephen Snyman
Scripture Reading (in Xhosa)
Psalm 146 – Dr Xolile Simon
Candle Ceremony - Rev Elise Theunissen
Prayer - Dr Xolile Simon
Scripture reading (in Afrikaans)
2 Corinthians 4:1-3, 5-7, 13-15 – Rev Kathleen Smith
Message – Rev Nelis du Toit
2 Corinthians 4: 5-7 Though we are clay pots we bear the wonderful treasure of the message of God’s love.
We all know passages in Paul’s letters where we read about the wonders of being saved by Christ. In 5:17-18 he writes – “Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. The old is gone! The new has come! It is all from God. He brought us back to himself through Christ's death on the cross. And he has given us the task of bringing others back to him through Christ.” NIRV. In Eph 2:10 we read – “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT)
However, in our text Paul comes from another angle. Here Paul calls himself and his fellow believers earthen vessels. Clay pots!
Verse 7 – “Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us.” (Good News Translation)
I cannot explain to you what Paul exactly had in mind when he wrote this. As far as I know, this is the only time he used this expression. So instead of putting my ideas into Paul’s mouth I will rather just tell you what this means to me.
* Clay pots are made from clay – from the earth. That reminds me of Gen 2:7 – “Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live.”
Therefore the picture of a human being, or a Christian, as a clay pot is for me a picture of how we are created from this earth. We are part of God’s creation.
* Like many things in this earth, we are also perishable and fragile. Look at a rose – beautifully created by God, but it soon wastes away. Therefore, for me a “common clay pot” is a symbol of something that can break.
* This reminds me of the one lesson we as church have to learn well in this time of HIV and AIDS: We are all breakable. We are vulnerable. And we must add to this the truth that to be human means to be fallible. To put it in Biblical words – we are all sinners. Therefore not one of us can point a finger to the other to condemn.
I think one of the many temptations for the church is to become overconfident, superior, patronising and even condescending. This attitude easily grows when we only focus on the positive statements about us in the Bible and we forget the many other places where the balancing truths are explained.
Maybe some will agree with me that there were indeed elements of this in the church or amongst many Christians in the previous century. We were so sure about ourselves. When I was at university there was this attitude that our generation will be the one who will finally evangelise the whole world!
And then the century ended with the most devastating pandemic of known history. And for most of the time a big segment of the church was incompetent to respond to this challenge. Why? For many reasons, but one reason is that many church leaders were looking down at the pandemic. There message was: “if you are a broken clay pot it means you are still a sinner dying in your sins”.
We forgot – “we are all just clay pots!” Paul is a clay pot. Christians are clay pots. Christian leaders are clay pots.
* CABSA is a clay pot.
* However, to say that all of us are only clay pots, reminds me of God’s grace.
Example of Dead Sea clay pots: Although these pots were from clay and therefore breakable, it kept those scrolls from completely falling apart for about 1,900 years! Breakable but not useless. Even in Paul’s time, breakable clay pots were important utensils for daily life.
This brings me to the second part of Paul’s statement: there is a treasure in the clay pot.
And this treasure is not an eternal soul as the Greeks of those days believed. This treasure is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In verse 6 Paul describes it with a vivid expression that recalls his experience on the road to Damascus. “For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” (NLT)
It is as if Paul says, I have looked into the face of Jesus Christ and I have seen the glory of God.
What is the “glory of God”?
Again I can only share with you what this means to me. It reminds me of John 1:14 – “The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the one and only Son. He came from the Father. And he was full of grace and truth.” (NIRV) The disciples saw the glory of Jesus in his grace, his compassion. How He embraced everyone with the love of God.
This brings me back to the first verses of this letter: 1:3 – “Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him.” (NIRV)
Listen again to verse 6 in the NKJV – “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
When I read this verse I think of Rom 5:5 – “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (NKJV)
And we all know John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (NLT)
The treasure is this light shining into our hearts. It’s not something solid, something you learn and then you have it and you can hand it out as you like. It’s the wonder of discovering God’s tender love.
A simple comparison: you’ve been lying in bed with the flu in the Cape winter. You are sick and it is cold outside and raining all the time. No sun, no blue sky. And then you wake up the next morning, open the curtains and whala! The sun shines on your face! And the sky is blue and the birds are singing! That’s a treasure. It changes you and lifts you out of your depressed mood.
As much as the HIV pandemic has reminded us of the fact that we are only clay pots, the same pandemic helps us to understand the wonder of this treasure. The light of God is our treasure. The love of God is our treasure. The grace of God is our treasure. Seeing Jesus’ disciples embracing everyone is our treasure.
However, this is something we have to discover over and over. We have to remind one another. We have to drink from this well again and again.
But most important of all – we have to share it. We need to be clay pots that poor out the treasure.
According to John 7:37-38, Jesus said: "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Does anyone believe in me? Then, just as Scripture says, streams of living water will flow from inside him." NIRV. Cf GNT: “Streams of life-giving water will pour out from his side.”
To come back to the image of the clay pot. Water from a clay pot will only be refreshing if that clay pot is emptied often and filled again and emptied and filled again. It’s like a clay pot becoming a channel…!
Yes, CABSA is a clay pot, but fortunately CABSA is more than that, it’s a channel! A channel “passing on” this treasure of God we discover again and again. A channel pouring out this treasure of God again and again in a world with HIV and AIDS.
Therefore my prayer for CABSA is: may CABSA, who is a clay pot, always continue pouring out the treasure of God’s tender love, God’s light and may CABSA then be filled again and again with a renewed understanding of God’s grace.
Prayer – Rev Kathleen Smith
Offering – Stephen Snyman
Prayer for UNGASS – Lyn van Rooyen
Today’s date is significant, not only because it is CABSA’s anniversary. On the 5th of June 1981, the Centre’s for Disease Control in the USA published the first report of a strange new disease which would later become known as AIDS. So today could be viewed as the 30th anniversary of the epidemic. And in the week ahead, world leaders will meet in New York at a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS). This meeting will determine the direction and nature of the worlds response to HIV for the future. This prayer is made with these thoughts in mind:
Our celebrations come at a time of great importance in the AIDS epidemic:
Thirty years ago, the first report was published of what became known as HIV and AIDS. In these thirty years there have been many tales of heartbreak, but also many tales of scientific breakthroughs and organisational and national responses. In these years there has been many times when we called to you in despair and times where we praised you for your trustworthiness.
Today we come to you with a particular prayer for the wisdom of your Spirit. In the next few days world leaders will be meeting to determine the international response to HIV over the next few years. We would like to pray for this meeting and all the participants:
But more than this:
We pray this because we know that you are the trustworthy God, but you are also the God of new beginnings.
Give us a new beginning in our response to HIV.
Song – Amazing grace
Blessing – Stephen Snyman
Leader: Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith–– to the only wise God be glory for evermore through Jesus Christ! (Rom 16:25-27).
(Photo's: Jan van Rooyen)
These messages were received on the occasion of CABSA's tenth birthday celebration in June 2011:
Ian & Anita Rushton; TtF 2004, CABSA Representative KZN
Happy 10th Birthday to CABSA, an organisation birthed through a unique vision of the Body of Christ and its mission that has birthed life and spread reconciliation, hope and grace throughout our country and our wonderful continent. May God continue to inspire and grace CABSA's leadership.
May God continue to inspire, resource and grace CABSA's leadership to sustain and expand its life-giving ministry and to embody the Guiding Principles, and its co-workers and facilitators to be channels of hope and life-gives every day and in every way throughout our continent.
Lloyd Khanyanga: CCoH Facilitator, CABSA Representative Malawi, Director FLAEM
I wish all participants to the CABSA celebrations all the best as the celebrations come to the climax. We look forward to another blessed decade.
Mario Muromua: CCoH Facilitator, Mozambique
Thanks for the info and am with you people in spirit! Will keep praying.
Clive Ferreira, CCoH Facilitator, Somerset Wes
Thank you very much for your message. I too am sad that I will not be able to join you at CABSA's 10th anniversary celebrations. I would have love to have been there but the fact is that I shall be away on those very dates. Rest assured however that I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Chris Maphosa: CCoH Facilitator, Zimbabwe
Indeed I remain in prayer and are together with you in the Spirit.
Stay blessed and looking forward to hearing from you the proceedings
Kays (Aaron) Kanyangarara: CCoH Facilitator, Zimbabwe
I will certainly be with you in spirit. I am glad to be part of the wonderful work God is doing through CABSA. Thanks for advising me. Blessings
Wiehahn Maritz: CCoH Facilitator, CABSA Representative, Northern Cape
I would have loved to join all of you for the celebrations and understand that it’s not possible to sponsor everyone’s traveling costs. CABSA have much reason to celebrate! Enjoy every moment.
And, yes, I would be proud to wear the new CABSA T-shirt. Put me on the mailing list! Blessings from Upington.
Caroline: CCoH Facilitator
Happy celebrations! We are marking ours too here and CABSA T shirts will be worn on that day and prayers will be offered too. I wish everyone in CABSA a memorable celebration, wish I were there! Gods Blessings
Janine Ward: CCoH Facilitator, Community Builder
Your childhood is just about over and now you face growing into adulthood...may your adolescent years be smooth and productive! Thank you for training and inspiring so many of us to become channels of hope in our own spheres of influence.
My prayer is that God will bless all at CABSA with renewed strength and direction to fulfill His plan for this beloved nation of ours, and for our neighbours around us. HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY! Viva CABSA viva!
Richard Toxla: CCoH Faclitator, Ghana
I wish I were in S.A to join in the CABSA birthday celebrations … Please, do extend my congratulations to the CABSA Team.
‘Tunde Fowe: CCoH Facilitator, Trainer and Representative West and Central Africa
You cannot attend a CABSA training and remain the same. How do I know? First, from a personal experience. In spite of a myriad of HIV training I had received and my many years of experience in HIV response (part of which included serving as director of an HIV and AIDS programme at national level), CABSA training was refreshingly different - it went straight for my heart and I was transformed. Second, from my privileged participation on a number of training teams. I witness that life changing experience in participants without fail, every time a training takes place. CABSA is changing the face of Christian response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic by building caring communities. Thank you CABSA. May God enlarge your coast of influence.
Buyiswa Mpini: CCoH Facilitator and CABSA Representative in Eastern Cape
I would like to congratulate CABSA on this joyous and historic occasion. I thank God for the 10 years of touching lives and making a difference in people's lives. I appreciate CABSA's mission of bringing reconciliation in this time of HIV and AIDS in our world!!! I thank God that my life is one of those that was touched for the better for participating in the Churches Channel of Hope Programme. I continue to wear my Channel of Hope pin with pride as I know that my life has found a purpose through your programme!!! Thank you, May God continue to bless CABSA for many years to come!!!
Andrie Kilian: CCoH Facilitator, previous Chairperson of CABSA Board, Message from Northern Ireland
Ek dank die Here saam met julle vir die onberekenbare vrug en seen op al die inisiatiewe van CABSA gedurende die afgelope tien jaar. Ek bid dat die goeie gevolge van al julle ondernemings gedurende die volgende tien jaar sal vertiendubbel! Hartlik geluk.
I thank the Lord for His incalculable blessings on al the initiatives of CABSA during the past ten years. I sincerely pray that the good results of all your enterprises during the next ten years might duplicate ten-fold! Congratulations.
Annie Kaseketi Mwaba: CCOH Faciltator and Trainer, CPGD Project Trainer and Mentor; World Vision International, Church Partnership on Gender and Development
Thank you for faithfully serving with churches in making the lives of those of us that are positive worth while. To the Whole CABSA Family we send our congratulations on your 10th anniversary! May the Lord continue His good work in you, through and for you.
Dalene van Schalkwyk
CCoH Facilitator,CABSA Representative Western Cape
Congratulations CABSA! I thank the Lord for what He has done through CABSA the past 10 years. May He bless and help all to continue with what He has planned for us.
Bobby Fredd: CCoH Facilitator
Elzaan de Villiers; CCoH Facilitator, Building Hope
Baie geluk! Mag die Here CABSA oorvloedig seen met wysheid en insig en netwerke. En soos wat fondse vir MIV al meer krimp, “that the church will rise to take its leadership responsibility in caring for the sick, the widow and the orphan”.
Yvonne Morgan: Director, CATHCA
All of us at CATHCA send warm congratulations to CABSA on its 10-year anniversary. Thank you for the great work you do in bringing together Christians in the fight against AIDS! May your work be blessed and go from strength to strength. The need is there!
Johan Bouwer; CCoH Facilitator, HIV/AIDS STD TB Wellness Educator, Employee Wellness Offices
I have been very privileged to be part of CABSA. I have now also reached one of my goals and that is to be fulltime involved with HIV/AIDS in the City of Cape Town. Congratulations on your 10 years! Wow God is good. Blessings to all. Here is looking at the next 10 years!
Verslag or CABSA se feesvieringe op bl 3 van die Kerbode, gedateer 17 Julie 2011.
As part of the CABSA 10th birthday celebrations, two short story competitions with HIV as theme were held. This was done together with publishing partners “Lig” and “Southern Anglican”.
The English competition was won by Brigid Lawrence and Rhoda Kawinga.
In the previously published section, the winner was Brigid Lawrence is a 76 year old mother, grandmother and lay preacher from Fish Hoek. Her story was titled “A Journey Towards Hope”. She says: “I’m sadly aware of the terrible misunderstandings and prejudice that still remain against HIV/AIDS, but also so thankful for the incredible love and generosity shown by many. My char, Nopele, helped me with suitable names, and checked the story for authenticity! I‘d been solely dependent on the internet and an atlas!”
In the novice section the winning story was “Alive Again”, written by Rhoda Kawinga . She is a filmmaker, director and previously unpublished author, who was born in Zambia and now lives in Hout Bay, Cape Town.
Her motivation for entering the competition is “to highlight how the devastation of HIV Aids does not discriminate, hence the only way to beat the disease is to work together regardless of our field of expertise.”
The winning entry in the Afrikaans competition was “Om sag te dra” by Melodie Slabbert.
Net een weninskrywing is in die Afrikaanse kompetisie gekies "Om sag te dra", deur Melodie Slabbert.
Sy skryf soos volg oor haarself: Ek is ‘n professor in Geneeskundige reg aan die Universiteit van Suid-Afrika. Ek doseer onder andere ‘n meestersprogram en ‘n nagraadse diploma in die regsaspekte rondom MIV en VIGS. Die stigmatisering van persone met MIV/VIGS is ‘n kwessie wat ingrypend inbreuk maak op die fundamentele regte van persone wat leef met MIV en VIGS. Die swaar las van stigmatisering is ‘n aspek wat my in regsnavorsing oor MIV en VIGS besonder opgeval het en my aangespoor het om dit as vertrekpunt te gebruik vir my deelname aan die kompetisie. Ek is ook ‘n advokaat van die Hooggeregshof en sedert 1994 verbonde aan die Universiteit van Suid-Afrika. Ek is ook die voorsitter van die navorsingsetiekkomitee van Unisa.
On 8 and 9 May 2010 CABSA and FCC will once again be
The weekend will be filled with art and NGO exhibitions, knowledge-sharing and networking, worship and music and of course a moment for reflection and gratitude during CABSA's AGM.
All events will take place on the premises of Fontainbleau Community Church (were the CARIS office is situated), on the corner Rabie road and Fourth Avenue, Fontainbleau, Randburg.
A Registration form can be downloaded below. (One form for all the events of the weekend). Although this event is free, it would help us to plan if we have an idea of the number of participants at the different events planned for the weekend.
Programme and Activities:
Saturday 8 May 2010
Christian organisations responding to HIV in prevention, treatment care and support will have the opportunity to highlighting their work and make their products available. Interested organisations can contact Lyn for more information
Book exhibition space on the attached form below.
Those involved and interested in the HIV field will have an opportunity to meet with others responding to or wanting to respond to HIV and find opportunities to co-operate or learn from each other.
HIV Competent Faith Communities Conference
Key speakers will highlight various factors around the theme “HIV Competent Faith Communities.”
This is a draft Programme as on the 19th of April, and it is subject to change. We will update information as it is finalised
Welcome and Intro – Lyn van Rooyen, CABSA
Prayer and Candle Lighting, Rev Johan Pieters, FCC
08h30 – 09h30
Networking Breakfast and Exhibitions
09h30 – 10h10
“Compelled by Compassion!” George Snyman of Hands@Work in Africa on the Biblical mandate to respond to HIV.
10h10 – 10h50
The reality of HIV in Southern Africa, with particular focus on the socio-cultural drivers of the epidemic. Prof Geoff Setswe, Monash University
10h50 – 11h00
11h00 – 11h40
Faith Leaders Responding to HIV – The INERELA+ Experience. Carolyne A. Opinde, INERELA+
11h40 – 12h20
The challenges and joys of mobilising faith communities to respond to HIV. Anna Kaura, MCDC
12h20 – 13h00
Governance and Accountability. Ms Siziwe Ngcwabe, IThuba-Lethu Management Services
13h00 - 14h00
Lunch and Exhibitions
14h00 – 14h40
The Challenge - Resource Mobilization in Tough Times. AIDS Consortium
14h40 - 15h20
Using volunteers in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Dr Arnau van Wyngaardt from Shiselweni Home Based Care
15h20 – 15h30
Thank you and closing
There will be an opportunity to test for the HIV antibodies for the first time or to re-test
Art Competition: - Celebrating life in a World with HIV
Artist are asked to convey their impression of the theme: Celebrating life in a world with HIV
Art will be evaluated in a unique way – not by specialists, but by all participants in the activities of the weekend, and not according to the artistic merit, but on the impact it has on viewers. All who participate in the weekend in some way will have the opportunity to identify items that touch them particularly - artwork selected by most participants will receive a five hundred rand gift voucher. Art work will be evaluated in two categories – adults and high school learners
Download more info and application form below
Light lunch and snacks will be for sale and tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.
Sunday 9 May 2010
Christian organisations responding to HIV in prevention, treatment care and support will have the opportunity to highlighting their work and make their products available
All participants in the weekend and individuals interested in HIV work or CABSA are invited to join Fontainebleau for a Special Worship Service focussing on HIV. Pastor Annie Kaseketi Mwaba from Zambia will be the preacher at both the 08:00 and 09:30 services.
CABSA Annual General Meeting
CABSA management and board will present the annual report for 2009 and report on the activities of the organisation
Those involved and interested in the HIV field will have an opportunity to meet with others responding to or wanting to respond to HIV and find opportunities to co-operate or learn from each other.
For more information, contact:
Lyn van Rooyen at email@example.com or Tel 011 796 6830
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Some of the knowledgeable and passionare presenters at the Celebrate Life Conference were able to share their presentations with us. You can download these presentations below. Please use correct referencefor the speakers amd/or their organisations if you quote their material!:
After the inspiring message of Pastor Annie Kaseketi during the worship service, the director of CABSA, Rev Nelis du Toit presented the highlights of the year in a brief report. The annual report and financial statements were approved by those present. Rev du Toit's PowerPoint presentation is available below.
The annual report of this and previous years can be downloaded here.
A First for South Africa?
Visitors to the Fontainebleau Community Church (FCC) this morning stopped dead in their tracks, thinking their imagination has run amok, because on the unassuming brick facade of the church building was the largest red HIV ribbon they have ever seen.
We will add more information as we receive it
Learn more about our work. You can also buy resources, HIV ribbons and pins, or registoer for our electronic newsletter.
A selection of free HIV resources will also be available.
Jewels of Hope aims to mobilise and equip local people to care for and disciple orphans in their community.
Jewels of Hope provides tools to families, churches and organizations (our partners) to provide a means for personal growth and income generation for child-headed households and vulnerable children.
More on their website.
Providing holistic care for 20 000 orphans and vulnerable children and their households through day care centres, home based care, foster homes, and a palliative care centre
Read More on their website.
Food Manufacturers for the poor
Food Supplements specifically for HIV/AIDS
Contact Gerrit and Ria van Schalkwyk
Tel 083 388 8259 or 0792969527 or 012 991 8223
Will be exhibiting their products at Celebrate Life
Annie Kaseketi Mwaba works with World Vision International as Trainer and Mentor for the Church Partnership on Gender and Development Project. She was trained as a Channels of Hope facilitator in 2005 and has served on various Channels of Hope training teams.
Before joining World Vision, she served as an ordained Minister with Apostolic Church in Zambia.
She is a strong advocate for Church Partnerships on HIV and AIDS. She is now a member of the United Church of Zambia and fellowships at St Andrews Congregation in Lusaka.
She is married with one son.
Dr Arnau van Wyngaard has been serving for the past twenty five years as pastor of the Swaziland Reformed Church (Shiwelweni Congregation) and for 20 years as General Secretary of the Swaziland Reformed Church.
In 2006 he became Project Manager and CEO of Shiselweni Reformed Church Home-Based Care. He initiated the training of the first group of 32 home-based caregivers in an area in Swaziland, known as Dwaleni.
By the end of 2009, 770 caregivers in 24 different communities were involved in this project. Together they are caring for almost 2500 clients, most of whom would not have received much care.
In 2008 they received the Courageous Leadership Award, co-sponsored by World Vision and the Willow Creek Association for outstanding work done in the field of HIV and AIDS
George Snyman is founder and CEO of Hands at Work in Africa. He lives near White River, South Africa with his wife, Carolyn, and the youngest two of his four children. In 1994 the Snyman family left their sub-urban lifestyle in search for a meaningful life. Carolyn studied nursing while George did theology and development.
During their studies George took time off and walked through six countries in Southern Africa where God showed Him his call… to care for the widows, orphans and dying. George and Carolyn spent years in the field learning how to care for these vulnerable people; and while doing this they discovered God’s call and passion for His Church.
George is passionate in challenging and supporting the African Church to care for the widows, orphans and dying in their communities. He travels to Europe, North America and Australia speaking to Churches to support the African Church in this endeavor.
Geoffrey Setswe is a Professor and Head of the School of Health Sciences at Monash University South Africa. He was Research Director in the Social and Behavioural Aspects of HIV/AIDS (BSAHA) Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council and served as acting Director and Regional Director for Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) in Southern Africa. He was the founding Director of the AIDS Research Institute at Wits University where he coordinated HIV/AIDS research between 2003-2005.
He has previously worked at MEDUNSA as lecturer, senior lecturer and professor of public health over an 11 year period. During this period, he was also manager of the Secure the Future HIV/AIDS Fellowship programme and he coordinated the university-wide HIV/AIDS Action programme. His initial 12 years of working life was in the occupational health services of the Impala Platinum Mines in Rustenburg where he worked as Occupational Nurse, Night Shift Supervisor and Tutor in the Nursing College
Prof Setswe graduated with a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) and an Honours B.Cur degree with the University of Limpopo, a Masters of Public Health (MPH) with Temple University in Philadelphia, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, a BA Cur degree with UNISA and has six other Diplomas in nursing and health management.
His community work involves responsibilities as deputy Chairman of the Board of the AIDS Consortium. His involvement with the SA National AIDS Council (SANAC) involves being the Co-Convenor of the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) Technical Task Team (TTT).
Siziwe Ngcwabeis a qualified social worker. She is registered with SACSSP(South African Council for Social Services Professions )and SAASWIPP(South African Association of Social Workers In Private Practice), SAICHM (South African Institute for Health Care Manager) specialist member and has 14 years extensive experience and knowledge in individual counselling and working with families, community development, HIV/AIDS interventions, project management and training. As a professional social worker she worked with, and volunteered for a number of community based organisations, and held managerial positions. Through her vast experience, skills and knowledge she has developed an Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programme for Heartbeat centre for community development and an Organisational Development programme for Foundation for Professional Development (Compass Project).
The new CABSA constitution was approved at a Special General Meeting held in Wellington this morning.
With this meeting a long process of consultation was brought to a close. You can read the constitution below
|Dr Andrie Kilian(chairperson) signs the new constitution, while Dr Sam Pick looks on.|
Why change the constitution?
The changes to the constitution were initially motivated by a need for a more focussed and specialised board.
In the past a large part of the Board was comprised of representatives from organisatons with formal agreements with the organisation. The new constitution allows for a smaller and more streamlined board. We have also been able to refine the constitution because of our experience since 2001. The relationship with the Huguenot college changed recently, requiring further changes. The organisation's "Guiding Principles" have also been included in the constitution. CABSA believes that this shows greater transparancy about how we as a Christian organisation would like to act and interact in all our activities and relationships.
The new constitution also makes provision for a new "relationship" between CABSA and individuals and organisations who share CABSA's vision. Inidviduals and organisations can now become formal "Friends of CABSA". Contact Lyn if you would like more information about becoming a friend of CABSA.
The 2009 CABSA AGM was held on Saturday morning 9 May 2009 at the DRC Helderberg in Somerset West.
It was again a time for the CABSA 'family' to share and communicate.
The morning started with a meeting of the CABSA staff and the Western Cape facilitators who were able to attend. It was wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones.
The formal AGM consisted of a Power Point Presentation (available below) highlighting a few key points from the Annual Report. (The electronic version of this and previous Annual Reports are available online. If you would like a higher resolution version, please send me an e-mail). The report was accepted by the meeting.
The new constitution of was proposed and accepted. The main changes to the constitution comprise a smaller board and the creation of "Friends of CABSA". Individuals and organisation who share our vision will be able to apply to become "CABSA Friends".
Our passionate spokesperson, Zane Meas, shared his vision for restored, Christian, fatherhood. He emphasised how important the role of the father is in forming a healthy self image in children, especially girls. This would assist children to make healthy and positive choices, including choices about their sexuality.
CABSA and CARIS had tables available with resources and materials for sale. This was however not limited to our organisation. We also had tables and presentations from organisations in the area, including our hosts, Helderberg DRC and Cotlands, Connect Network and CLF.
A Friendly CABSA welcome from Meloney, Lucinda and Jerry
Did you attend the AGM? What were the highlights? Would you have liked something different? Let us know! Send me an email and I will share your views.
19-20 April 2008
Christian Organisations “Celebrate Life” in a World with HIV
24 April 2004
Randburg: “Celebrate Life” seems to be a strange theme for a weekend focussing on HIV related ministry. CABSA and Fontainebleau Community Church organised this weekend to show, amongst other things, that HIV is not a situation without hope.
CABSA (The Christian AIDS Bureau for Southern Africa) believes that churches and faith communities kan be caring communities, ministering reconciliation and hope to people and communities touched by HIV and AIDS.
The weekend was a network opportunity for Christian service organisations involved in HIV to do exhibitions and presentations of their work. Products made by people affected by the pandemic was sold and there was the opportunity to be tested for HIV. Business and church leaders came together for a breakfast where they had the opportunity to explore the possibilities of partnerships to address the challenges of HIV.
Fontainebleau Community Church’s services on Sunday morning focussed on the role Christians can play in addressing denial at all levels of society. Services were led by the Rev. Father Jape Heath, and Anglican priest and board member of INERELA+ (the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally affected by HIV and AIDS.
The well known actor, Zane Meas (Neville in Sewende Laan) was formally introduced as CABSA patron during the AGM.
Exhibitors and congregation members were very positive about the weekend. Ian Rushton, of Jewels of Hope, said that the event was a growth opportunity for their ministry.
Opportunities such as this is an essential part of the work CABSA does. CABSA also focuses on sensitising faith communities about the virus, mobilising churches through workshops and training of facilitators and ensuring access to reliable information.
Page through the photo album of the event below or watch the video made about CABSA on You Tube
The CABSA Annual General Meeting was held on the 31st of May 2007 in Wellington.
Ian and Anita Rushton shared the inspiring testimony of how God used then as CABSA facilitators to establish Jewels of Hope.
Seen at the meeting was Anita and Ian, together with Christo Greyling, CABSA board member, Lyn van Rooyen.
CABSA realised two of its longheld dreams in February.
The first occasion was an opportunity to talk with and listen to young people. On the weekend of 17 – 19 February a group of 23 “church-youngsters” where invited to a camp in Strand, near Cape Town. They had the opportunity to talk openly about HIV and sexuality. For CABSA this was a very valuable learning experience. The youngsters were unanimous that they want relevant information from the church and their parents, rather than from the media and other sources.
Some pictures from this occasion:
On the left you can see the happy faces that shared their thoughts at the camp
At times the discussions became quite serious!
There was also opportunities for physical activity!
Bringing together trained facilitators of the Churches Channels of Hope programme for two days was a first for CABSA. 25 facilitators from the Western Cape and even as far as George and Komaggas gathered for a Refresher Meeting on 21 and 22 February 2006. For many it was a wonderful opportunity to meet friends they have made during a Training course. Facilitators had the opportunity to share their successes and frustrations in implementing what they have learned from CABSA. Updated materials were provided and new developments in the Churches Channels of Hope programme were explained. The facilitators asked CABSA to follow this meeting up with future refresher meetings.
CABSA is working hard to establish a mentoring programme for all trained facilitators, to ensure that the full benefit of the programme is realised.
Participants sharing a moment of recommitment
We come to you as Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Lord Jesus, we pray to you as the source of our hope.
Holy Spirit, comforter and presence in our life,
Use us, Lord, Teach us to truly be the church today so that we may honour the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit