Food Containers: Over 6000 orphans and vulnerable children come to us every day looking for perhaps their only meal. While our agricultural sustainability projects have been expanding, a serious drought eliminated most of the crops this year. While supplemental food is sent each year as we develop sustainability, we are in need of an increased shipment of food this year. The food is donated, but we pay the shipping. For $11,000 we can ship and import 250,000 needed meals. Any contribution helps!
Ravaged by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world, leaving thousands of children — 12% of the population — without parents. In addition, 40% of all Swazis live on less than $1.25 per day, which is below the international poverty line.
But we believe God has a redemptive plan for Swaziland.
The key to a nation’s future is its children — in the care for their physical well being, the fulfillment of basic needs like food, clean water, and shelter, and in their education.
We see a generation of children raised up to take leadership of their country and go throughout the world to preach the Gospel, following Jesus with passion and character. We see communities with healthy families characterized by healthy relationships, leading towards an abundant and holistically healthy future for their nation.
We want to see children become well-adjusted adults living abundant lives through Christ and contributing in productive ways to their society through church, work, family, and community. We address this vision through our partnership with Children's Hopechest and the neighborhood Carepoints where they have access to food, discipleship, clean water, education, and healthcare.
Within every community, we want to see vital, reproductive churches that reach across generations to help people grow spiritually. We do this through Adventures' focus on church planting and church partnerships.
Through efforts in leadership development and sustainable agricultural, we are also able to use micro enterprise to build people up in their current lives, as well as come alongside them, as they learn and grow for the future.
To find out how you can join us in empowering the next generation and partnering in community development throughout Swaziland, check out our projects and trips below!
A powerful way to partner with what God is up to in Swaziland is through church partnerships.
This is when churches in the States partner with an existing church or Carepoint/community development project. This partnership for prayer and finances also includes travelling once a year to visit your project, bringing a group from your church to build relationships with the community and children. These trips develop into rich relationship experiences. A typical length of commitment for our partnerships is 5 years.
We’ve seen Carepoints developed and churches planted through these partnerships!
New Hope church in Harrisburg, PA, and Pastor Bheki in Mbhutu, Swaziland, have been in partnership for some time. This has led to not only church growth, but also the planting of three church plants in the past few years. Additionally the New Hope partnership has been involved in Carepoint sponsorship, developing prayer partners between churches, building projects, pastor training, and much more.
"Partnering with a church in Swaziland has had a big impact on New Hope Church. It has opened many eyes and has allowed us not only to help those in need, but also to meet and build relationships with those we are assisting. Our partnership with a sister church in Swaziland has moved our church into global mission work in a dramatic and fruitful way!" - Greg Starr
"This whole experience so far has raised the awareness of our entire church to world issues with AIDS and hunger. It has become more personal, something they can really connect with. Now that we have partnered with the Nsoko church, we all look forward to establishing a long and deeper relationship with the people of Swaziland. I have personally been changed forever and am devoting the rest of my years to God's vision for Swaziland." - Ken Roosenberg
Our vision is to see a Swaziland full of people living abundant lives through Christ. The Gospel is at the heart of our ministry. Along the way we need help feeding 5000 orphans and vulnerable children each day. As people meet Jesus and there is assurance of food security, we focus on sustainability projects. Growing food, access to safe water, child education, and leadership development are key initiatives to empower people for better lives. Your gift of resources - time, talent, or finances - are most welcome!
5000 orphans and vulnerable children come to us every day looking for perhaps their only meal. In partnership with Children's Hopechest we depend on regular shipments of food containers. $10,000 can deliver 250,000 needed meals. Any contribution helps!
Investing in the future means investing in future leaders. With an active leadership development program we are doing just that. $300 per month for two years can train an emerging leader in our apprenticeship program.
Swaziland is a nation of contrasts. Hope and desperation. Undeniable light and unspeakable pain. Beauty and darkness. The Swazi people are welcoming, happy, and proud of their culture. There are also many who suffer. Swaziland has the world's highest infection rate of HIV/AIDS. Almost 50% of the 1 million Swazi's are under age 18 and 40% of those children are orphans. The economy is struggling and 70% of Swazi's live on less than $2 per day.
By going to Swaziland you can be hope. As you learn about the culture and meet the people you'll hear about the many ways Adventures Swaziland is working alongside Swazi's to bring healing, redemption, and light.
200,000 OVC (orphans and vulnerable children) provide ample opportunity to share the Love of God and the Gospel of Jesus. You will see firsthand
in the smiling faces and warm embraces there is reason for optimism about the future.
Partnering with a local Swazi church can help reach entire communities devastated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Home visits are crucial to build relationships for love, encouragement, and prayer.
Special projects like home repairs, medical outreach, sports outreach, or hospital visitation touch the poorest of the poor.
Depending on type of trip, purpose, and length of stay this could be a typical daily schedule:
Arrive, overnight in Johannesburg. Adventures staff will greet you at the airport and take you to comfortable and safe lodging.
Make the beautiful 5 ½ hour drive to Swaziland. Culture Orientation in the afternoon, dinner, settle into lodging.
Attend church - take part in the service and go on Sunday afternoon home visits. Return to lodging for evening group time and organizing for week of ministry.
Day 5 - 8
Morning prayer time together as a group, minister at care points in the AM and home visits/construction projects/special outreaches in the PM.
Shop, safari, or more ministry.
Drive back to Johannesburg for flight home.
"Swazi breaks your heart in some ways, yet refreshes your spirit in a way that is indescribable. I am inspired, challenged, and refreshed each time I visit."
"The people there will capture your heart and will become friends that you pray for, ask about, and love. It was not simply a chance to go on a missions trip, it was an opportunity to meet Jesus in the faces of little ones and to learn what having family in the body of Christ is truly about."