Still at university and looking for adventure, we set off to Grassy Park in Cape Town to “do this thing” called Holiday Club. I had never heard of SU before, but I knew it would be a great adventure, with Charles Charmers, our youth leader at Bridgetown Presby, leading the way.
I was introduced to some incredible leaders who gave us a solid grounding in leadership and how to share the love of Christ with young children. Wow, what an experience it was with close to 500 children desperately in need of the Gospel and someone to show them that they matter, that there is a better way to live and that Christ loves them deeply and showed His love by dying on the cross for their salvation.
For some ,this had been the first and only time they had experienced unconditional love with no expectation of anything in return. Year after year, they would return to spend a precious week of rare fun and laughter, goodies, prizes, fantastic stories, drama, music, a friendly face and loving arms.
More than two decades later, having overseen training and development of thousands of leaders (some who now serve in Parliament, are TV personalities, DJs on radio, refs on the international soccer stage, run their own businesses etc), reaching tens of thousands of children with the Gospel and seeing unity in the Church through a common goal, I have only one regret: “that I couldn’t do more”.
The thing about it though is that, in the words of Christ Himself, if only ONE comes to know Him “the angels in heaven rejoice”. If you were to ask me, what is holiday club? I will, say that holiday club is about adventure, leadership development and unity in the Church, but most of all reaching that ONE child for Christ”.
SU Holiday Club Crew Member