Pastor Julius and Irene Bonani planted a church in Barcelona, an informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001. The Barcelona community had lots of needs--crime was rampant and the entrenched poverty made the church plant pretty challenging in the midst of the massive social issues.
But they soon found out that the most pressing need was providing a safe space for unwanted or neglected children. Social Services workers began bringing abandoned or at-risk children to the Bonanis because they knew that Julius and Irene would provide them with a good home. And over the years the number of children with Julius and Irene has grown to over 30. These children became part of their growing family. They were able to provide for the many needs of the children through their small pensions and the generosity of many people over many years.
South Africa is an amazing country filled with incredible diversity. Our desire is to join with the local church to facilitate a movement of the gospel that engages poverty and inequality in a way that makes Jesus known and worshipped.