FOXFIRING INTO 2020
January dawned and with it the establishment of the latest Foxfire team to carry the mantle for the next twelve months!
Five members of the 2020 Foxfire team met for the very first time on 9 January, whilst the sixth member joined the team on 16 February.
Keziah Balram, Philani Khanyile (‘Eddie’), Fundiswa Khumalo, Denice Masala and Zwelihle Nkosi from KwaZulu-Natal and Mucalynn Koetzee (‘Kelly’) from the North West have committed to this year-long journey of ministry and living away from home with the blessing and support of their respective families.
This energetic group of young people cannot wait to do the work of the Lord through the Foxfire programme; each having had a personal encounter with Jesus, made a conscious decision to accept Him as their Lord and Saviour, and surrendered to Him with great anticipation of the revelation of His will for each of them.
Amidst the youthful banter and humour lies their shared desire for spiritual growth and a determination to make a difference in the lives of those to whom they will minister to and come in contact with, even beyond their Foxfire tenure.
Commissioning of the 2020 Foxfire Team
At a ceremony held on 07 March 2020 the Foxfires were ‘commissioned’ through prayer led by members of the AESA staff and witnessed by family and friends who were in support.
It was a wonderful evening of Praise & Worship led by Bongani (Foxfire Co-ordinator); testimonies from some members of the Foxfire team; a reflective message delivered by Zweli (Foxfire Manager); on God’s timing for everything and every season, the commissioning service being the time of release of the team into their ministry empowered by the Holy Spirit; the Commissioning itself all of which was followed by powerful and energetic dance and drama by the Team.
Bongani Ramongage is the Foxfire Co-ordinator and has been for the past five years.
He is the glue that keeps the Team united; mentoring them, providing them with emotional and physical support and ensuring their general well-being.
Bongani has a passion for working with youth and believes that this is what the Lord has called him to do.
He declares that he has found himself in the right place at the right time in this season of his life.
The Foxfires are under new management in the hands of Zwelihle Sokhela who took office as Foxfire Manager on 2 January.
‘Zweli’, as he is commonly known, is one of 16 children born to his father. His constant vying for paternal attention caused him to question the meaning of life and family. It was his desire for answers, which worldly things could not provide, that led him to the Lord and he was saved in October 2003 whilst still
His first involvement in ministry was to lead a ‘home group’ for his local church. It was at this forum that all his questions were answered during conversation over scripture.
It was also at this juncture that he became aware of his leadership skills and his ability to counsel people in a ‘safe space’ where they feel loved and cared for; which in turn led to his involvement with youth. After completing his schooling career Zweli joined an NPO involved in ministry serving the church, family and community and honed his leadership skills as he rose from volunteer to Managing Director.
He is married to Norma and has two children, Siwakhile and Siphokazi.
Zweli joins the Foxfires to fuel his passion for youth ministry and evangelism and strongly believes that the Foxfire ministry is crucial in taking the Gospel to the youth. As Manager he is intent on providing servanthood leadership to his Team and for their ministry to help the youth to ‘see their lives through the lenses that God has for them’; to facilitate ‘the healing that youth need to find their identity’.
About the Plan?
In the immediate to short term the Team will be in intensive training over the next few months during which they will also gain practical exposure through ministry to schools, orphanages and churches.
The long-term plan is to take Foxfires to other parts of the country, beyond KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng which have been the focus areas in the past. It is also the Manager’s intention to expand the Foxfire team so as to maximise the impact of young skills in Ministry.
About the Man?
Off-duty, Zweli is a lover of nature and wildlife, an avid sports fan but above all a family man who loves spending time with his children.
The Manager’s initial take on his Team is that they have a passion for God, are abounding with energy and have a hunger to influence others through the gospel.
AESA welcomes Zweli and the Foxfire team of 2020 with great anticipation as such an abundance of commitment, energy and passion augers well for the ministry!
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