Who Are We?
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 (ESV)
1. How long has KCOT (Kind Christian Outreach Trust) been operating?
In 2010 the present trustees gathered and asked how and in what manner they can uplift the community of Southern KwaZulu Natal where only ± 26% of the approximate one million people in this area are employed.
2. What need do we serve?
The trust (referred to as “we” or KCOT) started with physical upliftment, like providing water tanks etc., but we were led to uplift preachers and their ministry:
– by providing a tent to a preacher,
– money to build a church and money for planting a church,
– spreading more than 200 Bibles,
– provided study material to a nursery school for orphans,
– attended to those who needed clothes.
Through supporting the ministries, it became clear that the best way we could uplift the black community was by training their church leaders. The decision was made to enable the lay-preachers who are the backbone of the community. We established that most of these preachers hardly had any Bible education, even though they had a longing for training.
After in-depth research was done to ensure that the Bible College is accredited and registered with the Department of Higher Education (so that the qualifications are recognized), Mukhanyo Theological College (Mukhanyo means “let there be light” in the Ndebele language) was chosen as a partner to achieve our vision of enabling the lay-pastors. Accreditation with North West University (NWU) – the official university of most of the church denominations in South Africa, Africa, and South America, meant that lay pastors would be able to receive a degree and even more.
Through uplifting and training the lay-pastors, we spread God’s Word to those in need of more than just physical upliftment. More people are reached with the Gospel and people start to support one another, by living out brotherly love.
This opportunity is seen as manna from heaven, as it inspires, uplifts, and ensures excellent quality in the transmission of God’s Word.
3. What successes did we have last year?
One student completed his Uni-Prep at North-West University (NWU) with 8 distinctions in the 9 subjects required. Twenty students completed the required subjects, for 2014, to enable them to finish their diploma this year.
4. What kind of geographic boundaries are we dealing with?
With the trust starting in KZN, it has geographic boundaries as far as we can find students and set up study centres, but as God opens new doors in terms of funding and volunteers, there are only endless possibilities, amongst others Southern KwaZulu-Natal and the North Eastern Cape.
5. What is the profile of our most likely service users?
The students, both men, and women, aged 24 to 55, want to spread the Word of God but lack the knowledge. They are very dedicated to study and gain knowledge and serve the Lord. KCOT provides them with training, via Mukhanyo Theological College (MTC) for Distance Training and North-West University. Only seven of the students are in a full-time work position.