Today Mark and Micah chat with our friend Roché van Wyk, the director of Learn to Earn in South Africa. We talk to Roché about his education & discipleship ministry in South Africa. Roché and his team are training job skills and restoring the lives of people suffering because of unemployment.
Learn to Earn began as Roché though about the question “How does the gospel transform your community?”. Learn to Earn provides job skills training and discipleship courses for unemployed people in their community. Roché explains how their development programs teach people to become self-governed.
Learn to Earn has trained about 500 people a year for the past ten years, with an 80% success rate placing their graduates in full-time jobs. Roché talks about one student that came from a very rough background that has completed the course and is currently training to own a coffee shop franchise. This young man was headed in the wrong direction and is now loved by his community.
We talk about how churches and individuals can best help people in need. Roché recommends reading the book When Helping Hurts. Learn to Earn believes in giving people “a hand up, not a handout.” In their community, many unemployed people don’t try to find jobs because the relief organizations come in provide for their needs, but don’t equip them to help themselves for the long-term.
Roché’s ministry is dedicated to developing programs and opportunities to empower people to help themselves. Those involved in their program are taught how to take ownership of their training and their work. We talk about how Learn to Earn educates people while helping them to deal with their heart issues.
Would you like to pray for Learn to Earn? Roché shares some ways that we can be part of their ministry. Pray for the crime and corruption in South Africa and in their community. If you would like to know more about Learn to Earn or donate to their ministry, please visit their website.
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Links and Recommendations:
When Helping Hurts – by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
Restoring All Things – by Jon Stonestreet
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