One of the most effective ways of communication is the arts. Very few things, if any other, speak straight to the hearts of young people like dance, drama and music.
Youth for Christ South Africa has a very strong history in reaching young people through the arts. They have used touring ministry teams such as bands like Khanyisa. Khanyisa, and other such teams toured South Africa extensively, as well as other countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, United States, Germany, England and others.
The Performing Arts in Youth for Christ South Africa’s context is a two-pronged ministry:
- As mentioned before, communicating the message of Jesus Christ to young people.
- Providing opportunities for young people gifted in these areas to reach their peers. Young people volunteer for a year and serve in teams such as Buyela and iThemba.
Team iThemba has been going for over fifteen years. Young people from South Africa and Germany make up teams that tour Germany, reaching young people in schools.
Team Buyela is more recent than iThemba and tours South Africa primarily, using music dance and drama. They reach young people in schools, prisons, churches, communities and wherever doors open.