They found themselves in a room they would never have found on their own, full of Somali ladies, getting some henna decorations and just chatting with one another.
Tami and Alu are part of the Diaspora team in Cape Town, South Africa. They explain how there has been a growing burden on their hearts for the Somali people living in the city. “God has really put some special love in our hearts for the Muslims of Somalia,” they shared and added how this motivated them to go to the area where many Somalis live, with the hope and intention to develop friendships with some of the women.
For many years OM prayed to see a ministry formed in Cape Town that would reach out to the many nations in Cape Town. In 2010 it became reality, Diaspora Hope Ministries was born. It started small with just one or two friendships on the market. Friendship became the heart of the ministry. The ministry on Green Market Square grew with more people joining the team. There are now several discovery bible study groups on and around the market and we have made steps in empowering the traders through different means like English classes, skills development and business training.
In 2011 we opened our international student cafe in partnership with a local church. The first years were hard work. We moved more and more on campus doing outreaches, flashmob’d on social justice, movies, etc. All of this we called UNIC (Unite Nations in Cape town); we now have an average of 50 international students attending the cafe every Thursday evening. They are being impacted by a gospel-centred community.
We prayed for many years for the Somalis in Cape Town and in the beginning of 2014, God all of a sudden opened doors for some team members. Through henna hand painting we were able to connect with some Somali women on a deep level. We are currently also looking at ways to connect with the men.