“Discipleship on health and moral regeneration for the transformation of our society”
The Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) in its aim to have programmes that will be focused on Moral regeneration, HIV and AIDS, and other youth health issues hosted a workshop to train youth and young adults on these issues. The workshop was hosted by the Methodist Youth Unit under its Youth Health desk which seeks also to train, advocate and lobby for behavioural change concepts and programmes to be adopted by all societies of the Methodist church and further be usable outside of the church. The training was held from 24 -27 April, in Johannesburg, in the Republic of South Africa, under the theme ‘Discipleship on Health and Moral Regeneration for the Transformation of Our Society’.
The MCSA connexion covers the following countries, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland. The workshop hosted youth and young adults from these countries who were trained to go back to their local churches to be ambassadors of hope, and further train other people on the topics that were discussed during the four days session. The Connexional Youth Unit of the MCSA saw it fit to take its position and lead moral regeneration concepts in order to bring back morality, and safe health practices for our youth and young adults.
Different speakers address the youth and young adults who addressed different topics. The topics ranged from HIV (Transmission, opportunistic infections, prevention and treatment); HIV – Reduction of Stigma and Discrimination; Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Reproductive Health; Life Coping skills; Working with Children in the context of HIV, Peer training and Youth as Ambassadors of Hope. There was also an HIV on site testing at the event.
Through these trainings we recall Rev. John Wesley words that there is no holiness but social holiness, hence the need to address social issues. This activity was therefore about the development of young people to take charge of their lives.