Reach4Life

Reach4Life is supported by Christ's Church through Prevention Time, a local 501(c)3. Prevention Time funds a Christian AIDS prevention and youth development program in South Africa, where over 7.2 million are infected with HIV and over 2 million have been orphaned due to AIDS. As of mid-2017, about 39% of the population of South Africa was age 19 or younger. The goal is to reach these young people before they get infected, educating them on how they can know God, avoid the virus, and make wise life choices that will allow them to achieve their full potential. However, the program also embraces those who are already HIV positive, assuring them that God loves them and will use them effectively for His purposes.

Using Biblica's Reach4Life© New Testament with lessons included as curriculum, Christian adults from local churches take the program into schools, prisons, and other church and community groups. They are referred to as Peer Educators because most are young adults who youth relate to more easily. These indigenous people know the language, the culture, and the communities where they live and work. They are asked to commit to the program for the full school year.

Prevention Time supports Reach4Life work that is carried out in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Lesotho by Phakama Africa Community Projects (a South African nonprofit). Prevention Time has no paid staff so all funds help pay expenses in Africa for transportation, training, and supplies for the Peer Educators; support for area coordinators and the program director (Thandeka KaMavundla-Nzama); and contributions to Biblica for Reach4Life New Testaments.

Work is carried out in poorer townships and squatter camps. Funding is limited so the Departments of Education often prioritize schools experiencing high rates of violence, rape, pregnancies, drug use, Satanism, witchcraft, and other issues.

Schools provide time for Peer Educators to teach classes. Headmasters are seeing positive results and more schools are asking for the program. Program coordinators also work with schools, clinics, social services, and other agencies to address medical, abuse, and other issues.

Peer Educators are trained in basic Christian doctrine and teaching methods that engage the youth. They are accountable for preparing and teaching lessons, filling out reports, and working with others within an organization. These job skills make them more employable in areas of high unemployment.

Churches are strengthened as Peer Educators, who are now more knowledgeable and confident because of their experience, become leaders and pastors. They also assist in developing youth programs, an area that is often lacking in churches.

Youth are invited to commit to Christ and to abstinence, and to attend local, Bible-based churches in the community where they can be discipled. In 2018, there were 205,754 participants in the program, and inmate attendance in detention centers totaled 27,698.

Commitments to abstinence totaled 85,114 and commitments to Christ totaled 22,046.

Prevention Time is based in Federal Way. It was formed in 2009 and is headed by Lorna Packard. Other board members include Mindy Sauerlender, Kim Ives, Mary Schumacher, John Packard, and Pastor Ed Kelley IV. The points noted on the map below show the major locations where work is taking place, as of 2018. (Some villages are not highlighted here.) New locations are added as funding allows.

SA Map of R4L Locations / Click on image to enlarge