Perkins students Katie Lewis and Pavielle Jenkins blog about their experiences in Cape Town during this week’s Perkins immersion trip to South Africa:


Today was our first day in Cape Town, and all of us are in awe of how beautiful this city is.

We started our day with a tour of Parliament and learned the similarities and differences between our government and South Africa’s government. From there, we went to worship at Central Methodist Mission, where several Perkins students had the privilege of helping lead worship. One of the highlights of the service was the singing How Great is Our God together, with Bryson on the piano and lead vocal, Nicole on the violin, and the CMC worship leader Nicole on djembe. As Rev. Michelle Shrader stated, in that moment “two cultures clashed and the Spirit broke in.”

Afterwards, we met with former Bishop Peter Story, who shared with us about District Six (an area of the community where colored people were forcibly removed from during apartheid), his role advocating for the anti-apartheid movement, as well as the challenges and blessings he experienced in ministry during that time. He challenged us to be prophetic leaders in the church and world and proclaimed the church is only the church when it engages the world.

We drove to Table Mountain, but it was closed due to cable-car malfunction. We still were able to see the city and ocean below, which made us all stand in awe of God’s beauty.

We wrapped up our day at Green Market Square, where we enjoyed a late lunch and shopped with local vendors. We are looking forward to learning more about how God is at work instilling hope in the South African people.