Samuel Kwena Mpebe (50) has been blind since the age of two. But that hasn't stopped him from unstintingly serving his community
In the community of Ga-Taueatsoala (Steiloop), in the Waterberg district of Limpopo, Mpebe is well-known for the support and guidance he gives to anyone who asks for it. Often, because services are scarce in this rural area, he is the only one to whom they can turn.
For the past seven years, Mpebe has volunteered at his local church, assisting anyone - irrespective of the denomination to which they belong - who arrives on his doorstep. And he is available to them for eight hours a day, seven days a week.For the past seven years, Mpebe has volunteered at his local church, assisting anyone - irrespective of the denomination to which they belong - who arrives on his doorstep. And he is available to them for eight hours a day, seven days a week.
"He has committed himself to the community of our village," says Mpebe's friend Dan Makhutja, who nominated him to be a Brothers for Life Brother of the Month. "They don't have other people who can help them."
Makhutja says others are not willing to do the job, even if they are better-qualified or more able-bodied, because it does not pay them to do so - but that this has not deterred Mpebe.
"Death has overwhelmed our areas due to sicknesses which are unrecognised and incurable by medical institutions. As such, people of all genders and ages suffer and put most of their faith in the church.
"Realising the significance of the church services needed by the community of our village and those around us, he has dedicated himself to do the job with perseverance," says Makhutja.
In so doing, Mpebe often commits his own scarce resources to serving his community, such as using his disability grant to buy airtime to contact people needing his assistance.
Mpebe is modest about the service he offers to those around him - but it is clear that he derives spiritual fulfilment from the work he does.
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