Sizwe Mkwanazi grew up on a farm at Platrand in the Transvaal, South Africa. He went to school locally, helped look after the cattle on the farm and got a gardening job at weekends.
Going back several generations, Sizwe’s family had been involved in the church, but it was his grandmother who took on a role with the local Methodists in the late 60s, becoming a Church Steward. She had a great influence on Sizwe. In this extract, he recalls services held on his farm in the early 2000s.
Services at Platrand 3.02′
After school, Sizwe went to technical college, then took a University degree and finally a post graduate qualification in Management Services. In 2016 he was encouraged to apply for a Rhodes scholarship and was awarded a place at Oxford.
Sizwe has always been committed and active in spreading the word of the Gospel. He got involved in the Youth for Action Foundation in South Africa, supporting schools and youth clubs, running activities and festivals and preaching informally. He later trained as a Methodist preacher in Soweto. In this extract he describes his calling to preach.
Call to Preach 2.18′
On arriving in Oxford, Sizwe contacted Wesley Memorial and got his membership transferred from South Africa. He has found the style of the services at Wesley Mem to be very different from the settings he’s familiar with in South Africa. He says he has learnt a lot about how to engage different age groups within the congregation, and the various different ways of preparing and delivering sermons. In this extract, he talks about his first impressions of Wesley Mem.
Differences between UK and SA 2.20′