To raise up young emerging leaders who can greatly impact the nation of South Africa and the nations of the world.

That’s a lofty vision. But after living here for more than a month, I can tell you that’s exactly what is happening at World Changers Academy!

Like any great vision, this one is being realized through the faithful work of humble people relying on a mighty God. The staff is made up almost entirely of people who have gone through the program themselves.

They work hard because they believe in the message World Changers is bringing to communities all over this province. Because they’ve experienced transformation themselves, their words carry great weight when they speak among their peers.

And this small staff is just a fraction of a percentage of the lives that have been reached and transformed by World Changers Academy. Other graduates of the program have gone on to become local business and government leaders, founders of nonprofit organizations, teachers, social workers and a hundred other things.

World Changers is constantly churning out new leaders. In an area that has lost a heartbreaking number of bright young lives to AIDS, this is incredibly good news.

I have great hope for the future of Kwazulu-Natal because I have lived among some of the men and women who will lead this province forward. Talk about impacting a nation.

It all starts here in a few modest buildings hidden on a hillside. Take a deeper look at how World Changers is raising up young leaders who are impacting the world!

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Next Steps
    • Pray for the staff of World Changers Academy! Pray for provision for their needs, safety in their travels and encouragement in their work.
    • World Changers hopes to add additional lodging and classroom space on campus to accommodate more students. A donation to Loving South Africa could help make this dream a reality.
    Next Steps

About the Author: Jen Gunnels is a 2012 summer intern. She graduated in 2005 from Indiana University, where she studied journalism, political science and IU basketball. She loves sports, country music and the state fair and after feeling a stirring in her heart to leave her cubicle and go write, she is doing just that!

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  1. Tyler Perrott said... 


    July 24th, 2012 at 2:49 pm  

    Jen! What a great job on this I loved your pictures they were fantastic. How bad does your leg hurt riding in those taxis for three hours? Because I am pretty sure its about to fall of even whenever we are riding around in Cornelius.

    • Jen Gunnels said... 


      July 25th, 2012 at 5:40 am  

      Ty Ty…let’s just say your femurs would be aching after three hours in the taxi!

  2. JimM said... 


    July 26th, 2012 at 7:16 am  

    Thanks Jen, it is true that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Your description of how World Changers operates was great. Taking the message and teaching “out” to the people, rather than having people come “in” to WC, is awesome. The world is changed when a small number of committed/devoted individuals is sent out to love and teach others…. Haven’t we seen this model before?…Nice work.

    • Jen Gunnels said... 


      July 27th, 2012 at 5:25 am  

      Thanks Jim! It really is an incredibly effective method! This small staff is making such an enormous impact!

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