The mission of Ethembeni

We exist to bring Jesus hope to families affected by HIV, AIDS and TB in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands by providing comprehensive and gender-specific care, development and prevention services.


Bring hope:

Jesus hope seems to be the tangible spiritual fruit of all we do! People are dying with-out hope.


Our ministry programs go deep into the underlying causes of broken families resulting in HIV, AIDS and TB. We do not focus on quantity of services but on whether our services make a lasting impact on people and families – and we constantly desire to fill the gaps in services that God reveals to us.


We maximise possible change if we respect culture in terms of different gender roles and communication methods for males and females. 35% of our staff are males – Halleluiah! Opportunity abounds for males to lead programs that change males.


Our actions in 3 of our programs have providing care as a key outcome.


HIV Counselling and testing program aims to prevent HIV from infecting more. Prevention is better than cure but so tough when it comes to SEX. We celebrate that 23 staff are married legally and are testifying to faithfulness to God and their life-long partners.


‘Family’ should be understood in a very broad sense as a group of people, not always biologically related, living together and sharing close relationships of care, support and belonging.See above.


All families are affected by HIV, AIDS and TB. We all have stories to tell.

KwaZulu-Natal Midlands:

Gives us a broad geographical focus area while allowing us to respond to relational ministry opportunities.

The Ethembeni Butterflyethembeni-butterfly

The programs chosen to implement the mission can be pictured as a butterfly. The wings represent care and prevention. There is a strong relationship between the two. The body that connects the two is development programmes that compliment or add to or strengthen the two main strategies. These must help the wings to work, to connect the wings. It must not however become so heavy that the butterfly cannot fly.

Call to action:

Email now for your wisdom on our mission. We value your perspective!

Ethembeni values – Values shape behaviour and lead to good choices.

In 2013, Ethembeni facilitated bible studies which lead to unity in what values and which key biblical texts set Jesus standards of how we are to act as His disciples.

The values below are what guide our relationships on our shared journey from vulnerability to wholeness and provide Godly standards of:

  • how we function as a ministry
  • how we behave and regard one another
  • how we interact with all family members
  • how we do our work i.e. as disciples of Jesus

Value of Respect:

  • We listen actively to each other – discerning together what God is asking us to do
  • We recognise the spirit of truth in people who love Jesus through humility and giving and receiving of grace.
  • We give positive

Value of Honesty:

  • We are honest without compromise or corruption.
  • We accept responsibility and accountability for our actions.
  • Truth sets us free. And brings healing and restoration of relationships.

If we are honest and respectful, then we will make good choices.

Good choices will bear kingdom fruit as evidenced by UNITY!

Value of Unity:

  • We believe in making decisions through participation and consensus.
  • We minister together – never on our own. We are called to proclaim the Gospel together, in community where Jesus is claimed as the change agent at Ethembeni.
  • We are servants of Jesus – sharing our own faith and doubt, hope and despair, joy and sadness, courage and fear. Leadership is not about power, it is about service to others.
  • Mutual ministry means being vulnerable. The mystery of mutual ministry is that we have been chosen to make our own limited and very conditional love the gateway for the unlimited and unconditional love of God.

7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. (Titus 2:7-8)

 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

It is like precious oil poured on the head,  running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon  were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133:1-3)

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” (John 21:17-19)

Call to action:

Please send an email now to giving us your story on values!