In 1993 God began stirring a passion for youth camps in the heart of Why Duvenhage. At that time he was a pastor and chaplain in the South African Police Service, but he really wanted to see the youth of Africa worshiping God in unity. God opened a door for a campsite on an old WWII army base that was left vacant and without function. After receiving permission from the authorities, Why and some volunteers started the renovation process on Apostle Battery. This then became the base of the CPA (Christian Police Association) and would later become JAM’s ministry base.
As the years went by more and more camps were held on Apostle Battery. Later, Why, his sons, and other young leaders, started presenting camps for youth from poor communities around Cape Town. God touched the hearts of these young leaders to not only present camps, but to reach out in impoverished communities and villages.
By 2003 there was a passionate group of young leaders, who were also assisted by teams from California. They presented camps and went on outreaches, but they weren’t connected to a specific church or organization. In 2004 God touched Gerhard’s heart (Why’s second son) to start doing this on a full time base and to start the ministry called Jabulani Africa Ministries. Gerhard and Why felt the need to bring all these initiatives under one “umbrella” since the people who were involved were from different churches and backgrounds.
After much prayer, Jabulani Africa Ministries (JAM) was officially launched in January 2007, with 4 volunteers who joined Gerhard in pioneering this new ministry.