In 1994, God opened a door for Rev. Why Duvenhage (a police chaplain in Cape Town) and other members of the Christian Police Association to start presenting camps at Apostle Battery, an old WWII army base that was left vacant and without function. Apostle Battery 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 at Apostle Battery. Rev. Why, his sons, and other young leaders, started presenting camps for youth from underprivileged 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 on a regular basis.
By 2003, there was a passionate group of young leaders. 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 (Rev. Why’s second son) to start this ministry on full time basis, hence the birth of Jabulani Africa Ministries. Gerhard and Rev. Why felt the need to bring all these initiatives under one “umbrella”. 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. For the first 3 years, JAM operated under the “banner” of the CPA, but registered as a non-profit-organization with their own board in 2010.