The Kenosis Community is a community founded in 1989 by a German couple and a Zulu woman in Bishopstowe, South Africa. They had a vision for a Christian community within the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of South Africa. To date, four nuns have joined the community and approximately 50 people live and work there. The head of the community is Sr Happiness.
Life within the community changed one day when a child, whose mother had died during childbirth, was found at the entrance to the community. A major problem within the Republic of South Africa – HIV/AIDS – was knocking loudly on the door and that door was opened. Today, seventeen foster children are living in the community under the care of three foster mothers. They live together as a family in groups of five to six each with a supportive mother in a part of the community known as the “village.”