Responding differently

We so enjoyed having a team from The Crossing Church with us on Friday. After a visit at our flat, we went to the place where I was held up earlier in the week and handed out fish and chips to street vendors and homeless people. We showered the streets with love. We can’t choose what happens to us, but we can choose how to...

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Busy week ahead…

Well an exciting week has started. Today we had early childhood development training at the Central Methodist Church for the crèche staff provided by the staff of the Hillbrow Clinic. It continues on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday we have a workshop on combatting human trafficking and then Thursday the moms at the central Methodist...

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Hillbrow Tours…??

Well, it seems we have begun a tour operation here on the streets of Hillbrow as people have started to contact us to find out what we are doing in this unlikely place! Here we are standing with leaders from The Crossing Church in Midrand, in front of the site that USED to be filled with rubbish…until Nigel Branken started...

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Gunpoint…!

Yesterday, Nigel was held up in his car at gun-point at about 5.30pm just around the corner from us and had his cell phone taken. He is a bit shaken but is fine. I’m grateful that he is alive and we know that God is in control. His friend came all the way out from Pretoria to offer support, and together they went onto the...

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Survivor Hillbrow 2012

Last night some of the Brankens (and lots of invited friends!) braved the “not-so-cold” night and slept on the lawns of the Lutheran Church in solidarity with the poor and homeless in the city, an initiative organised by MES Aksie. Much fun was had by all! Last year was definitely...

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The city heard us

    After calls, letters, emails, discussions with Joburg Connect, the Health Department, Ekhaya City Improvement District, the City Environmental Agency, the Area City Counsellor, Pikitup, Selby Depo and then finally the Municipal Manager, they heard…    

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