Human Trafficking Workshop

Today saw the meeting together, at our very conveniently-placed and generously-offered Lutheran Church meeting room, of 15 people from places including Durban, Cape Town, Bertrams, Hillbrow, London, USA, Midrand , Brixton and Norwood, to have combined conversations about HUMAN TRAFFICKING around the world, but specifically...

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What a Magnificent Library!

Today we visited the enormous and recently renovated Joburg Central library, cnr of President and Sauer streets…Wow! What an amazing place for kids in the city to use after school for homework, extra reading, projects etc. Their music section was not yet up and running but they have 2 free art classes for kids as part of...

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Paying It Forward…

Today was a day of paying it forward! As a result of a group of our friends painting and kitting out a room at the Hillbrow Clinic rehab section a few weeks back, those same OT and speech therapy staff who had received the gift, paid it forward to the CENTRAL  METHODIST CHURCH creche staff today, by starting a 3-day workshop in...

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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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