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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Kids’ Week: 26 – 30 June

Our 4 kids went to Kids’ Week today ( first week of the July school holidays) hosted by MES Aksie at the Lutheran Church in Hillbrow. The programme starts at 9 each day from Tuesday to Saturday with tea and biscuits, followed by activities in the hall together, then lunch, then craft and drama, ending at 3pm. Kids’...

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The Lady on the 17th Floor

Met a lady this week from the 17th floor of the building opposite us. The lifts no longer work. She has a 6 year old daughter living with her, barely survives every month on a very small disability grant (R1050) for a medical condition. It takes 30 minutes to walk up the 17 floors with her daughter. She does this twice a day, once...

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Hillbrow Clinic Thank you Party

This morning the Hillbrow clinic OT and physio section (2 blocks away from our flat) threw a thank you party for all those who helped paint and furnish their paediatric rehab room, to which we were invited! Hannah also gave them her wooden rocking horse (from her 2nd birthday) which a friend kindly fixed up. It was amazing to be...

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