It’s so hard to describe what live is like for residents of Ocean View. This news article does a great job, even though the facts are hard to stomach. Please give it a read so you can see what every day life is like for the people we love here.
Welcome to Ocean View – a township where scores of people have been gunned down since December in gang-related violence.
Ocean View is home to 30 000 people, of whom at least 60% are unemployed, say community workers.
The latest crime statistics show there were 26 murders and 231 drug crimes reported there between April 2014 and March 2015. These stats only reflect cases reported to the police, and community organisers say the murder rate is much higher.Continue reading Living in ‘Gang Hell’→
Sunday: We dropped Dylan off at Cape Town International airport to begin his six month study in Amsterdam. He’s pursuing God and running after adventure, which we fully embrace and applaud. It doesn’t make it any easier watching our blond-haired surfer walk through international security all by himself.
Monday: Our oldest, Jackson, turned 21 years old. Quite a significant milestone. Too bad we are 10,000 miles apart and were only able to celebrate with him over Skype. It’s not the first time we’ve been apart for his birthday, but the day still feels vacant. Screenshots don’t make the most attractive pictures.
Also on Monday: After three years of homeschooling, Ethan and Hudson begin their first day of high school in South Africa. We are super excited they will be going to school yet…the unknowns create anxiety in this mom’s heart. Yes, today I spent most of the day worried that I’ve either thrown them to the wolves or given them wings to fly. *Yes, there is a height differential, even though they’re twins. Puberty is cruel and unjust. Continue reading One of “Those” Weeks→
These two. Jackson turns 21 years old today. Dylan just got on a plane bound for Amsterdam to spend six months in a YWAM DTS.
I know it’s fairly normal for kids to grow up and stuff. I’ve seen it happen to other parents. These little boys grew into best friends who grew into young men with giant, compassionate hearts. Where are these little boys who splashed in inflatable pools together? They’ve turned into young men who surf the salty waters of False Bay together, laughing at the sound of a shark siren.
The days seemed endless but the years flew by.
Their sweet and courageous hearts are the one thing that’s unchanged. Happy Birthday Jackson! You have a sizable lead in the ‘best big brother’ category. Your siblings are who they are because of your consistent and caring example.
How do you tell someone that God will provide for them but walk away while they are still hungry and need to feed their kids? You don’t.
We know too many single moms who are trying valiantly to feed, clothe and care for their kids on $0 income. $0. Nothing. We really feel like this idea is a God-given idea, especially since I, (Christina) have never made earrings before in my life. So introducing….
Here in the southern hemisphere, we have just finished the school year and are getting ready to enjoy our summer break. This month, we watched as85 kids graduated from Grade R (kindergarten) from the Care Centre. Had these kids not been here, they would not have been in school and would have found themselves in circumstances no child should have to live in. Kwelanga House partners with the Care Centre as group of non-profits who serve in Ocean View. Continue reading Summer Break!→
When I was in the US this summer, I became certified in Aroma Touch massage. (Huge thanks to my oil friends who made it possible and donated oils for me to take back. You know who you are.)
As part of a ministry to abused women in Ocean View, I have started giving free massages using essential oils. I set up this table in our little house of prayer/tutoring centre three days a week. Continue reading Mystery Ministry→