Our new friend Sara inspired us to ASK BIG! So here it is!
OPERATION HOPE: As we have sought God’s heart, we find it more vast and more expansive than we ever dreamed. The depth of His love of us is without equal and without limit. He has big plans for His people and we are thrilled to be a part of it. We believe He has placed us here in Cape Town, the Mother City, to be a part of Him birthing something new into the earth. He is always doing a new thing.
WHO:We believe the first nation people of southern Africa, the Khoisan, to be a key component in God’s new thing. (Some believe they are the first nation people of the whole earth.) They are gate-keepers to the land, to the soil. As God draws us close to show us who we really are, we find that He is telling us we are both fully physical, people formed from the dust, and fully spiritual, made in the image and likeness of God. These gate keepers have a deeply spiritual way about them. Continue reading THE BIG ASK NEWS!→
A friend of mine in South Africa posted this video on Facebook. It is an animated, abridged version of a TED talk given by author Johann Hari. He wrote a book about substance abuse called Chasing the Scream. He realized he had a number of addicts in his life and didn’t know how to help them. He went on a journey to find answers and wrote about it. I haven’t read the book, yet, (I have started.) but I think his findings are worth considering.
Addiction is a major factor in our community. (Today I was praying with two young moms whose own mothers are addicted to crystal meth. These mothers no longer have relationships with their children or grandchildren.) In many cases, the shame and isolation method of treatment isn’t working. It is making it worse. This author postulates that love and community may be much more effective tools in setting people free, which resonates with where we see God leading us.
Kevin and I completed training for addiction counseling in prisons using a curriculum designed by From Addict to Disciple. We really enjoyed this group. Several of the women allowed me to listen in to a raw conversation about their own children. Continue reading Getting Equipped→
Tonight we started our first of 10 hours of drug and alcohol addiction counseling. Not because we are addicted. We are living in communities where alcohol and crystal meth are rife. The drug war is raging without much of a fight. So much to learn. And once again, it looks like evil has a head start. Let the learning commence.