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What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninetynine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbours, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost’. Luke 15:4-6

Part of our outreach efforts to women caught up in prostitution is to extend invitations to engage with us. Even simple “please call me” messages are taken seriously and are followed up.

We also follow up through:

  • personal conversations;
  • telephone calls;
  • SMS and WhatsApp messages;
  • home visits; and
  • general services, including gifts, cards and letters

When a woman decides to accept the Lord into her life, the procedure for following up is slightly different, with a more holistic approach.

Women receive the following services:

  • support sessions;
  • counselling;
  • drug rehabilitation referral and support;
  • integration with family and children where – in most cases – bridges have been burnt;
  • addressing most pertinent physical needs (such as housing, food, toiletries and medical needs);
  • Hands of Hope – creating an opportunity for the women to earn cash in hand by making bracelets;
  • assistance with their CVs, training and seeking employment;
  • Hope’s Up programme – performing voluntary work for basic income; and
  • practical training in relevant subjects.

The body of Christ is essential in doing the follow-up work. All the spiritual gifts are necessary in order that women can find new life in Christ. Practical examples of how individuals, home groups and congregations have become involved include:

  • Providing plastic to ensure that the roof of a small, self-built house doesn’t leak (the woman has to live in it to remain on the housing list).
  • Food for a family in a transition time of crisis, and support for the unemployed father of the children to find work to provide for his family.
  • Renting a house for a family in need of stability, in order that they can plan for the future, and serious medical intervention.
  • Erecting a Wendy house, for which the woman will contribute half of the cost.
  • Constant contact after a woman returned to her old lifestyle, to encourage her to come back.
  • Help with settling the baby of a woman who had passed away.

“It takes a village to raise a child”, as the saying goes. In this case the Church has a role to play in receiving these women in love, and giving them support.

 

Finding lost sheep
Some of the women from the Cape Flat’s Valuable to Jesus campaign got together for an enjoyable “celebration”.
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