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the Jesus of prostitutes

March 30th, 2010 by | Leave a comment

What is she worth? 30 rands worth of pleasure ($4)

What about her? A few buttons of tik, enough to get high for the day, enough to blurr the noise in her head, the pain in her heart.

And her? She is worth at least a plate of chicken & rice, maybe a couple cigarettes and a few rocks in the face.

And  to Him? Her return is worth the cost of His son’s torturous, unmerited death.

Baby Safe has got involved with several prostitutes and their babies. I love that I serve and know a God who adores prostitutes. I love that I worship a God who ate dinner with them.

Three of them have been attending a bible study; and Thombi sat stunned when she read about Jesus’ reaction to the adulteress women in John 8. Christina taught “Traffic Proof” with a few others, as they are very much at risk for human trafficking with the World Cup starting up here in a few months. Alli is doing a program called “priceless” with their young daughters and sisters, as an effort of prevention. I am working with yet another one in order to reunite her with her baby, she has a long way to go but I love that my God actually does break chains of addiction, and the weight of worthlessness.  I love that my God is close to the broken hearted and he saves those who are crushed in spirit and His love does not discriminate, nor does it relent.

May He give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called OAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61)

The Jesus of prostitutes is chasing their souls.

8 mo. old found alive in dump.

March 17th, 2010 by | Leave a comment

Baby saved from rubbish dump

2010-03-17 09:29

The rubbish dump in Phumlani Village in Lotus River where a baby girl was found. (Cheslyn Abrahams, Die Burger)

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Kobus Pretorius, Die Burger

Cape Town – An 8-month-old baby who was left for dead at a rubbish dump in Lotus River is recovering in hospital after being saved by a local resident.

The baby was found on Monday at about 15:00 at a rubbish dump in the Phumlani Village informal settlement near Grassy Park. Her identity is unknown at this stage.

An unidentified man who was dumping rubbish discovered the baby inside a sports bag and a black plastic bag when she started crying.

According to Ian Leibowitz, police spokesperson for Grassy Park, the baby was treated for dehydration and diarrhoea. She is recovering in
Victoria Hospital in Wynberg.

Call for an investigation

Zodwa Yosa, 21, who lives across from the rubbish dump, said on Tuesday she hadn’t seen anyone with the bag at the dump.

“We never heard a baby crying before the man discovered her. She couldn’t have been lying there very long.”

Patric Solomons, director of Molo Songololo, an organisation which focused on children’s rights, said on Tuesday they were very glad that the baby was found and would now be cared for.

“We hope there will be a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Solomons said that pregnant women, especially young women, didn’t always get the support they needed.

Need for support

“There’s a great need for support for young mothers. People should know their rights and know what their options are.”

According to Samantha Waterhouse from the organisation Rapcan, which promoted the rights and protection of children, there were various reasons why a mother would “throw away” her child.

“It could be personal, emotional or financial problems which drive a mother to the point where she abandons her child.”

According to her, a big problem was people having children when they were not ready. They couldn’t handle the responsibilities of parenthood.

Lack of good programmes

“There aren’t any good programmes to support parents, so they don’t know what to do or where to go.

“The State doesn’t have programmes in place to improve the situation either.” Waterhouse said a lack of social workers also contributed to the problem.

Bethany O’Connor, director of Babysafe, an organisation in Fish Hoek which enabled mothers to leave their babies in a safe place, said they worked with pregnant women and provided postnatal support.

Babysafe has a so-called “babydrop”, a place where a mother can anonymously, legally, safely and at any time of the day or night leave her baby if she didn’t want the child.

The container in which babies could be placed is located at the King of Kings Baptist church in Fish Hoek.

“The box has a computer system which sends a call to three different people as soon as a baby is placed in the box. These calls continue until someone responds.”

O’Connor said the box had been available for a year but had not been used yet.

– Die Burger

Buttons for Babies

March 7th, 2010 by | Leave a comment

Buttons for Babies!

One of my dearest friends Hannah Devries is coming to volunteer with Baby Safe for one month this summer!! I could totally use her help and she is doing this fundraiser to help her get out here. I highly encourage you to  consider that special girly someone who absolutely needs a new pair of fashion forward, hand crafted, button earrings.

Your best friend, just because? Mother’s day is coming up? Whose birthday present are you going to have to buy soon anyways?

Men stay with me here: You know your wife, girlfriend, and/or  sister would love a set and especially for such an amazing cause!

Here’s a step-by-step guide to the most awesome, life-fulfilling purchase of you may ever make:

1. Go here and choose your favorites!
2. Email hannahldevries@gmail.com to place your order and send her your address.
3. Visit her website: http://hannahdevries.blogspot.com and pay using the paypal link on the right hand side of the home page  or send her  a check (email her and she give you her address).
4. Wear your purchase with pride and tell everyone you know about Buttons for Babies! They are only $10 and all donations are welcome!

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