I am excited about what God is doing through Fresh Start in South Africa. The fire is spreading and the flames are getting brighter. In Kimberley, Processing the Issues of the Heart has been presented in the Kimberley prison. Nine ladies participated and Iris Bhika, who facilitated it is very excited by what God did through it. Vincent Bhika is currently facilitating Processing the Issues of the Heart in the men’s section, with twelve participants.
In Cape Town training is happening at Living Hope, with ten employees who are Support Group Facilitators in three different communities. These support groups are primarily for the elderly and people living with chronic illnesses. They are receiving exposure and training to Processing the Issues of the Heart, Exposing Denial and Trauma. They hope to take Fresh Start to their support groups in the near future.
The first small group for Processing the Issues of the Heart has started at King of Kings Baptist Church. There are four participants and these ladies are slowly learning to face their issues of hurt, offense and loss in the safety and vulnerability of a small group. People from the church who have had a Fresh Start experience are being asked to come and share their stories with the small group to encourage them and give perspective to the process.
The Big Issue is a non profit organisation that produces a magazine that is sold at traffic lights around the city by unemployed people, thereby providing an income and dignity to these people. Living Hope has opportunity once a month to hold a skills workshop for those who sell The Big Issue. Three staff members of Living Hope are presenting Fresh Start at these workshops to an audience of about 50 people.
It is a privilege to see God working that people are FORGIVEN, FORGIVING and FREE!