In the past, we have been privileged to work with various projects, such as a care centre for children with disabilities (read more in our Timeline). Since 2018 we are employed and sent-out employees of HOSA e.V., a non-profit organisation we had the privilege to co-found with many passionate people in Oldenburg, Germany in 2013.
Hope Center serves people from four communities in Strandfontein, Cape Town. The approach of our 20+ member team is to help children and adults, strengthen families and eventually see the whole community transformed. After many years of running Hope Center, we have recently had the honor to successfully hand over this leadership role. We now serve in an advisory capacity on the founding and leadership team of Hands & Feet. However, we are still involved in the day-to-day operations in a variety of ways.
Marco is involved in the Hope Men group, which meets several times a week and has seen huge growth over the past few years.
Justine oversees the Hope Ladies group and is involved in counseling and pastoral care. Both groups are a highlight of the week for many from the communities where they receive prayer, input, encouragement, friendship as well as a warm meal. Opportunities for men and women continue to arise from these support groups, as they realise they want to get free from drugs and gang-related crime. Partnering with inpatient rehabilitation centers across the country, these individuals are mentored by us and our team until they are capable of living independent, stable lives. This is only a small fraction of the work done at Hope Center, for more info about the other services offered by Hands & Feet have a look here.
In addition to this exciting work on site with individual people and their families, we support the board of HOSA e.V. in Germany with our strengths of communication and networking.
In recent years we have had the opportunity to secure financial support for other projects and to manage their implementation in South Africa. This includes, for example, the distribution of donations such as computers, medical supplies, vehicles and machinery. It’s such a joy when we can be the link between a project in need and a generous donor, all to advance God’s work in this world.
This work also needs workers. To this end, we are regularly involved in coordinating and mentoring teams and volunteers who have completed numerous missions in South Africa over the past 15 years. Besides that we have had frequent opportunities to teach, preach and hold workshops on community development, mission work and strategic planning of organisations and projects in various countries, which we enjoy very much.
We are very thankful to be able to do such a diverse, sustainable, exciting – though often nerve-wracking – work for and with Jesus, and for the many people we get to work with and learn so much from!