Family.

I try and do a family update as often as possible, so here’s the latest…

The past couple of months have been so very busy, trying to fit it all into one post is not going to happen so here are just a few highlights and lowlights from the past few weeks.

Summer is supposed to be drawing to a close here in South Africa, but the temp is still up in the 30’s. This past school term both of our big boys were on the school swim squad and in their interschool gala they came away with a heap of medals each. Its was a super fun, but very hot day and every bit if me wanted to be in the pool with them ūüėÄ.

Their school reports yet again blew us away and we couldn’t be prouder of them both. Even with Jesse’s learning difficulties he managed to pull in some pretty impressive grades. He’s a star! Joe is as steady as usual and came 9th in his whole grade for last term. He got 100% on his exam last week and is constantly receiving his Academic excellence badge. What a legend.

And then there is Hudson… Sweetest child in the world. Full of joy and love, super smart and very funny.

Last month I’ve been really battling with my health and ended up fighting and awful bout of bronchitis. Not having medical aid or financial freedom to go to the doctors is very hard, especially when dealing with chronic illness. This past month my body really hit a wall and I ended up on bed rest for nearly a week.

Being who I am meant that bed rest was incredibly difficult for me and I still managed to arrange a wedding for a homeless couple and keep up with ministry. In the end a doctor friend of mine came to my house, put me on a drip and knocked me out for 24 hours… Call it “forced bed rest”!! It worked and a couple of days later I was good to go again!

During my days of sickness Mart held everything together. Dealing with the boys, cooking, making sure I had space to rest. He is currently working on his own project (we will talk More about that when its up and running). His heart is still very much with education for the rural/high vulnerability communities and his current project will help to fund that passion. Its exciting to see him so passionate and focused.

As a family we just want to say thank you to everyone who supports us. To those who lift us up in prayer and encouragement. To those who send gifts into our bank account. To those who send messages of love. You are all part of this journey that we are on and we appreciate you all so very much.

We ask that you continue to pray for the miracles that we need and if you would like to have more info about our prayer needs please email us at vashti.downs@gmail.com

Those who would like to support financially you can do so at http://www.justgiving.com/kingsroadchurch                                                                                        PayPal account downseyluff@aol.com                                                                                              or you can email my mum at lindsey.toms57@gmail.com for our UK banking details or to give through our Stewardship account which can claim back UK tax

Regular giving can also be set up through any of the above methods

We really appreciate every bit of support.

We love you all. Have a blessed weekend.

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Unless…

Shelters here are not like in the West, they are basically old warehouses cram packed with bodies, male, female, young and old. Drug addicts, drug dealers, sex workers, pimps, families who are down on their luck. Pregnant women. Rapists, murderers, grandmothers and newborns. All under one roof. 200 bodies, broken, diseased, addicted, dying.

Sex workers servicing clients on the bottom bunk, a young single mother nursing her baby on the top, while on the neighboring bed, just 2 feet away a girl lies dying from AIDS. Day in, day out, this is the life in TDK shelter in the Point area of Durban.

THIS IS LIFE.

The majority of the ladies that we care for reside in TDK. The majority will die there, unless…

One way that you can help make the “unless” a reality is to support our family.

10 years ago this month I walked into TDK for the first time. 10 years ago I fell in love with the most broken of Durban. 10 years ago my life calling was made clear to me. And 10 years later we still can not do the work that we do without your help.
As a family we live by faith, as a family its been a hard and grueling journey.

Some days we have, other days we have not, and yet we keep pushing forward in the Calling that has been placed on our lives.


If you would like to help you can do so by donating to our PayPal account downseyluff@aol.com

Or through our Just Giving account http://www.justgiving.com/kingsroadchurch

If you would like to give directly into our bank account, please contact lindsey.toms57@gmail.com

We appreciate every single penny. We can not make the “unless” a reality without you.