please help Pinky

Our darling Pinky is almost ready to start her new life. But there is one thing standing in the way of a better future and that is the funding. 

As we stand we have zero funding for Pinky’s rehabilitation now that she has detoxed. 
We have until the 27th of this month before she is turned back onto the streets to try and fend for herself. 

We have the opportunity to keep her safe and secure, an opportunity to really heal and restart her life, but we need the funding. 
Can you help? If so please go to Pinky’s GoFund Me page and donate. 

Your donation could save her life.

https://www.gofundme.com/new-start-for-pinky-hopes-anchor

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prayer request

Firstly sorry for my children’s glowy eyes 😂😂😂 its literally the only photo I have of all of us where we are all smiling 🙈

Secondly please will you lift us up in prayer. We do not have rent for this coming month and its due next week 😳🙈 We KNOW that God is in control, and He comes through every month, but this month its really down to the wire. 
This missionary/living by faith life is really stretching us this month. 

Please pray for provision for us, please pray for peace and strength. I’m feeling my health issues kicking in due to the stress and I’m not happy about that 😤 

#missionarylife #livingbyfaith

Hope’s Anchor.

A couple of months ago we had a difficult transition to make. It was one of complete faith and a step of obedience. And since making the transition God has been blowing us away with His love, provision and conformation.

10 years ago I (Vashti) started to minister to the sex workers in the city. It was a passion and calling that I knew had been placed in my life and I started walking in that calling, alone. For 9 years. It was a long lonely journey and in 2014 I spent some time with a life coach friend of mine. I shared my dream for the ministry with her and she helped me to unpack it and lay it out. She helped me to lay out the dream and start asking God how to move forward.

He gave me a name for the work that I was doing, that name was “Hope’s Anchor”. Based on Hebrews 6. Without hope we are lost. Directionless. Hope anchors us. And He is our hope.

I knew that this was what He was saying to me. But then last year we hooked up with One Future Foundation, and we thought that this was it. I put my dream and vision on the shelf and decided to team with OFF and do the ministry under their covering.

This decision bought a lot of positives. I was able to step out and really focus on the ministry as I had two friends who were committed to working with me.

As time went on and as I used Facebook as a publicity platform for the work, we gained more team members. Soon a strong, committed team of women grew around me and God really started to move.

A couple of months ago we felt that He wanted to do something big with the work that we were doing. There was a tugging on the hearts of our team and we all believed that it was time to start our own NGO and make Hope’s Anchor official.
So we took the step of faith, out from under OFF and started Hope’s Anchor.

Since we took the plunge we have seen INSANE favor! Incredible connections with people who not only have a heart for our city, but really really love the broken. Generous donations have been given and so many meetings with so many potential sponsors and supporters.

We have seen girls have the opportunity to walk away from the sex trade, get the help that they so desperately need and are now restarting their lives. We are meeting incredible women weekly who are in need of His love and we are honored to be able to be a conduit for that.

We know who has called us and to whom we have been called, and what a great honor that is.

So please will you continue to lift us up? Please lift up our incredible team. Please pray for the precious women to whom we have been called.

Unconditional Love. Extravagant Grace. Hope for the Soul.

If you would like to help support our family as we support these vulnerable women please go to http://www.justgiving.com/kingsroadchurch where you can give a one off gift or make monthly payments. We are so grateful to all our supporters, any amount is a blessing to us to help meet our monthly bills, however small you may think it is, its huge to us 🙂 Thank you x

Sne. 

So often our hearts are shattered by the pain that our girls suffer. 

Today I’m spending time fixing my heart after devastating news that we received last night. 
Our dear Sne passed away on the 23rd of August. Alone. Scared. In pain. 
I’ve known Sne for a long long time and I have watched her body, mind and spirit break down over those years. 

The fear of the journey that this virus was going to take her on was too much for her to bare, so she lived in denial. Refusing help. Refusing hospitalization until the very end. 

Sleeping on the streets at the end due to lack of money for the shelter rent. Dying a little more each day. 

And now her body lies in the morgue with no one to claim her, no one to bury her with dignity. Destined for a pauper’s grave. 

I feel sick. I feel helpless. Its too late for Sne. 
But its not too late for others. 

Its not too late for Precious, Yvonne, Pinky or Yolande. 

We WILL fight for these girls and for their futures. 
What if we had had a building then? What if we could have provided food and shelter for Sne? What if she could have received counseling and medical assistance? What if……? 
I can’t let my heart go there. I just can’t. 

This is why we so desperately need a building for Hope’s Anchor. A place of safety and restoration. A place of sanctuary and freedom. For the future Sne’s. 
I refuse to let another girl fall through the gaps of society. 

Not on my watch. 

#Durban #hopesanchor #homelessnothopeless #weseeyou #knownbytheirlove #aids 

Thursday.

As I climb into bed tonight I am broken. I feel like I am forever changed by what we experienced on the streets this evening. 

So many girls waiting for us. Waiting for the love that they knew that we were bringing. 

So many girls new to the business, two their first night selling their bodies to survive. 

One to pay for her school fees, one saving for her hormone therapy as she transitions her body from male to female. 
Both desperate and alone. 

One trying to take financial pressure off of her parents, one rejected by her parents. Our regular girls so concerned about the new girls welfare, promising to watch out for them. To show them the ropes. 

All of them desperate for love. 
I am broken. The whole team tonight battling with the pain that our precious girls are dealing with. 
All of us wanting to scoop them up and care for them in the way that they so desperately need and want. 

As I lie here I lift them all by name before the throne. He loves them, just as they are. 
#hopesanchor
#knownbytheirlove #Durban #homelessnothopeless #tospeaktheirtruth

Thursday

Gale force winds, pounding rain, girls huddled in doorways or against air vents on the side of hotel buildings, trying to stay warm and dry.

Men trying to negotiate a lower price, testing the waters to see just how desperate she is.

The privileged sitting inside the warm and elegant hotel bars looking out onto the street, oblivious to the raw and palpable pain of the women just outside the window pane.

The conversation with our precious “F” as she tries to navigate a painful decision regarding her baby’s future. Her pain excruciating and unimaginable. Knowing that the best decision at this point requires the biggest sacrifice of her life.

Wrapping my arms around Noma, soaked to the skin and shivering uncontrollable.

Finding Tatum, new to the “game”, three days in and hating every moment of her new “job”. But not seeing any other option, when there is a 6 year old son and an elderly mother at home.
This was our Thursday night.

If you would like to help support our family as we support these precious girls please do so at

http://www.justgiving.com/kingsroadchurch

Thank you
#hopesanchor #hopesclosetdbn #Durban #weseeyou #knownbytheirlove #homelessnothopeless

just a little blurb….

Hiya! Just a quick family update…

Not too much going in right now. Things are very quiet.

Joe has gone on his first ever sleep away school camp! He was a little apprehensive as he’s a bit of a homebody and doesn’t like to be away from home or us, but news from camp is he’s doing just fine and they are all having a blast together.

(Joe is on the right, second child back, behind the boy in the red.)

Jesse is a little miffed that his class didn’t get to go, and Hudson has no clue what’s going on. So I’ve treated them to some chocolate and put them in front of the TV watching a mid week movie 😁


Tomorrow I will be taking my City Sisters team down to Durban waterfront to spend time with the sex workers. We have been so blessed with beautiful donations for our ladies. Clothing, shoes, toiletries and underwear have been given by so many generous donors and tomorrow we have the honor of being able to bless our precious ladies with some lovely gifts. They will be so excited.

Every week we meet new ladies who are “working” the waterfront area and each week we have the opportunity to deepen our relationships with them. Its an amazing honor for each of us.
Church is going well. We are spending our Sunday mornings building a strong foundation with the other families that make up the church right now.

This past weekend away we were blessed with a great women’s retreat in a stunning beach house up the coast. God really spoke to each of us. So gentle and so clearly. It was a much needed and appreciated break from our busy lives. We returned to our husbands and children feeling very refreshed.

As always we appreciate your love, support and prayers so much. Thank you for believing in our family and the calling on our lives.

On a practical note, our rent and car payments are due next week. Each week since we have moved here God has provided the finances, albeit often at the last minute 🙂 so far this month we are £450 short. If you would like to help support us please go to

http://www.justgiving.com/kingsroadchurch

Or PayPal at

downseyluff@aol.com

Thank you, we love and appreciate you all.

Love from Mart, Vash, Joe, Jess and Hudson.