2019

So here we are, 2019! I’m not sure how that happened, it’s been a whirlwind over the past few months.

As my kids get ready to go back to school I’m wondering what this year will hold. So much of 2018 was unexpected. The growth of the ministry, health issues, schooling and refining of vision to name a few.

As we start 2019 my heart is at peace and is full of anticipation. I know that the Father has great things in store and it’s exciting.

Ministry didn’t slow down over the Christmas period, I spent a lot of time crisis managing the girls and trying to make Christmas magical for my own kids. It was a difficult juggle but I know that this is what it is to follow the voice of the Father. A fine line between sacrifice and balance.

My Hope’s Anchor team is incredible, God has handpicked the most perfect tribe of women to love and care for our precious girls.

The Thursday before Christmas we hit the streets in the middle of a crazy thunder storm and the team really stepped up a notch, taking off their own clothes and shoes in order to clothe the girls who didn’t have.

Hope’s Anchor is growing from strength to strength and the team is really excited about this year. Our website is http://www.hopesanchor.org.za and we are now a SA registered charity

I would like to thank everyone who continues to support us here in South Africa, we can’t be here doing this work without you.

If you would like to financially support us as a family and ministry please do so at

PayPal account downseyluff@aol.com

http://www.justgiving.com/kingsroadchurch

If you would like to give monthly you can contact my mum for details of our bank and Stewardship accounts: lindsey.toms57@gmail.com

We love and appreciate you all.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Love from V and the fam. Xxxx

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Zandile, an update.

Just a little update on Zandile… let’s just say miracles do happen!!! Addington hospital wanted to amputate her leg… Hillcrest AIDS Center have loved and nurtured and medicated her correctly and just look at the difference!!!! She has also gained a healthy amount of weight and is super cheerful and positive. We are blown away.

Oh Christmas tree…

I spend a couple of hours a day talking with a couple of my girls. I love all of our ladies but these 2 have my heart and I consider them as my friends.

There is a profound potential in each of them, and I am committed to walking with them.
Last night Mik was super excited about setting up her Christmas tree in her room at the brothel. And was even more excited when I told her that I have some pretty clothes and shoes for her. Her love language is gifts and quality time, the same as me! So tonight when I go to be brothel both Mik and I will get our love tanks filled. .
Relationship is CRUCIAL to the work that we do. With relationship comes trust and respect. With relationship comes the authority to speak into someone’s life. And with relationship comes the ability to truly hear the words spoken, knowing that they come from a place of love. .
I can not wait to see our precious girls tonight. .

#unconditionallove #extravagantgrace #hopeforthesoul #durbansextrade #weseeyouweloveyou

Ache

There is a level of sadness that no words can describe. It’s deep, profound, tangible and traumatic. Sometimes we just need to hold them. Absorb some of the pain, and try to replace it with love. It’s hard, painful and continuous. We will not give up. .

#unconditionallove #extravagantgrace #hopeforthesoul #durbansextrade #weseeyouweloveyou

Mik

Laying on her bed in the brothel while she tells us about the client who hurt her body. It makes me so angry.

I understand why she does this job, I get it, I hate it, but I get it.

And when she tries to be open and vulnerable with us I can see the battle raging. Keep it in and ignore the trauma or talk about it all and have to face the pain of healing.

It’s been a long painful journey this far, but she is so very worth it. As she smokes her mandrex and tries to prepare for her next client I watch her and silently pray, she won’t let me pray for her, even though she knows that I already do. I prayed for her once and the dam broke, since then she has reinforced that dam.

One day Love will blow it wide open and healing and freedom will come. Until then we will keep showing up, listening and loving her unconditionally. .

#unconditionallove #extravagantgrace #hopeforthesoul #durbansextrade #weseeyouweloveyou

This week was heavy. Our precious girls are in so much pain. Abuse coming from all directions aimed directly at them. Their vulnerability makes them targets for the darkest predators. One of our girls was gang raped and is now HIV+ and pregnant. One had a full break down and went on an emotional rant for 20 minutes, reducing everyone to tears due to the raw pain and fear emanating from her. The new brothel was full of physically and emotionally broken woman. Addiction, STDs, HIV, breaking their bodies, some beyond repair. Everything within me wanted to pull them into my arms and hold them together. My whole being aching for them, for their loss, for their pain and grief.
The levels of exploitation in our city are growing daily. Women and girls, so vulnerable and so broken, exploited every day over and over by men who are trying to prove that they are powerful. We sit and listen to the stories of perverse sexual acts which are forced upon our girls and wonder what is the root of this evil in our city. There is one particular community of men who seem to dominate the purchasing of sex in our city, and we don’t know how to even start combating that. My anger is close to volcanic and I try so hard to control my emotions towards these men, but it’s near to impossible. I need a whole new level of Grace over my life if I am going to continue to love as He has called me to.
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#unconditionallove #extravagantgrace #hopeforthesoul #durbansextrade

This is us.

The past couple of months have gone so very fast. We have had highs and lows, health issues and happy birthdays.

Jesse turned 12. He is doing so well at school, tackling his learning difficulties like a champ and genuinely loving life. He’s a complete joy.

Then Joseph turned 13, yup I have a teenager!!! He is excelling at school and just finished up his end of year exams today. He is obsessed with Marvel comics, music and teasing his Mum! Apparently it’s hysterical that I can’t help him with his math homework.

Then this little sausage just continues to bring joy and laughter every single day. He is also loving school and has fantastic stories of all the fun. He is super smart and has everyone wrapped around his little finger.

Both Martin and I battled illness during the past couple of months, I had a horrible bout of bronchitis and Mart got pneumonia. It was pretty awful, but we are now out the other side and feeling much better.

Ministry has been particularly hard recently. We are really feeling the darkness pushing back as we advance. Many of our girls are dying and it is heart breaking. We are so restricted financially and it is incredibly frustrating. We are seeing progress, but it’s slow and painful. We really appreciate your prayers and support.

Sometimes the darkness feels overwhelming but then God…

He is our portion and our strength. He is our peace and our joy. He keeps us going. All of this is for His glory.

We would really appreciate your prayers for our family, for our finances and for the ministry.

We love and appreciate you all so much.

if you would like to support our family, either on a regular basis or a one off gift please go to http://www.justgiving.com/kingsroadchurch paypal: downseyluff@aol.com

if you are a uk tax payer and would like to give monthly through stewardship please email my mum lindsey.toms57@gmail.com

With our love

Mart, Vash and the kids.