Great News from Jo-Ann

Great news!! Praise God for answering our prayers for Mahin and her daughter Emma! They have been granted Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (5 year protection visas). After an eight year wait, they are refugees – no longer asylum seekers – a happy day for them! It brings with it many changes and some new challenges so Mahin will be glad of your ongoing prayers. Her asylum seeker benefit (SRSS) will cease and she will need to apply for a Centrelink benefit (which can take several weeks to be approved) and look for work. Continue reading

Johannesburg Journey – April update

Dear friends and family,

Its been a good month! I had the privilege of my parents visiting which was so so special! We spent a week in the Drakensburg hiking, exploring and enjoying one another’s company. It was a delightful break which I enjoyed so much.

One thing I have been feeling lately is that I am very white. It seems that your skin colour matters and is the lens through which people make judgements about you.

It seems that after 24 years of Apartheid many people feel that there has been little change for the majority of people. I have noticed in the community and the circles that I move that the hurt, anger and frustration that has been brewing has bubbled to the surface and is starting to overflow. Sitting in these conversations I know that whilst I am not South African, I am white and therefore I am privileged. This means I have access to education, health and options. Continue reading