Our story and our mission have been shaped by a young man named Jonathan. His life and death are the confirmation of God's will in our vision to build a Rural Rehabilitation Centre.
Jonathan was one of the first street people to enter our group, he was joyful, excited, and enthusiastic, growing with us and helping us with others in the group. He loved to serve.
He had grown up on the streets without a home or family. Our support group became his family and he learned that with all his challenges he was loved by us and by God.
Unfortunately, Jonathan was always drawn back to the streets, he would commit to God and to his new family, then fall back each week, with nowhere else to grab unto but the lure of the streets. This ended up costing him his life.
We were worried when Jonathan stopped coming to our meetings, he had seldom missed a session. We searched for him only to discover he had broken a leg in a fight and being homeless, did not seek treatment. The leg became infected, and finally had to be amputated. He was deeply depressed by the loss of his leg and died in hospital several days later.
We absolutely believe that had we been able to take Jonathan away from the city and the influence of his street-life and addictions, that he would be alive and be a productive member of society today. Jonathan has become the image of those who we seek to help, and his death the clear message that a Christian interdisciplinary pastoral counselling and treatment center away from the city is a vision from God and is the focus of our long term plans for this ministry.
What would happen with the support groups afterwards? The support groups are all pillars of our identity and our strength to develop deep relationships with people.
If it wasn’t for the support groups we would not know many of these stories, and their deeper needs today. If a stranger went up to someone on the streets and said, “let me take you to a rehab center,” the majority would say no, Why? Everything begins with a relationship, and the support groups is the pillar for that.
With your prayers or a small donation, you will be contributing to build this dream, your part is just important as ours. all your donations will go towards the purchase of a land or a specific project.