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Holy Trinity Mission Trip with Hands at Work in Africa

posted 18 Mar 2017, 10:18 by John Goldring   [ updated 6 Apr 2017, 12:01 ]

A Care Worker prepares the evening meal
A Care Worker prepares
the evening meal
Working with vulnerable children in Africa

Hands at Work in Africa
is a Christian charity working to care for orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa. On 3rd June Debbie Blakemore and the Revd. Ros Wilshire will be joining a team from seven West Midlands churches on a visit to the charity Hands at Work in Africa. The group will travel to White River, the South African base of Hands at Work in Africa., six hours drive from Johannesburg.

Shoka Community-Based Organisation, Swaziland
Based at the ‘Hub’ at White River, the team will make visits to several local Hands at Work communities. During these visits the team will learn about the Hands at Work model of Community-based care. They will also work alongside Care Workers, visiting children in their homes and to serving them at the community Care Points. Hearing stories, learning names, engaging, encouraging and praying with both Care Workers and families, will be a transformational experience.

After spending time in White River the team will travel south to Swaziland, visiting some of the charity’s newest and most remote Community-Based Organisations. The visit will end back in White River with time for final reflection before returning to Johannesburg for our flight home on 15th June.

How you can be involved

PRAYER

Please hold Debbie, Ros and the whole team in your prayers:
for uneventful preparations
for safe travel
that they might be a blessing to those they meet during the trip
that they might be transformed through their experiences

Please also hold Hands at Work in Africa in your prayers: for God’s blessing on their work, on the volunteers, children and families

SUPPORT

Over the coming months a number of fundraising activities are planned to help with costs of the trip. We have already had a coffee morning and a three-legged race and would be so grateful for your support with the following:

Holy Trinity Quiz Night
date tbc, in the Church Hall
All welcome, teams of 5, the more the merrier!
(£1 per head, if you haven’t got a complete team, don’t worry we will make some teams up on the night)

Swazi Houses
Collect a Swazi house ‘Piggy bank’ can be found at the back of church to collect any spare change!

The Hands at Work family outside the ‘Hub’, White River

Hands at Work Africa

Hands at Work in Africa works in over sixty communities across eight sub-Saharan countries with international partners in Australia, USA, Canada and UK. Their goal is to care for 100,000 orphaned and vulnerable children through their unique model of community care. Hand at Work strive to reach the most vulnerable children - those that would not have been reached otherwise. To do so they aim to mobilise and empower the local church, identifying and equipping volunteer Care Workers to support the these children and families in their community providing ‘Three Essential Services’: access to food, education and basic healthcare to the children it supports.

For more about Hand at Work in Africa see handsatwork.org.

A child at one of the Hands at Work Care Centres