Monthly Archives: April 2013

Proud family

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I wanted to share with you all an excerpt from a letter Fusion received in the week. Two of our guys (whose names I have changed) attended a self-esteem workshop and this was the response from the course organisers…

“From our side we deeply appreciated them being with us.  They were fully present and involved, made significant contributions to the experience and are two very remarkable young people.  I wish you could have been present at the end to hear what other participants had to say to them in appreciation.  It was very moving.

I think the highlight of the weekend, for me, was one participant recognising Brandon* as the kind of man seldom found in the community and sorely needed. She expressed herself in such a clear and powerful way and really spoke for the group.  Although very quiet he has a presence and a way of expressing himself that evokes respect and suggests that he has strong leadership qualities.

I think he got particular mention, being the only male in the group, but both he and Natalie* were wonderful ambassadors for the youth in Manenberg – both in helping other participants to have a sense the struggles they’ve faced but also in terms of the hope they gave that change is possible.

 Once again, thank you for supporting them to come and we deeply honour the work you are doing and the impact you are having in young people’s lives.  It is a very tough assignment but SO badly needed and in Natalie and Brandon you have planted seeds that look very promising.  May God continue to strengthen and equip you for the task.”

Cool hey? Love these guys – keep praying for them, both are currently looking for a job.

Don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.fusionmanenberg.org.za or drop us a message if you’d like to hear more about Fusion’s work and how to connect with us!

 

 

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so this guy walks into a prayer room…

It’s almost impossible to record and share all of the stories and amazing things that happened during the prayer week…but I know that it always builds our faith to hear what God’s doing, so here are a few choice nibbles!

One of the main things we have seen happen in the prayer weeks are the significant relationships and connections that form. Through our friends at Beth Rapha (a rehabilitation centre/community we are connected to…and love) we met a young man called Shaun. Below is his part of his story which he said I could share. This was the man that opened our week of prayer – just reading his story, you will see how significant that is. We continue to believe for redemption and young men walking away from gangs in Manenberg. Yes Jesus!!

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One of the other key relationships formed in this week was between our butterfly girl and Fusion-friend and an awesome mother figure who connected for the first time. One mother heart met a girl in need of a mother figure, the result was beautiful. Most of you will have seen the movie clip with our butterfly girl and her time in the prayer room, but if not, here’s the link…please click!

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10100470613668841

More of that story to follow in my next blog hopefully!

The slightly more frustrating reality we experienced during the prayer week was the gang fight. Gang fight broke out an hour after we started praying and peace was called a day after we finished praying. Is this a coincidence? I really doubt it…each of our prayer weeks have had gang fight as a part of it and yet we continue to hear God speak his fiery protection around us; the picture we had at the beginning of the week was a ring of fire surrounded the People Centre where we were praying and that fire spreading out into the community.

The question in my mind is – what now? While we bang on heaven’s doors for breakthrough in hearts and lives of gangsters, what is our response in the physical to the very present gang reality.

What does Fusion’s authority look like? What does it mean to stand in the gap? What does it mean to be overcomers? What does it mean to be peace makers?

We are praying into this piece of our work. Keep praying with us and share any revelation ..please!! But continue to pray for us as we fight for the one, as we try to love one person out of addiction, love one person out of a broken relationship, love one person out of a gang…for they will become the army that will rebuild the broken walls.

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“Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord…So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.” Ezekiel 37

As always, if you’d love to hear more about Fusion, if you’d love to pray more specifically, if you’d love to support us as an organisation, we love partnerships! Please get in touch (clare@warehouse.org.za).


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