Years ago, Alun and Debbie were part of a short-term placement team to South Africa. In 2008, they returned to St Thomas' Church, Heideveld, and to Arise (an organisation with a gospel focus helping vulnerable children) to work as Crosslinks mission partners.
Alun’s work includes teaching the Bible at St Thomas’ Church and discipling young men in a community deeply affected by the legacy of apartheid and stricken by drugs and gang culture.
Debbie raises the profile of fostering and adoption in the local church, and supports families that have taken these steps.
They have four children: Likhona, Ilana, Malachi and Timothy.
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‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.’ James 1:17
Here in Heideveld we have been studying the book of James – our Sunday sermons, our youth studies, our bible studies, even the city-wide REACH Women Conference this month, was on this New Testament book. One highlight for many at St Thomas has been the reminder that a crown of life awaits those who persevere through trials (James 1:2-4). Whether the untimely death of a loved one, unemployment, wayward children caught in the webs of addiction, crime, poverty or broken relationships, we know only too well that Christians are not exempt from hardship. And yet, what a comfort to know that God is good despite it – that he doesn’t change like shifting shadows but is with us through this life and uses trials to mature us (James 1:17).
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