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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One abiding memory of the 2010 World Cup here in South Africa was the jingle ‘make the circle, bigger, bigger, bigger’. Sung full gusto and with fast movement, this lively song is a great reminder of our context and our mission.
Living on the Cape Flats, which is by nature a lot more communal, people are often popping over for meals or the loan of a car or to borrow a board game, and we remind ourselves to look beyond the immediate family to embrace others. It is a constant challenge to share our lives with those who need to be welcomed into the circle of family. Alun has just finished a four-week series on ‘Who we are at St. Thomas’. He reminded us that ‘We are a redeemed family of disciples who are called to make disciples’. Our call then, is to make the circle, bigger, bigger, bigger – as we share the gospel both in word and in practical action.
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