Sarah is using her creativity and professional skills as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist to reach out to the people in the community of Lavender Hill.
Lavender Hill is a community full of violence, gang crime, substance abuse, domestic conflict, poverty and inequality. From her base at a church in Lavender Hill, Sarah runs a number of groups for adults and teenagers – such as a sewing group and a dance group. These groups combine creativity, emotional support and practical skills training with studying the Bible. By providing therapeutic work and witnessing for Christ among those she meets with, Sarah is able to bring hope and healing to the community of Lavender Hill.
It’s been a busy and stressful time here recently, and there are lots of power cuts again. Sadly, an 11 year old boy from the church was shot dead while he was visiting his father. His father, a gang leader, was also shot dead. It has shaken the church up and also the whole community. It has certainly been a wakeup call that we just don’t know how long we have to live and so telling people about Jesus must be a priority.
There have been lots of developments with the sewing group. Two of the ladies have started making and selling lots of items. Their main item is gowns (see left photo). It is exciting to see them start up this venture and use the skills I have equipped them with to make something more of themselves. In the Bible studies, we are currently doing a Bible overview. It has been a joy to see their eyes opening to how the Bible fits together as a whole. Sadly, one of my ladies is moving away to start a job elsewhere. She is sad to be leaving the sewing group and the community she has found in it, but also excited about the better opportunities and lifestyle she can have outside of the township. She told me it will be nice not to get to the end of each day and worry about finding food to feed herself and her child. Life in the township is so hard for everyone and I am happy she can have a better quality of life elsewhere.
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