Since 1972 the work really showed progress. From Cape Town, Durban, South Africa's largest harbour, became the next harbour we started working.
Although we do not believe in investing in bricks and cement, but rather in the Word, we had no choice in Durban but to buy a house near the harbour to set up an office. We could not find any suitable space in the harbour to keep all our stock and to handle the administration.
Our physical address if you wish to visit us is: Suite 2, Mialab Mansions, 85 Claribel Way, Morningside. Durban. Tel. (031) 312-0163.
Missionary Worker at work
Nico described him as the frailest seaman he ever met. His eyes tell stories of not wanting to live this life that had been chosen for him without his approval. Something in his body tells of sorrow, a mad roller-coaster of existence, a life where the dice fell inappropriately.
When he decides to share his heart's confidences with Nico, defenselessness is the story of his soul. It had been two months since he greeted all those he loves on a quay in the Philippines. Two months since he left behind all he knows. His heart is still there...
Two months later the seven months to be completed lurk like an impossible, never-ending eternity. He acknowledges that his thoughts often turn to making an end to it all. His thoughts drag him to a deep, dark place where you feel as if you are drowning, as if you are being swallowed whole, while all around you keep breathing.
But, he remembers the faces on the quay. The smiles, the good wishes. For them he is a husband, son, father, hero and hope. He will make the difference between a miserable demise and existence. He is their survival plan.
That is why he fights, determinedly, the tears that lie so close beneath the surface every day. That is why he is brave, determined – to be husband, father, son... He has to be the hero and hope.
In his misery he fights with God. He fights about this road, this cross. And in this particular moment when the bitter black waters threaten to swallow and drown him, Nico's visit is most appropriate. It is mercy. It is planned.
When he takes Nico's hands and pray with him, the togetherness in prayer brings a moment of calm. It represents a clear moment of hope, of courage.
That is what our donors make possible, not only for this man, but hundreds of others like him. We thank you on his behalf. Thank you for hope. Thank you for courage.