Saturday, March 14, 2009

All in a days work

Do you mind if I share something that happened at the Centre this week? Many of us live such sheltered lives that we have no idea of what is happening just around the corner.....

As you all know, the world is currently in financial crisis...and that means that people lose their jobs and generally there is a lot of hardship. In these past weeks we have seen a huge number of people coming to the centre for help. When they arrive, the management team have an interview with each of them. It just struck me again this week how broken this world is and how many broken, abused and rejected people come across our path.

One young man came to the centre for help with his heroin addiction. He heard about the centre and came all the way from up country. The centre is not a rehab, but many people that we help have addictions and we help in the best way we can. The sad thing is that there is no rehab for people that cannot afford to pay...and most of the addicts are on the street with no income. My husband noticed that this young man has scars on his arms and after we completed the interview he looked at him and asked him if he has any other problems that is so bad that he finds it necessary to cut himself. Well the young man just burst into tears. Later he revealed to the Social worker that his dad started sexually abusing him at the age of six and even worse his dad forced him to sexually abuse his little sister a few years later while dad took photos of it. Sick!!!!!

He hates himself so much because he did not stand up to his dad that he is into self mutilation. I looked at this young man and wondered how he thought a six your old can stand up to an adult.

He started drugs at the age of 12 when his mom passed away and has been on heroin for more than 10 years. He is really suffering with withdrawel and tells us that thoughts of heroin consumes him. It is all he can think of all day long....his next fix. One of the effects of heroin is that an addict needs a "downer" to sleep at night, so obviously he gets very little sleep as we do not believe in giving sleeping tablets, as this just creates another dependancy. It takes years to rehabilitate a heroin addict and the success rate is very low. It is in times like this that I know that the only thing that can save this young man is the Lord and this passage comes to mind: "There are these two things, then, that cannot change and about which God cannot lie. So we who have found safety with Him are greatly encouraged to hold firmly to the hope placed before us. We have this hope as an anchor for our lives. It is safe and sure, and goes through the curtain of the heavenly temple into the inner sanctuary. Heb 6:18-19" He is truly the only hope, in his own strength this young man can never make it.

I came across this poem by Pastor Pete about heroin that really makes you think...who is in control once you have taken drugs.

The Heroin Express

Jump on board respond to the cry
You’re no longer under parental eye
Where words of love couch a desire to control
They want you to conform they want you to enroll
In their neat little world where they’re all made of plastic
Isn’t it delightful isn’t it fantastic
The train’s just pulled in I’ve saved you a seat
This is one journey you’ll have to repeat
With me it’s first class all the way
Enjoy the free ride for next time you pay
Follow the tracks and enjoy the view
Listen to the rhythm as it overwhelms you
Your life up to now has been neat little pictures
A photograph album of permanent fixtures
But as the train gathers speed ignoring the signals
Satanic choirs begin singing from damnation’s hymnals
The next snap in your album is totally surreal
A will that is broken and impossible to heal
Your id is unlocked from its sub-conscience cell
The picture it’s painting is a landscape of hell
Where Salvador’s images grow legs and walk
They scream in your ears as your spirit they stalk
You’re trapped in a train on a one-way track
You’re bound for the reaper and there’s no turning back
You squirm and you tremble and cry out in pain
But you’ll never get back to normality again
With a promise of pleasure I’ve hooked into your soul
Your name has been written on addiction’s dark scroll
As we rush into a tunnel with no light at the end
You’ve no need to worry as I’m your best friend
And to prove it I’ll give you that one final hit
The one that will send you right into the pit
Your family and friends will grieve now you’re gone
They’ll fondly remember how once your light shone
Passing over the fact that you died hopelessly lost:
Living for the moment and never counting the cost
When will these fools realise the truth of it all
I’ll keep em’ distracted I’ll give em’ a ball
I’ll blind their eyes to the One who can save
I’ll keep em’ amused with rock music and rave
They’ll never think of the Bible as true
They’ll laugh at the words: He died for you
Now who will be next to take a ride with me?
It’ll cost you nothing the first time it’s free…
When we started this ministry more than 10 years ago, I was searching for a magic button that will just fix everything that is broken. However, there is no quick fix...even with the Lord it is a long and difficult walk back to wholeness. Some walk this road and with a lot of counselling we see complete recovery, and many times we see reconciliation between families....but for some it is just too difficult...they give up and are lost along the way.


  1. Thank you for sharing this young mans difficult are right, we are so sheltered from life's tragedies. God did bless him and send him on a path to you and your husband..he was able to lessen is burden by sharing his deep dark secrets. Your kind words have given him some self-worth and hopefully so guidance.
    Thank goodness you are there! I only hope that you are able to see what true, pure goodness you do for each person that comes in your pathway.

  2. I think it is important to share with us so that we can know and understand what else is out there and to pray for you and your hubby.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I really admire what you guys do. God bless you and more power.

  4. wow. That is terrbile. There are some real sick people in this world just like his Father! I hope he does find strength in the Lord and overcomes his addiction! You are a strong person Lynette and God is using you to help others, that is so cool!

  5. The Lord is using you in such an amazing way...thank you so much for all you do. I will definitely pray for that young man!

  6. Lynette, thanks for sharing this special post with us bloggers who are mostly safe and sound in our own little cacoon worlds, not realising the hardship out there. You and Kobus are truly special beings who are definitely making a huge difference in these peoples lives, although it often may feel that you are fighting a losing battle, I for one, know that I am where I am today because of special people just like you, who cared about me many years ago. So keep on persisting, even if you only save one soul, its all worth it. Hugs from Desire

  7. Oh my.. what a terrible story.. I don't know what to say. Thank God for you and your center...

  8. We live such sheltered lives that it is sometimes good to hear about what is happening in the real world.


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