Anchorofhope1On Friday, 22nd August, ministers of the Dutch reformed Church met to be briefed by Gielie Noeth (pastor) and Desmond Moore (Chairman of the Board) about the work of this inner city church (formerly the Dutch Reformed Church P.E. Central).

The story of the transformation of this church from an Afrikaans white church, to an English speaking, multi-racial church focusing on community development, is truly amazing. Their brochure puts it as follows: “In 2007 the N.G. Kerk P.E. – Sentraal started reaching out to the drug dealers in our area. Shortly hereafter, 9 Nigerian men gave their lives to the Lord and 4 of them regularly visited our church. The Lord clearly called us to go through a long process of change. In August 2009 we changed our name to Anchor of Hope as a means of reaching the many African people living in Central. In August 2010 we went a step further when we changed our language from Afrikaans to English.”

Today they offer various programs and training to the community: These include Adult Basic Education Training (bringing the students up to the Grade 7 level), Computer training, English classes (for students from so far as the DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa), driver license training, a life skills course (which includes basic topics such as drawing up an own budget) and a Kids club.

They urgently need more people to come and assist with the most basic classes and facilitating individual learning, any time of the day. Their contact number is (weekdays 09:00-12:00) and E-mail address admin@anchorofhope.org.za.

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Johann Mcfarlane