The reason that I decided to get involved with Skillful Hands was because I saw a great gaping need to draw men into the open about their role in the violence and abuse that this organisation is trying to eradicate. It is an extremely difficult task, and one which I see as an obstacle for the woman to tackle due to our South African dynamic of macho men don’t cry, but where I believe men need to be lovingly yet strongly challenged to admit and confess abuse.
As a result, I started joining my wife in the counselling sessions to married couples and then moved on to counselling men who were willing to admit their need for this kind of help. To date we have seen quite a few men come through the organisation in these two ways, either as married couples or on a man-to-man basis. There is definitely a need to amplify this in the following year.
I also saw the strong need to have financial and material resources come in for the organisation from outside sources, so I have been praying about international funding. Through my contacts with overseas students, I have built up a trust relationship with many from different countries and I now have 2 projects which are currently unfolding in order to bring in resources through water-based projects here as well as skills training and the vision for our own office building here in Cape Town, South Africa. I believe in the work that Skillful Hands is doing and I have been a part of this from its very inception and I have seen the results and experienced first-hand the testimonies coming out of the contact and ministry that this organisation has effected in many lives and churches and also in other organisations that they partner with here in Cape Town. We long to see South Africa, Africa, and the nations changed through the love of Jesus Christ