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Last updated: 2019/10/02

Barbara Clarke

Originally from England, I came to South Africa in 1990 having spent 3 years teaching Maths and working with a church in rural Zimbabwe.  In 1991 I took up permanent residence believing that God had a special plan for the healing of this nation and strongly desiring to be part of that plan.



More than 20 years later I remain convinced that God is active in even the poorest, most violent of our communities. And that within these communities there are people who, with the right encouragement, training and support can make a difference where they are.



 

What started as a vague desire to be used by God in some way began, during my time on staff at Edge Church, to develop into a clearer vision to see the lives of people, especially children, and communities changed through the hope Jesus brings. 


Through Edge’s connection with Philippi Trust, I began my involvement with orphans & vulnerable children and those who care for them. In 2009, I moved full time into this work; initially focusing on training adults and facilitating camps for children.  Along with a few individuals, Edge Church contributes to my personal financial support.  With Holger & Kay, I was part of Philippi Trust’s OVC team and was active in growing their Resilient Kids program for training and camps.


Over the last 3 years, I have spent a large part of my time in Fisantekraal; making friends, playing with children, helping with homework, listening to youth and adults, hanging around in the library and  building relationships with community leaders. Through this my desire to see this community transformed by hope has deepened. And my understanding of the scope of my own calling to be involved in this transformation process has broadened.  And it is this broader and yet deeper calling that led me to position myself within MercyAIDS.