John-Paul (JP), in South Africa, had alcohol and drug addictions and literally knocked on the door of our partner’s centre after his father, who had also struggled with addiction, had died. His father had sought help from a rehab centre, but died of a stroke while still being treated.
Our partners, Change Makers, run a programme for men from addictions. A lifetime of drugs and alcohol, in street gangs and spells in and out of prison had left JP with an uncontrollable temper. One violent incident even resulted in him being suspended from the programme for 2 weeks and only returning once he had committed to a counselling and anger management course.
The men’s detox and rehab programme also provides vocational training in welding. The team work hard to equip the men with skills to gain employment and stay clean after they have completed the programme.
With time, JP came to faith and became obedient, respectful and dedicated to the programme. He completed the vocational training in welding, which he thoroughly enjoyed and went on to secure a job as a boiler maker at a local company. This is his first ever job and he is immensely thankful to God for leading him to the Change Makers programme!