Word on the Street is an outreach to women (and men) involved in prostitution on Wynberg and Kenilworth Main Road
For several years members of a number of local churches have been sharing the gospel with women involved in prostitution in the Claremont/Wynberg area under the “Word on the Street” or WOTS ministry. The Covid lockdown has been a huge challenge for vulnerable people, and has also caused us to evaluate the WOTS ministry, with a restatement of our vision and values. We have a newly expanded leadership team who are eager to partner with Jesus in His ministry amongst the most vulnerable.
OUR VISION: A hope-filled journey from prostitution to new life in Christ
OUR VALUES: The love of Christ compels us to:
- Pray and depend on the Holy Spirit: keeping prayer central, trusting the Spirit’s empowering to break the strongholds of addiction, leading to healing and restoration.
- Speak God’s truth & listen: knowing that the Word of God is living and active, guiding us in real and relevant ways, we commit to listening to God and to each woman, speaking truth into their lives.
- Offer God’s love, belonging & family: by showing love, we invite the women into God’s family, encouraging the local church to be welcoming so that each one can find their place in the body.
- Commit to the messy journey: we recognise that leaving a life of prostitution and moving into the light is a complex journey. We are committed to that journey for the long haul.
- Empower each woman to make hope-filled choices: we seek to speak hope, share opportunities and encourage each woman to take responsibility in choosing their next step.
- Recognise that salvation comes from Christ and not us: this is Christ’s ministry and so we actively encourage each woman to put their faith and trust in Him.
- Partner with the local church and key organizations, as we journey together: as members of local churches, we commit to working together in God’s Kingdom.
OUR MINISTRY provides many opportunities for involvement in any of three areas:
Prayer, led by Ntombi, who will ensure we keep prayer central. There is an active Whatsapp prayer group through which you can receive information, join zoom prayer meetings, and pray during Team outeaches or dinners etc. Contact Ntombi to be added to the group.
Outreach, led by Emma and Darryl. This is our first point of contact with people. Every Thursday evening, small teams of men and women walk the Main road, meeting and building relationships with women, sharing God’s love and praying with them. These people are invited to the monthly outreach dinners which provide a warm and safe place to get to know people better. We encourage housechurches to help with meals and assist with hosting dinners. Contact Emma or Darryl.
Follow up led by Di and Maggie. Once a woman indicates she wants to exit prostitution we journey with her, which involves finding a safe shelter, rehabilitation from substance abuse, attending a local church, being discipled, and preparing for work. There are many opportunities for involvement including assisting with: health issues, counselling, discipling, providing lifts, preparing CVs, sharing all sorts of skills, tutoring, job seeking and mentoring. Contact Di or Maggie.
GIVE THANKS FOR God’s comfort through these difficult times, renewed vision, new leadership team members, all those who pray and volunteer in many different ways, and financial donations.
- Emma and Maggie carrying heavy family responsibilities
- Outdoor dinners on the 1st Thursday of each month (lockdown permitting)
- The need to expand both the outreach and follow up teams
- Women doing well on their discipleship journeys, ready for permanent employment and affordable accommodation
- Women and men tentatively taking steps towards new life in Christ, and a host of women wanting to do so but stuck.
- The increasing problem of homelessness, unemployment and hunger and the temptation to resort to crime, addiction and resulting physical and mental illness.
WOTS update April 2021
On Wednesday evening, 28th April, the various teams involved in WOTS ministry joined together on zoom for the 1st Community Conference.
It was a chance for the four teams (prayer, weekly outreach, outreach dinners and follow up) to get together, reconnect and share. Including the launch of the website www.wots.org.za. Mandri from Straatwerk joined with an encouraging message and Geraldine shared her testimony.
This coming Thursday 6 May, is the monthly dinner, we provide supper for around 25 people (including the volunteers). The supper have previously been provided by a few people, and it would be great if we could grow this team of cooks.
We host these meals once a month to provide a sense of community and family with the ladies. Many of them look forward to coming to the meals not only for the food, although that is always a plus since it makes them feel loved, but also as a place they can laugh, cry, talk, share and pray.
The meals are usually simple home cooked meals, if you could help with meals please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit the website for different ways to get involved with the WOTS ministry.
WOTS Update July 2021
Help Word on the Street (WOTS) let our street-based friends and neighbours know we haven’t forgotten about them!
Hard lockdown in 2020 was a time of great pain, fear and disconnection and was especially felt by our friends in the WOTS ministry. As our teams were unable to go on outreach or to host dinners, we had to find ways of letting our friends know that they were still loved and cared for. We did this in many creative and loving ways … but we were so grateful when we were able to return to weekly outreach and monthly dinners.
The dinners have been held outside CCK around fires in Covid complaint ways monthly since July last year. Our guests have expressed how much these times of connection, prayer and being the church together means to them. It means a lot to us as the WOTS team too. While WOTS ** is a ministry that focuses on healing and pathways out of prostitution, at our dinners, we welcome anyone from the neighbourhood, men, and women, who live and work on the streets.
With our recent level 4 restrictions returning, we are no longer able to run the meals from the church. We want to make sure that our friends know we have not forgotten them.
Several ways to help
- Cook a pot of soup for the outreach team to take on their next outreach (8 July)
- Join the WOTS outreach team to deliver take-away soup to our friends on the street at their next outreach (8 July)
- Donate towards the WOTS account to help us offer extra meals, blankets and other specific assistance during this lockdown and winter
Caroline Powell on 084 859 1669 for details to offer any of the above assistance
**Word on the Street is a ministry that has been running for over a decade led by a dedicated team of people from several different churches.
We minister to those in our neighbourhood who are trapped in prostitution, and related situations, on the main road in Wynberg, Kenilworth and Claremont, and we do this in three ways:
- Weekly Thursday night outreach to offer prayer, connection, and encouragement
- Monthly dinners held at Christ Church Kenilworth where a meal is shared and more time and space is given for deeper connection, prayer and ministry
- Follow up ministry where those who want to journey off the streets into restoration are accompanied