Church spreads hope

2018-04-24 06:00
The Christian Dependency Ministry group of Ocean View pose for a picture at their pamphlet drive.

The Christian Dependency Ministry group of Ocean View pose for a picture at their pamphlet drive.

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The Christian Dependency Ministry (CDM) group in Ocean View, along with some American students, held a pamphlet drive at the entrance to Ocean View on Saturday 14 April.

The American students who took part in the drive are part of the Homestay programme and are being hosted by some of the CDM members.

The CDM is committed to reaching out to all individuals who have been disadvantaged as a result of substance abuse.

Members of the CDM provide a voluntary service and aim to provide preventative, motivational and supportive programmes to substance dependents and their families by means of thorough training and
empowerment.

The CDM is part of the Uniting Reformed Church in Ocean View and is committed to various programmes within the congregation and the entire community. Suzette Fisher of the CDM says they provide preventative, motivational and supportive programmes to substance and alcohol dependents and their families by means of training and empowerment.

“One of our outreach awareness programmes on Saturday was the pamphlet drive at the entrance of Ocean View. We could distribute 1000 pamphlets on alcohol and drugs. It was so exciting because all vehicles going into Ocean View and Kommetjie stopped to take a pamphlet, even the taxis and buses. The Homestay students from America enjoyed being part of the pamphlet drive with the CDM group. The greatest part of this drive is that we know someone will be empowered by the information that was spread on Saturday,” she says.

Fisher says the Uniting Reformed Church in South Africa has developed self-help groups for drug and alcohol dependents who received treatment in different centres.

“These self-help groups aim to give information to the public, motivate drug and alcohol dependents to sobriety and treatment, and assist rehabilitated drug and alcohol dependents in their continued development. The CDM strongly focuses on the family of the dependent person and strives to equip and support the family in helping their addicted family member,” she says.

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