HOPE AGAIN RECOVERY CENTRE
Hope Again Recovery Centre has been a part of so many testimonies of restoration, healing and success. We have a mandate to ignite the hearts of people to encounter God’s presence, to receive healing and be restored back to life. There is no greater reward than to show broken people the hidden potential that God has blessed them with. In serving we grow stronger and bolder to set the captives free and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I was born in Cape Town. Around the age of 5, I went to Eastern Cape to my Grandpa and Grandma. I had to stay with them as my mother was working in Cape Town. When I was 15 years old, my cousin took me to Bloemfontein. I was then introduced to a man who took me on the streets and there was a lady there, who was going to show me how to make money (prostitution). That guy used to bring men to come and sleep with me. He gave me food once a day and even when I was sick I was forced to make more money for him. If I were ever to speak to anyone about what they were doing to me they were going to kill me. So one day this Guy came and took me out from all the bad things they were doing. They then brought me to Hope Again Recovery Centre. They are helping me to love myself and to know God. I am now FREE!
Before I came to Hope Again Recovery Centre, my life had reached a point where I had only despair to wake up to each morning. While I had achieved some measure of ‘success’ in the eyes of others, it meant little or nothing to me. I was, in all honesty, circling the drain. I spoke about this with some of my nearest family members, and someone found the HARC website. When I went on the website, the first thing I saw was Mr. Frikkie Hefer’s face looking back at me. Having by then been through many different sites, something about Frikkie’s image on the screen told me: This is the place. I don’t know why, but that is how I decided to book into Hope Again. The following week, I jumped on a bus in Pietermaritzburg, and was picked up here in Potchefstroom. I have not looked back for a minute. My grateful thanks go to Pastor Hannes and family, to Aunty Debbie, Danie and family, and all the staff at HARC. They go to great lengths for all the residents, and they truly care for everyone, despite having difficult jobs to do. My utmost admiration goes to Frikkie and his family. They have achieved something quite remarkable in establishing HARC, and continue to put a huge amount of their lives into this project…with genuine success. May they move from victory to victory, bringing hope once again into the lives of the hopeless.
My name is Kamogelo Mphatsoe, and I am 27 years old. I am a recovery drug, alcohol and sex addict. I was raised in a dysfunctional family of drugs, human trafficking and crime (from my father’s side). For my first 8years, this had been my life before my mother took me to live with her. I was then introduced to a well averaged, stable family house hold. As time went I became rebellious and dysfunctional. In primary school I experimented a lot (in the dysfunctional ways I was brought up). When I reached high school, I entered with defects. Anger, forgiveness, resentment and rejection. These became platforms for me to be able to shift the blame for my behavior, and a brutal experience of being molested by one of my father’s “drug mules”. I started with smoking cigarettes and weed at the age of thirteen and along with it came more anger, hate and rejection. I felt alone in this cold world and was left to fight for survival because they were never a part of my life. The only thing I knew was drugs and survival through crime. My using became worse and took a toll on me when I got mixed up with the wrong people who were dealing with a life I was familiar with. I ended up believing that that is where I belong. In my sub-conscious, I knew that I wanted to live a better life and to leave that life behind me. Then I began doing piece jobs as an exit plan, until God blessed me with a job at the department of agriculture. I still used during that time and it progressed every day until I lost my Job, my family and almost my life. I was left more broken and shattered. I kept getting worse and went to rehab after rehab and kept relapsing because I never included God in my life.
I ended up in the streets for four years but I know God was always with me as he never allowed me to lose my life. He had a bigger plan for my life. One night I overdosed on drugs and woke up in hospital (which until today, I still do not know how that happened). That morning when I woke up, withdrawing, hungry, broken and dirty… I made a me and God that I will give him one last chance, but first I have to go back to my previous rehab which was over 300km away from my city… By God’s grace I walked almost 200km by foot, with nothing but my energy from eating dust and from rubbish bin. I got a lift from a farmer who took me to my counselor’s house – Ralph, with hope to sponsor my program. He fought for me to get on the program because as a recovering addict, a father, a pastor and a best friend, he saw potential and believed that everything had a purpose. He believed that God wants to do something with my life, something that I could not see myself. It hen restarted my journey, BUT… this time I was not alone! I was with God! His mercy and grace was new to me so every day I took it and ran with it. I am honored to call myself a Born Again Hardcore Christian because I have found my identity in Him. I received love from Him that I never received from my parents. In everything that I am today, I am serving him at Hope Again Recovery Centre Above everything else He was preparing me for something that was bigger than myself. Using my past as a place of reference not residence! Thank You Lord Jesus, God Bless
I was in a very bad space when I came to Hope Again Recovery Centre. For the first week I was basically a walking zombie. This program gives you a lot of time to really start living in relationship with Heavenly Father and to get to know Him. And that is what has absolutely changed everything within me – my mind, my heart, everything within me is new – the old has gone. So it has been an amazing experience. It hasn’t even been that long but the journey from where I was to where I am now is indescribable
I was in addiction for around four years. My drug of choice was Crystal Meth. At times I would also smoke Dagga mixed with Mandrax. I fell so far in life that I was in addiction with my 3 children. When I was at my most high, I used to write letters to God. I never realized that I began my search for him. Around a year ago for roughly 8 1/2 months I tried to get clean on my own strength, but I realized that I am not strong enough to do this on my own. I couldn’t be consistent on my own strength. For the first time in my life I relapsed due to being judgmental. I decided that “Lollie Rook” does not help me to get rid of my emotions. I then begun to inject Meth. I used for about 6 months. I began injecting so much that I couldn’t stand up for about an hour and begun to beg God to end my life. When I came by after staring death in the eye, I would fight with God and ask him “Am I so worthless that not even You want me!” At that time I lost everything I had. I ended up in the street. I begun selling myself in the squatter camp and I stayed with my dealer. Drugs began taking over my life in the blink of an eye.
Before I came to the Centre, I was raped by one of my best friends on the 13th of January 2019. I asked God if he doesn’t want me, will he rescue me from this deep dark muddy hole that I am in. At that moment God showed me grace and mercy! That morning on the way to Hope Again Recovery Centre, then God said to me, “Maritza, my child, I have already taken your hand. NOW YOU CAN WALK!” Father God had already changed my life in the blink of an eye. So much so that after 7 months I no longer recognize myself. All Honor and Praise goes to God alone! God has brought me and my children together again, my parents are talking to me again. My family has agreed that they are ready to be a part of my life again and come for a weekend visit! Father God had Grace and Mercy on my beautiful children as well and they too are clean! Father God changed my life so much that I want to help other addicts break free! I don’t look back at all. I thank God every day that he had Grace and Mercy on me. That is how much he loves me! “Thank you that you hand-picked me and that you will never leave me! Thank you that you have a much bigger plan for my life. Without you I would not be where I am today”
I was born and raised in Potchefstroom in a very good home, there was no reason for me to have ever made the choice to use drugs. My insecurities were always the problem in my life. I had to prove that I am worth something and through my actions I made the dumbest mistakes. It all started with friends and I had to prove that I am a man by getting into the worst trouble ever, nothing really ever satisfied this hole I had inside of me. I was dead inside and it never mattered what I did, I just didn’t care about anything anymore. I just wanted to feel alive.
It all started with smoking and drinking at a very young age and it all progressed into much worse kind of substances. Dagga was my first drug and then all the rest followed. I made the choice to use heroin for the first time. It was from the very beginning of using it that I was addicted to it.I have lost so many things and people in my life due to my addictive behaviour. Relationships were broken and some still are, I have lied so much and stolen and sold everything I have ever owned.But as I am writing this I am so overwhelmed by grace and love.Jesus saved me out of this darkness and he has placed me in His light. I am 3 years clean, going onto 4. My journey here at Hope Again has showed and taught me so much, it is such an honour to be part of something bigger than myself.
My name is Lesley. I was raised in a good Christian home, and had a secure upbringing. When I was 14 I met a man who I ended up marrying and bore 2 beautiful children with him. In the 25 years we were together, our relationship was abusive and toxic, and I lost my identity and self-worth along the way. Eventually I became a binge drinker. In 2003 we immigrated to America with promises of a good and secure future for our kids. The dream was short-lived and by 2005 my husband and I were separated, eventually divorcing. My drinking spiraled out of control and I was constantly in trouble with the law. In 2010 I re-married, entering another toxic and abusive relationship. We divorced in 2015 and I came back to SA in 2017. After spending 21 months in Immigration custody, I felt hopeless, with no will to live, grieving for my children and grandchildren. God saved me on 25 February 2019 by bringing me to Hope Again Recovery Centre, where I still reside 7 months later. I’ve finally found my identity in God and feel inspired and hopeful for my future
My name is Donovan Dunn and I am 32 years old. I was born in Johannesburg and was brought up in a good healthy home. I was a church going person at a young age always attended going to youth groups and functions and so fourth. At the age of 14 years I started drinking and started mixing with the wrong friends and people . At the age of 16 years I was already smoking “Zol” and thought well I need to take something stronger and feel better . I then started taking Khat and Crystal Meth and I really enjoyed the feeling . And as time went I have lost myself and started doing things I regret and for the people I worked for . Drugs and alcohol really messed up my life I have been locked up a few times for things I have done and the people I have hurt. It has destroyed my life and my relationship and almost also lost my beautiful daughter. I have been an addict for the last 16 years and lost everything I had and have broken a lot of family and people a lot and also lost the faith in myself . And lost track of Jesus . I have been in Rehab 4 times and that has never helped me and always loose faith in myself. And I can’t blame anyone but myself . Its a choice I have made and the road I wanted to walk in.
I then came to Hope Again Recovery Centre where in the beginning I was so negative over myself and felt hopeless . I thought I would never get through this and don’t have another recovery in me and I was so negative . I then started humbling myself and started leaving all my problems and everything in God’s hands . And realized that you need to put God first than yourself before anyone else Hope recovery Centre really and truelly helped me and I put God first in my recovery and let him show me the path. Because with God in me and light shining in my life no darkness can enter thru me . Just also want to thank Frikkie Hefer and his team and everyone thanks for helping me thru this. And making me the person I am today. And there is Hope. God is good. Amen
Because of my experiences I once thought that there were no good people on earth, but the people at Hope Again Recovery Centre showed me that you do get good people who are committed to God and who live out their callings to help others in need. At Hope Again Recovery Centre I am learning to deal with my issues and find peace in my situation.
Thank God that there are places like this, wow where the Spirit of God moves and stays. I never had hope or purpose, freedom before I came in, but thanks to the God of restoration everything just fell into place. God has always been seeking after us but because of our sins we hide ourselves from His Presence. I learnt that He wants me as I am, and that is when I started to look for Him in each and everything I do, see and touch – Hope Again Recovery Centre made that easy for someone who was an addict. The Centre gave me hope again in my life. Our vision at Hope Again Recovery Centre is to see people like me and all to be set free and free indeed beyond addiction, alcoholism or any addiction in Christ Jesus our saviour.
Nobody dreams of becoming an addict, but 22 years ago I fell into that trap. After numerous failed attempts and hours of counseling, I gave up. The world labeled me and I believed that I would be struggling with a chronic diseases for the rest of my life. That’s where I was wrong. You see, at Hope I wasn’t just given a chance to recover, I was given the TRUTH..IF THE SON SETS YOU FREE, YOU WILL BE FREE INDEED. John 8:36 I wanted that promise!! I wanted to be free for the rest of my life!!! I believe that God had an appointment with me!! I believe that if it wasn’t for the amazing family at Hope, who listened to the Lord and faithfully stayed true to His word, I probably would have died. I have no words to describe my gratitude. I only have a second chance at life and with this life I plan to serve the Lord for the rest of my days.
I was privileged to have grown up in a sheltered, loving family home. I was raised with a core set of high moral standards and values and I excelled socially and academically. During my high school years I started experimenting with drugs and alcohol. At first it was more of a novelty but things gradually started spinning completely out of control. As the years went by, my ability to make the right choices decreased drastically. A series of bad decisions led to a series of bad habits. I got involved in underground dealings of the drug world, I started loosing my self-respect and my self-worth. I allowed myself to be used and abused. I subjected myself o living in shame, guilt, regret and in the grip of devastating addiction. Short before long, I believed my habits defined me, that they had become my identity. December 2015 I brought a precious, healthy, intelligent boy into this world. Events surrounding his birth nearly claimed my life. Taking on the immense responsibility of raising a child, brought me to the realization that I had lost control of my life and that the only means of finding my way again would be by surrendering and rediscovering God.
I chose Hope Again Recovery Centre where their aim is to create an environment where you can get to know and form a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, the true healer. The staff are dedicated and passionate in their pursuit to guide and counsel. The programme prepares you on a spiritual and emotional level to once again face the world head on with maturity and a refined character. I can truly say that learning to forgive myself as well as others by working through my past experiences, I have found freedom and peace that comes solely from God. In him I have found my purpose and I have regained respect for myself. I have discovered my true identity in Jesus Christ and I am growing there in day by day. I have set achievable goals for the future and I aspire to work in the field… Assisting other people on their road to recovery. Most importantly I am exhilarated to know that I will be the best mother I can be for my child I can
possibly be. I want to thank Hope Again Recovery Centre for their tremendous help, care and love they have lavished on me.
Ek kom uit n gebroke huis uit. Ek was 16 toe ek begin drink het. Ek het vir 11 jaar gedrink toe ontmoet ek n man met wie ek getrou het. Ons het saam Herion gebriuk en toe word my kind weg gevat. Ek was baie toegesluit gewees en het alles verloor. Toe kom ek na Hope Again Recovery Centre toe. Ek is nou skoon te danke aan Frikkie, al die staff by Hope Again Recovery Centre en Jesus Christus.
Before I came to Hope Again Recovery Centre, I was living on the streets for seven months. It was hard for me coping on the street. So I had to fight for what I wanted, and had to hustle. I had to ask strange people for money to buy my drugs. I mixed with the wrong people just to get by the last 7 months. I started using drugs (Heroin) in December 2018 when I was at the age of 24 years old. I lost everything and pushed my family away because of the wrong people and wrong love. I never came from a broken family, but because of my bad decisions. I lost everything. So my mom and dad helped me by speaking to people to get off the streets, but my parents are struggling financially and cannot assist me with what I need. I am so positive now having been at Hope Again. I am getting my way of thinking sorted and trying to only focus on the positive. I have put all my trust in God.
After caught up n 25 years of addiction, and been involved in various crime syndicates, my life was a mess. This resulted in me ending up on the wrong side of law and eventually decided to surrender my life to Jesus. I then came to Hope Again Recovery Centre on the 16th September 2018. Since then my life has been blessed and filled with opportunities. On Saterday 17th August 2019, I was blessed by a visit from my sister Debbie and Karl her husband, its the first time Ive seen my sister in 7 years. WHAT A SPECIAL MOMENT IT WAS! I wish to extend my gratitude to Hope Again Recovery Centre and its dynamic team, which helped me rebuild my life. Thanks to Gods love, grace and mercy. I now have an opportunity to help restore others!
I was broken and lost, when I came to Hope Again Recovery Centre. My own will almost killed me. I started a relationship with the Lord, and through the Lord, I began working on myself. I am very grateful to Hope Again Recovery Centre and the 9 month program. All my relationships have been restored and I have put my past behind me. I thank the Lord for his grace, mercy and Love. I will follow the Lords will for my life. I’ve never had such an amazing relationship with the Lord until now. Thank you Hope Again. The staff really helps you, and they truly care about you and your recovery. God is good all the time.
My name is Natasha. I grew up in a good Christian home. My family and I were always very close. At the age of 14 I got involved with the wrong people. I started drinking and using drugs. Over the years my life spiraled out of control. I resorted to stealing an extortion. I felt invincible and powerful and that I could live like that for the rest of my life. I soon realized that I had to make a choice between life and death. With my family’s help and intervention… I agreed to come to come to Hope Again Recovery Centre on 04/05/2019. God has opened my eyes and has had a great impact on my life. I am blessed to have my family’s full support and trust to make a full recovery.