Volunteering for The Door of Hope in Johannesburg, South Africa

February 15, 2012

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Alyssa’s first week in South Africa, volunteering for The Door of Hope, was let’s just say a bit of a hard transition. I know we’ve run it into the ground around here, but we are a close family. It would be hard for anyone to leave everything she knows behind and move to a country on the other side of the world. Since our family spends so much time together, it was difficult for Alyssa to say goodbye and start this new adventure.

Thankfully, we have a dear family¬† friend in South Africa who has taken Alyssa under her wing. Marianne and I have been friends for over 20 years. Marianne made contact with Alyssa immediately upon her arrival in South Africa and brought Alyssa flowers a few days later. On her days off, Alyssa has been spending her time with Marianne and her family. So far the only causality has been a bedroom window during a basketball game between Alyssa and Marianne’s boys.

Curious how this all started? Read our post about Alyssa Making a Big Huge Enormous Life Change

Alyssa at The Door of Hope, Johannesburg, South Africa

Look at that chubby little hand! I know this will be shocking but when I received this photo from Alyssa last week I started crying. Alyssa will forever be one little piece in this baby’s life.

In greater Johannesburg alone, at least three babies are abandoned every day.

A bit about The Door of Hope organization from their website:

Our Vision

We seek to help in meeting the needs of abandoned, abused and orphaned children in South Africa, by providing loving and stable Christian environments, so that they may grow up to be people that have a positive effect in South Africa and the world.

Our Objectives

To rescue and receive any abandoned, aborted, abused and orphaned babies and children from any source in cooperation with other agencies.

To provide a temporary Christian home for all our babies and children whilst seeking a forever family, suitable long term care or other permanent care for each one.

Alyssa has grown to hate the internet in South Africa. It is sl-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-w! She has only been able to send us this one photo. We’re lucky that a picture is worth a thousand words because this one speaks loud and clear and sweetly.

Life with Jeannine

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Leah Eads February 20, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Hi there,
I came across this blog accidentally because I was searching for something else related to the “Door of Hope Ministry” in Johannesburg.
I was so grateful to be able to read about Alyssa and her endevours to travel to South Africa.
You see, the reason I’m writing is because I think God might be calling me to Door of Hope too, only I’m a little afraid because I’ve never been so far away before…
My name is Leah and I’m nineteen. I was homeschooled all my life and come from an extremly close Christian family.
God has placed a passion in my heart for children, particularly small children. (I work at a Christian preschool.)
For years I’ve felt God calling me to do something…only, until a few weeks ago I really never knew what that “Something was.”
That is, until I found the Door of Hope website.
I really believe God is calling me to go.
Right now, (As I’m sure you all did,) I’m just really trying to gather some infromation as I have never before been anywhere close out of the United States. LOL.
I understand if you are not interested or if you do not have time, but if Alyssa or any of you are willing to tell me a little bit about her experiences there…what to expect…advice for someone going for the first time, I would so appreciate it!
Again, please do not feel obligated.
Thank you so much for your time!
In Christ,

Alyssa February 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

Thanks for your interest in the Door of Hope. Do you have any specific questions that you would like me to answer?

Candice May 24, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Hey, I am also looking at volunteering there, as it is very strongly on my heart, I’m just still praying through it.
I’d love to hear from her about what is like! And how she is doing!
A few people have questioned me about the safety of Johannesburg in general. I trust God for his protection! Has she had any trouble?
Thanks for your time!

Jeannine May 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Alyssa has a had a very good experience volunteering for The Door of Hope. Her experience is a probably a bit unique as we have a close family friend who is from South Africa. Our friends have welcomed Alyssa into their family and shown her a great deal of South Africa and how a real family lives in South Africa. We wish you the best of luck and encourage you to do much research to prepare yourself for your journey. I know this has been a very rewarding experience for Alyssa.

Cheyanne March 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Alyssa , we are trying to get a weekend of just full on missions ! And we were wondering if there was anyway that you would be able to come and talk to us about your expirence in Johannesburg at The Door of Hope . If you can email me back with information . We would love to have you :)

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