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“Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh do remember me”

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Tom and Barbara had no idea what they were getting themselves into. All they knew was that one of the pastors at their church had been dropping hints about going on an international mission trip to Door of Hope in South Africa for quite a while. Eventually, these hints transformed into a call from God and they signed up to travel with a team affiliated with the North Caroline Baptists on Mission. They arrived at Door of Hope in February on their first international mission trip—their first but probably not their last.

The work was harder than they expected, work made all the more difficult by an unusually rainy week, forcing this determined team to build a retaining wall in the rain and the mud. The rain, however, is not what they talked about when I asked them to share about their experience. Tom was quick to tell me he had no regrets in choosing to come on this trip. When I asked what he would share with someone who might consider coming to volunteer at Door of Hope Village, he responded, “It’s hard work, but it is so worthwhile. You’ll come back with so much more than what you’ve given.”

Tom and Barbara spent most of their two weeks in South Africa building a retaining wall out of cement blocks and laying concrete for a walkway outside the “Play and Learn Centre.” When the rain became too heavy to work in, the team moved inside the hall, sorting and rearranging donations to provide easier access to the items inside. Of course, their time in South Africa was not all work. The team enjoyed visiting the Lion and Safari Park and explored an outdoor market. They also attended worship at Berea Baptist Mission (where Door of Hope began) and toured two of the three baby houses, learning more about Door of Hope’s mission to save abandoned babies.

Barbara reflected on her experience seeing the baby box for the first time. “I’d heard about children being abandoned in a box,” she said, “but until you see it, you can’t grasp it.” She told me that her initial encounter with the box broke her heart, but she didn’t feel that way for long. One look in the children’s eyes and she realised how much life they have. She saw the way the aunties cared for the children and reflected, “This isn’t an orphanage. This is a home.”

Tom shared that the highlight of his trip didn’t come at the baby houses as it did for most of the team. For him, it was when he saw the toddlers playing at the “Play and Learn Centre” in the village. Tom’s heart was moved when he saw these happy, healthy children who, not long ago, were babies much like the ones he saw at the baby houses. The children at Door of Hope have the opportunity to grow and learn in a loving and safe environment. “They are getting a chance at life that they wouldn’t have gotten were it not for Door of Hope” he reflected.

As our conversation came to a close, I asked if there were any other meaningful moments that they wanted to share. Barbara told me a story. “A few days ago,” she began, “My daughter-in-law sent me a video of my five-year-old grandson singing the children’s song ‘Do Lord.’ And then I came out here and heard the kids singing the very same thing. Here my grandson was in a big formal church singing, ‘Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh do remember me’ with special hand motions. And the kids here were doing the exact same thing, hand motions and all. It fills you with hope.” Barbara ended our conversation by reflecting, with confidence, “This couldn’t take place if God wasn’t in it. This is an amazing mission that is taking place and we know God is behind it.”

Lord, we know that you never forget your children. We know that every child matters to you, but we are a forgetful people. As we sing with your youngest children, may we be reminded of a God who never forgets, and may we be inspired to join in your active work of remembering. Amen.


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Over the next 5 weeks Door of Hope will be running a campaign with students from the University of Johannesburg. This will be an interactive and engaging campaign, which will be accompanied by a pleasant ‘disruption’ on Twitter and Facebook, with different types of posts to raise awareness and collect much needed baby consumables. Please support the students and Door of Hope.

For an introduction to the campaign see below:

This campaign is about donating baby consumable products to Door of Hope, by playing different games each week and tagging everyone to play along, hence, the “You’re it”.

The aim of this campaign is to donate baby consumables while having fun. This means that as much as we value your donations we also want to show how much we value our relationship with you – our family; by playing these nostalgic games with you.

The games will be played during a period of four weeks.

Week 1: Let’s Tic Tac Toe our donations

Week 2: Let’s climb the ladders and avoid the snakes – Snakes & Ladders

Week 3: Let’s crown the DOH family – Checkers

Week 4: Let’s hop hop hop up our donations – Hopscotch

Game Housekeeping

At the beginning of each week the game instructions and rules will be communicated.

Which are:

In order to participate and win the game at the end of the week you need to take a selfie with, for example, a purity bottle of which you will donate and post it on our facebook and twitter page (and tagging the purity brand together with @DoorofHopeJHB; and send the donations to:

Baby House 1

Main house for visits and donation drop offs

Telephone: +27 11 432 8273

15 Barbara Avenue, Glenvista, 2091, Johannesburg,

South Africa

Baby House 2

Telephone: +27 11 484 9930

17 Doris Street, Berea, Johannesburg, South Africa

Make sure you tag the brands of the baby products as well as the next player with the hashtag #DOHchallenge #Tag!You’re it! .

We also hope to earn partnerships with the baby product brands.

We doing it for the love

We doing it for the fun

And most importantly for our babies

Tag! You’re it!

The SheEO SleepOut™

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You cannot help but be moved by the location of The SheEO SleepOut 2017. A place where not that long ago oppression and degradation were everyday occurrences. Where women were held prisoner. Some for legitimate crimes, others for breaking the criminal laws of Apartheid. Many innocent women, some now famous political prisoners, having their dignity assaulted. Their freedom stolen. The location we find ourselves in is the Women’s Jail at, what is now, Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa.

What remains in this place is the reality of evil, of injustice, even death. It lingers in the air. It’s etched into the bricks and steel and concrete. Tonight this horrid reality is again on display. The only difference is the horrors now occur just beyond these memorialized walls. Mothers run in terror on the very streets around the buildings we occupy this night. Babies are abandoned and left to die. Discarded like trash. Dismissed as waste. Afforded no value for their lives.

But tonight is a new night in this historic space. Tonight these haunted halls become a beacon of hope. Tonight these sorrow-filled pathways hold promise of steps to a better life for women and children. This night, in this infamous place, is about liberty. Is about daughters, sisters, mothers having their presence acknowledged, more than that, their existence and contributions honored and cherished. Tonight is about fighting for the lives of everyone that is given breath in their lungs. Even, or most especially, those who have only taken a relatively few gasps of air.


Door of Hope representative – Nadene Grabham

After much anticipation the big night finally arrived. It all felt like a very royal affair, albeit somewhat macabre with young ladies dressed in prison outfits escorting you inside. The atmosphere was filled with excitement but all knew the night was one with serious intention. Successful women could feel proud to be included in such an event but also feel the weight of responsibility to stand up for those less fortunate and esteemed.

It all began with a tour of the Jail led by ex-prisoners. This was followed by song items from the Pretoria Girls High School choir and speeches from various dignitaries as we sat on metal buckets inside the prison atrium. SheEO Participants were then encouraged to join one of several fireside discussions centering around certain critical topics. These included: “Unsafe abandonment and the need for a safe-haven law” and “High level government support in the implementation of adoption as a child protection strategy.”

Time was given to get practically involved by making sandwiches for the homeless, as well as knitting hats and creating recycled sleeping bags. By this time special guests, Susan Shabangu (current Minister of the South African Department of Women) and Thuli Madonsela (former Public Protector of South Africa) had arrived to participate in the evening. They were given opportunity to share their loving hearts and concern for women and children. This was followed by a short film of Sophia Williams de Bruyn (former South Africa anti-apartheid activist) and then PJ Powers singing a beautiful song called Women of Africa. After the formal part of the evening concluded, SheEO’s mingled with each other and discussed how the corporate world could do more to make an impact on the homeless. As the night grew colder and colder participants tried to snuggle up in their sleeping bags, resting on a thin sheet of cardboard, to get some much-needed sleep, which proved to be hard to come by.

All in all, it was a good night for reflection as the female business leaders came together to gain empathy and discuss change for our sisters, mothers and daughters this Women’s Month. Door of Hope feel honored to have been chosen as the Primary beneficiary. Our hope and prayer is that somehow this will result in more lives saved and children finding the love and care they are worthy of. We give all glory to God.


We wish to say a MASSIVE Thank You to all the SHE-EO Participants, the wonderful CEO SleepOut™ dream team, and the many others that contributed to the success of this years initiative. Rest assured, your kindness and generosity will make a lasting impact on the lives of abandoned babies and children. From the Door of Hope team we say, a most sincere Thank You and God bless You.

New Website

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Welcome to our new Door of Hope website and blog!

We are excited to have this platform to share news of what God is doing ‘in and through’ Door of Hope to save abandond babies and change a nation one child at a time.
A lot of work has gone into redesigning the website and we hope everyone is happy with the outcome. We hope to have our new online giving platform added soon to better facilitate those wanting to contribute. For now you can use the GivenGain online fundraising platform that is on the Donate page.
We will do our best to keep you up-to-date with exciting announcements, news on the children God brings to us, opportunities to get involved, and all the wonderful things that are happening with us.
Thank you for being interested in Door of Hope. We pray you will be blessed as you follow and hear great reports. Let us know if you have any suggestions for our site and future blog posts.
Stay tuned and stay connected. And remember: Every Child Matters.