Mercy House has been sending our children to Phoenix College in Johannesburg for many years, which prompted a bit of research into the title. The Phoenix was a bird in the Egyptian mythology that was said to live for 500 years in the deserts of the region. It then is said to have set fire to itself, after which it rose to a new life – hence the saying that “the phoenix rises from the ashes.” Perhaps we can apply that to our modern world, which according to a holy man of our time, is described as “unhinged.” We need to see our time in the whole context of history. And as Christians may not allow anything to damper our hope. It’s God’s world after all…

We have a similar experience at Mercy House. We get young people coming to us with the saddest background, often really bewildered and having lost hope. It belongs to our calling, through love, support and a stable community life, to enable them to become strong and rise. And they do. I am always astonished at the lack of bitterness in the saddest of cases. It is our privilege to help these young people, whose lives have been turned upside down, due to human greed and war, to get onto their feet and have hope for the future. Thank you for helping.

Diana Beamish

Christmas With A Difference
  We had a unique feature in our Christmas celebration 2018. In order to bring home the true meaning of
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American International School Does It Again
Thanks to our co-worker, Nozizwe Ndebele, in January of this year, the American International School donated two pairs of school
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Our Commitment To Education Continues
  Unfortunately, a very large donation which we got annually in the past – to fund our education project –
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Claire Giuliani Revisits
Claire came to Mercy House as a volunteer in September 2015 and stayed until  Christmas. Her parents are South African,
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Get To Know Us: Meet Fleury
Fleury is from Burundi. He was born, as a twin, on 22 December 2000 and has three older brothers. Fleury’s
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Visitors From Germany
On Tuesday, 19 February, Comboni Brother Eric (left in photo) brought 2 German visitors to Mercy House: Mr Ernst Zerche
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Meet Our New Arrival
Diogen moved into Mercy House on the 8th of June. He comes from northern DRC. His mother and father were
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A Tribute To The Remarkable Determination And Achievement Of Our Robert Kagabo
Robert fled from his home country, Burundi, at age 15 on 21 May, 1997. His father had been killed in
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A Tribute To The Remarkable Determination And Achievement Of Our Dr. Emmanuel Taban
On Thursday 25 October 2018, Emmanuel Taban received his 3rd degree at Wits University in Johannesburg. Having arrived in Johannesburg
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Meet Our Charlie
The photo shows Charlie when he came to us in December 2013.  He is with Zeng, whom Charlie adopted from
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