About Iris Dignity

We are a small group of missoniaries from the four corners of the world that have experienced the power of radical love and are compelled to share it, particularly with those on the streets in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

We started reaching out to the ladies on the street, then God opened the doors to plant a church in the Brothel. This was all in one week! Women and men started coming to hear the word of God. We had never experienced such a hunger for the Word.

As we continued to witness and make relationships with the ladies on the street, we became more aware of the vastness of the network of prostitution in the Mbombela area. With the close borders of Mozambique and Swaziland, and truck transportation readily available, a lucrative environment for the sex trade flourished. However the main reason this industry is growing so fast is the general issues linked to poverty.

Now we are a team from many churches around the nelspruit area.

Vision

  • To bring light to the darkest places in the city.
  • To see the many faces of the captives set free.
  • To experience the real transformation of people, communities, cities and nations.
  • Providing help and support to women and men involved in prostitution by sharing God’s love in word, deed and importantly within relationships.
  • Offering choices to those involved in prostitution including exit support.
  • Bringing down the Kingdom of God to earth like it is in heaven.

Mission

  • Building long term relationships and friendships with those exploited by prostitution
  • Reaching this group through streetwork, outreaches and inviting women to some of our churches
  • Empowering women to leave prostitution and sustain a new life
  • Following an holistic approach for their emotional, spiritual, mental and economic well-being. This includes:
    • linking the ladies to educational facilities for practical skills or studies e.g. business, computer skills and training on assertiveness and social skills
    • Providing emotional support and social contacts to reduce loneliness
    • Practical support through our different projects – shown below in more detail.
    • Offering support in finding a job. This includes advising and orientating the ladies to the labour market. Providing coaching, job training and possibilities in gaining work experience.
    • Providing temporary shelter in a decentralised setting with discipling opportuntities
  • Identifying victims of sex-trafficking or sexual exploitation and helping them as best as possible in partnership with other like-minded organizations
  • To raise public awareness and promote a better understanding of the issues surrounding sexual exploitation within the society
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