SAFReC is an organisation consisting of people with a passion and urgency to reach out to all persons in need of a touch from the Holy Spirit and who need the Light and Love of Jesus Christ.
The idea of SAFReC was born out of a collective dream by its founders in August 2018, hoping to make a difference in the broken world we live in.
Months of planning and prayer, and hours upon hours of strategising, saw the dream of SAFReC come into fruition on 9 February 2019, when we had our first public meeting to introduce our strategy and structure to individuals
We recognise that it is not the knowledge or intellect of a person which saves an indivdual's soul for the Kingdom of God, but that we are vessels of the Holy Spirit and carriers of Hope and Light.
We envision reaching out in practical ways by assisting peoplein need with food, clothing, & emotional support.
Our strategy and plan statement is also available for download.
By Chaplain Brad Blake
A lot of people believe that being a chaplain is all about the smart uniform and badges and the perks one gets. Well, the reality of being a chaplain is far more than just a uniform and perks.
As the EMS Chaplain of Secunda, I get called out to a lot of scenes like the one in the picture on the right on 16 November 2018. While our local Search and Rescue team, Delta1, was on a training exercise, they recovered a motor vehicle that had been missing for 4 Months. Sadly, the bodies of the occupants were still inside. Being a chaplain is a 24/7 job that sometimes has no perks to it except for the priviledge to serve the local community
At times I am called to serious motor vehicle collisions where someone has lost their lives. As the serving chaplain, you are called upon to notify the next of kin of the passing of the loved one. This make up the majority of cases that I am called out to, and generally can happen from midday to the early hours of the morning.
The real joy of this ministry comes from the community that you are able to serve.
My name is Chaplain Brad Blake, and I have been serving as the EMS Chaplain in Secunda from the beginning of 2016. I was ordained in The Anglican church and felt a calling to the ministry of chaplaincy and this is where my passion lies. I am glad to be part of the SAFReC team of chaplains.
by Melissa Nel, Witbank News
A chaplain is one of the most powerful assets to have in a city.
We are fortunate enough to have four; one of which is the senior chaplain for the Mpumalanga area.
Charles Steyn, an ILS medic, has been a chaplain over eMalahleni for quite some time.
He was appointed as senior chaplain for Mpumalanga on June 1, under SAFReC’s Corps.
Months of planning culminated into the ordination of 56 chaplains – the event officially marked the beginning of SAFReC’s active presence in the field.
All 56 chaplains are now deployed throughout Tshwane, Ekhuruleni and Mpumalanga.
A special word of thanks and appreciation goes to Dr Johan Groenewald and EPTS College, Dr Alan Roycroft and Past Anita Roycroft, for the training in preparation of the new chaplains.
The chaplaincy has no borders and can assist with all spirituality support, debriefing and so much more.
Charles said that his journey started in February 2001 when he was in the army.
He added that being in this position means that you must make sure that your chaplains are okay, there are monthly reports and he has to support them morally in all that they do.
“We must make sure that there are no voids and ensure that all the services are dispatched where necessary,” he stated.
Chaplains assist in emergency situations where emotional support is needed.
They offer counselling after a traumatic experiences or death, this includes counselling for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Their Mpumalanga area currently covers; eMalahleni (4), Middelburg (3), Secunda (1), Volksrust (1) and Lydenburg/Ohrigstad (1).
“We are humbled by the magnitude of the task that lies ahead, but we walk by faith that God will guide and strengthen us as we continue on in the calling He has placed upon us to be the light of the world and salt of the earth.”