Set to launch his book, No Mother Gave Birth to a Drug Addict, on Saturday 8 December, Reverend Dr Jacobus Nomdoe, the senior pastor at ENON Tabernacle Church in Kleinvlei, says the premise of his book is simply to be a source of encouragement for the vast number of parents who have loved ones trapped within the scourge of addiction.
Apart from his position as senior pastor at ENON Tabernacle Church, Nomdoe is also the regional director of Global Teen Challenge Africa, which seeks to assist the youth and young adults with recovering from life-controlling problems.
He describes working on his book project as a “tremendous joy”.
“It took me several years to write this book and the decision to write about this topic is inspired by the Word of God and my late mother. Her attitude towards my eldest brother, who succumbed to addiction and gangsterism, was a true inspiration. She never gave up on him, even when he was in the worst state of his life.
Nomdoe’s role as regional director of Global Teen Challenge sees him overseeing programmes in 30 countries on the African continent, all while serving as a full-time pastor. “Being able to be the senior pastor of such a great church and providing leadership to Teen Challenge, both in South Africa as well as Africa, is because I believe God’s grace is sufficient for me. The Lord has also blessed me with a wonderful wife, Erica, as well as committed leaders for all entities that I lead,” he says.
Nomdoe realises that his work can be challenging and says that one the greatest of these challenges is the high-risk individuals he has had to assist. “Teen Challenge is a ministry helping countless people who are victims of addiction. My work with Teen Challenge has now become an urgent matter in that we need to instil and put hope within reach of every person who is affected by this scourge,” Nomdoe explains.
He hopes that his book will serve as an inspiration to those trapped in any form of addiction. “The core of the book is to encourage individuals, families, churches and communities to become resilient in their fight against drug and substance abuse,” he explains. “It will allow the reader to discover the importance of speaking life and hope over our children, discover a deeper understanding of a mother’s love for her child, how to set boundaries to teach your child responsibility, and why you should never fight your battle alone.”
The special Christmas-edition book launch will be taking place at the ENON Tabernacle Church in Kleinvlei on Saturday 8 December at 14:00. The book will cost R60 at the launch. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. “We especially want to invite all mothers who have a child trapped in addiction,” urges Nomdoe.
The book is also available at the ENON Tabernacle Church office for R100. Orders can be placed by calling 021 904 1055 or 084 998 9723.
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