The Smedley family relocated from Moe (Victoria, Australia) to rural Maputaland (Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa) in November 1999 for a period of two years. Roger served at Manguzi Hospital and Sue ran their home while home schooling their children.
During this time Roger and Sue became the proud foster parents of a three week old Zulu girl. In time this little girl became the fifth Smedley child and eventually returned with the Smedley family to Australia in October 2001.
Although life for this special little girl had changed for the better Roger and Sue knew that they could with God’s help make a significant difference in the lives of many of South Africa’s orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children. The concept of DH took root in their hearts and with time and patience it began to grow. The Eldership team of City Central Church in Albury (New South Wales) embraced the vision and together with Roger and Sue began the process of bringing this vision to reality.
The Smedley family returned to South Africa in March 2006 and began the long and tedious task of facilitating the establishment and registration of DH as a Children’s home. Today DH is flourishing as a registered Children’s Home, a registered Non-Profit Organization and a Public Benefit Organization.
In November 2010 after spending nearly five years in South Africa the Smedley family once again responded to the call of God on their lives and relocated to their home country of Australia.
The story continues…
From 2011 up until now Destiny House has been run by Esther Hurter. Esther is originally from the Netherlands but relocated to South Africa in 2010 with her South African husband Lawrence, who pastors Grace Community Church in Mtubatuba.
The daily running of Destiny House is taken care of by Esther Hurter and Tudi Galloway. They manage a team of 10 dedicated caregivers and helpers that serve as housemothers to our children. Since October 2013 our team has been strengthened by Busisiwe Nxumalo, a qualified social worker.