Gods has graciously filled my scheduled! I am really excited with the work the Lord has blessed me with. I go one day a week to Athlone and work at Thembacare. Three days a week I go to Vrygund and Work with Joshua Childrens Mission. Once a week I go into Masiphumelele and teach bible. And once a week I help with Kids Club at Muzinberg Community Church.
Thembacare is a church run program. It started out as a Hospice for babies in the early 2000’s; but now that ARV’s have been introduced their survival rate for children as gone from a 20% to an 80%. Praise God. Now they are working with the Children to get them Healthy and get their motor skills better developed. I am playing with babies and working on basic motor skills like laying them on their stomachs and getting them to reach for things, or singing them songs, read books to them, letting them hold my hands while they learn to walk! It is lots of fun, even though I am sure in the course of the next 9 months I will lose one of baby! That will be hard. But God is working there. Thembacare not only works with the children, but they work with the child’s guardian. They are teaching them what foods to serve the child, and how to admister the childs medication. They are also helping transport the guardian and child to doctor appointments.
Three days a week I am going into Vrygund, doing an after school program. I am really enjoying this time. The Kids I work with are awesome and the Directors of the mission are sweet, dear people. I am in charge of their holiday Club (VBS) this year. I am excited about this opportunity but nervous. We are learning what “real Treasure” is. It is June 21-25. I also started a bible study for 9 of the older girls that come to the after school program. They were asking questions a few weeks ago, and God put it on my heart to teach these girls the truth of the gospel. We are doing a program by Samaritans purse. I think that it will be good for these girls. I really would love to get them to start thinking on their own and asking me more questions. I just pray for God’s blessing on this ministry opportunity.
I continue to teach at Ukanhyo School once a week in Masiphumelele. It has been a challenge for me. I have a hard time teaching to 6th graders who don’t really seem like they want to be there. It is the end of their school day so they are ready to go home and be done with school. Next semester I will be taking two 2nd grade classes in addition to my 6th graders. That will be good. I am much better with this age.
I am also helping out with Kids Club and Sunday School at Church. I have really enjoyed getting to know the Children at Muzinberg Community Church. They are a real Joy. They are eager to learn and are thirsty for knowledge.
I am thankful that my days are getting fuller and I am taking on more responsibilities with my Jobs. And I ask that you will pray for these children that I interact with on a daily basis.
I want to share a song “Esther” by Sara Groves:“I have a picture of Esther and David
She is a young bride and he is a soldier
They didn’t know then that David was dying
They wouldn’t have children
Alone with a life time, Africa called
She went for the first time, it grew in her heart
All of the children, all of those children
Now Esther has 2.4 million children
She writes us and asks us to pray for them all”
If you have not noticed you will find that my favorite Singer Songwriter is Sara Groves. She is simply amazing with the imagery she conveys in her songs. This particular song has meant a lot to me as of late. Africa did call and I don’t have children of my own, but I do have children. All those kids I have taught and are teaching in Sunday school in the States and here in South Africa, and all the other children I work with have become my children. My little sick kids in Thembcare dying of HIV/Aids, my kiddos in Vrygrund and Masiphumelele, who live a daily life I cannot fathom; they all have a special place in my heart. They all have different stories and I do ask as “Esther” asked: “Pray for them ALL”. Lift these dear souls up to the heavenly Father who cares about the Children and loves them all.
Winter in the Western Cape is wet and cold! The wind howls and the rain is not really droplets, but a mist! But a mist that will get you soaked in two seconds. It is rather incredible! As I sit here and listen to the wind and rain beat against my window, I go back to Kenya in my mind and think about walking (more like wading) in and out Kibera. I am thankful that this is not the case here. But that doesn’t stop the fact that my Children are sleeping in this! The live in Shacks made of tin, some built on sand, some built on top or near a swamp. Water comes into their very small home where most likely their beds are on the floor. I remember my Kenya team praying for those in Kibera to stay dry and warm during that trip of rain. And Now I ask you to pray for these children here in Cape Town. Pray that they will not only stay warm and dry, but also stay healthy. Some of these kids already have poor immune systems because they have HIV, and have poor diets, so to stay healthy is hard. Keep them in your prayers! All of them! They are all God’s Children, and they have become my children!