Honde Valley is a desperately poor community in Zimbabwe. It is here where 8 year old Nomsa* lives with her mother, Maiba*, 34, and her sister Grace*, who is 15 years old. They stay in an old house that desperately needs repair.
Our ministry in Southern Africa began in 2009 when we volunteered for three months with Hands at Work. After our first season, we knew God was calling us to return to Africa for another year. After that year, we again spent time searching God’s heart only to discover that we needed to make the move to South Africa more permanent.
When Winnie’s* father died in 2010, she was only 2 years old. Her mother, Docile, was left alone to care for Winnie and her older sister and brother. Struggling to care for the family herself, while grieving the loss of her husband, was already a heavy burden for Docile to carry.
At Hands at Work, our volunteers are called by God from all over the world to serve the most vulnerable in Africa. Each of us has a unique story of how we were transformed when we stepped out in faith and were obedient to His call.
After losing her father, Trina* was sad and confused. She struggled to cope with his death and her pain became deeply entrenched in her heart. When a new step-father came into her home, he rejected Trina as a daughter. This further loss created more inner trauma and Trina withdrew from those around her
Blessings Sambo has served with Hands at Work for many years in Zambia. As a pastor, Blessings has personally witnessed the challenges and triumphs of the local church. Today he serves as a leader with Hands at Work and supports our volunteer Care Workers throughout DRC, Malawi and Zambia.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is infamously known as one of the poorest, most dysfunctional, and warn torn countries in the world. Erick Rukang, Hands at Work Leader in Likasi, DRC, reflects on the region around Goma:
Growing up without a father is a common experience for many children in Zambia. Innocent is one of these fatherless children.Like many boys in Zambia he dreams of becoming a pilot, flying away to places he has only heard of, places that do not reflect the dire poverty in Kalende.
George Snyman, Hands at Work Co-Founder, will be speaking in the US this week. If you live in New York or Florida, come out to hear him speak! At the end of February he will be speaking in Toronto, Canada – we hope to see you there!
"The first thing that strikes me is how beautiful and precious these children are. The second thing was that ten million orphaned by AIDS. Ten million is a statistic that’s hard to comprehend, but a hundred children are real people, children whom you can start to get to know..." - Peter Hunt
My name is Sydney Rebro, I am thirteen years old, and I am from the USA. I’ve always had a heart for missions and wanted to be a missionary. Ever since I was little I’ve always wanted to come to Africa. I finally came to Africa in late February of 2013.
Malila and her family were already vulnerable before tragedy struck. It was only by chance that Care Workers in Mwaiseni community even noticed Malila and her sisters.Visiting a neighbouring home, Care Workers saw the three girls sitting outside during the day and wondered why they were not in school.
Sam Walker first came with The Forge on a trip in 2008, and the trip has since remained a monumental moment in his life. “It was hard work for the volunteers at the Hub to accommodate me even for just one day but it made a huge difference - I caught the heart of Hands that day.”
All of creation calls His name! He is made known because He pursues me! Approaching Christmas this year I do so with a sense of wonder. If creation is full of His wonders, how much more wondrous is it to be with Him who makes us to see, smell and taste?