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. For many this story began with a prompting from God:
"I felt a connection between me and the children. I felt convicted when I went out into the communities, asking myself ‘who is going to care for these kids?’ In my own life, if there were no Care Workers, I don’t know where I would be today."
As I left Africa, I felt like a part of my heart stayed behind. If my brothers and sisters in Africa were suffering as I had seen, then as a member of the international church I could no longer pretend it was not my responsibility.
I began to heal day-by-day as people prayed with me. I held a large amount of anger and sadness in my heart because of everything that had happened but I have learned how to forgive. I am thankful for what God has done for me as well as what Hands has done.
During this placement, the volunteers were out visiting communities, helping wherever was needed and observing the work of the local office teams. It was a time to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to live out the biblical mandate God has given in James 1:27, ‘to care for the orphans and widows in their distress.’
George Snyman will be visiting the UK at the beginning to middle of June. This is an exciting opportunity for people to come together to hear stories from Africa. Please join him at one of the venues below and listen to what God is doing in the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa:
As the Care Workers invested into her life, Kamali has learned how to trust and interact with others. The deeper the Care Workers have invested into her life, the more that they have been able to find out about her story.
A clear focus for Hands at Work is raising up African leaders – not those hired, but rather ‘raised up’ through Hands as sons and daughters. For these African leaders, Hands at Work is discipling them in four key areas.
As we sat, each of us working on our designated bit of the banner, which was to depict the crucifixion, one of the younger prisoners said: “I don’t know this story. What happened?”I opened my mouth to respond, but before I could get any words out, the other prisoners started to tell him the story of Easter.
Often times my siblings and I went to school with an empty stomach and we didn’t have proper uniforms. I had to drop out of school in grade 11 because my mother did not have enough money to send us to school.
My first experience on a Holy Home Visit was back in 2013, on a team to Swaziland. I didn’t know what I was walking into, but it drastically altered my understanding of who God is. I saw God move, not only in the lives of the people that I had the privilege of visiting, but in my life too.
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. Prudence shares her story and the journey that has led her to fully trust and serve in South Africa.
From March 1st – April 16th, join the Hands at Work family around the world as we pray for 40 Days on behalf of the most vulnerable children in Africa and our work to support them. Thandeka represents one of thousands of children being cared for by volunteer Care Workers across the communities Hands at Work supports. Read her story and join us in prayer by downloading the 40 Days of Prayer Guide.