Well, Catherine gave me some feedback this last week, and she said to me, "I wish you with there to see the face of Ken when I shared this news with him." She said it was priceless, watching this young boy, 12-years-old, who's got nobody who loves him but his grandmother. She's the only family member left.
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And these children just feel destitute. They feel lonely. They feel unwanted. They feel nobody cares. So of course, in Hands at Work we are so strong on, "I know your name. We care about you."
We all know that song 'You're a Good Good Father, so well. Such beautiful words. I love to sing that. But, recently when I was in a Democratic Republic of the Congo, deep in the mountains with a young girl called Vumi, whose father wanted to sell her, whose mother and siblings were killed in front of her. I wondered, "How do I explain to Vumi if she listened to me seeing the song You're a Good Good Father?"
"You know, I was nearly dead a year and a half ago. Nobody could help me. I was just wasting away in my hut. Rashid heard about this, and he came to see me. And for three days, he prayed non-stop until I got healed." And by now her face is beaming. She said, "I was healed. Rashid stood in the gap. Today, whatever I did, is because of Rashid."
Early the next morning Levy and I and a Care Worker who came with us, Bethuel, were up before the sun came up. Maybe it's because the ground was so hot. But, we were speaking to each other saying, "What does God's word say about this grandmother? How do we translate the good news to her?"
there are people around us that encourage us, pray for us and support us, and it's beautiful. And I really believe that this no place for lonely people in the kingdom of God. We are called to work together.But you know every now, and then you meet the individual that is just faithfully chipping away, because they are so determined to make a difference. And you watch them, and you're just awe-struck by them. You're just inspired by them.
We listen to the birds, and we feel like we are in Paradise. The most beautiful place God created. Two or three hours later in the darkness we hear people crying out in pain and suffering. How can all of it be together in one place?
Our vision is clear! Our goal is clear! Our core values are clear! Simplistic living, reaching out in diversity and loving and making a life matter. Making your life count. How much can your life really mean? How deep and rich can it be when you reach out to people?
It's the story about Lydia, a grandmother, and Prince, a young orphan boy that she found in the community after his mom died. And there was literally nobody left to care for Prince. He was only a few months old when Lydia took him in. She was a widow, a grandmother of mature age when she took Prince in and he had absolutely no food to share with Prince.
I often wonder, How would I survive? No, no, not just how would I survive. How would I live. How would I dream? How would I be positive, If I had to live in one of these villages.
As you see the maize fields and how desperately people need rain, after they have poured in all of their resources, you feel the despair yourself, but there is such an energy and optimism.
Peter was a hard-working man. He plowed the field, made charcoal and had chickens and looked after his family well. Everything suddenly changed for his wife, Katherine, and their five children in 2015.
This is the last Meanwhile in Africa Audio for 2017. Thank you for listening!
We are concerned for the affluent as we are for the vulnerable. What do we give our children?
Have you experienced brokenness that rips your heart open? When you experience this, you can hold a life in your hands and have hope that their life will be a life well spent.
These people are not bringing amazing skills or bring the right formulas. The just have the right heart and a willingness to go to the places that have a need for hope.
You can't have one with out the other, and think that you'll grow up as a mature follower of Christ
Simple, ordinary people who discovered contentment and the joy of giving - it burns within when you experience that!
George shares his experiences from Germany and Swaziland. "Maybe you are carrying big burdens. Come to me who are weary...and you will find rest."
Sometimes I feel so inadequate and so unequipped to share of the thing I know so well from the last 20 years. We have this light shining in our hearts but we are like fragile clay jars. But in the people to whom I spoke I saw hope - and I realised hope b
Witness was heavy on my heart. Everyday it is a privilege to fight for her and many others.