When I first came to Africa, I think that I subconsciously associated the word ‘brokenness’ with weakness. I was fearful of sharing the broken areas of my heart because I was embarrassed by my past and ultimately feared rejection and judgement. I struggled to share because I didn’t fully understand and recognise the depth to which the brokenness and pain in my heart had spilled over into many different areas of my life.
Advocates are always coming up with creative and new ideas to raise awareness for the most vulnerable people in Africa. Rob and Helen Shaw, based in Australia, have been advocating for Hands at Work for the past few years, creatively finding ways to be a voice to voiceless, whether it be busking at the local farmer’s market or their latest venture – biking across Canada!
George Snyman will be visiting Canada and the US at the end of October to the middle of November. This is an exciting opportunity for people to come together to hear stories from Africa. We invite you to join him at one of these venues and listen to what God is doing in the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa.
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 the weight of the words 'we are together', but I also heard the call of an invitation to go deeper. Will we be together?" Louise Buhler, Saskatoon advocate, reflects on those initial days after hearing the news about the devastation drought hitting Sub-Sharan Africa.
Another year has come and gone and, though a difficult year for many reasons, God remains faithful. A big challenge we faced was the drought that struck sub-Saharan Africa. The most vulnerable - the communities and families we work with - were hardest hit. We needed to act fast, otherwise many of our families wouldn’t survive. Churches across the globe responded and we were able to ensure food security, access to water, and other life-preserving necessities.