“When Jesus said whoever welcomes this little child welcomes me, he was specifically referring to a child being at the lowest level of social order in Biblical times; unseen, unheard, and always the first one to suffer. Today, this is still very much the truth in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Where Hands at Work is working in the communities of Buhimba and Luhonga, one of the biggest delights in my life is watching these little children come to the Care Point where it seems like the moment they walk through the entrance, a burden falls of their shoulders. They are free, welcomed, can rest and are known. For the short time that they are at the Care Point, they feel valued, loved and cared for. Maybe because it’s so dark and tough for our children in Goma that the strong contrast of the love and acceptance at the Care Point stands out like a tower above everything else.”
- George Snyman, co-founder of Hands at Work reflects on one of his joys of being in Goma.
This week George Snyman is in Buhimba Community, Democratic Republic of the Congo, alongside Erick Rukang, coordinator of all of the work in the DRC. Please join us in praying for the community of Buhimba and the most vulnerable children who we are serving there. Ask God to protect and provide for them. Pray that they will come to know the unconditional love of their Heavenly Father.
At 11 years old, Winnie* has endured much heartache and trauma in her life. Her mother is struggling to care for her and her five other children, barely surviving by carrying, loading and cutting wood to sell in the community; a very dangerous job. It is only by the grace of God when the Care Workers intervened in her life that Winnie is alive today, growing in confidence and strength with each passing day.
When Vince’s* father became ill, the family sold their land and all their possessions in a desperate attempt to provide the medical intervention and care he needed. But tragically, when Vince was just two years old, his father passed away. This left his mother, Natasha*, alone in caring for nine young children. Seeking some support to raise Vince and his siblings, Natasha moved her family in with her mother-in-law. But this did little to ease the heavy burden resting upon her shoulders as she worked her on a family plot of land and then selling vegetables at the market, or searching desperately for odd jobs in the community. Unfortunately, this did not earn her enough to feed her children or provide for basic needs in the family. When Vince turned six, Natasha did not have the funds for him to start attending school. When local volunteer Care Workers began caring for children in the community of Buhimba, outside of Goma, Vince and his siblings where one of the first families identified as amongst the most vulnerable. Care Workers invited them to attend the Buhimba Care Point where the priority was to give them daily nutritious food, the first step in addressing their malnutrition. The children also receive support with their basic health care and were able to start attending school. Care Workers Honorine and Bernadette began to visit Vince, his siblings and his mother, Natasha in their home. Over the years, they have built a strong relationship with the family and Natasha looks forward to their regular visits. Through these, she knows that she is not alone in caring for her children anymore.