Ruth*, from the community of Chibuli, Zambia, was accused of witchcraft by her husband’s family and members of the community after he passed away. These accusations left Ruth feeling bitter towards the people around her, especially towards her late husband’s family.
In May 2018 Ruth heard about the Relationship Group that was held for the Primary Caregivers in Chibuli and facilitated by Sylvia, a member of the local Hands at Work team in Luanshya. They gather together to read the word of God, share their challenges and pray with one another. One of the key themes shared is forgiveness and how God can bring restoration. Recently, Ruth was able to share about how much she has benefitted from joining the group and has learnt how to forgive those who have hurt her. She is beginning to heal and knows that God is restoring her.
When 13-year-old Ruth’s* mother got divorced from her husband, Ruth and her family moved to Chibuli Community. Life was becoming increasingly challenging, as her mother was struggling with mental illness. Thankfully, Jean, a Care Worker from Chibuli Community Based Organisation, noticed their situation and stepped in to help Ruth’s mother care for her children. Today Ruth is in grade 6 at the community school and every day receives a hot and nutritious meal from the hands of loving Care Workers, like Jean, at the Care Point.
“On the first day of the Maranatha Workshop in Chibuli, there were not many Primary Caregivers who attended. On the second day, several more came because they had heard from those who attended what they had learnt and how God had ministered to them. It was like they had heard the true gospel for the first time in a community where different spiritual beliefs are prevelant. Thankfully Jesus showed up. The Primary Caregivers confessed that they had never really believed and they made a decision to step forward and accept Christ as their Saviour. They asked to meet twice a month to hear the gospel and share with each other in their Relationship Group."
Sylvia Mwelwa, African Volunteer, Zambia reflects on a Maranatha Workshop that she had the opportunity to help facilitate earlier this year.