One day, eight-year-old Pauline’s* mother came home and began to make a meal. She struggled to light the fire. She sent Pauline to fetch some petrol from a container. Pauline did so, but accidentally spilt some of the fuel on herself. When Pauline’s mother tried to light the fire, Pauline’s clothes ignited. Pauline and her mother experienced severe burns, and 80% of Pauline’s little body is scarred from the incident.
Despite pain and scars, Pauline has been healing well and at school she is a cheerful girl. Her Care Worker, Bertha, is also her teacher at the community school. Bertha visits Pauline regularly at home, and the love between them is obvious. Bertha, along with the other Care Workers, continues to provide Pauline with a place of care and safety: a place where she can simply be a child and play with her friends.
When eight-year-old Mathew’s* father died in 2016, he and his four siblings, along with their mother, Mary*, were rejected by his father’s family. With nowhere to go, Mary’s mother brought the family to live with her in Kamakonde Community, Zambia, even though she did not have a permanent place to call her own. The family moves from place to place, hoping that someone will take them in. The Care Workers from the Kamakonde Care Point are working to find a more permanent solution for them and will not give up on caring for them.
Many local pastors have strong influences in their churches and the communities they preach in; pray that they would grasp the core of the Gospel and speak truth to their congregations. Ask God to move in their hearts and for His promises to be deeply rooted in their lives, so that others may be brought to Christ through them.#40Days2017. In Kamakonde Community, Zambia, Hands at Work has made a connection with Pastor Joseph, a Pentecostal church leader in his community. As we have walked with him in Kamakonde and participated in the area of Holy Home Visits together, we have built a strong relationship with him. In April of 2016, Blessings Sambo met with Pastor Joseph’s key leadership team and shared the vision of Hands at Work. The leadership really caught and embraced the vision of caring for orphans and vulnerable children. They are standing together as a strong voice in this to the church alongside Pastor Joseph. Pastor Joseph invited Hands at Work leaders to speak to his entire congregation about how they can be part of caring for their community. Blessings Sambo and Royie Nazombe, (Local Office coordinator, Dedza – Malawi) who are gifted in mobilising church leaders, shared with them. The response of the broader congregation from this time was so encouraging. A number of people from the congregation expressed a desire to join the Community Based Organisation in Kamakonde as volunteer Care Workers, including two trained teachers. It is hoped that these teachers could be involved in the re-launch of the Kamakonde Community School in 2017.