Henda* has beautiful, bright eyes that have witnessed much pain. After losing both parents, Henda and her two older brothers were taken in by an uncle. The uncle forced them to work long days of hard labour and did not even provide enough food to sustain them. As a result, David*, the eldest brother ran away. After some time, however, he returned to fight for his younger siblings. It literally took a violent altercation before the younger siblings were released from the hard labour they had been forced into. Henda and her brother Antonio* came with David to the community of Macadeira. While their brother’s love had bought them freedom, they still had no home, food or adequate clothing. A local church leader, Margret, took pity on the children and offered for them to live with her. But Margret also had no way to provide for the children. David looked for jobs to support them, but work was almost impossible to come by.
When the Macadeira Care Workers heard about this family’s situation, they did everything in their power to try and provide for them. Even before they could officially welcome them into the feeding program, the Care Workers found ways to save food and deliver it into the mouths of the hungry children. Henda and Antonio would come to the Care Point in the morning and, because they were not in school, would spend the whole day there. Henda and Antonio loved it there and quickly earned the love and affection of all the Care Workers. When two other children in the community moved away, Henda and Antonio could finally, officially, become part of the feeding program and could also then be assisted with their financial needs for school.
Tragically, in September 2017, Antonio was struck by a vehicle and was killed. Henda had been a witness to the event. The Care Workers and all the children grieved alongside Henda as she experienced yet another devastating loss. Antonio’s absence is felt acutely at the Care Point where he was so dearly loved. But we pray that the deep sense of belonging that Henda feels amongst the Care Workers and her peers will be used by God to bring healing and comfort.
In Mozambique, access to clean and safe drinking water is limited. Pray for fresh and clean water sources to become available in communities where clean water is scarce. As people walk to fetch water, ask God to give safety and energy as they walk a long distance for this basic necessity.
The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst; I, the Lord, will answer them Myself, as the God of Israel I will not forsake them. – Isaiah 41:17
Towards the end of 2017, a new bore hole was built in Macaderia, Mozambique.