The Care Workers in Mafambisa Community, South Africa, identified the need for home repairs at the home of one of the children they care for. Caiver and the rest of the Maintenance Team from the Hub in South Africa had the opportunity to go out and support the Care Workers with these repairs.
“As a Maintenance Team, we had the opportunity to go to Mafambisa to build a new house for Gogo Esther* and her family. Before we started building, Gogo Esther worked hard to clear the land. It was incredible, but at the same time heart-breaking, to see this older grandmother having to work so hard. We needed to level the ground, dig the pit for and pour the foundation, build the walls of the house and finish the floor.
We needed to work fast to finish the roof before the start of the rainy season, and we saw that God was with us. The first night that they were able to be in their new home, it rained heavily. As I lay in my own bed that night, I was just so thankful that they were warm and safe in their new house.”
– Caiver Bishop (African Volunteer, South Africa).
14-year-old Siyanda lives with his mother and two siblings. His mother is South African born but his father is from Mozambique. Siyanda’s father is unable to find consistent employment and finds odd jobs to try to support his family as best he can. He is often gone for months at a time, however, leaving the family without a father figure. Thankfully, they receive a child support grant which covers some needs, but they still don’t have enough to cover every meal and other basic necessities.
By inviting the three children to the Care Point, Alzira could guarantee a hot, nutritious meal for them every day. Alzira and the other Care Workers could also provide a Christ-like love for Siyanda and his siblings, teaching them and reading Scripture together. Through this, she has built a friendship with Siyanda’s mother who now attends the Care Point herself to connect with other caregivers in her community. Though Siyanda’s family has only known the involvement of the CBO for a short time, Christ’s love is already breaking through and hope is beginning to shine!
“The first day with the children was really tough. They were easily distracted and didn’t seem to be responding to what we were teaching. By the end of the day, we were tired and didn’t have a lot of energy left. Thankfully, our God is a faithful God, and by the following morning we had much more energy. As we spent time with the children, we had a breakthrough, and the children that we were meeting with didn’t seem like the same children as the day before. It could only have been God who came into their hearts.”
Pinky Ngutshane, member of the Hazyview Local Office team, shares about a highlight from the Maranatha Workshop for the Primary Caregivers and children in the community of Mafambisa in South Africa.