Story from African Leaders’ Training in Mozambique
While Busie Sityata-Jones, African Leader, South Africa, was in the community of Matsinho, she visited Celeste and her two sons, Peter* and Lewis*, who had lost both of their huts during the cyclone. “The family were asleep inside when the first hut collapsed. They escaped to their second hut which then collapsed around them hours later. As I sat hearing this story, Celeste shared, “I’ve lost two of my houses but I saw God being good because we are still safe. I didn’t lose my life and neither did my children. I’m thankful because my children are not orphans.”
Eventually, I asked about the plastic that was on the home, to which the mother responded that it had been fixed by the church leaders. They had come by when she wasn’t at home. It was the church people who had come and responded in their time of need, even though she didn’t even know who they were. Hearing her story, it was a story of hope and seeing God in the brokenness. As we rebuild, I want to be a part of it, because they saw the hope of my faithful Father.”
Prior to becoming a Care Worker in the community of Matsinho A, Mozambique, Rebecca* lost one of her seven children. She was married to a man who struggled with the abuse of alcohol and was very aggressive towards Rebecca, often, shamefully, outside in front of her neighbours.
One day, Maria, another Care Worker, invited Rebecca to join her in a fast for seven days to pray about the situation. On the sixth day of the fast, by the grace of God, Rebecca’s husband stopped drinking and has not been physically aggressive towards her since. Praise God! Shortly afterwards, Maria asked Rebecca to become a Care Worker. Rebecca agreed, saying that God didn’t ask for anything in return but delivered her, so that she could volunteer to help others. This was how she could serve and thank Him.
When Isabel’s* mother remarried, following her father’s death, Isabel and her younger brother, Noah*, were not accepted by their new stepfather. They were therefore sent to live with their elderly grandmother, Henda*, in a small, broken-down hut. In a tragic role reversal, Isabel was left to take care of her grandmother. Local volunteer Care Worker, Antonio, happened to be passing by Isabel’s house when he saw Henda lying outside on an old sack, very sick. Little Noah was trying to light a fire while Isabel had gone to beg for some maize meal. Shocked by their condition, Antonio immediately brought some food for the family and took the grandmother to hospital. He shared their situation with the other Care Workers, who quickly became involved in helping the family. Isabel and Noah were invited to the Care Point every day for a nutritious meal and the chance to be children at last. At first, Isabel struggled to play and make friends. But over time, slowly, she began to blossom under the motherly love of the Care Workers and through meeting other children who had lived through similar circumstances.
Julio* is a 10-year-old boy in grade 4 at school. He lives with his mother and 3 siblings who also attend the Matsinho Community Based Organisation (CBO). For Julio, being part of the Matsinho CBO means that he can receive physical support – like a daily meal – and also the chance to play with other children. Julio has found a new confidence in going to school since being given a uniform and shoes, and having his school fees paid for.
Matsinho Community, #Mozambique
The Care Workers from the Matsinho Care Point meet on a regular basis to pray and share the word of God together.