13-year-old Thandiwe* and her family move from hut to hut and therefore with no fixed or familiar home, Thandiwe has fully embraced the loving, family-like atmosphere of the Care Point. For Thandiwe, the Care Point is her ‘happy place’. Thandiwe feels safe at the Care Point, trusting the Care Workers so implicitly that she regularly chats over her difficulties with them and they, in their turn, offer parental, attentive advice. Currently living next door to the Care Point, Thandiwe and her family are under the daily watchful and loving eyes of the Care Workers.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
– Isaiah 41:10
Today, we encourage you to pray for the most vulnerable children like Erick who you know by name. Hands at Work deeply desires for each of our children, to have a personal relationship with Jesus, knowing and believing the unconditional love that He has for them. Ask God to give the most vulnerable children a spirit of joy and hope in the midst of desperation. Through the Godly display of love from their Care Workers, pray for each child to feel a sense of belonging, hope and love for their future.
Sixteen-year-old Erick* and his twin sister Shirley* were born in Mozambique. When they were younger, their mother, Tale* fled her home country with her six children in search of a better life. The love that Tale has for her children is unmistakable as she works tirelessly to provide for her children’s needs. When Care Workers from Mluti Community Based Organisation (CBO) learned of the family’s story, they reached out in compassion and invited Erick, Shirley and their siblings to attend the Care Point each day. There they could receive a nutritious meal and support with their education and healthcare. – Mluti, South Africa
#CareWorkers are men and women who give of themselves to serve the most vulnerable within their community. They are often living in similar conditions to the children that they serve, yet they remain committed and dedicated to the furthering of God’s kingdom. They ensure that the children are effectively and holistically cared for not by simply feeding them but also by showing them what a life full of love, joy and hope looks like. Two of the Community Based Organisation (CBO) Coordinators from across #SouthAfrica share about what it means to care for the children:
"When the children come to the Care Point, I am able to spend time with them and act as a mother figure. This time allows me to ask questions and ensure that they are doing okay. Many of our kids live by themselves and so it is important for me to play this role." - Coordinator, Mluti Community, South Africa
"I love being with the kids. I love helping them read the Bible and letting them know that God is there for them." – Coordinator, Zwelisha Community, South Africa - #Servanthood#ChristOurFoundation
“I like coming to the youth exchange days. It’s a place where we can share our struggles with one another and we don’t feel alone.” – Youth Leader (Mluti Community, South Africa) In June of 2016, twenty young leaders from Zwelisha, Mluti and Siyathuthuka Communities gathered in Zwelisha during their school holidays for a Youth Exchange Day. The youth spent the day encouraging and learning from one another as they built relationships and heard from the word of God. #Fellowship #Joy
35 of the most vulnerable children in Mluti Community receive a daily hot and nutritious meal, access to education and access to basic health care.