“This year, I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the two Watchword meetings that were held, first in South Africa and then in Zambia. Despite the passage being the same, what was shared was distinctly different from one another. As such, I learned different lessons from both.”
“We want to serve God by honouring others and bearing their burdens —and also be willing to be vulnerable ourselves by sharing about His faithfulness in our lives —- so that we can rejoice in Christ together.”
George Snyman will be visiting North America in the middle of November to the beginning of December. This is an exciting opportunity for people to come together to hear stories from Africa. We invite you to join him at one of these venues and listen to what God is doing in the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa.
“I recall that when I came back from my family's six week trip to South Africa in 2011, I promised that I would remember the orphans every day — that I would not take what God has blessed me with for granted. But six years later, my friends and I were struggling to make this fundraiser a reality. Our priorities were focused on our individual universes that orbited around shallow, temporary things that should not have been guiding our lives.”
In the summer of 2016, Kayla Chang (now 16) went on a missions trip to Malawi through Hands at Work with a team from Grace Church of Alameda in northern California. The team was there for 10 days with the goal of “[building] relationships with the Care Workers…show them that we were there to support them, pray for them, and help in any way that we could…We hoped that the relationships we built could continue in the future when we would send more teams.” Here she recounts her mission and some of her fondest memories.
I think these trips are important because Hands and our teams act as a bridge between these vulnerable communities and the Lord. Although we aren’t doing big things like building them houses or buying them food, our support and presence help the Care Workers and orphans so much. We are showing them that there are people out there who are thinking of them, supporting them, and spreading the good news that God is always watching over them. The Lord called my family that summer to serve, and He is always working through people to go on missions like this. He is always thinking of everyone out in this world. And that’s why I think these trips are important: it shows that the Lord will always provide. It might not be in the way you think, but He keeps sending teams to Africa and working through them to bless the Care Workers and children.
In August 2018, I was privileged to travel to Chisamba, Zambia, along with members of my family, people from my church and a few tag alongs. There were 14 of us altogether; only one of which besides me had ever been on a Hands trip before. With my three loves all in one place - my family, my church and Africa - it felt as close to heaven as I will ever get on earth!
Since this was my third trip to Chisamba, I was blessed to have a relationship with Peter and Cecilia, Wynifreida, who is now the head of the CBO there, and several of the other Care Workers. It was wonderful to be able to greet them as old friends and see the progress the Life Center has made during the past three years since my last visit- the flush toilet, the brick cooking house with covered meeting room, and the growth and maturity of the staff, plus the 50 children added to the feeding program. I was welcomed as an old friend and lots of questions were asked about family members who had visited in the past, but were unable to make the trip this year.