Sadly, eight-year-old Noras's* parents passed away due to illness several years ago. Thankfully, her mother’s sister Jean*, acting with compassion, brought Noras to live in her home. The family relies on the kindness of the people in her community to survive.
When Care Workers found Noras and saw her vulnerability, they brought her to the Care Point where she receives a hot and nutritious meal daily and support with her education and health care which helps to ease the burden that her aunt carries in providing for her family. With the help of Anna, one of the Care Workers in Nissi, Noras has been enrolled in school and started grade 1 in January 2019. Noras is so excited!
In July Foundations Training was held in the community of Nissi, Zambia, with the old and new Care Workers and church leaders. On the last day, the question, “What do you have in your hands?” was asked, the intent being to encourage and help the Care Workers and church leaders to think through what God has personally given them to serve their community. As part of the training, one group did a Holy Home Visit to a young boy and his grandparents, one of our most vulnerable families in Nissi as both grandparents are in poor health and are unable to walk or provide for their family. Last year, Hands at Work was able to construct a simple structure for them to live in just before their old house collapsed. In response to seeing the needs of this vulnerable family, the Care Workers contributed additional materials to finish the house from their own pockets. They also donated some pots and plates to the family. The repair was completed in July. The Care Workers are also committed to continuing to serve and bring the gospel to this family. This is local community ownership!
Sisters Vera* (13), Faith* (10) and Esther* (5) live with their father in a small one-room shack in Nissi Community, Zambia. Their father, despite his best efforts, struggles to care well for the physical and emotional needs of his daughters. He makes a small wage working at a nearby bus station. The little money he receives, however, is not enough to cover their rent. Their landlord is a kind and generous man who understands this family’s vulnerability. He has allowed them to stay in their home even though they are unable to pay him rent, but much-needed roof repairs have to wait.
Pray for more people in the community, like their landlord, to have a heart of compassion to support the most vulnerable around them.
A key part of a Holy Home Visit is spending time praying with the family for the challenges that they face. On a recent visit to Nissi Community, Zambia, Benson, a member of the Hands at Work local office in Kabwe, spent time praying with the family that he visited.