Ray’s* mother is a very broken woman. She is unable to care alone for seven-year-old Ray and his three siblings, many times leaving them in the care of their ageing grandmother. When the Care Workers found Ray and his siblings they were malnourished and desperately in need of love and hope, as well as of basic necessities. Since they have started attending the Care Point, the children now have a second home where they can be free, play and interact with other children and the Care Workers. Care Worker Sarah visits Ray’s family on a regular basis, encouraging them in their journey with Christ, praying with them and listening to the struggles that they face. Because of the trauma he has faced, Ray often struggles to interact with the children at the Care Point in a healthy way.
The Care Workers are working hard to support him and teach him to speak and act in ways that are life-giving to himself and others.
In the community of Pimai B, Zimbabwe, Care Workers identified an increasing number of preschool aged children at the Life Centre during the day. This was because their parents needed to work and could not afford preschool provision. The Community Based Organisation (CBO) decided to register as a preschool to become a safe place where children can be cared for and formally prepared for primary school. The teachers regularly receive government training, and the preschool is doing so well that children beyond the CBO are beginning to register also. In 2018, the preschool catered for 22 children and these little ones are developing well and growing in confidence!
Thank you, Chong Family Team, for your dedication to giving of yourselves as you served and encouraged the children, the Care Workers and the surrounding community of Pimai B in Zimbabwe, and allowing transformation to take place.
"Please join us in praying for our Life Centres in Zimbabwe. This April, they have increased the number of children in four of our communities; Chinyausunzi, Pimai B, Pimai C and Chinaka. We are so thankful that these children are now receiving access to food, education and health care but more than that, we are thankful that they are getting to experience the love of Jesus through the Care Workers. Please pray that they will feel a sense of belonging and that they will grow in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus. Also, pray for our local office teams and Regional Support Teams as they serve these communities, especially as they begin to invite new people to join their teams."
Kara McLaughlin (International Volunteer, Australia) shares a prayer request for the communities in Zimbabwe.
“Our desire for the Care Workers as they serve the most vulnerable children in their community is to be united in Christ. Recently there was a Maranatha Workshop for the Care Workers and Primary Caregivers. At the workshop, those facilitating shared about the importance of carrying one other’s burdens. Since then, 60 – 70 Primary Caregivers have been meeting once a month to share, fellowship and read the word of God together.
In Pimai B Community, the chief is involved and actively helping to support the work. There are farmers who are helping to provide seeds for the Primary Caregivers. At the Life Centre, there is a preschool run by two volunteers. One of the most exciting things is that the preschool kids are brilliant! They are learning to be unified and that it doesn’t matter who their parents are. The church leaders in Pimai B are very supportive of the Care Workers and regularly have meetings to discuss how they can be a better support to them. There are 12 Care Workers caring for 200 of the most vulnerable children. They regularly visit the children in their homes to ensure that they are being effectively and holistically cared for.”
Jane Matsanura, African Volunteer (Zimbabwe) is a member of the Honde Valley Local Office team. She reflects on the Life Centre in Pimai B Community.
The Care Workers are committed to serving the children in whatever way necessary including clearing space for a garden at the Care Point.
The Pimai B Care Point.
150 of the most vulnerable children in Pimai B receive a daily hot and nutritious meal, access to education and access to basic health care.
After their grandmother passed away, 11-year-old Titus* and his sisters, Eveline* and Margret*, were alone. With nowhere to live and no one to care for them, the children spent each night sleeping with different families. Filled with a pervasive sense of hopelessness, the children merely existed from day to day. Into this tragedy stepped a woman named Linda* who was filled with love and compassion. She brought Titus and Eveline into her home, giving them a place to belong. However, she was unable to care for all three children due to her own vulnerability so John, a member of the Hands at Work local office team in the Honde Valley, brought Margret to live with his family. Like Linda, he began to love and provide for Margret as his own child. Margret remains living with John and his family to this day.