Nine-year-old Geoffroy was a young boy when his parents divorced and left him in the care of an aunt and uncle who were already struggling to care for their own two children. The absence of his parents has caused much pain and heartache for Geoffroy. Despite their best efforts, Geoffroy’s aunt and uncle are unable to provide for his most basic needs. When volunteer Care Workers met Geoffroy, he was extremely malnourished. The few clothes that he had were dirty and he had not been bathed properly in a long time. Acting out of compassion and urgency, Care Workers invited Geoffroy to attend the Pimai C Care Point. Through the love and support of the Care Workers, Geoffroy’s life has transformed and he has grown in amazing ways! Today, he loves to play with his friends, enjoys soccer and making other people laugh. This is such a big change from the shy child he was when he first joined the Care Point. The Care Workers encourage and pray with Geoffroy and his family when they come to visit them in their home each week.
At the end of February, the Hands at Work family in Zimbabwe spent the day in the community of Pimai C for a time of worship and hearing from the word of God alongside the local volunteer Care Workers.
"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.
40 Days of Prayer is a specific time that is set aside for the Hands at Work family across the world to stand together in unity; praying for the most vulnerable across Africa. Every year, we create prayer points for the different areas of Hands at Work and this year those daily prayer points were sent out through WhatsApp. They were sent to people living in Australia, Canada, the US, the UK, South Africa and Zambia. Jennifer Kim (International Office Volunteer, #US) shares a story about a unique and creative way that a past team member passed these messages along: “One of the team members from a US team trip in 2016 has been advocating for Hands at Work and Pimai C Community in #Zimbabwe. She is generating support in Korea from her family, friends and church. During 40 Days of Prayer, she diligently translated (with the help of Google translate) each of the 40 Days messages into Korean and sent these messages out. She created her own little message reminders, texting to all those in her sphere of influence.” Do YOU feel called to #advocate? Read more about advocacy and what your role can look like: http://www.handsatwork.org/advocate #servingthemostvulnerable
“Throughout my time in Pimai C Community, #Zimbabwe, I was able to see the love and care that the #CareWorkers have for the children that they serve, and it deeply encouraged and inspired me. These women are passionate about the calling that God has placed on their lives and are willing to serve in whatever way is necessary. They cook for the children on a daily basis and do not go back to their own families until every child is fed and cared for. This challenged me to look at the way that I care for those that are around me. Am I that willing to sacrifice myself to care for a brother or sister that is in need?” – Celine Letkeman, International Volunteer (Canada) #ServingTheMostVulnerable #SacrificialGiving
At the Pimai C Care Point, the Care Workers are committed to serving 100 of the most vulnerable children.