Day 9 – Children across Africa
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 Idah, Amos and 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.
Idah* is a 10-year-old girl, living with her mother and four siblings in the community of Chinku. Her father passed away when she was only two years old, leaving her mother, Ellen*, solely responsible for providing for her young children. Ellen did all that she could to meet her children’s needs but it was an immense challenge. In 2014, Idah and her siblings were identified by local volunteer Care Workers as amongst the most vulnerable and invited to attend the Care Point where they would receive a hot, nutritious meal daily and support with their education and basic health care.
Amos* is a year old. For the first few months of his life, Amos was staying with his mother whose sister, Margret, is one of the Care Workers from Mapalo Community Based Organisation (CBO) in the community of Mwaiseni. Initially, when Amos was born, some of the family members wanted to take him to an orphanage because they were worried that his mother would not care for Amos. Thankfully, other family members and the Care Workers were committed to Amos and fought to ensure that Amos stayed in Mwaiseni, where they could see him grow up and care for him. Margret and her younger sister, Elizabeth, took responsibility for Amos and today, Amos is living with Elizabeth, her husband and their ten children. Elizabeth is acting as a mother-like figure to Amos and treats him as her own child.
Mluti, South Africa
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.