Growing up, volunteer Care Worker, Priscilla, from Sakubva Community, #Zimbabwe, dreamed of being a nurse to help people. In 2008 she found her opportunity to help people by becoming a Care Worker. She has two children of her own but, when asked, Priscilla will respond by saying that she is a mother to 150 children. Priscilla knows every child's name who comes to the Life Centre.
When Mathew’s* father passed away three years ago, Mathew’s mother soon remarried a man who lives in Mozambique, and she went to live with him. Sadly, he did not allow her to take her children with her, so she left them to stay with their grandmother, Prudence*. Prudence carries a heavy burden and desperately tries to care for her grandchildren. Not able to keep up with the rent payments and feeling overwhelmed by the hardships in life, she stopped going to church and was close to giving up hope.
In January 2019, Care Workers found Mathew and his siblings in desperate need of basic necessities, love and hope. They were all welcomed with open and loving arms to receive a hot, nutritious meal at the Care Point, access to basic health care, and a place back in school. The Care Workers faithfully visit the family, comforting and encouraging Prudence. Joy has been brought to each member of Mathew’s family as they have encountered Christ through the Care Workers.
The burden of providing for her siblings lies on the shoulders of 12-year-old Beauty* ever since her parents passed away. Caring for her siblings, paying for rent and supporting them with basic necessities is a daily challenge. However, God has not forgotten this family. Beauty and her siblings are visited regularly by her Care Worker, Shona* who brings support, encouragement and motherly love. It is through Shona’s display of Christ’s love that Beauty and her siblings have a reason to hope!
Tyler Ralph ( #InternationalVolunteer, #Canada) reflects on local pastors’ involvement in #Zimbabwe: ⠀⠀⠀ “Farai and the local office team in Mutare are busy trying to engage pastors from the local community of Sakubva. Many of these pastors have been around for years, but there was a need to challenge them in the way that they support both Sakubva and Chinyausunzi Community Based Organisations (CBO). Farai and the team brought the pastors from Mutare up to Honde Valley to visit Chinaka Community. They chose Chinaka because the pastors there are very dedicated to the work, constantly supporting the Care Workers in their spiritual growth. ⠀⠀⠀ The Sakubva pastors were able to hear about God’s heart for the vulnerable children as well as hear from the Chinaka pastors about their involvement in the CBO. The Sakubva pastors shared that they felt convicted because they were not doing their best to support the children. They committed to being more intentional in the work that is happening in Sakubva and Chinyausunzi.”#LocalChurch
At the beginning of May, several pastors from around the world travelled to #Zimbabwe with George Snyman, co-founder of Hands at Work, for a week of learning, discipling and going deeper with the work that Hands is involved with in Zimbabwe. Tim McLaughlin (long-time friend of Hands at Work, #Australia) shares a story from his time in Zimbabwe: “While I was in Mutare, Zimbabwe, I met the grandmother that is featured in this photo. Her children had either passed away or left; leaving their children with their ageing grandmother. In total, she looks after seven grandchildren and two other children in a concrete house that is too small to support the family. Her only source of income comes from collecting recyclable plastics on the streets of Mutare and receiving only $1 USD for a 90kg (200lb) bag. The situation is challenging but praise God for the Sakubva Community Based Organisation where her grandchildren receive one balanced meal per day.” Please #pray for this grandmother and the many like her that are struggling to provide for their grandchildren. Pray that God will provide; bringing them peace and comfort. #ServingTheMostVulnerable #HolyHomeVisit
The Sakubva Life Centre is a place of safety, hope, love and play for 150 of the most vulnerable children in this community.