Sara spent three months volunteering with Hands at Work in South Africa and Zambia two years ago. Since her return home, she has been advocating for Hands and mobilizing her home church.
In March of 2013, we traveled to Zambia and South Africa on a 10-day adventure that changed our lives. We had the privilege of spending time with the volunteer staff and care workers of Hands at Work on visits to four villages – Maranatha and Zimba in Zambia and Welverdiend and Senzokuhle in South Africa – and found ourselves so blessed and humbled by the experience.
Connie is a 14-year-old girl who lives in South Africa. She was born with a form of cerebral palsy, a congenital disorder that has affected one side of her body, resulting in her inability to walk or have full use of her extremities. However, her physical limitations do not seem to affect her spirit.
After dropping off donated blankets and clothing and debriefing with the local community workers, our brief time in this community was dedicated to visiting homes that were scattered across the landscape. The faces of orphaned children and helpless mothers that I met that day flood my mind when I remember Oshoek, especially a young widow and single mom in her early 20’s.