Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I left a piece of my heart in Zimbabwe.....

Endless dust, Chipping paint, broken windows, unsafe water, and unpleasant smells. This was my first impression of the orphanage in Zimbabwe. After looking a little closer I could see the carefully made beds with a single stuffed bear placed on each pillow, the workers quick smiles despite desperate circumstances, and most of all the eagerness that the children had for love and attention. It was wonderful to serve along side the team from my home church, East White Oak Bible Church, Illinois. For many of them it was their first experience in Africa. We had a diverse team with many talents and our activities during the week included maintainance at the orphanage and church, teaching and preaching at a Pastor's conference and church service, Dental exams and procedures, sharing the gospel in public schools and doing a Bible School program at the orphanage. This kept all of us quite busy but we still had enough time to build relationships with the wonderful Zimbabweans that were hosting us. Pastor Jabulani leads Nketa Baptist church and works for an organization that trains pastors called Multi Ministries. Pastor Jabulani is a joyful man quick to give all the glory to God for what He has done in the ministry. Pastor Jabulani was also very thankful for his partnership with EWO church and was so happy to tell us that the pews at the church, the electric fence protecting his home, and his vechicle were all blessings from God through EWO. It is so amazing to see how the family of God has provided for Jabulani in such a practical way. He shared with us that in his church with 300-400 people he can count on one hand how many people in the church have a job and the average weekly offering is $10. This reality made leaving Zimbabwe difficult and continues to make my life in South Africa hard. When I was growing up my Mom always told me that, "Life's not fair". I am feeling the reality of that these days. My Pastor friend cannot go to the doctor because he has no money, other friends have to hitchhike in order to reach home during the holidays, the little children come to the village drop-in centre in torn clothing with no hope of new warm clothes. Life is not fair. Thankfully, in Jesus Christ, we have hope of a NEW LIFE, A PERFECT ENTERNAL LIFE, and it was a joy to share that hope of NEW LIFE with so many people in Zimbabwe! I especially enjoy painting faces at the orphanage and during sunday school at church. The smiles on the children's faces when they looking in the mirror was priceless! Please consider giving a financial gift to help keep me here in Africa spreading God's love! I am so thankful for the many people who are serving God by supporting me with encouragement, prayers, and financial gifts!

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World Outreach Ministries
P.O. Box B
Marietta, GA 30061
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