Friday, March 24, 2006
They have been cooking and feeding the kids for less than a week now and already have close to 150 children coming each day. I watched as a 6-7 year old little girl strapped on her little sister (maybe 1 or 2?) onto her back to walk home. I asked the Indvuna (guy in charge that reports to the chief) about her family. Two younger brothers. Abandoned by their father who they think went to South Africa. Living with their mother who has no work. Destitute. Legally that makes all the children single orphans. There are worse off children here as well. Double orphans and truly destitute, dealing with the effects of HIV in parents, relatives, siblings, friends, themselves. The only purpose of the CarePoint we hope to build here is to offer hope to these children. A place to grow up where some of the most basic needs are met and the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ can impact their lives.
Several gogo's are sitting under some trees for shade surrounded by 30-40 children. They begin to sing "Ngiyabonga Jesu, Ngiyabonga Jesu, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen"
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Dr. Beyda was able to bring much wisdom and insight to me just in the two days that he was visiting, seeing children both at the CarePoints and in the hospital. We are very excited to see what God has in store for us and we pray for wisdom to make the right decisions for the future of our medical portion of Children’s Cup.
On a lighter note, the Rehmeyer children have started a Bible study at break time, at school. They are bringing their Bibles and doing devotions and prayer. Yesterday, one little boy came up to Nathanael and started making fun of him, getting down on his knee and mocking, and calling him “preacher man.” I told Nathanael, and the girls, to just hold strong and be obedient, and don’t let the mockers get to them. This little boy that was making fun, may be the first one to be saved, one never knows.
Friday, March 17, 2006
All three of the younger kids took part in a swimming gala yesterday. Over all didn't do that well, but had fun trying! A teacher told Teresa this morning that on the way back to the school, the entire bus was singing Christian songs. She had asked her daughter what was going on about that. Her daughter said it was the "three Rehmeyer kids." It makes us proud to know that besides all the sibling "stuff" that goes on, they still carry a witness with them and are an example and a light to the other kids they are around.
We have also been busy this week with a medical assessment team from Mission of Mercy. Dr. David Beyda has been here to see what way Mission of Mercy could complement the existing medical infrastructure to best help the children at the CarePoints Children's Cup is operating. Please help pray with us to have God's vision on this and not what we may think needs to be done.
Praise God! This has been a very exciting week.