Saturday, May 27, 2006

Makholweni Grand Opening

The grand opening for this new CarePoint was a success! This CarePoint is sponsored by Mission of Mercy (http://www.missionofmercy.org/). We had one of the princesses from the former King in attendance, along with the Minister of Education, the Minister of Natural Resources who is also a Member of Parliment, and many local chiefs. It was a very exciting day! Ben and Daran both spoke making sure to give all of the glory to God and emphazing the most important thing that we are trying to accomplish is to teach these kids the gospel of Jesus Christ. They also thanked the community for all of their hard work and dedication, as well as the lady who donated the land for the CarePoint. One of the local schools sent boys and girls to do traditional dances. The most special moment for all of us at Children's Cup was when the children from the CarePoint did a drama using the scriptures from the Bible where Jesus said, "When I was hungry, you fed me, when I was thirsty, you gave me drink, when I was naked, you clothed me", and they thanked Children's cup for being Jesus to them! What a priviledge to have the opportunity to minister to these children! They also did a drama about the good Samaritan, which was very cool! I am so thankful that our Bible club teachers are intoducing these children to the word of God! At the end, the princess cut the ribbon to the door of the CarePoint, I had the priviledge of handing her the scissors on a platter! Afterwards, I asked her if I could take a picture with her. She was very kind, and down to earth. She said that the Queen Mother was waiting for her, but she still took the time to tour the CarePoint, and eat a meal with us. She thanked us for what we are doing there. Our children also got to participate in doing face painting for all of the kids and a puppet show. The children lined up and waited patiently for their turn to get their face painted. The kids said that at the end some of them wanted their hands painted and then they started lifting their shirt for their belly to be painted. The kids thought that was going too far and said no to the belly painting. They enjoyed the time that they spent with the children.

Sidebar: Teresa really needs a recent PDR and we'd like to get Gabby a good book on Christian apologetics for teenagers.
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