"No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything that has happened in this new year we have been thankful. We are thankful for supporters, health, opportunities, and His provision. He has been so faithful to guide and direct our steps in this ministry. Through Him all things have been possible!
I Am Not Forgotten Home
The children have just started a new school year. They are excited and ready to learn new subjects. It's so amazing to watch them grow. In December they had the opportunity to return to their homesteads for a visit. This gives them the opportunity to reconnect with their families. A lot of these children are not orphans but are children who have been neglected due to conditions of the home. This year we allowed them to return home for a whole month. It was very exciting for them because they usually only get a week or two. We prayed over them for His protection. Every child came back healthy, refreshed, and ready for a new school year. God is good!
This week I had the privilege of visiting one of our newest feeding sites. We are doing initial medical assessments on the children who are feeding there. In the months and years see how they are growing in their health and their walk with the Lord and be able to tell their stories. God gave me a special lens on that day to view things and I wanted to share it with you.
As we drove the two hours to this site, the temperatures rose, the green faded, and all that was there was the hot sun shining down on dirt,cactus, and thorns. It was 111 degrees. I just kept thinking about the Psalms, when David was writing about being in the wilderness.
"God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you; my whole body longs for you in the parched and weary land where there is no water."
The people of Swaziland are in a disastrous drought. They are living in the this wilderness David spoke of. But just like David, they know that the Lord is good. He hears our cries and He never leaves us.
In the middle of this desert is a tree and three people. The pastor, his wife, and a woman from the community. They are there cooking food from Children's Cup. As soon as we arrived we looked down the road and saw children as young as two walking with dishes in their hand.
These children know the Lord cares for them. He sent people to help them.They have found this safe place in their community that feeds them and loves them. You see, we don't just feed and give medical care. We tell them about the One who sent us. We tell them about the Father who provides for them and welcomes them with open arms.
This is a busy month in construction. We are currently building a skills training garage and training site. There we will be able to provide proper maintenance to our Children Cup vehicles, and we will be able to teach young people that skill as well. It's a new step for us, but the community has come with some opposition. Please be in prayer that as we explain this great skill for their community they will understand the importance of this project.
In the Mbekelweni area, we are currently building the local pastor a new home. The pastor's home is coming up fast. Our goal is to have his family in it by the end of April.
The Carson House
We are excited about those who are praying and giving towards the house. We are blessed by the churches who have committed to help raise support. So many continue to ask how it's going and send us their prayers and for that we are thankful. You can stay updated on the fundraising progress on our Ministry Support page. Keep those blocks coming!
*Pray for continuous rains for Swaziland. The drought is striking many areas hard.
*Pray for all the things listed above in blog that God will continue to bless
*Pray for our 8 weeks home June 27 - August 22. We will give a list out soon of the areas we will be, once it is finalized.
*Pray for continuous support for the Carson Home and our Financial Support.
Love you all. May God bless you each and every day!
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