ok, first of all i have to say a huge big thankyou to deborah von meding for this idea of getting each child in zanethemba to come up with 4 descriptive words for each other… we had a lot of fun doing this & have even brought it into rebuilding sibling relationships after there has been a strong disagreement! (the kids apologise & then come up with one thing they like about each other… a nice note to leave a disagreement on i think! 😉
In the last week, I had the privelege of meeting some project managers from around 8 different places of safety in Port Elizabeth (all non-profit organisations). What amazing people… all passionate & dedicated, and I was so grateful to Gert & Eline for allowing me to sit in on this one in order to get more of the “bigger picture” & the need for safe havens in this city. There was a lot of sharing, some encouraging & some not so much, but the bit that stood out the most to me was one lady at the very end who spoke. She said we mustn’t allow pressures/challenges to be our primary focus, but instead the fact that this is God’s Kingdom, He’s the King & He’s going to get His way. It reminded me when she spoke, of the last few lines of Jesus’ prayer: “for yours is the kingdom, the power & the glory, for ever & ever, amen.” It’s His! This whole initiative, this love, this compassion poured out for children, this mercy, this outpouring of love, power, provision, sustaining presence, it’s all His & He will have His way.
This amazing lady shared how she had been praying about the financial needs of her place of safety, & then God brought along someone who had won some European business award in France & had then decided to give this sum of money to her project. They can now finally afford to buy their own property. HA! 🙂 She said: “there i was praying for God to meet our needs through some people in PE, & God was thinking – actually – I’m going global.” 🙂 If our vision is Him, & the fact that He is the King of this Kingdom, & He is going to get his way because He loves his kids… then it means we’re coming from a place of knowing our identity as children of the King & knowing that our Father is THE only true Father of the fatherless, & He’s in the way of taking exceptionally good care of his children. He loves them so so much. He is a trustworthy Father.
We are so so blessed in this organisation to have wonderful support from back home, north & south of Ireland, & here in S.Africa. We simply couldn’t be doing this without each of you – THANKYOU! We have also really felt the blessing over these last weeks of our volunteers. On saturday I got to go to a hair salon with 2 of the girls staying with us here, as one of our volunteers wanted to bless them with getting their hair braided for Christmas. I have personally loved seeing their faces light up every time they get a compliment… every time someone comments that they look beautiful, the girls hearts fill up. Positive words really do bring life. Another one of our volunteers wrote us a letter this last week & in it, shared how much she loved being a part of Zanethemba. I was humbled so much to read that she had experienced a sense of belonging, of family & love & hope whilst spending time with us here. She doesn’t know Jesus yet. This made me so happy because I know this is not only “us” people are experiencing. Our prayer is that they are experiencing the very aroma & Spirit of God himself as he presences himself among us. In everything, He’s here.
I got to share how I came to know Jesus with a volunteer this week, & as I did I was blown away by the fact that no-one had invited me to share that in probably over a year. Whilst this shocked me, it also confirmed to me again that this is where we’re meant to be. During those “moments” of missing family & friends, someone asks how I came to know Jesus & I know this is where He has me. Whenever we welcome a child in his name, Jesus says we welcome him. I love how He chooses a child to reveal Himself through. We long for a day when we see people come to faith in Jesus through the love they see in this place, through the kids themselves, through his body – the church – literally being his hands & feet. I think it’s happening…
Of course there are difficult moments & yearnings for home. We do not in any shape or form have a “normal” life & sometimes I do crave the comfort of “normal”… but I also remember clearly the day directly after falling in love with Jesus for the first time, thinking “i dont think im going to have a normal life”… He wrecked everything in that heavenly way that only He can & im glad 🙂
We simply couldn’t be doing any of it without you all however, so yes, may you hear His voice again wooing you into even more & affirming & approving the core of who you are today. You are perfectly loved. & He’s going to get his way… 🙂 Happy Christmas!!! x