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South African Sunset

South African Sunset

I captured this photo on the first night in South Africa. How beautiful! God is such a Mighty Creator!


ABC House Baby

ABC House Baby

This HIV+ baby lives at the ABC House, (Abandoned Babies for Christ), in Bulembu. She captured my heart! Thank you God, for Robyn and Jerry who take in precious unwanted babies like this one and give them a hope and a future. Want to know more? Visit their website at www.abcministry.org.za


Lonely

Lonely

This little girl was sitting alone at a care point we visited in Bulembu.


Second Care Point in Bulembu

Second Care Point in Bulembu

How fun to play with the children! Although we couldn't speak each other's language, the toys I brought spoke a universal language! FUN!


Dress-Up

Dress-Up

These children were so fortunate to have dress-up clothes to play with. This was the only place we visited where the children actually had things to play with. How funny to see them dress up in Santa hats and long aprons!


Thulwane Care Point

Thulwane Care Point

When we arrived at this care point, we were so saddened to find out that the only food they had was inedible- it was infested with insects.


Children at Thulwane

Children at Thulwane

These are some of the hungry children we met at the Thulwane Care Point.


Ruby's Care Point

Ruby's Care Point

These sweet girls were so happy to sit and draw with some paper and gel pens another team member brought to share.


Ruby!

Ruby!

This incredible woman on the left is Ruby. She is the Go-Go for over 100 children at her care point. She cooks "pop" for them over an open fire everyday in a stick and mud hut. Pop is a porridge-type soupy paste and for most of the children, that is the only meal they get all day. Each care point has a Go-Go who volunteers each day to care for the children. They are truly remarkable women!


Singing!

Singing!

This little girl sang with her friends for us at the Beveni Care Point. You can see the mud and stick hut in the background. This is the only shelter for the care point.


Cool Dudett!

Cool Dudett!

This tiny girl was facinated with my sunglasses!


School Time

School Time

This precious group of children at the Beveni Care Point were having school when we arrived. Because I have a teaching background, I was in awe of how the teacher taught these children on so many different levels. Although she has never had a formal college education class, God has gifted her with wisdom to teach those children with such poise and control. And she does it all without being paid a penny. She knows these are the children who cannot afford to attend school, so she stands in the gap for them. She is a remarkable woman of God!


Manicures in Swaziland!

Manicures in Swaziland!

I painted so many tiny fingernails while in Swaziland! I loved watching their faces light up when they saw the pretty color appear on their nails! What they didn't know was that I prayed over their little hands as I painted.


Zinhle, My Darling!

Zinhle, My Darling!

This is my precious new Swazi friend, Zinhle! When I met her she was wearing a torn school uniform and I was confused as to why she was at the care point so early in the morning. "Shouldn't she be in school now," I said to the go-go through the translator. The go-go explained that she, and some other children, had gone to school that morning but had been sent home because their families had no money to send for school fees. My heart broke when I found out how much Zinhle's fees were-- 609 Rand or just $100US for the entire year. I made arrangements to pay her fees and it feels so good to know that Zinhle is back in school now! Praise God! Education is the key to getting these children out of poverty. Don't think for a moment that I am boasting in myself! I am boasting in the Lord! "To whom much is given, much is required!"


Care Point Kitchen

Care Point Kitchen

This is a typical care point kitchen- an outdoor shack with an open fire where "pop" is cooked to serve the children. Hopefully a church or organization will sponsor each care point so that a proper kitchen can be erected. For more info on how you can help, visit www.hopechest.org