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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

THE FACES OF THE CHILDREN. . .

Not far from us, children live in squatter camps, temporary shelters made from tin, cardboard, and other scraps of material. In the cities, children stand on the street corners begging for a few rand. And then there’s the issue of HIV/AIDS. Millions of children under the age of 18 have been orphaned from this epidemic throughout southern Africa. Unfortunately, the problem only continues to get worse.

The difficult thing we are seeing is that traditionally in the African culture, families have relied on extended family members to care for orphaned children. But what does a grandmother do when all her children have died and she now has five, six, seven, or even eight children to raise on her own.

We are thrilled to be able to work with men like Cornelius, a Christian man who directs our orphan ministry in Zimbabwe. He’s become a spiritual mentor to the orphans, a father figure, and friend. In conjunction with our ministry, he insures that the orphans have their school fees, uniforms, supplements their food, ensures they have proper medical care, spiritual support, and more. Another positive thing is that the orphans all live with their extended families.

We want to affect the lives of these precious children one at a time.

“And Jesus took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:16

If you’d like more information how you can be a part of this ministry and help support an orphan from Zimbabwe or Zambia, please contact me.

Blessings!

Lisa

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