I don't know their names, but I'm certain I'll know them soon.
We were sitting in the Lesibovu church. It was sunny outside. The pastor welcomed us and asked if one of the children would share a testimony or story of what God was doing in his or her life. The room was quiet. A roomful of beautiful children just stared at us with their dark brown eyes. I hope I never forget that moment. I actually remember praying that I wouldn't forget it as it was happening. A young girl stood up and read the Bible. She had so much courage in her voice as she read verses from Psalm 119. I think she started in verse 135, but not certain where she stopped reading. I just know that I couldn't stop smiling as she read them in her language.
We passed out the dresses, socks, undies and shirts. Jennifer and I gently asked the pastor if they would sing us a song. Yes, Jennifer videoed it, and we will be posting it soon. You're gonna love it. I promise.
The sweet girl that encouraged us with a Psalm also led the other children in a song. She sang loudly with constant joy on her face.
I miss her. I don't know her name, and we didn't even have a conversation.
We left shortly after we listened to their song, and we gave the pastor of the church a ride home. He told us that both of her parents are deceased, and that she's living with her stepfather. She's 16 years old and in 4th grade, but he told us she's very smart.
I want to know this girl, and I want to sponsor her. Yes, of course, I can find a way to write her letters and contact her. I gotta keep it real, I want to "officially" sponsor her through Children's Hopechest. I want to see photos of her near a tank of clean water. I want to squint my eyes while looking at a photo to see her in the background with other kiddos with new books and curriculum to learn the Bible. I want to see her in a new school uniform, and to send her a copy of Pilgrim's Progress.
This cannot happen until the carepoint is 80% sponsored.
If I understood Steve and Amy correctly, that means 80% of the kids must have commitments from families in a community and/or church to sponsor them monthly.
Please, pray for the Lesibovu carepoint. Pray the right folks will join together to work with our brothers and sisters in Swaziland and bring hope. Go ahead and pray for folks to have the wisdom and courage to keep in touch with them. Pray for us (Jennifer and me) as we try to figure out details of our involvement with this of sweet group of children.
There are more photos of the Lesibovu Carepoint in my <3 album on my Zenfolio account. Please feel free to view them there! I will be adding and editing more daily.
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