Monde and Oliver
Monde and Oliver – three months ago a team of social-welfare-trained-village-workers led me to some of the most vulnerable children they knew of in our 18 villages. Monde is three years, can’t walk or talk, very disabled. Oliver is her “normal” brother of nine years (see my blog “Interviewing Children” from April.) I have searched for a place that would take disabled children and found nothing – until last week – there is a Catholic Home that will care for them.
Then I got a call – the mother has abandoned them – can we come and help. I arrive in Lizazzi Village, at the far side of our row of villages, preparing myself to take them home – knowing I cannot turn them away, but not knowing how. A “Village Meeting” is called – all the village mothers are sprawled in one clump on ground mats, the headman on the sole chair, and me and the village-social-worker-team complete the oblong circle, sitting on miscellaneous elevated objects. They talk and argue and shout for 45 minutes without even including me in the discussion. My patience is waning. I ask if I may say a word, and the man beside me gently tells me I am out of order – they will include me when ready. By the time they do, the decision is made – they will care for the children at the headman’s house!
I am floored and discouraged. There is a collective mistrust of the white man. “Better to take care of them ourselves,” seems to be the rationale – “even though we have done nothing for them for the months they have suffered in our village – even though the headman already has eight orphans he is caring for – even though the handicapped girl will have no resources to improve her life like she might have if she went with the white man – even though the boy will still not be in school like he would if he went with the white man…” It is the only way they have ever known, to somehow make room for one more suffering child and keep it safely embraced in their warm poverty. There is no thought of trying to find the solution that will provide the best opportunities for the child. This is like the Dark Ages – “change” and “progress” are strange and devious-looking enemies that are to be snuffed out in favor of the security of “this is how we have always done it”.
But Jesus, the friend of suffering children, does not sleep nor slumber, and isn’t easily discouraged. As I pour out my heart to Him He pours His courage back. So I make the drive again, this time unannounced – to talk to the headman, man to man. He quickly confides in me that there have been more problems – the mother who has returned just does not want the children – can I take them?
So tonight the children are sleeping in town – a new door is opening for them! Doctor’s appointments are secured; Social Welfare is looking for temporary placement as we assess their needs. Our new intern Katie has already fallen in love with Oliver, and God’s compassion is making a way where there seemed to be no way.
PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO OPEN DOORS FOR OUR ORPHAN MINISTRY – THAT THE RIGHT CHILDREN AND THE RIGHT STAFF WOULD BE DIVINELY GUIDED TO OUR DOOR. DONATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO FURNISH THE HOME AND BUILD THE SELF-SUSTAINING BUSINESS.
Village Church – it is really growing! Our goal is that every main “disciple/seeker” will have a weekly Bible study at his/her hut, will be trained within a month to lead it, will be able to train someone else within the Bible study to start their own at another location, will continue to receive regular discipling for family and personal transformation, and will be a participating member of our leaders’ training course where solidarity is fused.
Last night we had about 50-60 (half of them kids and youth!) crammed into our orphan home. There is no way to describe it – at times hilarious, at times intensely personal soul-searching questions, always powerful and fun African worship, always interactively acting out Bible stories, always grappling with life-altering concepts. We break into smaller groups for introspection, application and prayer. We drive them back, both directions, singing loudly in the night!
WE HAVE SO MANY WAYS WE ARE SERVING THESE PEOPLE, SOMETIMES JUST SHARING THE GOSPEL AND DISCIPLING THEM GETS LOST. IF YOU ARE A MATURE PASSIONATE BELIEVER AND HAVE A CALL TO SEE THE UNREACHED FIND CHRIST, CONSIDER GIVING A YEAR OR TWO SERVING WITH US. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
Engaged! – no this is not a love story in Zambia. It is a new program Mike Lungu and Sarah Bultman are beginning, to get the “on
fire for Jesus” Zambian youth from town to Engage their forward spiritual gears to reach the UnEngaged lost people in the village. Livingstone is alive with vibrant churches, but the villages we serve, just one hour from town, have none – less than one percent Christians. Now nine quality young people are meeting weekly to learn, strategize, pray, and take it into our villages. This will be the future face of Love’s Door 4 All Nations Zam!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THIS BUDDING MINISTRY, SIMPLY ADD THE WORD, “ENGAGE” TO YOUR DONATION.
10 Days For Jesus, Zambezi – Nimisha Lala is spearheading this power-packed mission trip with All Nations SA. The goal – impart life-changing love to the Zacchaeus’es in unreached villages – a search and destroy mission!
New Staff – Jeremiah and Missy Weismann have just arrived for long term service to the Least and the Lost.
Nick and Paula Watts from Oregon are on their way soon for long term service as well. They are selling and moving!
Katie Ritticher just arrived and will be with us for 6 weeks.
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