“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” - Matthew 6:13
It’s hard to imagine that the brutal death of an innocent child could bring about positive results but we have seen this in the community of Thulwane. The untimely death of Sakhile Mamba has not only brought a grieving community together, it has also launched a child protection program within the local schools, taught many to not take a day for granted, and most importantly, it is bringing glory to our Father. We will all miss this bright and shining star of Thulwane but know, without a doubt, that he is spending eternity in Heaven. His big, beautiful smile, his warm hugs, his morning Bible study, his intelligent mind, his playful heart, and even his bite will be missed…but we can all take comfort in knowing that, one day, we will be able to experience all of this with him again. Rest in peace Sakhile Mamba.
Signs of spring and new life are beginning to appear in Swaziland. The trees are starting to bud and the birds are singing beautifully. What a glorious sight! The winter months were unusually cold this year and for many Swazis. This was the coldest winter in many years. They are very eager for some warmer weather but anticipate this summer to be an especially hot one!
The younger children in the Ngungwane community are very fortunate to not only have a nice kitchen on the CarePoint property, but they also have an established pre-school there as well. The children are learning for the first half of the day, and then they are dismissed to eat lunch then play. The older children begin arriving around 1:00 for their afternoon meal.
We are so thankful for the Gogos and Bomakes that volunteer every day to help their community. These ladies, and sometimes men, dedicate their time and energy to cooking and watching after these community children. We appreciate all of their hard work and devotion to these children.
|Discipleship Team – (D-Team)|
Just as the seasons are changing, so are the elements of the D-Team. Bheki and Zodwa left at the end of May to attend Extreme Leadership Training in South Africa. They will be in Jeffreys Bay for a total of six months. When they return in December, they will be D-Team leaders for a new program that will be implemented at the beginning of 2012. This is an exciting time not only for these two, but for the entire ministry as well. We will seek out and find new members to make up the Discipleship Program and prayerfully each CarePoint will have their own D-Team staff. Big but exciting changes are coming for the staff in Swaziland!
The two D-Team members that attend Ngungwane weekly are Ncobile and Londiwe. These two do a wonderful job at disciplining and mentoring the children in the Ngungwane community. Their lessons are now split between the older children and the younger children. The younger children are continuing to learn that “they are chosen by God’s grace.” The older children are going through a program called “No Apologies.” This is a character-based curriculum that specifically promotes abstinence and helps adolescents identify the problems and consequences associated with premarital sexual activity. It also teaches teens refusal skills to help withstand pressure from peers to engage in sexual activity, drug and alcohol consumption, and other high-risk behaviors. The D-Team was trained to implement this program late fall and we feel that this could have a huge impact on many lives in the Ngungwane community.
As a part of their weekly lesson, Ncobile and Londiwe pass out a multi-vitamin to every child and Gogo at the CarePoint. This just provides an extra boost of needed vitamins into the children and adults every week. The D-Team is also reaching out to the area by implementing home visits. They are assessing the needs of the area and ministering to the entire community. The D-Team is such a vital part of the ministry here in Swaziland and we thank them for their willingness to serve!
Continue to send your sponsored child letters. Remember that you can mail these directly to HopeChest or you can send these via email to: email@example.com. If you email the letters, they are printed out and given to the child within days. If you attach a picture, this is also printed out and stapled to the letter. The children cherish all communication that you send!
Letter writing tips
DO (to benefit your child)
DON’T (to protect your child and yourself)
We would like to invite you to pray with us as we continue the ministry in Swaziland.
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