During the month of August, several of our staff members are making trips to the States with the specific purpose of raising funds for the University Village property. U.V. is not only a home for almost all of our staff and a resting place for short-term teams, but a refuge for orphaned and vulnerable children. A place where they can receive love and training for their future.
This week, make it a point to tell someone of the dream for University Village. Be a part of the movement and spread the word about what God is doing in Africa. Pray that the fundraising team will have divine appointments in the States and God will place people in their paths that have a heart for the orphan crisis.
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Hosting the World Cup is a great honor and the whole of South Africa has been anticipating this event for years with bated breath and untold excitement. But large events like this always have a darker side and the World Cup is no exception. Sex trafficking is a huge concern and vulnerable women and children are at risk every day of the competition.
This week, take time to play a game/sing a song/read a book with a child as your creative prayer. With sex trafficking the enemy’s goal is not just to harm the physical, but to steal and destroy joy and innocence. Take a step in the opposite direction and laugh with the ones you love.
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Youth Day [June 16th] in South Africa is a Holiday that commemorates the start of the Soweto Riots of 1976 that were initially sparked by a government edict that all instruction in black schools would be held in Africaans. The Holiday honors Hector Pieterson, a child that was shot to death by police during the riots. His death shocked the world and brought about the beginning of the end of the Apartheid regime. Youth Day is a chance to lift up and encourage the children of the nation toward a better and brighter future. It’s a day where children are given a voice and told that they can make a difference no matter their age.
This week, take the opportunity to encourage those children and young adults around you. Tell them that their voice matters and that they are the future of their nation. Tell them that they can make a difference and not to wait for those around them to stand up for what they know is right. Take a moment and pray with them about their future and their passions and remember that it took the boldness of a child to bring about equality and peace in South Africa.
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Not too long ago and with the help of many people, Ten Thousand Homes was able to purchase a house that had been nearly destroyed by violent riots last year in the community of Mbonisweni [read more]. We bought the house intending to fix it up for two orphaned, young boys Themba and Sunnyboy. It took time and lots of hard work, but the repairs have been completed and the boys have finally moved in!
This week, every time you take your keys out to unlock your house, pray for these two boys and their new home. Pray for safety and security and that this house would truly become a place of belonging and hope.
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With Windows and doors put on the Teka Takho Drop in Center things are moving along pretty fast. Just last week we had someone donate the roof to help finish the project. We have a few more things left before the Care Center will be up and running.Creative Action:
This week tie a small bow onto your dinner chair, every time you see the bow pray for the feeding programs, volunteers, and children that will be using the Care Center.Thanks you so much for participating in this weeks 10K Tuesday. If you have any questions, comments, or stories, please post on our bulletin board.
One of our generous volunteer in Kabokweni
Last week, a local volunteer at our Kabokweni Care Center was seen counting her money. When asked why, the volunteer replied that she had seen that one of the orphaned children needed new school clothes and she wanted to help. This volunteer is a single mother with several children of her own and she struggles everyday to put food on her table,but despite all of her own trials she gave from her heart even though it must have hurt.
This is a challenge for all of us this week. Find a way to give even when it hurts. Whether that means sacrificing your money, time, or emotions, find your own way to give sacrificially, which means ESPECIALLY when it hurts.
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Yesterday I had the chance to visit the house we are building for David. The pictures aren’t the best quality, but Nhlanhla and Bitwell (two experienced builders who work with us) are making progress!
Nhlanhla told me he too is an orphan. He lost his parents when he was eleven years old. He told me God has protected him from getting in trouble and he’s made a good life for himself. He can identify with David.
David was at school while we were at the work site. Nhlanhla told me David helps the family he is staying with now sell apples in town every afternoon.Nhlanhla spoke with this family about David helping build the house during the upcoming two week school break. I’m excited that David will be involved in the construction of his house!
By Keri D.
What’s the one thing we hear in the middle of a crowded city street? For almost everyone, it’s our own name. It’s more than just important. It’sa big part of our identity. It represents that we are important and cherished.At the Care Center in Kabokweni there is a shelf with the namesof the children who come every week. These names all represent the story of anorphan or vulnerable child who has found a place to belong. It may only be a shelf, but itmeans that a child has found a home.
This week, look at our website and say a prayer for one of the faces you see. Commit to pray for that child every day this week by drawing a heart on your calender at home or at work.
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