News in Brief
Street children have multiplied in the streets of Zambian towns due to UN bad policies forced on our government. (These policies basically have declared war on loving, God-centered children’s homes, doing everything they can to shut them down.) Some of the children who are in the streets have come from the closed children’s homes.
Threats of Deportation
Carol McBride (an American missionary to the street children) has been beaten and thrown into prison because of taking care of the children. She has challenged the social welfare and the CPU (Community Police Unit) over the abuse of Street Children’s Rights. Now she is being falsely accused of sexual abuse of the boys she has provided a home for. Similar allegations were brought against another local Pastor, James Gondwe. The President of Zambia, Rupiah Banda, is currently sorting through these issues brought against Gondwe.
Birthday and Christmas Celebration
The Samaritan Children gathered together and had fellowship with one another around the meals. There is no better time to tell stories than when one knows that there is food before him or her. Even after the Christmas Celebration, some Samaritan Children refused to go back because there was still some food left. (rice, soft drinks, chicken, cakes, fruit, corn flakes, biscuits, potatoes, meat and sweets) They wanted to finish all the food that was provided for them by John and Joyce with the help of ITMI.
The Plight of Street Children in Zambia
Street BoysIt is very rough for the street children now more than ever before because the CPU is using force to take the children out of the street to prison. On Christmas night, over 56 street children were bungled into a state truck to an unknown destiny. Pictured to the left are some of the survivors, who still must protect themselves from brutality. We bought some of them a meal at a restaurant in Lusaka. Chilishe Mulemga (yellow shirt, top left) thanked God and us for clean food. He told us that they usually eat from trash cans.
Samaritan Children’s Current Needs
On New Year’s Eve, our adopted son, Peter Jere, suffered from acute Malaria. We prayed for him and later we took him to the private clinic where he was treated. Peter is still on Malaria treatment. This is a strange attack. Please, will you pray for our son, Peter?
Peter Jere sick with Malaria
Sarah Phiri had to undergo surgery on her foot not long ago, but, praise God, it is now completely healed. However, now she is in immediate need of surgery due to a growth in her left eye before the eye is completely destroyed. Will you please pray that God may provide funds for her operation?
- Thank God that some of the Samaritan children came for Christmas, New Year and collective Birthday celebration.
- Thank you for your prayers and contributions to the celebrations.
- Praise God that Samaritan children have again passed grade 7 very well.
- Provision of school fees, shoes, books and other requirements for the Samaritan Children. School opens January 10th, 2011.
- Provision for Gertrude (a widow), Gift Kapunga, and Rozaria who are HIV/AIDS positive and need ARVs and other drugs to sustain their lives.
Thank you very much for your prayers and support!