It was a chilling winter day in Gugulethu, South Africa. Pastor Vuyo Nyabaza looked up from the task he was busy with – one of many involved with offering lunch for the hungry families in the impoverished area. His fingers were stiff with cold. That’s when he saw it – a sight that made his heart ache.
Veronica curled her body tighter into her sister Grace’s back, soaking up what little warmth she could in the bitterly cold night. Every twig that cracked in the dark forest, each sigh and creak of the branches overhead brought her to stark alert, listening… waiting…
As bags of food were handed to them, they couldn’t hide the gratitude in their eyes. And though they were masked, the masks couldn’t hide the smiles of relief that came from knowing they’d be alright for the weeks ahead. Or the joy triggered by being remembered and cared for.
These are not families who have pantries full of supplies from Costco. These are people who leave their homes each morning in hopes that they will earn a few cents to purchase food for that day. Not being able to leave means not being able to eat.
Our partners have been reaching out and sharing some truly encouraging verses and thoughts with regard to the Coronavirus pandemic. Their unique perspectives and experiences plus a variety of cultural backgrounds means they’ve shared encouragement we may not have thought to remind ourselves of. These words of hope come from all parts of the Bible, yet when brought together, they are unified in the message that we can rest in His sovereignty. May they uplift and feed your spirit!
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In this episode, Kent Reisenauer is telling us all about his last trip to South Africa and Zambia.
He’s talking about visiting Johan and Lesley not long after their home burned down, delivering pillowcase dresses and knitted hats from some US churches to remote villages across the Zambezi River, the progress and impact of Eugene Kalunga’s village school, what happened when Eugene put him on the spot to share something with the students at Excellence Christian Academy, and the baptisms of new Zulu believers he got to witness in South Africa.
The kids who live in Lumbemba, a remote village in Zambia, are getting very excited. Soon, they’ll be able to go to school right inside their own village! But, most likely, they don’t even know some of the most exciting things about this future village school.
During this season of giving, we asked ITMI partners to share their heartfelt answers to several questions. May their answers bless and encourage you!
ITMI’s Kent Reisenauer arrived at the Lusaka airport, weary after over 24 hours of travel. With some trepidation, he…