21 May 2023
A quick Google search will bring up over 100 Bible verses on the importance of caring for and helping orphans, widows, and those in need! Therefore, this must be a very important matter on God’s heart and thus one we take extremely seriously! The Bible is also very clear on how vital it is to teach our children and raise them up by teaching them God’s commandments and ways.
Therefore, as we work with Hlanganani, we do not only focus on empowering children physically and mentally but also spiritually. The love of God is shared with the children through the reading and interpretation of Bible stories for kids, teaching them how to pray and hear God’s voice for themselves as well as many other important topics.
We also address everyday matters, such as the children being encouraged to participate in ancestral worship and what that means for them spiritually. As we are only financially able to transport the children to this group once per month, we rely heavily on the Home-based caregivers who also share the word of God whenever they do home visits. They aim at instilling moral values and leading the children to understand God’s, unfailing love on a regular basis. We also strive to ensure that all the children have access to or own their own Bibles.
On an educational note, the children are also assisted with their school work and academic areas of challenge at the monthly mentorship groups. Although the majority of the children have improved greatly over the past term, they are still in great need of academic help – many of them are failing multiple subjects – imagine trying to understand math when it is taught in another language, in a classroom of over 40 children ranging in age from 15 – 21, where you all have to share the few available textbooks at the teacher’s disposal? Please pray that our children can overcome these many obstacles and find a way to succeed! If you are interested in helping one or more of our children by sponsoring textbooks that would be awesome…it takes a village!