We send you greetings on a cool, rainy South African fall day. As we look forward to the winter months, we are reminded of the promise that 'as long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat will not cease'. Our work here on earth is not yet done, so we strive earnestly, as our motto says 'the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the community'.
This past week we were blessed with several notable donations. A couple donated an extra refrigerator to us. We had been thinking of how to resolve some issues about the loss of food and supplies and decided we could use another fridge and put it in a spot only accessible by the responsible staff, when we were asked if we could use a used fridge. Praise God for such a wonderful provision!!
Last week we were visited by some dieticians from the Department of Health interested in viewing the clinics in the area. This week Wednesday they brought by 30 boxes of fortified porridge for us to use. We are seeing God's gracious hand at work even in the daily workings of Nakekela. It is such a blessing to be able to be part of a ministry blessed and upheld by God.
While out on a recent home visit, Mirriam Rakwale was introduced to a family with two young children suffering from poverty, HIV and the father without fingers or lower legs due to amputation from gangrene. Our home base care workers have been visiting this family for some time now, trying help out where they can. Assistance was also asked from our staff to search the internet to find hospitals and clinics close by that would help with artificial legs. After checking out a few of the hospitals in Pretoria, they returned home dejected because each of the hospitals required a lot of money to help the man with artificial legs. (R30,000 or $3400 USD per leg)
The man is trying to earn a living by selling things, however, cruel thieves beat him and steal his goods, because he is unable to defend himself or his products. As we continue to try to help this man and his family, please pray that we will find a way to help him.
Last but not least, we congratulate Dorcas Mathibela, our new Manager for completing her courses in Administration. Please praise God with us for this accomplishment and pray that as she continues her education on nights and weekends that God will give her the grace to persevere, even when it gets tough balancing work, school and her home life.
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