First off, it is HOT HOT HOT here! Unseasonably so. (And we hear it’s cold at home!) we are hat wearin’, sunscreen applyin’ folk! And before I go any further, I have to say how amazing this team is...with many changes and unexpected things thrown their way (even had a missing passport this morning! But it’s found!!!) there hasn’t been any complaint or grumble. 💚
Our day took us into Grabouw to serve at our clinic here in the community. Thandi, Project Manager of ThembaCare Grabouw, orientates our team to the mission and vision of this arm of Thembalitsha. Grabouw has the highest rate of TB in all of Africa. The caregivers (we call them Angels) of this facility help educate and serve the people of this area that are suffering. We are so thrilled to be with them for the next two days.
Angels. Why call them angels? These ladies are the hands and feet of Jesus to this community. They GO INTO to hardest places to serve those that are the overlooked and downtrodden. This paraphrased scripture comes to mind in the leaders of this ministry:
“When I was sick you helped me
When I was hungry you fed me
When I was without, you gave...”
The Angels are light in the darkness, hope to the hopeless and dignity to those discarded. (We will be walking through the communities with them tomorrow!)
Today, we help spruce up this clinic and bring bright spots to a place that has suffered much. Many deaths have happened at this hospice this year. Hope seems in little availability. Except we know it’s not! Bringing a garden and color where the patients can walk and rest is JESUS! He dignifies and SEES all that are His.
Thandi said to us, “I value you coming here and coming back. It’s invaluable.” The impact on this community when someone dies is great. And we get to be a small part of bringing joy today. What an honor.
So specifically, what did we “do”?
Freshened up the planting containers (little Minion faces ☺️)
Tilled and planted a meditation garden full of flowers, herbs and vegetables (This was not an easy task, mind you! We moved hundreds of lbs. of stone and brick, planted a lot of plants in blistering heat, and avoided heat/sun stroke!)
Sealed and painted a roof
Encouraged the workers and volunteers
Grew closer to Jesus and one another
As always, there are many photos for you to look at and love. We are so grateful for this opportunity and what God is doing.
Love, love, love!
PS. Pray for us tomorrow as we walk with the Angels in the community and lead the ThembaCare service at 2pm (8am your time!)…Patti is teaching! And, we will be ministering at EN Zola tomorrow evening as well. We so appreciate your prayers.