In my last post I shared some of Memory's story. Wow!!! God is working mighty miracles for her and her children and a few more families alongside her. Around about 2 weeks ago God led my precious big sister, Velanique (how beautiful is that name!!! I can never figure out why people call her Niqui for short.) to a Zimbabwian woman in need. She was sitting at the traffic lights begging for any bit of money. Her hope - to get enough money to feed her 2 little children and somehow save up enough to get back to the country that she left illigally in the hope of finding her husband and the father of her children. After all she dared and sacrificed to get here to S.A., after months of searching she discovered that her husband had abandoned them to start another family! As I shared, she has been living in dire circumstances in a building without any water and electricity trying to look after her children. She cannot work legally in this country which is why her only resort has been to beg at the traffic lights. In the midst of all her heartache, she told my sister that she knows God and trusts Him. Friends - Jesus takes our trust seriously! His love acts with practicality! The day before my sister met Memory she prayed a brave prayer ... "Jesus, please use me. Show me what I can do to help". The very next day, our precious Jesus led her and Memory's path to meet!!!
Today, through my sister making others aware of these precious peoples needs, she has been able to raise enough money to send Memory, her 4 year old son Pride and her 1 year old daughter back home on a bus to Zimbabwe with enough to start their lives over. Not only has Jesus arranged her passage home, but she has connected my sister with 3 other families who will be joining Memory and her children on the long bus ride home. Memory's room mate, also named Memory has been blessed with the means to go home. They live in the same village! How precious of Jesus to lead these woman together and in each other, find a friend who truly understands!
Through this journey (and I am begging my sis to start a blog about all this!!! You have to hear the adventures she has had over these last 2 weeks! She is one brave daughter of God!!!) she has met a precious man named Trust who has a little 1 year old daughter called Precious. His wife left him and her baby. He too is in this country illegally (you must understand how hopeless many Zimbabwians have been over recent years - they thought they would find a better life in South Africa, but it is not all rosy on this side for them. I'm sure you have heard of the Zenephobia attacks against them as many South Africans have been fearful of losing job opportunities to all the illegals crossing our borders). Trust has an unbelievably sad story too. His little girl has been deathly ill and had to spend 1 month in hospital. She is on the mend now but my sister says her little body is so frail. He spent the entire month at her side in the hospital and when she was finally released to go home, he discovered that everything he had owned had been stolen while he was away. He has been living in a squatter camp and only owns the outfit he wore at the hospital and the baby grow that Precious had on! Satan never fights fair .... BUT GOD!!!! He is so much mightier!!! God has moved on people's hearts and he has been blessed with some new clothes for him and Precious, bottles and formula and 2 tickets on the same bus that leaves today!!!! Thank you Jesus!!!
The last couple that God has also put on this bus to make sure that they are all well taken care of is Pastor David and his amazing wife Fortunate. God led my sister to this amazing couple who have such a heart for the Zimbawians. They have helped many Zimbabwians to get back home. They run a church in the squatter camp where Trust lives and Fortunate runs a soup kitchen from home and a nursery school as a ministry to help many, many people in this community. They are going on the bus to make sure that these precious families are treated fairly. Because they have come into the country illegally, they are "fined" (actually bribed!) at the border to get back into their country. They also have to pay for their luggage to cross back into the country. Please pray that God gives them miraculous favour with regards to the finances needed for the luggage. I know He will, because He has supernaturally worked miracles so far for them to be able to get this far! My sister is seeing them all off today and buying the last of the bus tickets and paying for the luggage fees. She will be taking pics for me to show you, so watch this space!!! Please keep these precious families in your prayers and if God moves on your heart to sow towards this amazing mission field, contact me so that I can put you in contact with my sister. There are so many more desperate people in the same position with the same hope of simply going home. I hope that you have been stirred up by what God is doing today for these precious families. Be encouraged to know that He takes your needs seriously and loves you with an everlasting love and His arms always take action!
All my love,
All my love,