Thursday Jan 31, evening
The highlight of the day today was visiting Pastor Peter Langa’s Care Point. We were accompanied by Creek (Jumbo’s wife) and Tom Davis. When we arrived the kids where in “school” which was primitive in every way. The “teacher” was handing out small coloring pages and the 30 children were sharing a box of crayons between them.
When we walked in, the children ran to greet us and touch us; some with shoes on, some without. Smiles, handshakes, and hugs were accepted and seemingly longed for. Our hearts broke seeing these children in such poverty and desperation. In our short time there we tried to bring as much love and joy as we could. I fell in love with a sweet little girl in an adorable little dress who just wanted to be held. She fell asleep in my arms and I had a hard time giving her over to the teacher when it was time to leave.
After an hour or so of coloring, playing, cuddling, the kids playing with the hair on Todd’s legs and Kelly teaching the kids the chicken dance we left a very sad place but a place where the pastor, teacher and gogos (grandmothers who cook for the kids at the Care Point) are trying their very best to provide care (with very little) for these precious children who have lived through so much in their short lives. It was a precious moment when we were able to gather the children, the pastor and the teacher and Todd prayed a prayer of blessing over them.
We drove out of Swaziland this afternoon back to South Africa to send off the rest of the team who will be leaving on Saturday. We are joining them tomorrow for a Safari at Kruger National Park. Tomorrow will also be a significant day also because we’ll get to spend an extended time with Tom Davis before he leaves. First thing on Saturday morning we look forward to going back to Swaziland to continue our CarePoint Tour with Jumbo and Creek.
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. We have loved reading your comments and feel like we are not doing this alone.