ABC stands for Abandon Babies for Christ (http://www.abcministry.org.za/). We spent most of the afternoon with the founders, Robyn and Gerry, up in this utterly unique community in the mountains. They now live and care for the babies out of two houses in an abandoned asbestos mining town. At one time, 5000 people lived in this town that had it’s own hospital, supermarket, golf course, school and movie theatre. However, the mine shut down and the town became a ghost town. Recently, a consortium of Christian businessmen bought the town and are attempting to build a business as well as a community. Their goal is to create a place that raises up the next generation of leaders who will lead Swaziland into a much better future. So, they have opened a lumber mill and a charcoal company. They are trying to open a furniture company and a bottled spring water company. In the meantime, they have gathered various Christian ministries, like Teen Challenge, ABC Centre and a few others to come and bring Christ to the village.
We asked Robyn how they are funded and her answer was… “Jesus! He’s the best supporter around”. She then went on to explain how God just seemed to keep the 30,000 Rand a month ($4500 CDN) coming and meeting their needs. Talk about faith!
Most of our afternoon was spent playing with the kids and holding the babies. Their stories were heart-wrenching. A baby abandoned on the steps of a hospital wrapped in plastic. A baby boy, boiled in water by his father. A baby girl, buried alive minutes after she was born…but rescued. Another baby boy, locked in a steel shack on 40C days when his mother went drinking. Little children, raped by their uncles because of the myth that the blood of a virgin will heal a man of AIDS. Yet the babies we saw were healthy, full of smiles and hope. In this place, even the babies like Zoe and Rachel, both HIV positive, have a future and are surrounded by people who work for and pray for their healing.
Tomorrow we’re back to Pastor Peter’s Care Point for a church service and then we will visit two other Care Points. Monday we will visit 3-4 un-sponsored Care Points and hope to have made a decision on Riverwood’s Care Point by Monday night. On Tuesday and Wednesday we hope to begin caring for the people and becoming friends with those at Riverwood’s Care Point.