Enaleni….Riverwood’s Care Point

At the beginning of our journey, we thought the search for our care point would be a difficult one. The reality is, our care point has found us. The Enaleni care point was our very first stop on our trip. We were overwhelmed by the experience we had there….not only during our visit, but also the rich experience of Pastor Peter Langa’s church on Sunday.

The story of Enaleni is a beautiful one. The care point began three years ago when Pastor Peter responded to God’s call to begin a church in the area. Alongside the church he began what we now call a care point and fed the children in the area using money out of his pocket. He continued to provide food for them 5 days a week for the past three years. This care point is the newest addition to Children’s Hope Chest as they took over the feeding costs only three months ago. They have since been waiting for a church to sponsor it. We are thrilled to be that church.

We absolutely love the spirit in which Pastor Peter began this care point. Even the name reflects what we were looking for. Enaleni means “we have nothing, but we are trusting God for a big harvest.” If you were here with us, you would truly see the significance of that name because the ground is so desolate and the people are in such desperate need.

Today was a very special day for the four of us. We had a chance to spend it at our care point with the children and the gogo’s (they are the one’s that cook and care for the children). We brought a huge inflatable jumping castle for the kids to have fun in. For some, that would have been the first time they had seen anything like it. We played….we learnt their names….we learnt their names again…..and then forgot them. Not because of our bad memories….but because half the kids have click in their name and they are about 16 characters long. We had a chance to see the lunchtime eating routine and watched as the kids were able to get their one meal of the day.

It was an honoring moment giving our gifts to the gogo’s and appreciating them for all the work and energy they have given to the children. Everyday, the gogo’s have to collect firewood from all around in order to cook the children’s lunch. Today we purchased a two-burner propane stove and 20 pound tank to make their lives easier. They will be elated.

We also had a chance to visit the homes of a few of the children from the care point. This was a real eye opening and humbling experience as we saw first hand the conditions that they live in. In order to be respectful, we did not take any pictures to show you….but let us just say that we have never seen anything like it. The homes were the most basic structures you would find. They were made from sticks, mud and stones….and the small one room houses would be home to one adult caring for 5 or 6 children. The caregivers we visited were very respectful and grateful for the gifts that we had for them. We had a chance to bless them and pray for them. It was an experience we will never forget.

One of the privileges that we have had today is the opportunity to choose the child each of us will sponsor in person. What a rewarding experience to know that you can have a hand in changing the path of a child’s life. We look forward to seeing you share in that experience.

Tomorrow we look forward to giving out your care packages to the children and to setting up the gogo’s new cooking stove. After a short visit at our care point, we’ll head off for a 5 hour drive back the airport and at 11:40 (3:40 your time) leave Jo-burg for Amsterdam. We’ll be spending a week touring Amsterdam as we are not ready to come back to -30 degree weather. We will leave the church in the very capable hands of our church staff 🙂

Well….back to reality….we’ll be home late Thursday night. We’ll try and update the blog during our adventure home.

Lots of love from the four of us.

8 thoughts on “Enaleni

  1. HEY GANG! Mandy Star here…Been reading about all your adventures and man I wish I was THERE!!! I can’t wait to hear all about your time in the village and people you have met and places you have seen. Traveling is life changing!In news back home here…I am getting married!! ok, Meghan is but I get to be in the wedding party!! weeee. And NO Amy is not getting married but she is coming on ski trip so not sure if you will get to see her for very long when you arrive home.safe travels and naming an animal for a prize…please..Todd I think you should bring a prize for each of our amazing outstanding staff that continue to keep church going. :)blessings…safe travelsMandy

  2. Hey guys!Wow, what an opportunity I have been able to experience your stories while shivering here in Winner peg! When working with refugees in Winnipeg, I have encountered through their eyes the culture differences and adjustments they have to make in their lives to integrate into our society. Interestingly enough, you have had to do so in your Shoprite experience. Your experience has certainly indirectly viewing the poor in the world- especially children stuggling to live. It always has amazed me to see the faith and commitment necessary to wake every day to move forward, and to encourage the next generation of hope and God’s provision. A family I worked with WEFC brought out of Cote d’Ivoire shared a story with me about God’s provision. This refugee family of 10 (two adopted kids) required three cups of rice a day to live. They were running low on food, and everynight for three weeks they would pray as a family that God would provide enough for the next day. Never did they buy another bag of rice during that time, but everyday’s ration was just enough for them to eat. These miracles we don’t know here in Canada, “land of milk and honey”, God watches over his flock; especially the most insignificant in this world. It’s painful to leave these people, but what you have initiated, will entirely affect wonderfully the lives of MANY and generations to come!Well, by the way,Congratz on your daughter’s Amy’s engagement *lol*! Thank you for your committed efforts in writing daily on the blog, you have been in our prayers and thoughts.See you when your back likely *ahem* with nice tans.Melissa and(Mark)Toews

  3. Today at work, before I started my work, I just had to check out the blog to see what was new. I had a look and read, smiled, laughed and cried! How I wish that I could be there to see the look of joy and happiness on the faces of the children when they are given the small gift bags; to see the look on the faces of the four of you as you are giving out these bags. I would also love to see the faces of the women when the new stove is hooked up and ready to use. I am in awe of these people who have so little and don’t complain. As you journey home and have a stop-over in Amsterdam, maybe you could have tea with Queen Beatrix. I continue to pray for each and everyone of you as you continue to do God’s work and look after his children!Safe journey! I look forward to hearing more about this wonderful journey the four of you are on!

  4. hey- if you have a stopover in Amsterdam…. quickly buy enough unique cheese to have a neat crackers and cheese festival before the flight…. or at least eat in one of their cafe’s –if only I knew which airport you were landing at over there, I’d look up what cheese markets were there…. but maybe you’ll simply be lucky enough not to get lost in their large airports…..praying for your journey out of the land of desolate… precious as well as compelling memories you will have… praying that God will be in charge of your “de-briefing” time on the way home….. praying for protection in the valley of culture-shockHAVE SO MUCH FUN blessing the people out there….. is it almost or definitely surpassing the massive “Christmas/ party in the park” giveaways !!!! such a precious time, savor the smells, the ehat, the sand, the wind, the brush in the desert, and the hillsthe faces and unique personalities of the kids/ what you did with each one (word/ memory association)… so you could possibly give them a nickname respectful of the journey each of them has been on, and the gift they have been to youThis first encounter will be like non other so do carve out time to journal/ draw/ write the individual moments down as a group with one person being the scribe- jot down notes for each person you can remember…. Praise God for His unique creations and landscapes… and the unique cloud formations you’ll be flying through… lots of love to EVERYONE over there…. all your names are Mudiwah (beloved)

  5. Hey guys, I often heard about the click in African names. Can’t help thinking that it may be how they pronounce an “x”. 🙂 If you can bring home one of their names spelled out, we can see. Aren’t you glad I don’t make you pronounce our x names that way?Prayers for you, and looking forward to hearing more in person too.xw

  6. Todd,What a great choice. The children there really touched our hearts. I loved seeing your pictures and knowing I was just there loving on those beautiful kids – – saying good-bye here really broke my heart.You all have a safe journey home.Blessings, Dany (CHC)

  7. Todd,What a great choice. The children there really touched our hearts. I loved seeing your pictures and knowing I was just there loving on those beautiful kids – – saying good-bye here really broke my heart.You all have a safe journey home.Blessings, Dany (CHC)

  8. i have just purchased a pair of earrings from your booth in the Winnipeg Scattered Seeds Fair. Happy to support such a project – thank you.

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