Enaleni….Riverwood’s Care Point
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.