Mission Highlight: Thank you Michelle for sharing about your involvement with Hands at Work and updating us on the drought situation. Here is what Michelle shared!
For the past year and a half, I’ve been serving with Hands at Work in Africa as a long term volunteer. Earlier this year, Christ Church shared about the drought crisis in the southern part of Africa, which has caused widespread hunger and many people on the brink of starvation in the communities where Hands serves the hardest hit countries include Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi, which is where we along with Grace Alameda and Wellspring Church partner with Hands to support a community called Mcheneka. Although our other countries including Zambia, where I am currently based, have not been as directly affected by the drought, they are suffering from escalated food prices and limited availability of staple foods. This video provides an update on Hands’ drought relief efforts over the past few months.
As we seek to engage in the drought crisis, we are also learning to align ourselves with the suffering of the most vulnerable people and to speak on their behalf. I personally have been impacted as we go deeper in the communities and walk alongside Care Workers of the orphaned and vulnerable children as well as our African leaders on the ground. This past year has been tough as the brokenness around us continues to be revealed and also as I confront my own brokenness.
However, I am constantly reminded of our Watchword which is a guiding Scripture for Hands during the year. It comes from Romans 15:5 – May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus. It’s not just Hands at Work or those in Africa, but together with the international community and partners like Christ Church as one body, united in the common cause to serve the poor and to reach the most vulnerable.
It is my prayer that as brothers and sisters in Christ, we would continue to wrestle with what it means to love and serve others, in Africa as well as in our own communities. It’s something that I’m challenged by – especially coming back and seeing the brokenness that surrounds us daily. But I hold onto the hope and faith that our Father is doing something in and through his people. It’s been a huge blessing and privilege to be a part of that!