Mission Highlight: Expanding care to more orphans in Mcheneka means that that the local churches have been mobilized and additional volunteers have been identified and trained. These volunteers are ordinary people in the community that have been moved by the love of Jesus to care for the most vulnerable in their community. They are often just above the starvation line themselves.
These volunteers typically take on the care of 5-10 orphans. That means that each of these orphans will receive three essential services (Food, Education, and Basic Health Care) and they will be visited once or twice a week in their homes.
Hands at Work calls these Holy Home Visits and they are the foundation of the care that these children receive.
Visiting an orphaned child in their home is to act on behalf of the absent parent. During that visit, the opportunity is given to a child to put aside the stresses of home, of responsibility, and just be a child. Home visits demand time, and can only be effective with the right desire of heart: the choice to go, and the willingness to get to know the child’s name and story. A home visit is beneficial, not just in understanding the external needs, but in spending time to engage with a child’s hurting heart, therefore bringing value and worth into their soul. Home visits may carry a high personal cost of time, emotion, and energy. But like the gospel, they bring transformation. We know we have been adopted into Christ's family and we want to see the same realization in our children. We cannot create a culture of changing lives through brief service. Change does not come quickly; it comes with time and commitment.
We received the exciting news last week that the community we support in Mcheneka is ready to provide care for an additional 50 orphans. So over the next number of weeks our church, Wellspring Church, and Grace Alameda will be raising commitments to support these children. Providing the 3 Essential Services costs $20 per month.
Three Essential Services
FOOD - Lack of a secure food source is a primary cause of vulnerability among Africa’s poorest children, driving many to incredibly dangerous survival practices. Young girls across Africa are daily selling their bodies just to secure a plate of food.
EDUCATION - Millions of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa have no access to even primary education. Orphans are often forced to abandon school for a number of reasons: inadequate funds for school fees, caring for sick family members or younger siblings, emotional distress, and discrimination. But education is the key to unlocking every child’s God-given potential.
BASIC HEALTHCARE - Hands at Work in Africa improves the health of the most vulnerable through a suite of holistic activities delivered in the homes of sick and dying parents and of orphaned and vulnerable children.