A few of the things that I’m starting to do here that you can be praying for:
One thing is my role trying to develop volunteers for the Red Hill Holiday Club. The kids have three weeks off of school right now and we have these clubs the next two weeks (planning this week). It’s kind of like VBS. My job is to try and develop the teenagers into leaders for the club. Well, I tried meeting with them today and learned that their English isn’t very strong, so that made things challenging (they speak Xhlose, which is one of the clicking languages). So, just pray that I would know how to communicate the principles and what we need from them in a way that they would connect with. The Program in this community is under-staffed, so the better I’m able to raise up some leaders amongst the teens, the better things will be long term.
In this community they recently had a major fire and many people lost their shack homes. This has brought a lot of attention to the area and many mission organizations are trying to get involved. Avril, my supervisor, has asked me to sort of ‘investigate’ what their plans are long term and try to make sure that we are partnering together and not doing our own things. Apparently in one of the other communities where we work (Masiphumelele) there are over 100 organizations working there, but nothing is changing b/c everybody is doing their own thing. She doesn’t want that to happen in Red Hill. So, pray that I would be able to humbly communicate with these groups and be a catalyst for connecting these ministries so we do what is best for this community long term. Living Hope will be there for the long haul as they have been for a while, so we need to be the ones bringing the groups together. Somehow I got tapped to do that! I feel a little over my head with both of these tasks. I know and believe that God will work through me, in my strengths and my weaknesses, but I felt a bit worthless today. The situation today was actually a bit comical, which is how Sarah and I feel most days about things. Thanks for the prayers so far! Keep them coming!
Also wanted to share something that happened this week that was very impactful for both Sarah and I. It is pretty amazing the enormity of the struggles of the people here. You can sort of separate yourself from it, even in our roles (which is what 99% of the white people here do), which I don’t want to do. I want my heart to break over their struggles. Tuesday, on the street in Muizenberg (which is just a little beach town where LH has an office), a lady asked us for money to buy some sort of like corn meal stuff. Some how we started talking to her and ended up there for 10-15 minutes with her crying. She can’t feed her kids and can’t find a job. Her kids cry b/c they are hungry and so she just gets more depressed. It was like we were the first people that took the time to listen to her. It’s so heart-breaking though. She wants to provide for them, but has no means to do it. There are too many people and not enough jobs. It’s very similar in the way that everybody from central Mexico moves to the border to get the jobs in the maquilladoras. Eventually, the jobs run out, but the people are stuck there. Everybody has moved to Cape Town and Jo-Burg and there are just no more jobs. It’s terribly sad! When we got in the car to leave we pretty much didn’t say anything all the way back home.
Thanks for being a part of this!