I went to see the beauty of the countryside, to touch and hug the incredible people, to get the red dirt under my fingernails.  I went to be the light to the orphaned children, to love on them, to tell them how beautiful and amazing they were.  I went to give, but what ended up happening is that I received so much more than I could ever give.

I received a renewed faith, renewed praise on my lips, renewed strength.  I met the most resilient, brave, beautiful people.  They challenged me to believe for miracles and to believe that God is good even if he doesn’t bring the miracle.  They taught me to remember that God is God and that he alone brings the rains, answers the prayers, guides the life, and that even if it doesn’t turn out as we expected, he is always there, providing all we need.  His provision may just come in a way that is different than we could ever imagine.

As I hugged the children and played with them, I saw hope.  Hope was ingrained in their souls.  Despite living in circumstances that we in the Western World may see as difficult, they had so much hope.  Each child believed that they could grow up to be amazing, a doctor, a nurse, a policeman, an engineer, a teacher.  They believed, they hoped.  And one young man told us that he had hope because of the constant encouragement from the adults who cared for him, but also because we came and we loved and we always asked what they wanted to be when they grew up.  We etched that hope, that encouragement deep into their souls as we constantly repeated to them how smart and beautiful and incredible they were.  Always telling them they can be whatever they want to be.  And they can.  These children are the brightest, most courageous, incredible kids I have ever met.  I cannot wait to see how God uses them.  Papa has such good plans for each of these children.

This hope, this joy that these children have, it could not happen if they weren’t in school, if there basic needs weren’t being met. It was the most incredible joy to meet the local leaders who pour out their time and resources to care for these kids, to love them unconditionally, to give them hope.  The people I met were incredibly brilliant and it was an honor to watch them pour their lives out in ministry.  I wrestle with the unfairness of the lack of resources in a land so beautiful and rich, and with people so intelligent and brave.   Pastor John’s last words to me where to please pray for the children.  To pray because the resources are not always there.  To pray that the needs of the children would always be met.

My heart says, what if we could take these children from sustainablilty to flourishing.  What if we could give them all they need plus good gifts, gifts that allow them to be all they can be.  To flourish.

May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. Psalm 115:14

And this flourishing, this abundance, this will come as we share what we have.  As we are Jesus with skin on and we give good gifts to others.  We create hope as we share our blessings with others.  My family is so honored to sponsor Kudzay, a beautiful girl at Musha weVana children’s home in Zimbabwe.  Sponsoring her allows our children to understand  what generosity looks like, to see how we care for others and share what we have.  It is the greatest gift to pour into the life of this beautiful girl and help her to flourish.

I would love to ask you to do the same, to partner with the incredible people of Marondera, Zimbabwe and share your resources.  Give hope.  Give flourishing. Give abundance.  Sponsorship is $40/month.  Which is equal to not eating out one time a month, or not buying that cute shirt we saw on that online boutique, or not buying that second coffee every day.  Small sacrifices on our part equate to incredible joy and blessing for others.  I am only asking for your partnership because this is REAL, because I have seen and touched and been changed and I can’t UNSEE and my heart just longs for good gifts for these precious beautiful children.  The tears flow easily as I have been typing these words and when I think about my time spent with the gorgeous babies.  They deserve our sacrifice so very much.  If you feel led, head over to Help One Now and click on sponsor a child.  The kids of Musha weVana need our support. With Help One Now’s 5 time sponsorship model there are over 300 empty sponsorships  for these kiddos.  Sponsorship ensures the kids are able to go to school and have their basic needs met.  As more sponsorships are filled, it will also help provide a much needed vehicle to help with reunification and transportation of the kids, agricultural training and trade school opportunities for the older kids, counseling services, and better educational opportunities. As we pour into these children through sponsorship, we are allowing them to dream and hope and have a future.  Sponsor a child today and give hope.  It is holy work and  you will be blessed for your generosity.

My prayer is that we would be a people who answer the call when needs arise.  That we would live with reckless abandon, giving it away, sacrificing to help others.  I pray that we would see that what we have is indeed not ours, but the Lord’s and that as we allow him to use it for his glory, blessings will be poured back to us. May we believe in his miracles, in his provision and give radically with arms wide open.

“Give and it will be give to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

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