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Hands Of Hope – Hands of Hope cares for orphans and children at risk in Zimbabwe in partnership with the local church.

September 2013

 

 

 

Hands of Hope September 2013 Newsletter

“Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice”

As I type this HOH Newsletter a young woman named Laura Selzer from North Metro Church near Atlanta is headed for Zimbabwe.  This will not be her 1st trip but she left her heart in Zimbabwe 3 years ago.  Laura is also in the process of sending a 40 foot container to Zim with a varieity of supplies for orphans and Hands of Hope.  I asked her if I could share her thoughts about her relationship with Pastor Gideon, the orphans at Peniel and a very special young girl named Rejoice.

 laura

“I could have written a book about my experience with this one girl, but I will do my best to explain how she wrecked my heart and how God has transformed her life in a few short sentences.  Rejoice is a 14 year old, HIV positive girl, I met on my first trip to Zimbabwe. When their parents died, her and her sister Tinashe, with special needs, were sent to live with extended family in a small remote village. During this time, she became very ill. No one in the village had enough money to get her to a hospital, so she was left to die. When Pastor Gideon and Jennifer found out about this, they brought her and her sister to Peniel Orphanage.  When I met Rejoice two years ago, she was very frail, withdrawn and became weak and tired very easily. She couldn’t keep up with the other children her age. The second time I saw her last April, she was still withdrawn, she still got tired more easily than the others, but she had improved significantly. Pastor Gideon explained to me that drugs are readily available to help HIV positive people. There are two prevailing deterrents from patients receiving treatments. The first is that they do not have the money to make it the hospital to get the medicine and the second is that they never get tested to know they are HIV positive because there is a cultural stigma attached to being positive. On my last trip Rejoice was transformed! God had done an amazing work in her. During her time of sickness she had been out of school for 4 years. As a 14 year old, her school peers are 10 years old, so being grouped with children her age at camp and being able to keep up with them physically was a huge confidence builder for Rejoice. We took the children to an offsite camp for team building activities and I got to see Rejoice go down the zip line AND cross the suspended bridge. Transformed! Will she live to be 30? Maybe not, but only God knows his sovereign plan for her. What I do know is that Pastor Gideon and Jennifer restored her life through Christ Jesus. What I witnessed was not only a spiritual transformation, but a physical transformation that is only possible through the Lord.”

 

We rejoice that you are on our HOH team.  Your faithful generosity is enabling orphans like Rejoice to not only expericne hope in this life but eternal joy.  We just want to say thanks!

 

Rejoicing in hope,                                                                                                 Website – hohafrica.org

Glen and Patty                                                                                                              glen@valleychurch.org