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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.

November 2012

Hands of Hope November Newsletter 2012

World Orphan Sunday

This Sunday is designated, “Orphan Sunday” around the world.  It is a day that we can pause from our busy schedules and think about orphans.  Yesterday, I received this email from Garikai our National Administrator of Hands of Hope in Zimbabwe.

“I want to put Tinde Assemblies of God Church in focus and share with you one of their many testimonies.  The church has a feeding station which is reaching out to 51 orphans. The “feeding centre” is led by Pastor Abioti Nyoni and wife Rosemary Nyoni. They have an amazing team that prepares daily meals.   They also provide a protective net for child headed families under their care.”

The Nyoni Family

“Patience and Garikai lost their mother in 2000 and stayed with their sick father for 9 years. Their father got very abusive when he was sick and withdrew them from school.  In 2009 he succumbed to his sickness. The children were left as a child headed family with no extended family members close by to take care of them. They went back to school with the help of their church.”

“In 2010 Garikai almost lost his foot when he was cut by an ox drawn plough.  This has made it very difficult to walk the 3 miles each way to school Monday to Friday.  He is 17 and doing grade 7 thus he lost 4 years of learning.  Patience is 19 and doing form 2 and she also lost 4 years of learning as she was taking care of her sick ailing father.

Tinde is one of the 9 centres under Assemblies of God Hwange/Binga where Hands of Hope food aid is meeting the needs of child headed families and other orphans in needy situations. The church leadership has put in place a structure that is meant to give oversight to child headed families, teaching them how to walk with Jesus, protecting them from abuse, helping them to keep the assets that were left by their parents and helping them to do subsistence farming as well as ensuring that they go to school. The church family is giving oversight to the Nyoni child headed family.”

Without your faithful support Patience and Garikai would probably not have a daily meal.  Our hearts are filled with gratitude for your amazing generosity.

For Him and for the children,

Glen and Patty

glen@valleychurch.org