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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.

February 2013

Shekinah Home

Last year I had the privilege of preaching at a partnering church with Pastor Leo Mupanduki. We started a residential home with Shekinah in 2011.  The two precious children pictured are being held by their loving caregiver Auntie Nyorovai.  They are the two youngest children in the home.

 Taylor

Taylor (on the right) is a baby girl born on July 25, 2011. Her mother died of an HIV related sickness a few months after she delivered Taylor.  When she died her baby was left in the custody of her 10 year old daughter, a sister to Taylor.  Nothing is known about Taylor’s father.  The property owner reported the case to a Harare Social Welfare Office and they placed her under the care of Shekinah home.   When Taylor joined the home she was very malnourished and people thought she was HIV positive.  She gradually improved and was recently tested for HIV and was found negative.

Tafadzwa and Taylor

Tafadzwa

Tafadzwa (on the left) is a girl who was born August 10, 2010.  It is alleged that her mother went to Harare Central Police Station and told the police that she wanted to leave her child at the police station. The officers on duty thought she was a person with a mental illness so they sent her to hospital. The woman then disappeared and the search for the mother has been futile. Social Welfare also placed Tafadzwa in our Shekinah home.

Short-term Teams

Sometimes people wonder whether short-term teams make a difference in the lives of orphans.  Yesterday I received an email from one of our pastors. “We are so grateful for the way you impacted the children during the last school holidays. What you did in December was a great work of training and you helped usher them into leadership.  A number of them have taken up leadership positions at their schools.  Ayanda was appointed head girl last week at her school.  Sisa was appointed head girl at her school while, Future, and Nqo were appointed senior prefects.  Shantel now leads Scripture Union at school.  Thank you very much for helping these children to discover the leadership qualities in them.”  Pastor Gideon is so thankful for Laura and North Metro for their investment the past several years.  Although these children come from very difficult backgrounds they have a very bright future.

Thanks again for your loving partnership in meeting the needs of children – body, soul and spirit.  Patty and I leave Feb. 17th for almost 6 months of ministry in Zimbabwe.  Thanks so much for your prayers and faithful support!

For Him and for the children,

Glen and Patty