We are pleased to share, Curt and Christine Taylor’s reflections of their time in Zimbabwe this year. “We led our 4th short term mission’s team from Menlo Church in California in July. We returned to the camp facilities at Habitation to serve the children from Hands of Hope’s partnership with the Donhodzo Project. Many of the children from the town of Chegutu, whom the Menlo team has grown to know and love, have names which do not reflect their beloved-ness. Nomore, Nomatter, Forget…
In Hosea 2:23 we read, “I will show love to those I called ‘Not loved.’ And to those I called ‘Not my people,’ I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’”
It was our privilege to work alongside the HOH staff, their partners, and their volunteer leaders who are making every effort to ensure these children's given names are not the truth of their story. Our theme for this year’s camp was, “We are Sons and Daughters of The King.” It is a message that none of us are ever too young, or too old to hear.
Nomore is a bright and thoughtful teen boy, a quiet leader, and a gentle older brother to the younger children in his village. It has been a joy to see him each year growing more and more into the beloved Son of The King that he has been created to be. The Lord calls Nomore, His beloved, and we had the honor of reminding him of his worth and helped give him the hope and future he is promised.
Nomore playing “Giant Jenga” at Habitation
Katie Sherwin, who has been in charge of our VBS for the last 3 years suggested that HOH construct this highly entertaining game, Giant Jenga, (teaching team work and good communication) for kids to enjoy at Habitation, which they did. Katie has had much experience serving children and youth with Young Life which has now reached Harare.”
We are thrilled to be in partnership with churches like Menlo Church and with all of you as well. What a joy to team up together investing in the lives of precious children from “hard places.”
In His solid grip and for His eternal glory,
Glen and Patty