There are quite a few days when, sitting in my counseling office, I feel like I’ve just witnessed a movement of God.
And I’m sitting on the sidelines, witnessing a powerfully holy moment… a moment I am so privileged to see, and almost embarrassed to witness. Because the moment is so tender and intimate between this person and their Jesus that I can’t even breathe, for fear that my small movement will break the sanctity. I live for those moments.
I’m living this right now with the community center in Maubane, South Africa.
I’m running to keep up with the amazingly generous and compassionate hands of a loving Savior.
In ONE DAY the community garden was funded.
I blinked and I missed it. And now we are full on into Phase 2… community kitchen and welcome center. I’m gasping across the finish line of phase one… only to find that at this moment, $10,363 has already been raised for Phase 2. Hello?!
A sacred moment where God moves faster than you can keep up, extending grace and showering mercy on everyone who enters into the story. I imagine even folks on the sidelines are testifying to how radical this is.
That leaves us with only $29, 637 to go to complete the already government and tribe approved center. This will give 400 people
A base of operations – for the 20-30 volunteers who serve the weekly church meetings that currently take place under an open air shelter that was donated by a local church in Pretoria. What started as 15 kids has now grown to 250-300 children and 100 adults every Sunday for the last three years.
Hygienic Food Preparation – every second Sunday the volunteer group, Take Action, provides food and drinks to the community. But no running water, no kitchen, no bathrooms make it challenging to serve so large a group of people.
Sanitation – this portion of the community center will include male and female restrooms (5 stalls each).
Facilities for the caretaker who will farm the vegetable garden and provide security and maintenance for the community center site.
Conference Room – for launching economic empowerment with training classes in job skills, early childhood development and HIV/AIDS training for the community.
Safe storage for all the tables, chairs and equipment that serves the church and is currently stored in Pastor Norman’s house.
Right now they meet here:
And meals and trainings and services happen here:
How’s that for your next work retreat? Your office pow-wow?
I wish I could just plagiarize Lisa-Jo’s entire post for today… but I’ll just let you go read it for yourself. It’s amazing.
I am putting my money where my mouth is. I’m not just asking you to help these people… I’m doing it too. I’ve done it.
And I have an excuse not to.
I’m a missionary who relies entirely on the kind and generous support of others…
to buy groceries,
to go to the doctor,
to pay for internet to write these posts,
to buy shoes for my kids,
to drink clean water.
It all comes from others. And we need it. We do. Every dollar.
But God provides those dollars and I’m trusting Him to provide for our every need… while letting Him use our funding to provide for those in South Africa.
I’m sure you have excuses too.
Will you join me in a leap of faith? A bound over a canyon? A hop of hope? Belief that God can take what He’s given you (because everything you have is His anyway) and multiply its blessing over others… and never miss a beat in providing for you?
Are you ready?
Check out the generous offer HERE from Money Saving Mom when you make a donation.
You can also buy a beautiful personalized necklace HERE and a part of your donation will go to the community center.
Don’t sit silently- if you can’t help, spread the word!