I returned to Africa this week.
The children, mama’s, and staff of Every Orphan’s Hope have stolen my heart! EOH reaches out and cares for AIDS orphans in Zambia in the name of Jesus. They are making a profound difference in the lives of many children.
At the heart of their mission is the mama of each house. Eleven widows love and care for a new family. Four girls and four boys come together with the mama to create a beautiful place and space for growth. The children thrive! The family setting creates deep and meaningful relationships where life and struggles and joys play out every day. School, chores, and doctor visits happen along with Bible devotions, family worship times, and faithful prayer.
My friend, Cathy and I, have the incredible opportunity to be with EOH for a couple weeks. We are listening and learning from our Zambian friends. We are reconnecting with the children and the mama’s from our previous trips. I feel so blessed to return!
I am in awe of the faith of the mama’s. They have their own personal tragedies yet they now give of themselves to grow up a whole new generation! They completely depend on the Lord. They live the faith that I want. “Lord, increase my faith!”
Before departing for Africa, I read a most thought-provoking post: “Change Me,” in Anne Marie Miller’s blog. It has become my constant prayer. In response to the unexpected and yucky stuff of life, Anne Marie challenged the following change in my thinking…
Whenever I feel that first notion of being offended, irritated, or the need to be right…“Lord, change me.”
Whenever I feel like I want to choose the worst instead of the best…“Lord, change me.”
Whenever I feel like I want to worry and not trust…“Lord, change me.”
Back to Africa …. I see the EOH mama’s as women who live this changed life. Wisdom and peace emanate from their very being. They do not complain. They do not get flustered…yet, they are each raising eight orphans (each with their own personal tragedies). I am learning so much from these precious women of God! This “change me” liturgy is becoming one important step in my spiritual journey to maturity.