As you plan your giving, please remember Mercy
As we are come to the end of 2014 and you plan how you will celebrate this Season of Hope, we are asking that you remember the children of Hope 4 the Orphan – Themba.
As a part of this request, we would like to share with you the story of one of our delightful children, Mercy Ndlovu.
Mercy’s grandmother despaired that her grandchildren would never go to school again. Then we took them into our Themba Family.
Mercy is an 12 year old girl living with her unemployed grandmother who sells eggs on the street to make a little bit of income. Mercy’s grandmother, Martha, cares for 7 orphaned grandchildren. 4 are in school, including Mercy and her younger brother, Bheki. One of the school children is HIV+ and on medication.
In her early years, Mercy and her siblings were blessed as a nun took pity on them and paid their fees so they could go to school. Then in 2012, this generous nun was transferred out of the country and the children were left without. Martha despaired that her grandchildren would never be able to go to school again. Her heart would break each time her grandchildren were turned away from school for non-payment of fees. At that time, the school turned to us and presented the need of these Ndlovu children. So in 2012, Mercy and her siblings entered our Hope 4 the Orphan – Themba family. And what a delight they all have been to us.
Mercy is clever and outgoing, loves drama and reciting scripture and carries a notebook with her so she can write down notes and new words she is learning. She asks many questions and enjoys leading the singing with her lovely voice. She is a ready volunteer for any task that needs to be done. She makes us smile!
Mercy also does very well in school and is appreciated by her teachers as a positive addition to the class. One former teacher chose to send her to a school camp when she did not have the fees to go.
Mercy’s grandmother, Martha, has done a good job of making sure her grandchildren are happy, even though they have so many challenges with day to day needs. She tells of how she and her grandchildren have benefited so much from being part of the Themba family. The workshops and camps for both the caregivers and children have made her and her grandchildren realize that there are other people that are in the same predicament as they, and that it is possible to continue living. Also, they realize and appreciate that there are people that love and care for them.
Mercy and her whole family are a pleasure to have in our Themba ministry. They are committed to our Friday meetings and to their church. How grateful we are that God has chosen us to be his blessing for them.
Thank you for considering Mercy and the other children of Hope 4 the Orphan – Themba. We are very grateful for your continued support and generous gifts.
May you be blessed as you celebrate the One who brought us abundant Life.
May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him. Rm. 15:13
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