A day to remember for many of us, we started the morning with a devotion from Mrs. Leigh Ann Schmitz. She discussed her testimony and told us of her families journey through her son’s sickness. The depiction of Christ was shown to us through the fact that the only open day to share her devotion just happened to be Nathan’s birthday. She shared with us how her son’s trials became a legacy that was prominent in many people’s lives, and still is today. Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” as a team it taught us that God puts trials in our lives to strengthen us and the people around us.
Traveling down the impressively bumpy roads, we anticipated the inevitable chaos that was about to ensue with Fun Day. Fun Day is a day dedicated solely to the enjoyment of the children. We have activities such as necklace making, face painting, and magic scratches. Upon arrival, we began to set up. Sitting in that chair, waiting for the children to flood in, I looked across the room and said to Tamara “Godspeed, soldier.”
Then, the children came…..
It was hectic and overwhelming. Children were showing up left and right, and nothing says “Disorder and disarray.” quite like 240 children crowding around you and yelling.
But, despite the turmoil, Fun Day is something that the children enjoy and therefore we enjoy providing it to them.
We watched a program that the care point kids showed us. It involved singing, dancing, and a very moving skit about God’s grace and unconditional love.
Needless to say, the whole day was a success.
After we left the care point, one of us went and visited the hospital and the other visited the special needs school. Our time in the hospital was spent praying over children and their families, and handing out Siswati Bibles. Although our time there was short, I fully believe the Lord used us to make an impact on the people there.
Seeing the kids at the school for special needs children was such a different experience for myself. The smiles on their faces got even brighter than they already were when we came walking down the path. I sat down next to a sixteen year old boy who I had a wonderful conversation with. It started with him asking me why I am in Swaziland when I live in America. I explained to him that we are missionaries coming to tell the people of Swazi about our Lord Jesus Christ. After that I asked him if he knows Jesus in his heart and his response was yes. I then started seeing if he really knew God. He explained he knows the Bible but does not remember it much, asking me if he could teach me the Bible broke me. My heart is with these people and their yearning for the Word. Through these experiences, Jesus has taught all of us a lesson.
Once we arrived at home, our fearlessly clumsy photographer David Thompson tore some ligaments in his foot and had to take a trip BACK to the hospital. While he was gone we had worship and devotion with two Swazi women. Lundywey, who started the choir here, and Rina, who is previously a care point kid and a singer in the choir. She is also a shepherd at the Timbutini care point.
As the night is winding down, we are reminded of the real reason we are here and what our mission truly is; to make disciples in Swaziland and to love these kids like Jesus loves them.
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and to pray for our team and the work we are doing. We hope it blesses you like it has blessed us.
Love from Swazi,
Tamara and Madi