Recently Dickson sent me an e-mail explaining a heart wrenching situation God revealed to him regarding two young sisters, Mercy (13) and Marion (9). They're orphans, both were living with their abusive aunt who also used them for child labor as she made money from their services of making beer and fetching water. They ran away to our compound for help and after two weeks were not even looked for. The quote from their aunt was,"I will be happy if you can eradicate these children from me."
New Hope is doing all we can to care for Mercy and Marion. As it's not appropriate to leave them with the boys as night they're currently staying with our house mother, Gladys, until we can get our new dorms built. We're also looking for caring hearts to help support their educational needs. If you'd like to consider being a New Hope Hero for Mercy and Marion please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am in possession of two girls whom I met one of the evenings in the Soweto compound. I was on my way home but planned to say Good night to the New Hope Heroes 2 weeks ago. I found these girls on the compound fully welcomed by the boys and Gladys Midong. The story behind these girls is that they don't have both parents and they stay with a non-caring aunt who mistreats them to the maximum. The tall girl is given the work of making the local brew(alcohol) for sale while the small one is given the work of fetching water to a neighbor of which the
aunt is paid for that.
The most painful issue here is child abuse and labour. Imagine these two have been away from home for two weeks and their aunt doesn't bother to look for them. I sent Gladys to talk to her and her reply was that "I will be happy if you can eradicate these children from me"
Rachael, is there any way we can help these girls feel the love of God in a permanent way. Already I have done the necessary with them. They have been having sometimes with the new Hope boys. These girls do not
fit in the COK because they need basic needs with all elements of a desperate child.
Rachael, the street evangelism we did in August 2012 with the new hope heroes was so exciting and fruitful. A number of street boys normally stop me in town telling me they are ready to go to school. Many of these children come to Joshua's church every sunday for service. There was a move of the power of God in the streets that day. So, I am afraid the need is turning to be overwhelming and yet our resources are limited and the NEW HOPE centre issue is still pending.
Wish you a nice time as you get out of town. Enjoy your time.
NHC Team Members