Nahum 1 :7 “ The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of distress, He cares for those who take refuge in Him”
It's back to school season!
Clothing those in need
The beginning of the year is always very busy here at Pasture Valley. Lines of people come to our office for assistance with school clothes, school fees, stationery and school supplies or food parcels. Over 450 children are being supported through this programme which means that we have to buy hundreds of sets of school clothes from all different schools all over the region.
We are so grateful for God’s provision and the amazing team at Pasture Valley that work hard to get the supplies out to the children. We were also grateful for Mike and Gail Messick joining us for almost 3 months to do the work needed. Seeing a child arrive at our offices at Pasture Valley with torn old clothes and shoes with toes sticking out of them always tugs at my heart.
Outreach to Mpandesane School
On a hot January day we headed out to Mpandesane with the YWAM team and a couple of our boys to help do some painting. With many hands and willing hearts the job was done quickly. The teacher was most grateful to have her preschool painted .
"Pasture Valley is in essence built up entirely upon broken people" - Nicholas
“ Pasture Valley is in essence built up entirely upon broken people” This is a Nicholas quote and it is so true. Each one of us carry scars and baggage. Some are deep, traumatic , hurtful and damaging. Each child comes to Pasture Valley because of broken circumstances where in most cases love is a foreign word and only hate is shown. We are a bunch of broken people living together. But how beautiful it is to see healing and restoration through God. How beautiful it is to see goodness coming from someone broken when all hope was thought to be lost. How beautiful it is to see unity when it was not thought possible.
And so another broken child joined our family a few days ago. Her story is terrible to tell and her eyes show hardness and sadness. But there is hope… and out of brokenness I have faith that something beautiful will follow.
- Protection from disease for our children and staff at Pasture Valley and Ekuthuleni
- Thankfulness for the staff, teachers, volunteers and all those that help caring for the children at Pasture Valley
- For the unemployment in our country
- For all the building projects coming up – an accommodation unit and school classrooms (the land has already been cleared).