Pasture Valley Newsletter July 2016
2 Thessalonians 3: 5 “Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.”
HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET THAT BRING GOOD NEWS
These last 2 months we have had the honour of meeting wonderful people. We are constantly amazed at how God brings people to Pasture Valley and the blessing they bring while they are here. A team from Duet Church in Potchestroom were the first to arrive. They brought with them energy, smiles and got stuck into being the feet and hands of Christ while here. School halls were painted, crafts were made with the Bambanani ladies, the children’s home roof was painted, the sick in the hospital were visited and a meal was cooked for a blind old lady in need.
The next team that was sponsored by Helderberg Church arrived with Occupational therapists, physiotherapists and a speech therapist. This team worked round the clock to assess children in need and recommend exercises for children with celebral palsy, stroke victims and those with disabilities under our child support programme. They also provided training for our housemothers and preschool teachers and did a workshop at the end of the week for preschool teachers from 14 different preschools. We are grateful for the recommendations made for our special needs children and look forward to implementing them as well as teaching the children sign language.
Sipho is a little 6 year old boy that will just steal your heart. He stole mine! He is a twin and his sister is able to walk, but unfortunately Sipho was born with cerebral palsy and has not been able to move much of the bottom part of his body. He has known the floor intimately and crawls around on his stomach to get somewhere. We were able to get a wheelchair for Sipho and the joy to see him in the chair was indescribable. He could not stop smiling and quickly learnt how to get around. He was so happy and called it his bicycle.
The physiotherapists were able to make some modifications to the chair for him and recommended exercises for him. We are hoping to get a programme to enable him to do some schooling next year. He is being cared for by his aunt as his mother ran away and we deliver food parcels monthly because there is not much income for the family. Despite his circumstances, Sipho showed me that we need to love life- to smile even when things are tough.