Sadness and Joy
Yesterday when Mickey and I met with the head of Child Welfare and Social Services for the Serenje District in Zambia we told her about our young friend, Osward, – about whom we have spoken before- and his deplorable living conditions. After explaining that we would purchase the fuel for the government vehicle – which was not available in their budget – it was agreed that she and the enforcing officer with whom she works would meet us today in Chitambo – 50 miles from their office – to asses Osward’s living conditions and to see what appropriate actions might be taken to help this precious disabled child. We took this action only after trying time and again to work with a guardian who failed to give Osward any level of decent care.
This has been an extremely sad and sobering part of our trip for this team but we are grateful to know that Child Welfare has been quick to respond to our request for assistance for Osward. We have been assured that he is being removed from this bad situation immediately – first to a temporary place and then to a permanent home. As sad as this has been, it has also been good to see wonderful people in authority come to the aid of one who so badly needed their help….We will surely continue to check on Osward.
In the afternoon today we journeyed to the church of our friend, Reverend Rodwell, and gave clothing to over 100 children – one at a time. What a treat that was! As we handed each boy a new pair of britches or shirt, or each girl a new dress they would smile, bend at the knee slightly, and say thank you in Bemba. Their gratitude made us all wish we could do so much more for them……Our best was to say, “Yesu alikutemwa.” – Jesus loves you.
Blessings and Shalom,