Archive for May, 2018

The Ladies

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By Jenny

Agape Village employs about 14 people and the caregivers  work in the kitchen and help to keep the orphanage clean and tidy. These ladies are some of the children’s favorite friends.
 
When we visited last month, every time I walked through the rear open-air room where these ladies work, there was usually always a child sitting on a stool, hanging out, or one of the ladies was getting someone a cup of water, or they were refereeing a disagreement, or they were supervising some chores the children were doing.The children like to play right outside the the open kitchen area and these ladies always have an eye out for them. Kind of like…mothers.
 
I regret I didn’t get to know  these ladies very well, because they seem to be important to the children. Like big sisters, aunties or a favorite babysitter, these women offered a haven in the rear of the house where the kids could go when a change of scenery was needed.
 
Besides all the care and comfort these women offer the children, they are also always working. They cook the meals for the children in GIANT pots over a hot flame, “swatting” (stirring) most of the time. And they are washing clothes or linens ALL THE TIME! (Can you imagine 60 KIDS’ laundry?!) They hand wash the laundry in a tub outside or in the oversized sinks, and hang everything out on the line to dry. Usually there are some kids that help with the hanging.
 
These ladies are an important part of Agape Village. God has many hands and feet that look after the children in the orphanage and we are grateful that He brought us Agness, Sylvia, Mary, Patricia and Bridgett. Please pray for God to continue to bless Agape Village, and these sweet ladies.

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Annie

This is Annie, the House Mother to Agape Village children (and that’s Moses, reading aloud).

Annie is a mother (and kind-of father) to 60 children at Agape Village. We believe she was sent by God to Agape to be a comforter, a teacher, a nurse, a psychologist, a disciplinarian, a nutritionist, a choir director, a gardener, a housekeeper and a world-class diplomat, capable of keeping the peace between 60 typical, rambunctious children.

Most of all, she is a Disciple of Christ, doing her best to teach Agape children (and all of us) what it means to love God’s most vulnerable lambs and teach, by word and her glorious example, what God’s word looks like in action.

We love you Madame Annie and thank God He brought you to be a mother-figure to Agape children while they grow and flourish at Agape Village. They are your most beautiful garden.

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