June 27th, 2012
Today began and ended speaking with a dear neighbor. She arrived early to help our team and another one from South Africa prepare for our days. Even though, we have not seen each other for nearly five years, the conversations pick up right where they left off… with laughs about our children and how God has blessed us with them.
Later in the morning, we met with American Foundation for Children with AIDS
(neighbors from across the river in Harrisburg, PA) and their ZOE Project directors operating along side many of our projects. Their model for sustainable livestock program and pharmaceutal distribution are exciting ways that we are exploring partnership at the local level.
Next we visited a primary school, where one of our partner churches supports five children. We were able to visit them in their classrooms and hear first hand how the headmaster is working with the church down the street to address the needs of their students. For the one student who wasn’t there, we followed up with her careholders and confirmed the details of clinic visits throughout the day. She’s HIV positive and is now scheduled for treatment at a local clinic.
Finally, we met a new partner working in the oldest suburbs in Bulawayo. From child-headed households to grandmothers supporting their grandchildren, the pastor and other neighbors are taking care of each other. One of the families are salvaging the produce thrown away at their market to feed their family of 18 living in the same house.
As we head to the rural areas tomorrow, please keep Ryan in your prayers. He has been under today and exhausted.
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