They are three of the most adorable children I’ve ever seen. They live in the rural area of Swaziland about 67 km from St. Paul’s in Manzini. They live in the community where we (One Child, One Heart) are helping a small Methodist congregation of mainly women, gogo’s and children finish their church. The circuit’s Trust Properties Committee approached me in December, 2008 and asked if I would consider this building project. The congregation had worked very hard over the years to lay the foundation and build the walls, but then they ran out of money. Since this is a very rural and poor community without a lot of options to earn money, it was going to take many years to get to the point of finishing this church. The ladies want to finish the church so they can have a little pre-school for the OVC’s that live in the surrounding area and use the church as kind of a community center where they can start some sort of an income generating project so they can help take care of the OVC’s. So, two years later, in December, 2010, we started working on the project. This project will be a little different from what we did at Lomngeletjane because the congregation will be responsible for paying for or contributing the labor. We are only paying for the building materials.
It has taken awhile to get things going again this year, but finally about two weeks ago construction finally got underway again. My goal is to have the church finished by May. I’m hoping if I put that as a finish date, perhaps it will be finished before July. We’ll see!
The last two pictures were taken yesterday (April 5th) when we went to Mahlatsini to check on the progress. It was while we were out there that I saw the three precious children. I went to take a picture of them and without thinking, while I was taking the picture I said “How are you?” I was so surprised when one of them said loud and clear “I am fine!” My heart soared and I had to blink back the tears of joy. This church is being finished for these children and others in the area just like them. Jesus said “Let the little children come unto me.” I pray these children and many, many more will come to personally know Jesus in this church. Today as I’ve been thinking of these children and their possible future, I’ve held a vision that these three little munchkins just might grow up to be the next Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo with a faith so strong that even the fires of a blazing furnace can’t tear them away from their belief and trust in God. At least that is my prayer for these little ones.