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Majakaneng Kitchen — Summer Updates

July 14: YOU’VE HELD YOUR BREATH…

                                          AND NOW IT BEGINS… WOO HOO!!

DIG WE MUST!

After years of praying and planning… our dreams have begun to materialize! We have broken ground for our ZoeForKids kitchen! Wow… ten years in the making, and it’s REAL!!!

Here it is! Because of you, our precious ZoeForKids supporters! I am so happy… I would like to scoop you all up in a BIG group hug until we couldn’t breathe!

ON TO THE FOOTINGS

August 9: HICK UP?  DID YOU HEAR A HICK UP??

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While digging for the kitchen wall footings, they ran into rock trouble.

So much rock trouble, they had to reposition the building!   Hick up solved and we are back on our way!!!

… AND THE FOOTINGS ARE DUG

AND… I have a praise report, too!!! We were just blessed with funding for a netball (basketball) court!   I cannot thank God and this generous donor enough for allowing us to add this special play area for our extra special Kids.  Now our little ones can set up bball teams, give them time to bond and enjoy each other’s company…  and then snack in our kitchen!!!!!!! When God answers our prayers… He enjoys ‘wow-ing” us!

August 19: SATAN DOESN’T LIKE WHAT WE ARE DOING

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Please pray for Majakaneng…our kitchen building is in the midst of a civil war! Here is a message I just received from Pastor Hendrick who ministers every week to our at-risk kids. Be advised it’s a bit unsettling…

“The people in Majakaneng are rampaging. The highway and all access roads are blocked. Apparently a farmer was being robbed by 3 black men and he shot them, killing one. I just got the information from a pastor who lives inside the village. So I will not be able to visit the school until things cool down. But it’s a no-go area right now. They haven’t been able to work on the building for several days. Don’t know how long this will last…”

Every man sees his society from the viewpoint of the heart wounds he has endured. South Africa is still suffering from the wounds of apartheid. Nothing can change history… so what is the answer?  Venting anger, vengeance, and violence only creates new wounds and compound our pain.  There is only one Healer – Yehovah Rapha.. God our Healer!  Jesus was unjustly wounded more than ANY man… and yet… He said, “Father, forgive them”.  Jesus came in love, to die for those who hate him.  Even today, it is ONLY the deep love of Jesus and His indwelling Spirit that can heal our hearts and change us so that we CAN love and forgive.

Our ZFK orphans have known social unrest from birth. Some fled, without documentation, from the front lines of wars in neighboring states.  All are facing the post-apartheid tensions are in South Africa.  My heart grieves for them… and for ALL children who are forced to witness Satan’s rage.  That is what all this is about… Satan’s last chance to steal, kill and destroy… before Jesus comes and stops him forever and ever.  So until Jesus comes, join with me to cover our ZFK orphans, and all children with our prayers for protection, peace, and provision.

September 1: BACK TO BUILDING!!

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The unrest has abated and now our construction can continue!!!! Thank you all for you powerful prayers!

Our kitchen is taking form!!!!! I am very excited! The Lord is doing great things!

… THE FOOTINGS GET “CEMENT SHOES”

AND JUST IN TIME, THE BRICKS ARRIVE

AND THE WALLS… THE BLESSED WALLS… BEGIN TO RISE FROM THE DUST

AND THE PAD IS FILLED WITH GRAVEL!

 

So the walls are on the rise, and we are $13,900 short of our goal… but I will not worry! We serve a great God and this is His project 

I KNOW He will provide. How? The Bible tells us that God Himself personally protects and provides for orphans and widows. “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling” (Psalm 68:5). Nothing escapes God’s notice, and He will avenge the orphans and widows who have been abused. “You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror” (Psalm 10:17–18).

God commands us to care for orphans and widows. When He gave the Law to Moses and the Israelites, He gave instructions for how to treat the orphans and widows among them—with harsh consequences promised if they failed in their responsibility (see Exodus 22:22–23).

So, I KNOW He will provide, because we are serving the ZFK orphans, and they are the apple of His eye.

He will withhold no good thing from them…

They will soon be blessed with  a kitchen… and a dining room… and bball court!!!

All thanks be to God and the ZoeForKids supporters through whom He works!

… I love you all to the moon and back!

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