weekend we will be having our missions focus. I am looking forward to hearing
stories of what God is doing in other parts of the world. We specifically will
be taken to the countries of
But in spite of the
apparent hopelessness of it all, there was hope. Someone took
He was a medical doctor without the tangible means to do anything, but he believed that he should and that God would enable him. That was back in 1996. Today, Tumelo Home stands as a purpose built children's home with facilities to rival any similar set-up in the West. The most remarkable thing about the home, apart from Dr. Moses himself, is the stark contrast of this brick-built, super-clean structure complete with a first-class play area, and the appalling, 'temporary' corrugated iron homes that house the rest of the 40,000 strong population that surrounds Tumelo home.
It is almost an
amazing statement of intent from the Lord: 'These children
who have been rejected by their families and their society, are accepted and
loved by me.' Tumelo means faith and this is
certainly a work of faith. On the day that our group of students from the
Presbyterian Chaplaincy at Queen's University,
We were able to play with the children and give them gifts after they had eaten. Some of the team fed those children who couldn't feed themselves. Words mean nothing to these children, but they speak the language of touch. All of them were delighted just to see new people and have their attention.
After a sing-off
between the staff and the students, who, to the delight of the staff, had
learnt a worship song in Zulu, Dr. Moses was able to share something of his
story, but the most remarkable revelation was still to come. Later on, in
conversation with one of the leaders, Dr Moses shared that he had told the
electricity company to send their repair man, but, he shared, 'I knew I didn't
have a cent to pay them.' The team was able to respond to this need and we gave
him a gift to cover the expense of the bill. Thanks to the generosity of
churches and individuals across
Today Tumelo Home has a waiting list of nearly two hundred children, as well as a vision to create a new home for over sixteens, since when the children reach this age, they cannot stay at the home. They are still unable to fend for themselves however, hence the need for the new project.