A Father to the Fatherless

Missions in Africa, Inc.
August 31, 2011
http://www.missionsinafrica.com

Psalm 68:5-6: A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families….

Dear Friends and Family,

Daily I am amazed as I watch the Lord perform amazing acts of compassion, loving kindness, patience and gentleness through His people, to help rescue those children that are left abandoned, neglected oppressed and abused. His Word says in Psalm 68:5-6 that “he sets the lonely in families….” where they are loved! And here is an example….

This last week Randy and I were at “Make Peggy’s” house. “Make,” pronounced “Mah-gay” in siSwati means “mother.” Peggy is one of three mothers at our “I Am Not Forgotten” homes. These homes are temporary shelters for kids who are in desperate situations such as life threatening, physical or emotional abuse, abandonment or neglect. Sometimes children come into the home for a short period of time and are able to go back to their families once the problem has been solved. Other times, the children come and stay for a long time. That’s the situation with Rose and her brother Fernando.

Rose and Fernando June 2008

Rose and Fernando June 2008
Rose and Fernando June 2008

Rose and her brother Fernando, have been living with Peggy since June 2008. Their story is heart breaking, but very common in this country. Their mother passed away because of HIV and they were living with their father in a squatter camp in Mangwaneni, Manzini. They frequented the CarePoint for food and a safe place to play with their friends. One day we found out that their father went to South Africa to find a job and left them with a “grandmother” to care for them. She was not their biological grandmother and after a short period of time she started to physically abuse them. After that, the landlord started to care for them. He would lock them in their room at night and let them out in the morning. This was for their safety and protection because there were strangers coming around the village trying to take them to Mozambique. Once we heard what was going on, we went to the police and told them what was going on and we “received custody” of the children and they have been living with Peggy ever since.

Rose and Fernando June 2011

Rose June 2011
Rose June 2011

Fernando June 2011
Fernando June 2011

I can’t even imagine where these two children would be if they were not living with Peggy today. The “I Am Not Forgotten” homes are a safe place, a Christ centered loving home and an answer to prayer! It is God’s heart being lived out in His church today. Rose and Fernando are loved on by Peggy and continue to grow in their knowledge of God. They are able to attend school and are doing exceptionally well. Most importantly though, they are receiving the love of Christ which changes lives.

The Word says in James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Thank you for your prayers and support. When you give financially, your money buys things like food, toiletries, bibles, clothes because the children are constantly growing, school shoes, backpacks… and the list goes on. This would not be possible without your help! Thank you again. We love you!

Peace and grace to you!
Randy and Karen Brennan

Psalm 68:4-6 “Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds– his name is the LORD– and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families….”