God answers prayers . . . . .
Dear Friends and Family,
Below is a story about how God answers prayers. Nellie, one of our Children??s Cup staff has been watching and praying for twins from one of our CarePoints for over 4 years …. here is what happens when people pray …. God listens, then at the perfect time, he acts!!!
Let me introduce you to Alex and Alexinah, (in the photo above) a set of seven year old twins that would frequent one of Children’s Cup CarePoints for food. Nellie, one of our Children’s Cup staff, (in the photo above) recalls over 4 years ago when they were just 3 years old, how the children would come to the CarePoint early in the morning for food. She remembers them laying flat on the ground on their stomachs, hungry and filthy.
Alex and Alexinah are double orphans which means both of their parents have died as a result of HIV/AIDS. They have been staying with their grandmother and grandfather. The people in the community would describe the grandmother as a “drunkard”. The grandfather does what he can to provide, but there is never enough and the children are the ones who suffer.
The past few months, their attendance at the CarePoint was sporadic, and this showed up physically; the kids were looking thin and unhealthy. Nellie investigated and found out that the kids were not coming to the CarePoint because they were at home doing work around the house like fetching firewood and water, cooking and doing other chores. Something had to be done so Nellie gave us a call to see if there was room in the “I Am Not Forgotten” orphan homes for Alex and Alexinah.
Over the last 2-3 months the Lord has worked in a miraculous way and Alex and Alexinah are now staying at our newest orphan home in Mbekelweni. They arrived last week, just in time to start school in their new community with their new “brothers and sisters”. When we visited them on Tuesday, they were completely different children. They were happy, laughing, running and filled with a sense of hope. For them at this age, a roof over their heads and 3 nutritious meals a day, is something they have never experienced before. They have a bed to sleep in and they have clothes to wear. They are filled with such joy and know they are loved! Before we left, we circled up, joined hands and prayed . . . . . when we were finished, I bent down to give Alexinah a hug and she gave me a huge kiss on my cheek… one I’ll never forget.
Above is a picture of Alexinah, Ntombie (their new “Mother”) and Alex.
We thank God for answering our prayers and providing a home for Alex and Alexinah. A place where they are loved and cared for. A home where they can grow up learning about the Lord Jesus Christ and what he has done for them!
Randy and Karen Brennan
Missionaries in Swaziland, Africa