This Sunday, July 1st, I’ll be traveling the long two day journey to S. Africa, and I want you to come with me. I mean, I wish you could all jump on a plane and literally come with me, because Africa is an amazing place to behold, but I know that’s not total reality for many people, so I want you to come with me right here in this space. Why?
…because it’s a peek into a world outside your own.
…because there are millions of orphans living in southern Africa, and you need to hear their stories.
In 2005, my husband and I co-founded Ten Thousand Homes. Our mission was simple…to provide HOPE and HOME to the orphans and vulnerable children of Africa, and even though “HOME is more than four walls and a roof, it starts there.” Orphanages cannot contain the massive numbers of orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, so once a parent dies, the oldest child suddenly becomes the head of the household. A 15 year old suddenly becoming the caregiver for his/her younger siblings would be a common sight. Many of their homes are unfit to keep them safe at night, so we build them a home that will. We then seek to provide them with all the elements of a healthy home like love, care, affection, etc.
The end of 2009, our family returned to the Dallas area simply because we were exhausted and we needed to take a break in order to keep doing what we’re doing. After two and a half years, we are returning to S. Africa as a family for an extended period of time. I can’t tell you how excited we all are to be returning. My kids, 10 and 7 years old, are talking nonstop about what they are going to do once we get there.
If you can’t join me there, will you join me here? I’ll be posting here regularly about my trip. Africa has a way of grabbing your heart and not letting go. My prayer is that, as you read the stories and see the kids’ faces, that it would do the same to you. Thank you, friends, for being such great readers. I love that you can be a part of the HOPE for Africa simply by reading some words I put into a post.
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