Kidnappings, assaults and murder of women and girls is a growing crisis in Lesotho. The children at Rachel’s Home must live with this constant fear. We ask for your prayers at this very difficult time.
Over the past few months, our family at Rachel’s Children’s Home has been growing. I’ve always said that this is both a blessing and a tragedy. That poverty and disease is still tearing families apart in Lesotho is a tragedy. That the orphaned children can find a loving Christian home, with a loving family, enough food to eat, and a chance to build a better future is a blessing.
We continue to walk alongside Hilda and Godwill as they offer a sanctuary to these children.
Over the next several weeks, we will introduce you to the children in their care. These are the children that your generous donations support.
Education is the foundation that every young person needs to build a strong future. For orphaned children in a country like Lesotho, this often is an impossible dream. We are so pleased that we could provide Thabang, Likano and Limpho with the opportunity to complete their education.
Last month, they graduated from high school and we cannot be prouder of them. Their hard work is building a brighter future, not only for themselves, but also for their country. Two of them have moved on to post-secondary education, one to teachers’ college and the other to Limchonkwin University to study Business Administration.
In other news, Joyce Seforo is working part-time at Rachel’s Home while she pursues her studies toward a Masters Degree in Child Psychology. Growing up in the orphanage, Joyce sacrificed a lot to help her parents maintain Rachel’s Home. We are so pleased to see her build upon her skills as she pays it forward for a better future in Lesotho.
Malitha’s, one of the orphans, was re-united with her extended family and no longer needs the shelter of Rachel’s Home. Victories can be measured in many ways. This is just one of them.
There are 12 children currently living at the orphanage. We’ve introduced you to some of them. Over the next few months, we will introduce you to more. I’ve always said that Rachel’s Home is both a story of pain and of hope. That places like Rachel’s Home are needed is a tragedy. That places like Rachel’s Home exist, is a blessing. We will continue our walk with Hilda as she cares for the child victims of the AIDS crisis in Lesotho. You can help us by donating to our Rachel’s Home fund.
Thank-you for your continuing support
The Missions & Outreach Committee
Let it Snow?
Well yes, it’s winter in Lesotho and yes it snowed in Maputsoe this week. Every year, this is a very difficult time at Rachel’s Home. With no insulation and no real heating system, the orphanage is, quite simply, a miserably damp and cold place.
We always need to keep Hilda, Godwill and the children in our prayers, but especially at this time of year. We can also help in a very material way. Here at home, we often collect clothes for those among us in Cambridge who struggle. Of course, that’s not a very practical solution for our friends half a world away. We can, however, find some cash to purchase winter clothing in Maputsoe.
If you want to help, you can donate directly to the church or you can make a donation online at our Canada Helps page. Please remember our friends at Rachel’s Home.
The new children have settled in at Rachel’s Home and are doing well. Here are some pictures that Hilda recently sent us.