One of our sponsors, Melissa S., has started a blog (www.reachthepoorthisweek.com) where you can sign up to receive a weekly story of real child’s challenges and triumphs written at a 4th grade level for you to share with your children. (Just by subscribing, $1 will be donated to VisionTrust.) Below is a story from Reach The Poor This Week.
Tendai is a 24-year-old woman living in Zimbabwe. She grew up as the 7th of 8 children. Her parents have been unemployed and so they grow cash crops. All of the children in Tendai’s family had to quit school by the age of 15-16 because of financial difficulties.
Tendai suffered many ailments and financial difficulties growing up, but says all that changed when she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Tendai enrolled in VisionTrust’s HELP program (Higher Education Leadership Program). She became the first HELP graduate in Zimbabwe. Because Tendai went to college, she has been able to bless her family by building them a home. She now has confidence and hope in achieving her goals and she wants to help pay school fees for children in her community.
In her own words, “I really want to thank God for sending VisionTrust in our village to support the orphans who were hungry and thirsty for the word of God. I also thank God for sending us a courageous man named Davison and his wife Yana. The word of God they share with us is medicine to our souls and it gives joy on the orphans’ faces as well as the community. Because of these teachings, the orphans now have hope for a better future. They rejoice because they know there is someone who cares for them.”
- What would it be like to grow up in a family with 8 kids? Tendai is the 7th child. Are you the oldest, youngest or in the middle in your family? What is that like for you?
- Would you be excited to be able to buy your parents a home to live in?
- Football, together with rugby union and cricket are the famous sport in the country.
- About 50% of the population in the country comprises of Syncretics (part Christian and part indigenous beliefs) 25% are Christians and the rest follow indigenous beliefs.
Pray for Tendai as she is a role model in her community. Pray for her strength and for protection as she reaches younger children and helps them to achieve their academic goals.
Psalm 28:7-8 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.”