Forgotten Voices' Mission:

"Demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ by equipping local churches in southern Africa to meet the physical & spiritual needs of children orphaned by AIDS in their communities."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Great is Thy faithfulness O Lord my Father..."

"Great is Thy faithfulness O God my Father..." was the song upon my lips as I witnessed what God is doing in her life. Yes, the words of Lamentations 3:22-26 could not depart my heart as I listened to her story...

Lwiche Chanda, is one of the orphans that was empowered by New Life Christian Center, Mushili's tailoring program. Lwiche lost her father in 1996 and was, together with her other siblings, raised by her mother who struggled to raise them through selling vegetables by the roadside near their home. "Life became very rough when dad died", she recalls; "none of our extended family members offered to take us on, especially when it came to school fees", she continued. Because of the difficult situation, she could not continue with her schooling and soon dropped out.

"Thank God", she says, "last year when I heard about the tailoring project the church was offering to the orphans and widows, I jumped at the offer and enrolled". She was among the first group to graduate and she has been doing quite well in her small found business as a tailor. She proudly displayed her products when we visited her at home and joyfully shared how she can now support her mother and the last sister whom she has been assisting to continue with school. Her future hope is to one day buy her own knitting machine which she only learnt how to use during her training. "With it I can knit jerseys and sell to school going kids, especially during winter" she said.

I thank God for this opportunity to convey her heartfelt gratitude over what God, through the ministry of Forgotten Voices, is doing through the local church. Her life is once again dignified as she can fend for herself and her family. Indeed, "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fails. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness", Lamentations 3:22-23

Your fellow servant in God's ministry,



brian said...

Wow what a powerful story, thanks for sharing Remmy! Is there any way for us to buy items from her or perhaps help her get the sewing machine?

Melissa said...

Thank you so much for this article that brought me some peace in reading it. God Bless.