“One day a missions worker in Africa went down to the river to bathe. While she was there in the water, she heard a cry and discovered a baby, floating in the water, just barely alive. She quickly grabbed the baby, and brought it to the edge of the river bank and gave it CPR.Continue reading “Saving Drowning Babies”
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Walking Down a Long Road
This past week was Spring Break for the kids and teens in Sweetwaters/Mpumuza. During the holidays, many kids are unsupervised, this means there is more time for them to get into trouble, but also leaves them vulnerable to abuse. iThemba runs a Holiday club during the Spring and Fall breaks to give the children andContinue reading “Walking Down a Long Road”
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Ephesians 5:11 Do you ever just look at your to do list and think–“Lord, how is this going to all get done?” This past week we had a team coming to work with us from Restoration Hope, and nextContinue reading “Encourage”
“Shoooosholoza!” Sizwe called out, and the band of children that were trailing behind us like the Pied Piper echoed “Shoooosholoza!” and blew their vuvuzelas. Balloons bobbed in the bright spring sunshine, hands clapped, feet stomped through the muddy dirt paths, and all along the way we called out, “Wozani! Come!” to the children who stoppedContinue reading “Jesus Parade”
Planting for the Future
“We need oxygen to stay alive,” said the teacher. “And trees give us…” “Oxygen!” the children shouted back. “If you cut down a tree, you are cutting down your life,” the teacher continued. Welcome to an iThemba Life Skills class during Arbor Week celebrations! iThemba partners with various schools in the area to teach LifeContinue reading “Planting for the Future”
Rejoice! Grow! It’s Spring!
It’s Spring! Even though today doesn’t feel like it (it’s really cold!) there are flowers beginning to bloom everywhere. I love getting to wake up and go running and smell the Jasmine flowers that grow all along our road.Let me tell you about some other things that are growing this spring… JABULANI KIDS CLUB isContinue reading “Rejoice! Grow! It’s Spring!”
The Most Powerful Weapon
Nelson Mandela has said “Education is the most powerful weapon by which you can change the world.” iThemba Projects is trying to change the lives of children in Mpumuza through education. They are starting by working from the lowest levels of education to the highest. Did you realize that the first 6 years of aContinue reading “The Most Powerful Weapon”
Send a Child to Camp!
iThemba takes children from the Mpumuza community on a camp every year. Pray about sponsoring a child to go on camp this year! Visit http://www.ithembaprojects.org.za to donate. This video also describes some of the vision that iThemba has for the community, as well as shows you some real footage of the place where I willContinue reading “Send a Child to Camp!”
White, Middle-Class, American Slacktivism
So, the problem with being a sociology minor is that I start to see everything in terms of bigger cultural structures. For example, while there are still lots of self-centered, fast-food eating white American college students, there is a quickly growing counter-cultural group of “fair-trade-coffee-drinking-go-“green”-and-recycle-and-wear-Toms-shoes-to-stop-social-injustice” white American college students (see image to the left.) MyContinue reading “White, Middle-Class, American Slacktivism”