Let There Be Light in Africa.

 

The light starts to flicker.

It distracts them temporarily, and their minds wander away from their studies as they unwillingly prepare for total darkness.  They’re used to it, but it doesn’t make it any easier.   In fact, completing homework has routinely turned into an anxious adventure. Scrambling into the new study block of the Children’s Home to fight for elbow room around a crowded, rickety desk.  Searching frantically for the next most efficient space after the few available chairs are taken and settling on the hard, dirty floor near the closest wall.

The light flickers again, more frequently than before.

The children start to work at unrealistic speeds to complete their assignment, knowing their time is limited. Critical thinking and logic are tossed aside, symbolic of the old chairs, desks and light fixtures that once served as a catalyst for learning but have long since been unusable.

A long flicker.

Darkness.

No more homework will be completed this night.

This holiday season, you’ve heard us talk a lot about giving the gift of education through the Legacy Project. And while we are still working hard to build a school in Haiti, we wanted to share an additional opportunity for you to shine a light in Zimbabwe.

Africa has always had a special place in our hearts, as it was after a trip to South Africa & Zimbabwe in 2007 that Help One Now was born.  We’ve now walked with these orphans and Pastor John in Zimbabwe for 5 years, providing support through our child sponsorship program, micro-loans, and building a water well…but we’re not even close to being finished.

Each night at Musha Wevana Children’s Home, the children eagerly rush into the study room and they are routinely ushered out too soon.  The power frequently shuts off, the light fixtures are shot, and there are not enough desks and chairs for all the children.  Children who were once excited about learning are now consumed with thoughts of discouragement.

But you can equip them.

You can be a light in the life of an orphan.

In Scripture, Jesus teaches us the importance of being a light for others:

 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.”

Yes, children, “You are the light of the world.”

Will you help them shine?

This Christmas, we are giving the gift of education in Zimbabwe.  For $5000, we can not only provide the study room with new light fixtures, desks and chairs, but with a backup power source for when the regular power shuts off.  This gift sounds so simple, yet its impact goes beyond words.

A sense of relief…of not having to fight over a chair.

A calm environment, where the focus is on learning rather than the anxiety of total darkness.

A place of enlightenment.

To let your light shine in Africa, please visit our project page. We believe in transparency, and you will be able to monitor the entire project online through photos, videos and budget updates.

Thank you for joining us to change the world!