Jesus my friend my redeemer thank you for the ‘living water’ you give me to share with my fellow travelers along life’s rocky way. [More ...]
This is where Samuel lives.
Almost hidden from view in tall grass near Rookdale Mission, it’s an abandoned, broken down structure that was once a house made of mud bricks. Now there are missing walls, holes where once there were windows, and no doors.
In one small corner that is less broken-down than the rest of the derelict building, there is an old stained mattress, and a small pile of tattered clothes.
Alongside, is the ‘fireplace’, that Samuel has scooped out in the earth floor. Burning bits of wood that he collects himself from the veld is his only means of keeping warm.
Can you imagine what it’s like living here in winter, when the icy winds blow down from the snow covered hills?
Samuel is totally alone in the world. He looks to the mission as his only source of hope, but he’s too ashamed to come to Mass because he has no shoes.
In the Zulu culture a blanket is not only a practical necessity – it’s a most valued gift. It means ‘welcome’, ‘we are one family’. Its message is ‘be warm’ not only in body, but also in spirit.
To you, and to me, it might seem ordinary ... ‘just a blanket’. But to someone living in on the Zulu Missions, your gift will carry a much deeper meaning, as well as helping someone get through the coming winter. It may even save a life in extreme conditions.
By making your gift now, you’ll help us prepare for winter on the missions before the first falls of snow.
And your own life will be warmed in return, knowing you’ve reached out to your spiritual brothers and sisters in Africa.
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