Archive for October, 2009

Orphan Safari

Posted in Adventure, Africa, Healing, Jesus, Journey, Love, Miracles, Missions, Photography, Travel, Unity, Unreached People on October 26, 2009 by Heiko & Anita in Africa

 

25 orphans.  Two safari trucks.  And me.

Here we are…in the middle of the bush.  Elephants on the left, buffalos on the right.   I am overjoyed about the amazement in the orphans’ faces.  They have lived here all their lives and have never seen big game in the wild.  Their joy and laughter fills my heart.  I am so thankful that God works in so many different ways through me, including this privilege of taking these orphans to experience God’s beautiful creation while embracing His grace.

Our local church here, New Life for all Nations, supports 40 city orphans.   An orphan means that they have either one parent or no parents, due to early death caused by AIDS, Malaria, or some common sickness that went untreated.  There are so many children orphaned they often become burdensome and neglected. 

In Livingstone it is sadly known that neglected orphans sell themselves to anyone willing to give them some food to eat, as little as six years old.  Prostitution is common here; it ibecomes a way of survival.  Abuse is also common for these children as well as being forced into child labor so the relatives caring for them can supply their drinking habit.  It is a harsh reality and when you look at the vastness of such despair you think to yourself how can anyone ever make a difference?
Then comes the answer whispered gently into my ear… only Jesus can!

I had the privilege to be asked by the church to singlehandedly chaperone 25 blessed orphans taken care of by our church, ages 2-15, on a safari through the Livingstone Game Reserve sponsored by our church and a local tour operator called Bushtracks.  They had donated the use of two of their vehicles, two tour drivers and a box of soda for an afternoon safari adventure for these vulnerable children.  This was an exciting day!  The children praised God for all of creation and the angels smiled down upon them as they could be carefree children for a few hours and completely consumed with the vastness of the glory of God.

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