Make room. Build a home.Rich Stigall
Last week a woman with a twelve-year-old boy and his eleven-year-old sister walked onto the grounds of Pothawira (Safe Haven), Malawi.
The children’s parents were dead. They had been living in Tonje with their elderly grandmother who could not provide for them, so she was having the kids skip school and work during the day. The lady who brought them to Salima was maxed out herself, but she knew that dropping out of elementary school would doom the children to a difficult life of limited possibilities (or worse), and she couldn’t accept that. So the three of them traveled by foot more than 20 miles to ask our partner, Pastor Peter Maseko, for help.
Peter looked with kindness at the two children and their tattered clothes, which was all they owned in the world. Then he thought about the 106 children at Pothawira. They were currently living in the ten homes originally built for 100. There was room in his heart for two more, but was there room in the homes? Maybe not, but Peter could not turn them away. The Pothawira family would make room until a permanent solution could be found.
God is not a god of scarcity. His heart is not small, nor His arm too short, or His timing too late.
The same day I met Mizek (12) and JeMweMwe (11) in Malawi, I read an e-mail from Adrien in Kansas about Richard in England. Richard and his company want to build a home for Mizek and JeMweMwe; two kids they haven’t met and others like them, as well as room for a few empty beds at Pothawira, as God brings more children in need of a Safe Haven in the coming days and months.
God willing, construction will begin soon.