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Swaziland Update #7

July.24.2010

This lady is a widow who is HIV positive and also suffers from TB. The stench you smell coming from this thatched hut is this mans infected foot, due to diabetes left untreated. This child is an orphan, was born with HIV, has worms, and is being neglected by those looking after her. These are just a few stories of the people we met today as we performed care visits in the community of Fondoje, and sadly this is the reality of many who live here.

Today was one of the most difficult days for me emotionally! What our team witnessed with our eyes was hard to take in and process. We walked to and visited eight different homes that were in the community we’ve been serving in. At each home we would give out a care package that included ointment, bandages, gloves, soap, candles, and matches. After handing out the care package we would give away clothes to them and their family. Most importantly we would get to lay hands on these people and pray for them.

Although it felt like we had very little to offer those who we visited, you could tell by their reactions they were very blessed by what we had to give. To see their faces light up as we put new clothes on them was moving to watch. Just the fact that we were visiting them you could tell meant a lot. It was obvious they don’t have many visitors come through. Although some of those we visited may not have been able to understand us as we prayed for them, it was clear that God was at work and the Hope of Glory that is Christ in us was being communicated.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comported. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied”

Salakahle (stay well),
Chris for the Swaziland Team

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