In 2008, Ruth saw that many children in her community of Chibote were in dire need. She began walking through the village visiting orphaned and vulnerable children who would otherwise have no one to care for them. Ruth's background in early education led her to start a school for the children so that they could start receiving a basic education. In 2009, she and her friends started serving, educating and caring for vulnerable children before Hands at Work came to partner with her in 2012. In 2016, Ruth stepped down as the CBO coordinator to help build up leaders and support multiple communities through the Kitwe Service Center. You can read more about her story on the Hands at Work website.
Ruth asks that you please lift up her three children (one boy and two girls). One has finished school and would like to continue on to college, but they are not sure about whether the financial resources will be available. Ruth also asks that we pray for her spiritual growth and maturity as she wants to be able to effectively live a gospel transformed life in her service to the vulnerable.
Rueben started off caring for dying AIDS patients in 2008 before starting to focus his energy and care for the orphans left behind in Mulenga, his home community. His passion for the orphan children is self-evident as he focuses all of his time and energy to make sure everyone orphaned child could come to him not only for a meal, but for a listening ear and a hand to hold. In 2016, Hands at Work asked him to transition from the role of the Mulenga CBO (community based organization) coordinator to a staff with the Kitwe Service Center so that he could train up new leaders within the communities. His experience and passion for the gospel has helped to inspire and encourage, by word and by deed, new leaders among the care workers and among the children. You can read more about Rueben and the community based organization he founded on the Hands at Work website.
Please pray for Rueben's health. He also asks that we pray for God to provide opportunities for his 5 children to receive a good education to escape the cycle of poverty.
Pastor Blessings Sambo
Maggie is a pretty common name among the care workers in Zimba. This is one of them. Maggie was already trying to help the vulnerable children in Zimba by caring for those who had been orphaned. When George Snyman and Pastor Blessings from Hands at Work came for the first time to Zimba to learn about the care and protection that Hilda and others were already doing for the children in 2009, she was already involved. So, transitioning to the role of care worker was the most natural act for her. This is what she believed God had called her to do.
Maggie asks that we pray that she will continue to grow and mature in her faith.
Hands at Work service centers support a number of local communities by enabling the operational skills and spiritual maturity of community based organizations. The Kitwe Service Center, lead by Pastor Blessings Sambo, provides guidance and support for Zimba, Sunset's supported community.
Pastor Blessings was already working with like-minded Christians in a community called Mulenga to visit and care for the sick and dying. One of the members of their team met Hands at Work co-founder George Snyman in nearby Ndola during a presentation about Hands at Work, and learned of their model of care for communities by serving as scaffolding for local volunteers from local churches. Pastor Blessings shared that he was "convicted by scripture to join because this is God’s act."
Pastor Blessings asks that we lift up his family in prayer - that God grant them wisdom and strength as they strive to serve, even during times of heartache and weariness. He also asks that we lift up the new church he has planted in Luanshya (Breaking Barriers Ministry) - that people might respond to the gospel call. Pastor Blessing's wife recently started a new school (currently with 12 students). They would like to see it grow and become a blessing to their community. And finally, he asked that we consider lifting up his two boys (Shekinah and Shemaiah), that they might continue to grow and mature in their faith.
Kitson is the current coordinator for Kachema Musuma, the community based organization (CBO) in Zimba. He joined as a care worker in 2014 after observing a number of volunteers taking time to feed and care for children. Kitson approached the Hilda (the coordinator at the time) and asked what they were doing. He learned that these care workers were taking time to feed and care for children orphaned by the AIDS crisis in Zambia - so he asked if he could join them. Since then, he helped to clear out bush area where the current care point is located, helping to build the feeding point and the new toilet. Now, he's helping to lead the care workers in making new bricks to rebuild the school that was once made with sticks and a new chicken coop so that the CBO can generate income to move towards self-sufficiency.
As the CBO coordinator, he's been given charge over the all 43 care workers. So Kitson asks that we pray that the Holy Spirit is made evident in all that they do and that the truth of the Word of God be made manifest in their work. He asks us to pray that we pray for the spiritual, emotional and physical health all the care workers so that they might be able to continue to care for the vulnerable children in Zimba.