Mar 092015

Saturday was an amazing day, despite its painful beginning. Lauren and I have both gotten used to having funny stomachs frequently but on this day i woke up with a particularly sore tummy bug. I was contemplating whether to miss out on the exciting visit to the orphanage ahead or whether to go through the day uncomfortably anyways, when Lindelani came around, took me by the arm and pulled me I out of the house telling me that we would get through it.  We met up with Lauren and Elaine in town and then phoned Murendeni for directions to the orphanage before walking an hour to the other side of town only to find that it was closed on weekends to visitors unless they had an arranged appointment.  Everyones frustration was huge , although i didn’t mind In the slightest because on the walk, Elaine and i engaged in some really awesome conversations. Elaine is a lot older than the rest of us, and also currently from New Zealand although born and grew up in Zambia. At the age of 15,her family migrated to Australia before she left school at 17 and took a boat to Singapore alone where she found a job. Untill the age of 24 when she settled in n. Z she worked in many places in many different, crazy jobs. The stories of her holidays in other countries were extremely intriguing and her plans after Venda even more so! She leaves in two weeks and hopes to go do some work in Zambia before traveling around some other countries in Africa before leaving in May for Turkey, then London and on to India before heading home later on in the year,  the only finalised plan being her ticket to Turkey. All of you at home sitting on your phones, take note! Take a chance, Go, live life. We then hitched a ride in the back of a truck and found our way to another ‘orphanage’.  We met an incredibly inspiring lady called mother Lydia who retired early and opened her home to orphans, taking them in as her own so many years ago. Ever since she has raised many kids who have gone on to great success and continues at the age of 75 to do this, refusing the help of the corrupt government and doing it all on her own pension fund.  As she says, ‘ God always provides. He doesn’t give me lots of money but he provides and blesses me with good health so i know he wants me to carry on this work’.  While most of the retired people around use their money to improve their houses e. c. t and fail to understand why she doesn’t do the same, she tells them that when they die, their houses will no longer be theirs but when she dies her children’s many lives will carry on. Among many inspiring stories she told us, at the beginning of the whole thing everyone in the neighborhood rejected having orphan children around due to the huge risk of HIV/AIDS. One particular girl had sores on her legs and the doctor, after doing tests, diagnosed her with exactly this. Later on when the rejection got very hard, Lydia got some doctor’s come and stay and test all of the children. They found not one with aids, not even the girl previously Diagnosed… ‘God provides’. We reluctantly left 4 hours later, feeling inspire, blessed to have met such an amazing woman and humbled right to the ground.  To end off the brilliant day, i arrived home to my parents waiting for me and we went back into town to a very fancy restaurant at the casino for a birthday party and dined on a huge, delicious buffet… Funny though that it was here in the fancy part of town that I saw many (6) other makuwa.

  One Response to “Humbled by a pensioner”

  1. Inspiring news, love reading you journal. Yip, God always provides even at the 11th hour. What a story, “humbled by a Pensioner” , when we come up to visit we would love to meet her and the kids. Busy working on some dates to come and visit you. Will let you know by next week. Praying into your Vendabelly for a concert stomach 😉 Love you lots xx


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