Posted May 5, 2020
Dear Friends and Supporters,
As of today there are 138 COVID-19 cases in Zambia. Like many countries, Zambia has closed schools and nonessential businesses. There is a lot of uncertainty and fear in the people. The country’s economy and the healthcare system are in very bad shape. Only universities and colleges have facilities to give lessons online. Elementary schools and high schools have no capabilities to do so. At Mercy Touch Zambia, we have installed internet routers to allow our children to have online classes with a teacher who has dedicated himself to continue teaching our children.
Our children, mothers and all Mercy Touch farmers living on the property are practicing physical distancing. Outsiders are no longer allowed to come to the Mercy Touch premises. Groceries are being purchased to last for three months at a time. Children and workers also eat the crops, eggs and meat produced at the farm. Only Mercy Touch residents work on the farm and the homes. Mercy Touch workers living off the property have been given financial support for three months so they can stay with their families and practice physical distancing. Occasionally when needed at the farm, they come to help with the harvest while practicing physical distancing. The children’s schedule includes schoolwork, leisure time and working on the farm. They are divided to work with the gardens, poultry, piggery, eggs and harvesting crops.
All of the above have been made possible by the donations we have received from you. We would like to express our gratitude to all our supporters. We want you to know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Our prayer is that God will protect you and your families. May your finances, jobs and business be protected, and may you find comfort in God.
Some of the children would like to share their personal experiences which encourage them not to fear COVID-19. Past experiences give them hope that God who brought them to Mercy Touch will continue to provide for them. They pray for you during this difficult time. More children will be posting their stories soon but I thought I should first send you these.
The Lord has been very faithful in my life. I saw the hand of God when the Mercy Touch team came to pick me up from where I was living in poverty. Even though I did not meet the required age according to Mercy Touch, the Lord over looked everything and qualified me. Where I used to live, we would only have one meal a day. At Mercy Touch, we 3 have meals every day.
The Lord also provided me with a decent home to stay. I used to live in a small house where I slept on the floor, but the Lord of Elijah provided me with a comfortable bed and a mattress.
Before I joined Mercy Touch, I was begging in the streets selling vegetables, handmade brooms and tomatoes with my younger brother. My mother would drink too much and never had time to look for food. Somehow God consistently sent people to provide us with food. I never believed in prayer or that God could change lives until He made a way for my brother Marvin and I to be in Mercy Touch. I now believe that God makes a way where there seem to be no way.
My young brother and I would sometimes spend nights under the trees, since our home was in very poor shape.
God also saved me from drinking and smoking like my friends. My old friends were thieves and bad influencers. Had it not been for God who spoke through Mercy Touch, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
One time, before I joined Mercy Touch, I fell from the trees and became unconscious. The Lord healed me and restored my life. The Lord has been very faithful even when life seemed so dark. He always brought a light to the end of the tunnel.
Life before was never easy. Sometimes we slept without food, or cooked without cooking oil. After praying and fasting, the Lord made a way for me to belong to the Mercy Touch family. I had my first decent meal in Mercy Touch. God is faithful and he answers prayers.
God made a way in my life by opening a door through Mercy Touch. The unbelievable touch of God amazes me. It was exciting to join the family and be with my sister. The re-union was simply God’s plan.
At one point, all I wanted was a school bag. My desire was to own a back pack one day. Now God provides me with bags when I need them through Mercy Touch. It was an answered prayer when a team visited and gave me my first bag. When I was 8 years old, I went swimming with my friends at a river bank. My friend accidently pushed me into the river. I thought that it was the end of my life, but the Lord saved me. My aunt heard me screaming from a distance and rushed to rescue me. What a mighty God we serve.
Auxillia and Memory
Having gone to a boarding school was a good life experience. We had all the groceries we needed, thanks to Mercy Touch. God has really favored us. We are grateful to God for the provision of unexpected groceries. To God be the glory.
Once I was very sick and the Lord healed me. He is a healing God. Being at Mercy Touch has been the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me.
I used to live in poverty and lacked food until I came to Mercy Touch. I thank God for always providing food, shelter and clothes. Had it not been for God, I wouldn’t be where I am today. God loves me and has been very faithful to me.
Life was never easy as a young child growing up. When I was six years old, there was a Mercy Touch feeding program every Friday where we would eat soya porridge. I was very malnourished. That meal on Fridays was sustaining me. I never knew how I would survive through the rest of the week. I saw the hand of God when Mama Regina gave me some soya porridge which I did not qualify for, because I was over-age. God had spoken to Mama Regina to help me. I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not been for God. God has been so good to me.