Jess spent part of her summer in South Africa with CBF missionaries Josh and Caroline Smith with the help of First Baptist Church and the Monday Fund. Here’s her story.
When people think of an orphanage, the assumption is usually a five-story building with ten children to a room and a strict guardian per floor. Refilwe is not anything like that. Refilwe is a family-based community development project. There are godparents with their own biological children who adopt abused and abandoned children as well. Some of the children at Refilwe even suffer with HIV/AIDS.
Another important project of the Refilwe community is the new Door of Hope baby house. Door of Hope is a ministry that saves abandoned and discarded babies; babies thrown in trash cans, in rivers, and other horrifying places. This new shelter will serve as a temporary home until permanent placement can be arranged.
It’s difficult to be able to show people how much of my heart is there with those children simply through writing or talking with them. Looking into their beautiful faces, my heart goes crazy with love for them. There is nothing more precious then a child sprinting towards me with open arms and screaming my name.
Moments like that are just snapshots of being able to see things from our Father’s point of view. Imagine how excited He gets when our hearts are running towards Him, calling His name!
If you would like to learn more about Refilwe or Door of Hope and how you can be involved, check out their websites www.refilwe.org and www.doorofhope.co.za.