WOW - It’s been a real privilege to be able to help the homeless people in Pretoria South Africa due to the fact of our help from Woolworths supermarket S.A. They have served as a gateway and tremendous blessing to the community for all their giving. We are at the point now where they (Woolworths) are giving us food every week. (every Friday) and so we have been expanding our area looking for those that are in desperate need. This last hand out – we went to 7 different locations!!
This month we found several women that were heavily pregnant living outside in an open field. We also found many other adults (at least 30 – 40 others) that have strayed from Zimbabwe and Mozambique as illegal immigrants and were living in open fields with no covering, shade, clothes or food. They did not even have a pot to boil their food in.
We have given them all food this month and thanks to Mondeor primary school in Johannesburg giving us 40 rubbish bags fill of 2nd hand clothing – we were also able to hand out clothing to the adults and Ros also found babies clothes and blankets for the pregnant women.
This task of handing out food and clothes is not easy – in fact it is really heart wrenching, as you wish that you could do more for the people, but know that you cant! It’s hard trying to help them in their situation they are in - but I must say that it is still very rewarding in other ways. Just being able to make some sort of a difference.
The guys we found from Mozambique were so excited when we brought them some decent food and clothes that some of them even started to dance. After we handed out everything the guys let Des pray with them all. Some were a bit scared of the camera, but most really received the prayer even though they could hardly understand any of our English. We are going to try and contact a Portuguese church here in Pretoria to see if they could come and interpret for Des so that he can properly converse, pray and speak the word to them.
One old guy that was also living in the field and could speak some broken English literally pleaded for us to come every week to the guys, as they had started to be approached by various gangs and asked if they wanted to do some special jobs for them in order to get food.
Please pray for them that they will make the right choice and not have to resort to breaking the law in order to survive here in South Africa!!
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Mathew 25: 35 - 37(NIV)