I get so excited when Wim and Hylien post pictures of the children! It blesses me so much to see the joy on their little faces. Hylien is an EXCELLENT teacher and I thank God for her. She is able to love each and every child individually in the most perfect way because she sees each and every child through the eyes of Jesus. Because of her great love for these children,God blessed her with wisdom and discernment and energy and compassion, so that she could teach them and love them and bring laughter into their lives. God needed a willing vessel and Hylien was obedient to His call.
Thank you Hylilen!
Nthabeleng was about two years old when we visited Leratong Village in 2009. She was so cute and smart — one of the many children I would have loved to bring home with me. She is growing into an even more beautiful and gifted little girl. Do you see the absolute joy and happiness on her sweet face? I’m pretty sure her new doll is part of the reason for that radiant smile!
The dolls were made by a wonderful group of ladies from First Baptist Church in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. We thank God for making sure the dolls arrived safely in Africa.
We join with these precious little ones in thanking the ladies from First Baptist Scotland Neck! God used you to deliver His very special gifts! Joy! Joy! Joy!
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. “ James 1:17
Hylien and Susan
I always look forward to new pictures from Africa. Wim posted new ones today from the daycare in Leratong. This one brought tears to my eyes. Wim’s beautiful wife (and my dear friend), Hylien van Rensburg, stands at the chalkboard writing today’s lesson – “God Made Me Special” – and just above the chalkboard hangs a picture of our Susan. God instilled a great love for children in both of these beautiful women. I wish they could have met each other. I know they would have been great friends. One day they will have great conversations in Heaven.
Susan was working on a degree in Child Development and Family Relations and looked forward to working with “at risk” children after college. She never got to do that while she was here on earth, but I like to think that God is allowing her to be a part of the great work that Hylien is doing with the kids in Leratong Village.
Along with the multitude of other things that she does every day, Hylien is also taking online classes in Early Childhood Education. She is excited about the new skills that she will use as she works with the children that she loves so much.
”I am thankful for the opportunity I had this year to study Child Development and how to assist children with barriers to learning. I will definitely be adding a lot of new learning products and will use different strategies to support these children. I will be concentrating on the different stages of their development and assist each of their special needs. We will assist with training in the village so that parents will be given support to influence and teach their children in a positive way.” – Hylien van Rensburg
What a precious seed of love Hylien planted in the hearts of the children today — “God Made Me Special”.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14
Please take a minute and check out these precious little faces! How special they are … how special indeed!
Debbie Roberson – Susan’s Mom
The sky in Africa seemed to me to be ”bluer” than the sky here at home. Whenever we have a really beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies, I immediately think of my trip to Africa. I’ve even come to describe that kind of sky as ”Africa Sky”. Wim posted some really cute pictures this week of the kids in Leratong Village. The pictures are not enhanced. The sky is really that blue and it is a perfectly beautiful frame for their sweet little faces.
Not that long ago they didn't have balls to play with . . .
Don't you know that Jesus loves seeing her smile!
Great news from Matlakeng Village! Sixty children attend the daycare facility in Matlakeng and more room was needed – especially for the toddler age children. God prompted people like you to give to Susan’s Kids and we were able to assist Wim in building a second house beside the daycare. It has taken a while, but the roof is finally completed! Pastor John will live in the house and there will also be a room specifically for the toddlers. Pastor John is Wim’s right hand man in Lesotho and he supervises the activites of the daycare there.
. . . and the roof is on!
To God be the Glory — great things He has done!
This week the kids at DayCare in Leratong Village have been learning about the letter “C”.
Hylien knows how to make learning fun. The kids will always remember that the letter “C” is for “Cat”! Check out these precious little South African cats . . .
But sometimes all this learning can make a body tired . . .
. . . nothing like a little “cat nap” to give an energy boost for the group picture. You’ve just gotta love these “happy cats”.
To God be the Glory!
Greetings from God's Royal Family
At Sunday School today, the children of Leratong Village were blessed to find out that they are members of a royal family. They were taught today that they are in fact “children of the KING”. These kids were not born into great wealth – in fact they were born into extreme poverty. They do not know the joy of having an earthly father who loves them and cares for them and provides for them. Imagine how excited they must have been to hear that they have a Father in Heaven who loves them.
Little Nthabileng was three years old when I met her in 2009. I fell in love with this little girl and have enjoyed watching her grow through the pictures that Wim and Hylien share with us. I think she enjoys being a Princess!
Their Sunday School lesson was from Mark 10:13-16. We must be ever mindful of just how much Jesus loves little children.
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
I believe the children of Leratong are super joyful today. I believe they felt Jesus take them in His arms. I believe they felt His hands upon their little heads. I pray that they will keep this joy in their hearts for the rest of their lives. To God be the Glory!
If you would like to see more pictures of the kids, please visit Wim and Hylien’s photoblog at http://www.photoblog.com/ctcf777.
In His Service,
Debbie Roberson – Susan’s Mom
Hylien posted some sweet pictures today of the children at the DayCare in Leratong Village. They are beginning their New Year and today the children are learning about the letter “O”. These kids are too cute. . Please take a moment to visit Hylien’s photoblog.
These are a few of the faces of Susan’s Kids. These pictures were taken during Sunday School in Leratong Village – Qwa Qwa, South Africa. Their Sunday School lesson today was about the miracle Jesus did with five loaves and two small fish. God still performs miracles today. We thank you God for the miracles you have done in Leratong Village. We thank you God for sending Wim and Hylien van Rensburg to tell these precious children that You love them.
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