Reflecting on 2012

CHANGING TOMORROW CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION  - SOUTH AFRICA AND LESOTHO
We prayed for Missionaries Wim and Hylien van Rensburg as we read about and saw TV footage of the riots in South Africa. We prayed for them as they took on the operation of a Guest House in town (something like a Bed and Breakfast here) in order to help meet their own personal financial needs. We prayed for Hylien as she completed a degree in Early Childhood Education – while at the same time caring for her own family, working at the Guest House, and helping Wim with the ministry. We prayed for them when a storm water pipe was blocked behind their house, causing water to run through their yard and wash away their garden and erode the soil around the foundation of their house. We prayed for them as they struggled every day with just “the way things work” in Africa – where they are charged criminally high prices by storeowners (just because they can) — and where the culture is such that everything moves slowly and progress literally stops during times of drought each year. We are continuing to pray for unspoken needs that are critical to Wim’s ministry. We trust that God will provide.

Wim and Hylien van Rensburg

In spite of all these obstacles, approximately 300 children in six villages were provided with two nutritious meals each day and three building projects were completed! The teachers in each of the villages were also provided with Christian teaching material. Leratong Village is in Qwa Qwa, South Africa and the other five villages are in the neighboring country of Lesotho. We thank God for the work He is doing in the villages of Leratong, Matlakeng, Mashidi, KotsongKoaneng, Utloanang, and Futong.

Leratong – We had been praying for a long time for God to send someone to assist Wim in running the operation in Leratong Village. God answered our prayers and sent Pastor Sam and his wife! They now live on site and oversee the operations of the Care Center. Sam is also the Pastor of the Faith Hill Church congregation that gathers together in Leratong each Sunday morning. Miriam continues (with Hylien’s direction) to do an amazing job with the 20-30 little ones who come to the Day Care every week.

 

Miriam and Pastor Sam with the Children

Matlakeng – A second “house” was completed at the Day Care in Matlakeng. Pastor John (Wim’s right hand man in Lesotho) lives in one room of the house. A second room is dedicated to the one and two year olds who come to the Day Care, so that they will not disrupt the teaching of the older children. The Matlakeng Day Care serves 50-60 children and 10 more little ones will be coming this year.

The Children of Matlakeng Village

Mashidi – The sandstone building in Mashidi was completed in 2012, but it’s already too small to house the 40-50 children who are showing up each day! A project for this year will be to expand this building. We thank God for sending a wonderful teacher to Mashidi who has a great love for children and for the Lord.

Mashidi Kids with their Teacher

KotsongKoaneng – The Day Care in KotsonKoaneng was also recently completed! Kid sized tables and chairs and a stove for the kitchen are in place and being put to use. 50-60 children attend this Day Care.

Some of the kids who attend Kotsongkoaneng Day Care

Utloanang – Wim continues to wait for the Village Chief to give the go-ahead to start a new building. For now, we thank God that we can give the children two meals each day. There are 70-80 children in Utloanang who are currently crammed like sardines into a tiny little building. Why hasn’t the Chief given permission yet to start construction on a new building? This is life in Africa … sometimes the way things work over there make no sense to us. Please pray for the Chief to give permission for us to bless the children there with a new building.

Precious Children Crammed so Tight

Futong – This is the most remote of the villages. Sadly, these children had no building – but gathered outside each day. Wim is renting a small building for them to use for now, while the villagers collect the stone for their new Day Care. Futong has about 30-40 Day Care children.

Jesus loves this little one

 

 

KUPWENDA MINISTRIES – UGANDA
We thank God that we could also start partnering with Amy Washington’s ministry in 2012.  Amy is a beautiful young woman from Georgia, who now lives and works for the Lord in Jinja, Uganda. We will be telling you more in the coming weeks about Amy and her ministry to children and young monthers.  In her words, “Our ministry began with the belief that the lives of these mothers and unborn babies are precious in the eyes of Jesus and that He truly longs to see them given an opportunity to live and thrive for Him. Therefore, if these mothers and babies are precious and valued to Him, they are precious and valued to us.” We are proud to join with Amy in her work in Uganda.

 

 

AGAPE ROYAL MINISTRIES – TRIVANUNDRUM, KERALA STATE, INDIA

We also continued to send monthly assistance to Abraham Thomas’s ministry in India where over 300 children are being cared for.   So thankful to God for allowing us to be a part of what He is doing in India.

 

We humbly thank God for each of you. God has used you and your generosity to carry out His work through Susan’s Kids. We ask for your continued prayers and financial support in 2013. As you can see, there is still much to do. We can’t do it without your help. We thank God for the lives that have been changed. We stand amazed at what He has done. We give Him all the Glory!

Marvin & Kim Gurganus

Debbie & Bruce Roberson

Looking Back at 2011

What originally started as a feeding program in the remote village of Leratong in Qwa Qwa, South Africa has now grown into something much bigger than we could have ever imagined.  Changing Tomorrow Children’s Foundation (operated by Wim and Hylien van Rensburg) with the financial support of Susan’s Kids, now provides help for children in five additional villages in the neighboring country of Lesotho. Glory be to God!

  • Leratong Village – Qwa Qwa, South Africa – Hylien reports that the children in the daycare continue to do well. Four of the pre-school children have graduated now and will be going to “big school”. All of the other children in the daycare know their alphabet and the 4 and 5 years olds are beginning to read! The children continue to thrive; they are well-fed, happy, and loved. Sunday School and Church have become part of life in Leratong Village. What a blessing to know that the people there are learning about Jesus!
  • Matlakeng Village – Lesotho, Africa – There were approximately 60 children attending the daycare in Matlakeng. Eighteen of them have graduated and will be going to “big school” but there are more kids waiting in line to come to the daycare. A second building is in progress at the facility in Matlakeng. Pastor John (Wim’s right hand man in Lesotho) will live in this building when it is completed. It will also have a room which will be dedicated to the one and two year olds who come to daycare, so that they will not disrupt the teaching of the older children. When visitors come for mission trips, this building will also provide a place for them to stay. The building is finished up to roof level.
  • KotsonKoaneng, Utloanang, Matlakeng 2, and Futong – Lesotho, Africa – These are four other villages that God called Wim to support in 2011. The daycare facilities for these villages are all in varying stages of development and we are trusting God to provide what is needed to complete the buildings. The foundation was poured early in 2011 for the daycare building in KotsonKoaneng—but then drought came. Because there was no water, all building had to stop for a while, but praise the Lord the building is now completed up to roof level. In Utloanang, Wim and Hylien are waiting for the Village Chief to give the go-ahead to start building the daycare. In Matlakeng 2, the villagers are collecting sandstone to use for their new daycare building. Futong is the most remote of the villages. The children there had no building at all –they met outside. Wim is renting a small building for them to use for now, while the villagers collect the stone for their new building.

A project was also started in 2011 to convert a shipping container to a soup kitchen in Bothe Buthe, Lesotho. Things tend to move slowly in Africa and it seems that roadblocks are constantly thrown in the way, but we know that God is in control and He will bring His work to completion in His perfect timing.  Located in the town of Bothe Buthe, Lesotho, the container was placed near the hospital where children with HIV come for their medication. In order for the medication to work, the children must have food in their tummies – so that’s where the soup kitchen comes in. The container has been cleaned out and made ready, but the project has come to a temporary halt due to a logistical issue. Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon so that the children’s feeding program can get underway in 2012.

Jason White was part of our Mission Team that traveled to South Africa in the summer of 2009. He traveled back to Africa in early 2011 but had to return to the US due to health issues. We are thankful for his obedience to go to Africa and we are thankful for the assistance he gave to Wim while he was there.

Wim van Rensburg visited the US in late summer and spoke at several area churches. We were glad he had so many opportunities to share what God is doing in Africa.

In 2010 we started to provided some financial support to Missionary Abraham Thomas and the work he does for children in Trivandrum, Kerala State, India.  Thanks be to God,  we were able to continue this support in 2011.

We humbly thank God for each of you. God has used you and your generosity to carry out His work through Susan’s Kids. We ask for your continued prayers and financial support in 2012. As you can see, there is still much to do. We can’t do it without your help. We thank God for the lives that have been changed. We give Him all the Glory!

Marvin Gurganus, President