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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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
It was eight years ago today that our Susan went to Heaven. When she passed away at the age of 23, our world came crashing in around us. At the time, it appeared as if God had been stringing us along – allowing us to believe that she would survive when He knew all along that she would leave this world at 1:11 p.m. website host information on January 7, 2004. What about all the promises in His Word about healing? What about all the prayers we prayed? What about the message we received just days before she left us?
“Susan will do something big for the Kingdom. Her impact on God’s kingdom will be likened to ripples on a pond. The ripples will multiply and move outward from a central point in larger and larger circles. Susan’s life will have a far reaching effect and will bring Glory to God. Susan might even be a missionary.”
How could we possibly have known eight years ago that God was going to use Susan’s life to start weaving together a beautiful plan to help children a world away. I imagine it hurt Him to see us so bewildered. I imagine He wanted to come down and whisper, “Don’t forget the message I sent you. You don’t understand it now, but one day you will see.”
What was God thinking that day? I can’t begin to know the mind of God, but in my mind’s eye I see Him looking ahead as we stood grief-stricken and confused in that hospital room. I see Him looking down on Wim van Rensburg in Africa — hearing Wim struggle in prayer – wondering how he would be able to do what God wanted him to do for the children of Leratong Village. I imagine Him looking ahead and seeing Marvin Gurganus and saying, “I will send Marvin to Africa one day soon. He doesn’t know it yet, but I will give him a heart for the children there. I’ll give him a clear vision of exactly how I want him to set my plan in motion and then I’ll provide what He needs to get it done.” I imagine He spoke sweetly to Susan as she entered into Heaven and told her all about His plan for Susan’s Kids. I imagine that made her smile.
Remembering our Susan today – but giving God all the Glory for the amazing things He has done in the last eight years.
Debbie Roberson – Susan’s Mom
Thanks to Jason White we are now set up to do our updates as a blog! In the past, it has been very cumbersome to post news and we apologize for the lack of current information over the last six months or so. Be patient with us as herpes under tongue we transition over. More to come . . . 18261886