Amy Washington’s Visit

Amy speaking at Cedar Branch Church

Amy speaking at Cedar Branch Church

 

Well,  it came and went too quickly!  Amy Washington, her sweet little Amina, Amy’s Dad – John Washington, and her sister – Deanna, arrived shortly before church started Sunday night and left again Monday morning.  How thankful I am that they were willing to make the nine hour drive from Georgia to spend time with us.

Amy shared her heart and told us about Kupendwa Ministries and the work God is doing in Jinga, Uganda. She shared how God took her to Uganda … how God delivered sweet little Amina into her hands … how she now has six little ones she calls her own … how she started Kupendwa Ministries and the young women and babies that she cares for and shares Jesus with.

The story of Stella  and baby Hope captivated us all.  Stella was a young woman who thought that God hated her … a young woman sure that she had done too many bad things to be forgiven … a young woman who now knows Jesus and rejoices in the great love He has for her!   Amy’s story of the birth of Stella’s baby — who she named Hope – was an amazing example of how God still works MIRACLES today!

Amy’s little Amina is a miracle as well.  She was abandoned … left to die … malnourished and sick — but God had a plan.  He arranged for Amy to rescue Amina and she is a beautiful, healthy little four year old today!

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Thank you Amy for all you do for the Lord  …. We will be praying for you.
To read further about Amy and Kupendwa Ministries,  visit her website at http://www.kupendwaministries.org/#

 

 

 

~ Debbie Roberson

Amy Washington is Coming to Cedar Branch Baptist Church!

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We are super excited about Amy Washington coming to speak at Cedar Branch Baptist Church!  Amy is Executive Director of Kupendwa Ministries in Jinja, Uganda and God is doing a mighty work through her.  Please come join us at Cedar Branch on Sunday night, March 24 at 6:30 p.m.  I promise you will be blessed.

“I had been many different places and worked with many different people, but I never experienced such a deep love for a place and people before. Never had I so strongly felt God’s peace and call to leave my home and make a lifetime commitment somewhere. I had never felt so passionate about loving and helping a people before. domain whois information . The babies and children of Uganda truly stole my heart.”  ~ Amy Washington

 

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Check out  the link to Amy’s website where you can read all about Amy and the ministry that God has entrusted her with.  There is also  a short five minute video  that will give you a sweet glimpse into Amy’s heart . . . I hope you will stop and watch.

http://www.kupendwaministries.org/#!about/cfyq

We are delighted that four year old Amina is coming with Amy!    Amina means “Amen” in the local language, and she truly is the “Amen” of Amy’s life.  Amy currently has legal guardanship of Amina and we are trusting God for the day when Amina’s adoption is final.  In the words of Amy’s Mom, Donna Washington –

“Just the fact that this little 4-yr-old girl is alive is a miracle.  But she represents so much more! The story is long . . . and some of you know it . . .  but to us she represents redemption, reconciliation, and God’s ongoing faithfulness to His children. We give Him all the glory!

 

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To God be the Glory!   Hope to see you all Sunday night, March 24th!

 

Debbie Roberson

WATER IN MATLAKENG VILLAGE!

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Water is definitely not taken for granted in Matlakeng Village – Lesotho, Africa.  The  “community” pump has been broken for a good while and the people were having to cart water daily up the mountain to their homes.  I was excited to hear today that the pump has been fixed and good clean water is running freely again!

Wim van Rensburg and the people of Matlakeng Village send out a a big “Thank You” to those who helped restore water to the village.

I thank you also.  Your contributions to Susan’s Kids enable us to send help where it is needed.  Before you go to bed tonight, thank God for being able to turn on the faucet and have good clean water whenever you want.

 

Debbie Roberson

Hylien Makes Learning Fun!

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!

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Maleah’s Gift

Maleah's Gift

Maleah’s Gift

In my last post I mentioned speaking  at Ladies’ Night Out for an  awesome group of women from CrossPointe Fellowship in Winterville.  I met someone very special that night — a beautiful little girl named Maleah.  She was the only child there and she sat quietly with her Mom just to the right of where I was speaking.   I told Susan’s story and spoke of how God had woven people and events together as only He could do.  I told how the Susan’s Kids non-profit came to be and I showed pictures of Susan and of the children in Africa who are being fed and loved and are being taught about Jesus and His love for them.  As I spoke, I looked around the room – making eye contact with the sweet women there. Every time I glanced over towards Maleah she seemed to be so interested in what I was saying …. soaking in every word … her little face shining.  She was wearing a whimsical, colorful scarf … and she had on the cutest little glasses.  Each time I looked at her I thought to myself,  ”She is such a pretty little girl.”  In my spirit I felt the Lord saying, “Tell her.”  I’m pretty sure Jesus wanted her to know how precious she is to Him and that He wanted me to know even more importantly that her heart was beautiful as well.  Before I left that night, I told Maleah how pretty I thought she was.  In fact, I think I told her twice.

I had trouble sleeping that night.  I guess I was just excited, still filled to overflowing from praising  God for all He has done and all He is doing through Susan’s Kids.  Since I wasn’t sleepy at all,  I got up about 3 a.m. and checked my facebook messages.  I was super-blessed by this one from Maleah’s Mom.  I don’t think she will mind me sharing some of her words.

Just wanted to share a little of what your story did for my daughter tonight!  She was the one there tonight with the colorful scarf!!  We give our kids allowances each month as long as they do their required chores/jobs.  They have three jars – one for spending, one for giving, and one for saving.  Maleah had money still in her spending jar,  so a few weeks ago I asked her what she was planning on buying with it. She said she didn’t know what she needed to do with it,  but didn’t feel that she really needed to spend it on anything but didn’t know why.  Well tonight on the way home she said, “Mom I know what God wants me to do with the money in my spending jar.  He wants me to give it to help those kids.”

I was moved to tears.  Maleah could have spent that money on herself, but God was showing her a better way.  She wasn’t doing it to draw attention to herself.  She was doing it because she has Jesus in her heart and so she loves the way He does.  She was doing it to help the children she had seen in my pictures.   She was doing it because she sees through His eyes.

I think it’s easier sometimes for children to see through His eyes - to love the way that He loves.   Oh, that we all could see what Maleah is able to see.   To God be the Glory!

But, Jesus called the children to Him and said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.    Luke 18:16

 

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Thankful for the Opportunity to Share!

Over the last two weeks I had the great privilege of visiting with two different groups of awesome sisters in Christ and they gave me the opportunity to share the story of Susan’s Kids with them. On Tuesday night, February 5th, I spoke at Girl’s Night Out with my sisters from Christ’s Church in Winterville and on Friday night, February 15, I spoke at Ladies’ Night Out with my sisters from CrossPointe Fellowship in Winterville. I never tire of sharing the amazing story of what God has done and I am so thankful for the opportunity to give God glory! If anyone would ever like for me or Marvin Gurganus to come and share our story with your Church, small group, or Civic Group, please let us know.

Debbie Roberson

Amy Washington – Kupendwa Ministries – Uganda, Africa

When I stop and think about it …. I am in awe of what God has done.   He first  led us to help the precious children of South Africa and Lesotho by arranging for us to send help to the ministry of Wim and Hylien van Rensburg.  In 2011, He led us to help Abraham Thomas’s ministry to children in India.  Last year, He blessed us to be able to partner also with Amy Washington and her ministry in Uganda!   As I write these words, I tremble … knowing that none of it could have happened without God’s hand of blessing.

It was the summer of 2010 when I first met Amy Washington and I know that our meeting was by God’s design.  This beautiful young woman from Watkinsville, Georgia was overflowing with love for Jesus and I knew when I met her that she would go on to do great and mighty things for His Kingdom.

As I sat across the table from Amy and her Dad at dinner that summer night, I was so touched by her love for the children of Uganda.  She had been to Uganda on a mission trip and  she knew in her heart that God was calling her to go back there.  I had no doubt that she would be obedient.   After our visit, I sent a note to Amy’s Dad.   I don’t think he would mind if I shared a part of what I wrote with you.

“We were so blessed by our time with you and Amy.  Your daughter is so special  . . . Jesus just shines through her . . . and I know you are so proud of her.   She reminds me a bit of our Susan . . .  Susan was 23 when she went to Heaven and Amy looks to be about that age . . . same dancing dark eyes . . . same passion . . . same bright spirit . . . same love for children . . . . same love for Jesus . . . Susan even wore her hair in a French braid sometimes . . . and she was tall and beautiful like Amy . . . When I gave Amy  a hug after dinner I didn’t want to let go.   Please know that we will be praying for her as she goes back to Uganda to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”

Amy was obedient to God and returned to Uganda.  We are proud to be able to partner with her and we praise God for the work He is doing through Kupendwa Ministries.

I know you will be blessed when you watch this re-cap of what God did through Amy’s ministry in 2012.  We praise His Holy Name!    …….    Debbie Roberson

Can You See the Joy?

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Beautiful Nthabeleng

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

 

Debbie Roberson

Reflecting on 2012

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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

Two Women – A Partnership of Love

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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!

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Debbie Roberson – Susan’s Mom