Spring News Letter 2019

Spring News Letter 2019

Well, spring has arrived! Isn’t beautiful to see the flowers, new leaves and other changes in nature? A few months ago, I decided to buy a puzzle featuring a collection of pictures of animals of Africa put together by Charlotte Firbank-King. However, I never realized how big the puzzle really was….It took me days of frustration and many weeks to get all 1500 pieces in the right places. At some stage I realized that my Big Puzzle here in Pretoria was of course still very, very small compared to the Puzzle of Life, that is: God’s Creation. Indeed, in reflecting on his own life, the famous physicist Isaac Newton – who was able to understand and write down the laws of gravitation – once said: “I just went to the beach and played with a few pebbles”… Looking at the smallest in matter and looking at the wonders and the incalculable greatness of the universe, I am sure you and me can only wonder as to exactly what laws and relevant formulae are holding it all together.

Every day I looked at my puzzle, I became strangely aware, that, just like my puzzle was not yet finished, so God’s Creation is also not yet finished. Jesus came into the picture 2000 years ago to show us what God is really like: God is Love and Grace. He gave His own life for us and at that point we all became a part of his Picture, for sure! Each one of us has a role to play, no matter how big or small.

Puzzling!

Indeed, love is the source of our enthusiasm, optimism and creativity. Yes, there are still many more people to be born, and yes, there are still many more things to find out and laws to understand. I remember that whenever I was able to finish one of the 80(!) animals in my puzzle, I became so excited noticing how the pieces all fitted together enabling me to see all the details… Then I thought: that is how it is in the Big Puzzle of Life: sometimes we get a glimpse of the part that we all played in God’s Creation and how we fit into the big picture. As the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 13:12: ‘For now we see only [a reflection] as in a mirror [dimly], but then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known’.

On one occasion, when we visited the safe home for children in Nelmapius (Pretoria) that Heart for Children is  supporting, I was moved to tears by the love of the children shown to us after we had brought each child a ‘lucky’ packet. I felt privileged that we are able to help Jochi there with a steady income now for her home. 

God is doing His work in all 21 homes sponsored by you in South Africa and the Netherlands through Heart for Children! Many thanks to each one of you for being a piece in the Big Puzzle of Life.

Looking forward to 2019

Looking back at 2018, we are grateful to all our wonderful donors for your support during the year. Each one in his/her own small way, has made a difference in the life of a child. We are looking forward to new opportunities in 2019, broadening our scope to include additional places of safety and foster homes caring for abandoned and orphaned children within the Gauteng area. HfC would love to impact the lives of more children, but to do this, HfC needs the continued support of our donors. Your continued financial support ensures a safe haven for a child in need. Please consider donating to HfC on a monthly basis. Any small amount assists!

May all our donors experience God’s richest blessings in 2019.

Latest addition to HfC

We are very excited about the addition of “Share Tears and Grow” to the homes that HfC are supporting. “Share Tears and Grow” is a place of safety situated in Nellmapius, Pretoria. The place of safety was established by Jochie, a wonderful woman with a heart for abandoned children. The history of the children placed in the care of Jochie, touches one’s heart. Most of the children have been placed at “Share Tears and Grow” since them being babies or toddlers. One of the children currently in Jochie’s care, was found under a bush when the child was only one day old. Another boy was brought to the house when he was a toddler, the mother indicated that she could not look after the child, whereafter she simply left. One little girl has special needs and goes to a special school. Apart from receiving social grants for some of the children and limited support from HCC, Jochie is supporting the children at her own expense. With the support of HfC, the house will be able to meet some of the financial expenditure for the children.

HfC will not be able to support places such as Share Tears and Grow without the support of donors. Your support is desperately needed.

RCH

We have reported previously that we are requesting donations for the procurement of washing machines and fridges for Rehoboth Children’s Home (RCH) near Port Shepstone, They take care of about 80 children of which 75% are HIV positive. These are usually the type of children that nobody really wants, not even for adoption….. RCH have reported that all their appliances are old and worn out. Thus far we have received donations and pledges of about R20 000. Although this will go along way, we need at least another R5 000. Your generous donations will assist greatly. We have planned a visit to RCH during the first week of September and would love to give them R25 000 for this purpose. If you donate, please indicate Rehoboth in the reference line as well as your name and surname. Our bank details are: Heart for Children, FNB Cheque acc. no 6221 5969 116 (code 250655).