Saturday, 11 August 2012

Friday 10th August 2012 - Share and Delani Villages- Bush Buck Ridge

Hi from Ruth Wendy Cheryl and Pauline

Abi's nail bar!

Cheryl & Wendy join a bead party

Today was a very special one – it was our last full day working in the communities with Hands At Work. We spent the morning at Share with the Care Workers, on their own this time. It was planned as a pampering session and we had a variety of activities organised, beading, nail painting, hand massage, clay modelling and bracelet braiding. The day started as usual with singing, only this time using English choruses. Some of the team were involved with the washing of the feet of the Care Workers, which evoked spontaneous singing, a very moving experience for all. Wendy will elaborate on this part of the day later in this blog entry below.

It was lovely to get the opportunity to spend time with the women as themselves rather than as Care Workers. It was great to see them relaxed and having a break from their usual responsibilities. They really seemed to relish the chance to spend time on themselves. The beading was especially popular as they enjoyed the making and the wearing of necklaces and bracelets.

The end of the morning was difficult as we had to say our last goodbyes, emotional for all, lots of hugs and tears, but only after a hymn in typical energetic African style. Wendy and Rose were in the middle stomping with the best!!

We spent the afternoon at Delani where we ate together the lunch we had prepared earlier, children, Care Workers and our team. This is a smaller centre than Share with only 4 care workers at present, Petrus, Grace, Trifena and Eunice. We played games with the children with skipping ropes, balls and with the fabric parachute. We then assembled little aeroplanes together and had fun flying them. The children were a delight and it was another lovely visit.

A long drive back to the Hands Hub at White River which now felt like coming home!

Love to all at home x
Hi from Wendy

Following on from the blog entry above from the four of us who share a room, Pauline, Ruth and Cheryl I wanted to tell you a little bit more about yesterday (Friday) at Share.

Richard led the worship with songs that had actions: Praise ye the Lord: Jesus love is very Wonderful: Our God is a Great big God: Father we adore you: Liz led a song (We love you Jesus, deep down in our hearts) and then we sang Amazing Grace just one verse. We had a bible reading which was taken from Phillipians 2: 5 – 11, this was read in English and then into Shangani, the language of the Care Workers. Richard explained how Jesus was divine and yet human, how he was so humble and yet God - and how during the last supper Jesus washed the disciples feet as a way of honouring them and equipping them for their work. But Peter said he couldn’t let Jesus wash his feet - he wanted to wash Jesus’ feet. Jesus’ response was in love when he said “unless I wash you, you have no part in me.

We, the group from England, wanted to honour the work that these Care Workers do for their Communities and the children, because they give so much of their love, their time and their energy. Washing their feet was a way that we could show our love for them and that we honour them and all that they do. What we didn’t know was how they would respond to this offering.

Promotion, one of the Care Workers, who was sat next to me said “I really want this”. There were smiles all round, much to our surprise, as they waited expectantly for us to get ourselves ready.

There were three teams of three. One to wash, one to dry and cream and one to pray. In my group was Brian, Leah and me. Leah and myself took turns to wash and dry and Brian prayed.

The time of foot washing began quietly but gently singing began to move around the place, filling every fibre of your being. The essence of God was in this place. The words I heard were “thankyou Jesus, thankyou Jesus” echoing all around..

Those of our team who were making sandwiches in the background, said that the singing was very beautiful and very moving.

For me, it was a humbling and emotional experience, one I will never forget. In a way it was in the foot washing that we were honouring them, but by the Care Workers allowing us to do this for them, they honoured us.
We then moved into the bead making, drinks and biscuits and finally finished with an act of worship in true African style, singing and moving around.

Saying goodbye was very difficult, especially to two people who became very important for me, that was Promotion and Onny.

Love and prayers to you all at home.
God bless