a humbling day.......

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sometimes you committ to something and then your day just seems to want to drag you in another direction......  you then have to will yourself to do what you committed to doing - even if it seems as if it "doesn't really matter" - because it will, in the end....

there is a small farm play school in our community that we donate goods to on a regular basis.  we were invited to attend their "thank you concert".  this morning was the morning.  but the day started out a little different than i had planned and i was ready to cancel.  but the Holy Spirit gently reminded me of how i felt when someone committed to doing something and then cancelled on me at the last minute) so i collected Priscilla and off we went.

the view is spectacular from the little school made up of a few shipping containers.  the school started when a social worker that was employed by the Mondplaas Co-op and a farmers' wife realised that the little pre-school farm labourer children needed a place to be prepared for real school.....  agricultural areas don't have crechés on every corner.  so they started in the farmers' wife's garage, but soon they were inundated with requests from neighbouring farmers to take more labourers' little children.

today there are 26 children attending the playschool and they are bursting at their seams.  i did not want to violate the little school by taking too many photos, but it is immaculate - the grass is mowed, there is a garden, inside everything is perfectly in place and these little children sang and danced their hearts out for a small group of grown up people (who must have looked VERY scary to them all.....)

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they did not ask for a single cent....  i sat next to the farmers' wife during the concert and asked her how they survived.  she said that each parent had to pay R50 per month and the balance came from the farmers in the community for their labourers' children.  but, she said, as with any charity school - without proper funding, there is always a shortage.  i asked what needed to be done.  i was shown windows that were donated when the school was put together - they arrived cracked 6 years ago and by now were getting worse for the wear and letting the cold in.  the glass shop gave a quote of R1600, but it was just impossible for the school to be able to pay that amount and they did not want to ask people for money.

so i went back to where the few attendees were now enjoying coffee and tea and said that the school did not want to ask for money, but i had no qualms asking - if each fo us who attended gave R50, we would be almost half way to replacing the windows.

if you want to also help - please email me.  maybe you feel moved to make a monthly donation of R10.  or a once off of R10 - goodness, what is R10?  we waste ten times that when we stop at a convenience store on coffee,water, snacks and lip ice.......

you know, it is impossible to change the masses - but imagine if you and i can make a difference to the life of ONE child.....

and if you cannot make a financial contribution, please thank the Lord for people like these who spend their lives uplifting others and pray for the funds to keep them going.....  xxxx

 

 

 

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