We are excited to share this letter from Lindiwe, an orphan in Mnene Parish, written to her Mail for Mnene partner, the Hoyle family. (Portions of her letter are included below; the entire letter is included in the summer edition of The Shepherd's Voice newsletter.) Her reflection gives us an appreciation for the effect our support has had and continues to have on these children in Zimbabwe.
Calvary greetings to you all!
Allow me to take you back a little bit. My flash back would not be interesting if I hadn't you as my parents. You took the responsibility of taking care of me and others. I became a recognised human being among others and today I have a sense of belonging. It is because of your love and care that I also attended my high school, well dressed and well presented. You took me as your own up to my tertiary education. For a girl child it would be difficult without hygiene, clothes and other facilities to learn at a stable level. Without
you this phase of my life would have been so break-backing to pass.
I will humbly repeat that I had good passes at school, because my mind was stable and you provided the facilities that a human being can need. Your contribution will never go unnoticed.
When you plant a seed, it grows and it becomes a big tree, it bears fruits and those products benefit not the tree but its surroundings, the birds, animals and the community. Even if the owner of the plant is longer or drag back to take care of the smaller plants, this tree still it is safe and can continue to grow and still bear more fruits, because it has become strong. It has become stronger to survive because it was given the capacity and the facility to grow through manure, and water. When the sun is too much, this big tree provide shadow to the small plants, and likewise when it is rainy and windy it protects them. It becomes an example to other plants that it is possible to grow given the chance to, and it is very important to maintain itself from the facilities provided by the farmer. The picture I give here is that you adopted me when I was 17 and you gave me the chance to pursue my education. You gave me the capacity financially, psychologically, physically and socially and I must say THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I REALLY APPRECIATE!
I became strong and I graduated my first degree. I know and understand that you still have another responsibility to take, especially to my little brothers and sisters in Good Shepherded, who are still growing at school. My wish is to see my fellow beneficiaries rise also. I also hope that through me and others who have graduated, my fellow colleagues will able to believe and work hard to finish school the same way or better than us. To God be the glory and may His grace be upon us all the time.
I gladly formally inform you that I am now studying my postgraduate degree at the University of KwaZulu Natal, in Pietermariztburg, South Africa. I am studying a postgraduate of Gender and Religion. I got a scholarship to study this for this year. It covers the fees, and accommodation on average and food on average, because accommodation here is very expensive in South Africa. Towards the end of year I will re-apply the other one for Masters and if all goes well, arrange my papers for next year. For Masters I will be studying Religion, Gender and Health Rights. At this level I can become a lecture in this field while i am writing my Doctorate thesis. So basically, I will be an academia and researcher in this field. I assure myself to work hard and to do my best!
I would like to say thank you very much once again, without you, the university would have not chosen me.
Thank you very much for your love, may God's love and grace continue to shine upon you as a family, and as individuals. I love you and God loves you more! Be blessed!
The Mnene orphan ministry is supported by the Good Shepherd operating budget and by ongoing donations from members and friends of Good Shepherd. This ministry is currently in need of donations to continue providing support to these orphans in Mnene Parish, Zimbabwe. You can GIVE TO THIS MINISTRY
or by giving a donation (with Mnene Ministry in the memo line) at church. More information on Good Shepherd's support of the orphans in Mnene can be found