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!

Warmest Regards, 
Grateful daughter,  Lindiwe

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 HERE 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 here

Sunday's Readings
Isaiah 65:1-9
Psalm 22:19-28
Galatians 3:23-29
 Luke 8:26-39

Have you been searching for that cup, umbrella, lunch box, pair of sunglasses, jacket, etc. that have been missing for weeks? Our Lost and Found is overflowing, so come see if we have found what you (or your children) lost! Lost and Found items are located in the Narthex to the right of the door to the Education Wing. All unclaimed items will be donated to North Raleigh Ministries on Monday, June 24.

Coffeehouse - Tonight, June 21, 7:00-8:30 pm -  This ministry offers live music, refreshments, and fellowship to adults of all abilities. 25 adult and youth helpers are needed to assist with set-up, serving, and clean-up for approximately 200 guests.  A great volunteer activity for families, too!  No experience needed. Contact coffeehouse@gslchurch.org for more information or sign up to serve here .

Worship on Wednesdays (WOW) with Pizza Dinner -  Wednesday, June 26, 5:15 pm, Fellowship Hall    Do working weekends keep you from attending church regularly on Sundays? Stay connected to your faith and your church community at WOW. This family-friendly service celebrates and models a life-long faith using the four keys of lasting faith formation. Join us for pizza at 5:15 pm followed by a family-friendly worship at  5:30-6:00 pm.
See Your City Through a New Lens at Middle School Mission Week -  Wednesday, July 31 - Sunday, August 4 Rising 6 th -9 th grade students will take time this week with the middle school youth of Christ the King Lutheran Church to serve Raleigh and live in community at Good Shepherd. We'll also swim, head to Frankie's Fun Park, and grab ice cream together during the week! Cost: $75. Register here .
Contact Andrew.Buck@gslchurch.org with questions.
Summer is Here, but It's Not Too Early to Make Fall Plans
Learn how to live happier and longer; attend the 50Forward Living Well retreat October 18-20 at Lutheridge Conference Center near Asheville, NC. The amazing rate of $230/person gives you a weekend of inspiring speakers, valuable workshops and delightful community - gathered around TED-talk speaker Susan Pinker's book  The Village Effect. More details at  50forwardlife.org.

More information about upcoming events is available in   this week's bulletin announcements.

The Summer edition of The Shepherd's Voice newsletter is now available. Read it here.

Health and Healing  for Montana Brown and Christina Valente.

Sympathy to Barb Newcomer and family at the death of her aunt, Betty Rowe; and to Faith Zhou and her granny at the death of her grandfather.

Safekeeping for the members of Good Shepherd attending the Hurricane Relief mission trip to Whiteville, NC this week.

Thanksgiving for the birth of Penelope Marie Riter, granddaughter of Sarah and Boz Marchi; and for the 45 bags and 2 large boxes of supplies donated by Good Shepherd to the Helen Wright Center. (Donations can still be brought in through the end of this month.)

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including  Simbarashe Dube and Nodias Sigono.

Simba is 22 years old.  He is taking  "O" level classes at Mbuyanehanda High School.  If he successfully completes his classes, the Mnene staff will discuss post-secondary educational plans for him in a vocational program.  During school breaks (1 month long), he helps care for his homestead as his Grannie is ill and away from the home.  He visited with our 2017 mission team.  His Mail For Mnene partner is the Kovac family.

Nodius is 19 years old.  He is also taking his "O" level classes at Mbuyanehanda High School.  If he successfully completes these classes, Mnene staff will work with him to secure placement in a vocational program.  He visited with our 2017 mission team.  His Mail For Mnene partners are the Plavocos & Strawbridge families.

Visit the Wittenberg Information Center in the Narthex for photos of this week's orphans and  more information on the Mnene Ministry.

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