We just got back from Daveyton.
We started by going to see Gladys since we had some disposable diapers for her mom. Gladys cried when we handed them to her. We noticed her little boy (maybe 6-7) lying on a bed. He had had a high fever and “fits”, so the doctor said he has to stay home from school for a week. Gladys said it had happened before when he was very young. There was much concern on her face – kids with seizures usually don’t go to school. Pray that he will not have anymore seizures and will be fully recovered quickly. (He sounded like he had the virus I am just getting over.)
From there we decided to cross back over the dirt field to find the woman who speaks English that we had promised to visit last week, but couldn’t find. As we were about halfway across I heard someone call out “Barbara” – it was Minky. We had a blanket for her and wondered if that was why she called to us.
But actually she had some sad news for us – Beauty died this morning at the hospital. Pray for her 4 sons (2 sets of twins) – one set is actually her grandsons (her daughter died and she was left to care for them). She has a husband, but from what Minky says he drinks alot and isn’t much of a father. He may not even be related to the boys. Minky said some agency will have to sort out who takes care of the children.
We left Minky and headed across the field, not really wanting to meet anyone, but knowing that we should. (We have no idea if Beauty knew Jesus as her Savior. She did eagerly listen to our stories, but couldn’t speak English. A lot of the people can understand English but not be able to speak it.)
We weren’t sure exactly where “the woman” lived, but saw a woman giving her little boy a bath. Another woman was joining her. I told them we were looking for a woman who speaks English that we were to visit last week but couldn’t find. The woman smiled and said, “that’s me!” Her name is Rosie (love it when they have English names!) and she said we can come back next week. (She was on her way somewhere.)
We then headed back across the field to tell Pala the story of Abraham. She came out with her little boy. He was a precious little boy – less than a year old – who was albino. It was hard to tell the story since the baby was crying, but I muddled through. Her husband came home and gave the baby a sucker to eat – stopped the crying! The baby crawled to the door, pulled it open and crawled in to be with his dad. After the story I shared I Pet 3 about wives bringing their husband’s to the Lord by their behavior. She told us that she had decided the same thing – that she must change – quit being jealous, etc. Pray that she will seek after God and find Him to be the one to meet her needs.
Then we walked back across the field (starting to not regret the huge piece of carrot cake I ate at 10:00 this morning (birthday celebration)). I thought it was time to leave, but we ended up joining Dianne and walking across that field yet again and going to another section of the Township to see a young woman Chris (the pastor who has been making visits) asked us to see. We found her and asked if she could join Nellie and Margaret for Bible stories on Wed mornings. She agreed, so we went in search of Nellie. She then took us to see Margaret. We ended up at Margaret’s house with Nellie, Margaret, Mr. Bazi, Sarah, Roniya, Katy, and little Zanele! Denise told the story in English, Nellie translated it into Zulu! They invited us back next week. Pray that they were sincere!
Then we walked back and yes crossed the field again! My black shoes are always orange when we come home :) *Names changed