Children

THE CHILDREN AT MAFORGA

Please meet Inez, a bright little girl whose father is over seventy years old. That’s why she’s with us – her mother died and her father couldn’t cope. There was a house of sorts they lived in, with six children, in the bush. Inez, her little brother Pascoali and her sister Bensa came to live with us.

For children like Inez, we try to provide a safe haven where they can grow up with proper medical care, love, a chance to have an education and a family around them. And a place where they can learn about the God who loves them.

Inez visits Trish in bed

SO WHAT ABOUT THE SITUATIONS THEY COME FROM?

They come to us from many different situations. AIDS is ravaging the country; men often take a woman, and when she has had a few children, they simply leave her for another. The result is thousands of single mums with no support, turning to many things including selling their bodies, to survive.  Some girls end up in extreme poverty or in manipulative relationships which pass on the same heritage to their children. Above all, the children of such people grow up with no example of the love and security that God planned for them to live in. Thus they never fulfil their potential for good – only they become a burden to the whole community.

ARE YOU A NURSE? FEEL CALLED BY GOD TO MISSIONS? WOULD YOU FIT IN ON SUCH A BASE?

Many children come through the Baby Clinic. Babies whose mothers have died in childbirth arrive with a relative at the clinic and are monitored. If their situation is untenable, they are taken into the mission. When they are strong enough and when the nurses feel the situation at home is ready, they are returned to their families. Some stay until they are two or three years old. Some stay on at the mission and are moved to the boy’s centre, the younger childrens’ group or the younger girls, where they will grow up with us.

During the famine last year we found many child-headed families where there was no adult to help them – or they were the children of another man, and unwanted by the current “husband”. Such children grow up with a deep sense of rejection, and only the love of God can help them to recover a sense of personal worth.

DO YOU LOVE GOD? LONG TO BE WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN NEEDY CIRCUMSTANCES? PRAY ABOUT COMING FOR A LOOK-SEE.


Some have parents who are incapable of looking after them – occasionally, when there is no other solution, we bring the family to live on the mission, but each family means another house to build, more influences among the current population of children and many other issues. We avoid it where possible.

There are several groupings of children on the mission. In the past we have tried to keep siblings together, but this is not always possible when the boys reach a certain age. On the southern side of the Beira Corridor we have babies, small children, younger girls and older girls. There are several families whose children live with their parents on the mission, including the missionaries, but they participate in all the activities and enjoy school and games with the others.

WOULD YOU ENJOY A GAME OF FOOTBALL WITH A BUNCH OF ENTHUSIASTIC BOYS? (OR GIRLS!!!)LIKE TO HELP OUT FOR A SEASON?

On the northern side there is the Boys’ Centre, Elim Centre, where approximately 50 boys and four or five missionary families live at any one time. Kees and Sarah Tanis is the director of the boys’ centre and has done an excellent job in teaching them about prayer, godly living and education. It’s been a battle over the years and he has paid a price but the boys have had a good foundation in life skills and an education which releases them to rise above the poverty of the past. Many live out what they have learned and are moving forward in life, and many are working family men with children of their own.

ARE YOU MOVED BY LITTLE CHILDREN REACHING OUT FOR YOUR LOVE? THINK ABOUT COMMITTING YOURSELF TO A TIME OF WORKING WITH THEM.

The smaller children have had a list of dedicated and loving people looking after them,  some single young men and others couples or single ladies. At present Bev Cullender is with them and spends many hours investing in them. Mozambican ladies help with the chores and the children all interrelate and learn dances, songs, and go on outings together. There is a lot of fun – animals provide enrichment to their lives and the families around them are involved as a community. The school is a source of much social interraction and they attend football matches on the green pitch across the road.

HAVE A PASSION FOR SEEING CHILDREN EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF GOD? THINK OF GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND COMING TO MOZAMBIQUE!

We try to make sure the children have spiritual input. Many times the power of God has brought a child out of the depths of lostness and lack of destiny, and brought healing and direction and understanding.

We don’t take children without working together with Accao Social, the Government Social Welfare Department.  However, many times they allow us to make decisions as they have come to trust us through the years.

THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO BE AVAILABLE TO DO WHATEVER THEY ARE ASKED TO DO – GOD OPENS DOORS FOR YOU IF YOU ARE!

More about little Inez. Here are her family and the hut, and kitchen they came from.editimg_0260

This is the house Inez’s family lived in together.editimg_0257editimg_0255

Fires ravage the countryside in September and October.

Inez with her dad, Pascoali on left and Bensa on right.