We have a kaleidoscope of goodness spinning around Kingsway. Youth group starts back Sept 13th, Wed Night Fellowship is off to a fun and fantastic start, the wood gym floor is being installed, and a whole slate of fall ministry outreach activities are being planned. As we become more and more mission focused at Kingsway its vital that we hear from the actual voices of those we support. To begin this effort we will be inviting Pastor BJ Mpfou, the President of the Mozambique Churches of Christ and director of the Khayelihle Childern’s Home to be our speaker on Monday evening Sept 28th at 6:00 PM in Schaeffer Chapel. He is an extraordinary minister with an extraordinary vision for ministering to all of God’s children. My dear friend, Rev. Cory Glover from First Christian in Paris, TN is working in tandem with Kingsway to support these children. Below are his words from a recent visit to school, farm, and orphanage that support these beautiful children:
From The Rev. Cory Glover:
All the synoptic gospels report Jesus famously saying, “Let the little children come to me.”
While he was certainly speaking to his own disciples who fancied themselves as bodyguards, as a parent I also wonder if he was speaking to the parents as well.
I imagine that scene. Kids running around everywhere – using sticks like swords, kicking a ball, playing tag. Jesus enters a village and a commotion ensues. The kids, curious as they are, run to see what is happening…all while the parents try to keep them out of the way and close to the nest.
“Let the little children come to me.”
If you ever have a chance to visit the Khayelihle Children’s Village, you’ll feel very similar. The kids seem to be everywhere, having the time of their lives, lost in joyful play. Yet, when they see you, they all come running.
The kids at KCV are primarily AIDS orphans. When I visited, there were 94 children living in the village. There they find shelter, food, community, education, and faith development.
Yet, when you leave the village and see the community as a whole, you get a glimpse of the gravity of the need. KCV is literally changing lives, one day at a time…but every week, they are having to turn children away. There is simply not enough room or resources. They do the best they can with what they can for the children they can…and sometimes it isn’t enough.
“Let the little children come to me.” Outside of the city, there are different needs – clean water, education, faith formation, and medical care. Through the Showers of Blessing fund, BJ and his team are able to develop a comprehensive strategy. They dig a well to provide fresh water and utilize that meeting point to develop localized churches and schools.
When you visit one of these wells, you’ll see children coming there too. They come – anywhere from 1k to 10k – to retrieve fresh water. They can do so because they cannot make it into the city for an education. BJ and his team are maximizing their resources, but they cannot dig wells or train local pastors fast enough and do not have enough school supplies for all their sites.
In order for the children to come, someone first has to go to them.
“Let the little children come to me.” BJ and his team are doing tremendous work – I’ve seen it myself. Yet, the needs are great.
I hope you will consider a partnership with this wonderful ministry.
The kids are waiting… and Cory and I are hoping each of you will attend the lecture at Schaeffer Chapel on September 28th.
Kingsway Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
7887 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138
Phone: (901) 683-3505