SWAZILAND CARE POINT
Emmanuel began partnering in 2018 with the community of eNhlanhleni in Swaziland to support a ministry known as a care point. At the care point, approximately 200 children are fed a solid meal each day, are discipled to know Jesus and provided with basic medical care. Swaziland has the world’s highest rate of HIV/Aids infection and many of these children are orphans cared for by grandparents or other family members who are often overwhelmed with the financial burden. eNhlanhleni is in one of the poorest regions of Swaziland yet its people are working hard in this partnership, cooking the food, collecting the firewood and building a shelter for the cooking and a fence to protect the children.
As our partnership with that community develops, we are encouraged to send a team to visit the people of eNlanhleni and, at some point, may have the opportunity to help them with development projects to increase their sustainability. The Care Point is part of the ministry of Stephen and Charity Spragg through Adventures in Missions.
Stephen and Charity Spragg serve as missionaries in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), where they oversee 13 care points, which look after about 3,000 children, providing a daily meal, Christian discipleship and emergency medical care. Stephen has taken on the pastoral responsibility of leading and shepherding a local multi-cultural church that uses English as it’s medium. English is a bridge between many cultures, and we desire to be a part of seeing how God will grow and create an incredibly diverse church that will live out His Kingdom culture, and in turn display His Glory.
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Stephen & Charity Spragg
Latest Update - February 2020
We praise God that we have a shepherd this year at this carepoint after taking some time looking for one. The shepherd’s name is Sthulele Mamba who served at Mabantaneni 1 last year and now he is volunteering to serve at eNhlanhleni carepoint. We hope a great change will happen at the carepoint since there will be someone who will work there with the kids full time.The community is excited to have Sthulele.
The carepoint kids had visitors from overseas and that showed them love. The visitors gave the kids different playing things which included balls, soaps, skipping ropes, tennis balls, dolls, and other things. The grown up kids especially loved this visit and these gifts.
During the opening days of school the carepoint co ordinator (Precious) had a meeting with carepoint kids and the parents, encouraging the kids to put more effort on their school work so that they will be able to qualify for applying for school fees (scholarship) and they can have a bright future. The kids seem to be more motivated and they promised to work hard for getting better results at school.
The carepoint small group leaders are preparing for their training which will teach them more of what it takes to be a good leader. Also the carepoint kids are preparing themselves for Good Friday where they will be worshiping God with their friends from various places.
The friends that visited the carepoint did an outreach whereby they prayed for the community. This was an awesome experience for them and it showed the community how important the carepoint is. This also brings an assurance to the community members that God is really existing because even people from far away are praying to the same God.
The friends that visited the carepoint also did a home visit of child headed family. The kids are carepoint kids and their mom died in 2003. Then they stayed with their grandmother for a few years and their father. Due to family issues the father built another home and he moved out with the grandmother and they left the kids to stay alone. These kids look out for themselves, helping one another to grow. They have been staying alone for more than five years and the house that they are having is falling and when it is raining they stand on their feets since the house is leaking. Life is tough on these kids and they think on what to eat everyday while they are doing their primary school. The team helped the kids with food of which they used for a few days. Someone has provided them with cement and bricks for building a home for these kids. These materials will build the wall of the house and now the kids are in need of the roofing material and labour money and few things like windows and doors. With God all will be good and the kids will get to see God's power through their situation.
Testimonials from locals about the carepoint
Hlobsile Msibi (11 Years old) shared her love for the carepoint. She shared that she loves meeting her friends at the carepoint and more especially eating with them. She also mentioned that she loves a lot when she sees a program staff like the carepoint coordinator visiting the carepoint.
Make Mamba, a community member shared that having the carepoint is like having everything for the community because the kids will grow up with God and be able to change the whole community situation. With that the kids will also be able to teach the future generation the right way to live.
Pray for the shepard as he has moved to the eNhlanhleni area to be protected and for him to give more of what he has learnt as a leader to the kids.
Pray for the carepoint kids to have a positive mindset no matter how hard the situation is at their homestead.
Pray for the carepoint development, especially for God to provide the carepoint with proper cooking structure since now this one is in great need of repairs.