The Holy Spirit touched my soul, in November 2012. Whilst working very contentedly at a large ministry, in Johannesburg, as a Outreach Co-Ordinator. His commission-to take my three children and move to a impoverished, mountainous region, called Qwa Qwa.We were just to take our bare necessities. His chosen destination a village called Mabolela. A village inhabited by the Basotho nation. Living as a villager without water and plumbing, sleeping on mats, we were taught how our neighbours existed. We found that life dragged from one miserable day into the next. Storms destroyed roofs, and we were left, as were others utterly disheartened, as we cleaned up our flooded house. We found ourselves in the midst of the most abject and horrifying violence. A village where tiny, little Grannies were knifed for 1 usd, and who had lay dying and bleeding on small orphans, who were frozen in horror and shock. Orphaned and vulnerable children, flocked to our humble house whilst guardians gasped their last breath wracked with a blood disorder that destroyed already weakened immune systems. Death was rife, all around us, and the stench of poverty kept me awake at night.
At the beginning I cried and tried to process a world that had gone mad. Barely able to feed ourselves we shared anything we could with our new Angels. There were no intake forms, no welfare, no office administration, just a house in the village called The Mustard Seed open at all hours to any child that had a need. We gave out Jesus, love, hugs and anything else we could spare.We were living on 50 usd. After paying for rent there was not much left. The Holy Spirit taught, trained and ministered to me.
I used Facebook to let the world know about Qwa Qwa and its many orphans. Slowly God raised us up with an outside latrine, a water tank, and blankets came in during a winter where temperatures reached below -15. We all huddled together on our sitting room floor and slept through frost and wind. I remember soothing little shivering bodies who whimpered in cold as they slept. And when we could not take it anymore Christ started sending in clothes.
I awoke one morning to find a business man from a local company had left me a message on my mobile. His business would sponsor us with food each month, for a year, as part of their social outreach programme. Mattresses came in and we were on our way to civilised living. We started a feeding programme for 60 children, added breakfast and made sandwiches for school, and concentrated on bible and life skills training.
A lady from the Jesus Dvd set us up with the Sotho speaking” Jesus DVD” and with a new plasma television, donated to the children of The Mustard Seed, we were starting to see a change in little bodies and little souls. The Mustard Seed Angels looked distinctly different to the other urchins that roamed the streets of Mabolela Village. The Angels very naturally shared a deep bond with me. Each new child that crossed our threshold was ministered to by myself and every other little Angel that was inhabiting The Mustard Seed Orphan Care. A tiny dejected little body destroyed and weary would appear at our door, without a word, an Angel would rush to get the soap and run a bath, another Angel would make up a mattress, and one of the female Angels would dish up from a big pot that always simmered on the stove. We were and always have been a close family.
What you do unto the very least of these, you do unto Me.
At the Mustard Seed, JJ has partnered with local missionary, Julia Oconnell to provide support to the children of Maboela Village, in Qwa Qwa, South Africa. At the Mustard seed we focus on 4 areas:
- Relationship with God – establishing a relationship and growing closer to God
- Basic needs – clothing, shelter
- Medical needs – HIV meds,
- Education needs – provide uniforms and tuition for schooling
We also have 1 project that we are hoping that God will provide for – House and land expansion.
Lastly, if you are interested to volunteer your time and gifts at the Mustard Seed please let us know as we begin to schedule mission trips.
JJ is currently seeking to partner with local missionaries in Ghana, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone to establish Children’s homes.