The Smile of Love
Cathy and I met this young man in 2012. His parents had died from Aids in the remote area near Khaphunga, Swaziland.
He had buried his father and mother himself. Then he turned his attention to his younger brother and sister. How do I take care of them? He had no money, no way of getting funds and little knowledge about how to take care of them.
He was found by one of the grandmothers serving orphans in the remote area of the country. He was feeding his brother and sister dirt because he could make it warm and it seemed to fill the belly.
The three children had been taken in by an extremely poor family to help them survive the trauma they had experienced. The mother of the family was connected with Numsa Lukhele and her ministry to assist children who had been struck by the Aids epidemic.
Numsa had gotten permission from several chiefs to plant fields of corn for orphans around these remote mountains. She recruited thirty grandmothers who lived in those areas to find and serve these destitute children. She raised funds for seed corn and vegetables to assist the children. They would cultivate, plant, nurture and harvest their own fields to provide food year around. They do it collectively.
I was deeply touched by the hearts of these children and their workers. The difficult circumstances they labor under is amazing. It took me a long time to get this young man to smile. There was a hollow look in his eyes that finally washed away when he felt comfortable with the big white man and woman.
We can be the hands of Christ helping others who cannot help themselves. Christ said, if you do unto the least of these you have done it unto me.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
Deeper Still Missions
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.