By the one who matters most! Pictured to the left is "Bambi". He was a lone Grey Rhebok who lived on the game farm of Amathunzi in South Africa. He was adopted by the Wiechardt family and given a free reign at their home. He would run and play with the family dogs.
One of the rituals for this young antelope was to walk into the home. Bambi would walk cautiously to seek the bag of dog food always open in the kitchen. I took this picture while he was at the base of the stairs about to embark on his daily hunt for food. He would even allow you to reach out and touch his coat. But that was not for long.
Grey Rhebok have an interesting family and social structure. Male offspring disperse as yearlings and remain peripheral until they can gain a territory. One day Bambi disappeared from the house and the missionaries were not sure of his location. Then one day Bambi showed up with a small family. Thankfully he had not been killed by some of the Wild Cats that roam the mountains around the area.
His adoption into the family only lasted for a season but it was all he needed to grow and prepare for life in a family group. You can still see Bambi on rare occasions but it is always at a distance.
I am so glad that Jesus has adopted us into his family. It is so nice to have a safe place to grow and be accepted. Because He is the one who cares and matters the most!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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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.