Coming Home

It’s 4 am in Swaziland and I can sleep no longer. There is always a wide range of emotions one experiences as we prepare to leave this place to go back to our “normal” lives in the U.S. Fear that we did not do enough while we were here. Apprehension over the long flight home. Regret that we have to leave so soon when there is so much more work to be done.

Perhaps a bit of anger at the seemingly indifferent attitude towards the suffering and death that is just a part of life here. Sadness for the millions of orphans on this continent who have no one to care for them and feed them, let alone love and protect them. Grief and pain for the precious little ones who are routinely subjected to unspeakable depravity and abuse by the very people who are supposed to guard them from such things.

In the midst of all this there are the good things we can carry home with us. Memories that are etched into our hearts and minds that will forever be with us. The big happy smiles we saw on the children as we spent time with them in such simple and basic acts of service. Whether we were feeding them, teaching them Bible stories, painting their Care Point, playing games or just hugging them these kids were always happy we were there to spend time with them. We bring home a joy in knowing that we did make a difference in these little lives. We carry a confidence that our God is so much bigger than the darkness that has such a grip on this country. Only He can bring about the hope that will change this nation if they will only turn to Him. We carry a humbleness , realizing that God did indeed use us in some small way to steer this nation toward the plan and purpose He has ordained. Best of all we have faith that the seeds which have been sown in the short time we were here will grow to produce lasting results for the Kingdom of God.

What an honor to serve God with our partners at Childrens Cup. There is an incredible team of people here that have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the lives of the children of Swaziland and we have seen the firsthand fruit of their labor. These Care Points represent the only thing good in the lives of many of these kids that are being served. We have seen them lined up at the fence in the morning, just waiting for someone to come and open the gate. They know they are coming to a safe place where they can be fed physically as well as spiritually, where they can be loved, honored and respected as children of the King.

Thank you Dave and Jean Ohlerking for being obedient to the call of God in bringing this vision to reality.

Thank you Ben Rogers and your entire team at Childrens Cup as you labor day in and day out to grow this vision.

Thank you Celebration Church for your giving that enables this vision to continue.

Thank you to the Africa team for giving of your time, resources and a part of your heart to come and serve the children.

I am honored and privileged to be given the opportunity to be your leader. Most of all thank you Jesus, for your grace, for your mercy and for your love for us that never leaves us where we are but offers hope and light for a better tomorrow.

We serve an AWESOME God, don’t we?

Mike Pier

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~ by Celebration Missions on September 24, 2007.

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