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News from Aletheia 15 May 2014

Busi on her first day at school

Connie and Nkhokhelo

Mom Batha handing out food to some of the older kids

Marilyn continues in the ministry in which she became involved in 2001 – that of sharing the gospel and a substantial meal with around 500 children in Leseding, the township near her of about 70,000 with approximately 70 per cent unemployment. This began as a ‘soup kitchen’ in which we actually served soup. But when summer came and it was too hot for soup, the menu was changed to peanut butter and jam sandwiches and fresh milk. Lethabo Kid’s Club is where the children know they will hear God’s message, sing praises, and have a substantial meal. You should see them running to get there!

The youth are a special part of her weekly ministry. God is at work in their lives, and many are developing into leaders in His work.

Hospitality has always been a major part of Cook’s ministry and Marilyn continues to host the youth, visiting missionaries, others who have come to help her and work in the ministry. For this, Grace Place, her home is ideal in providing a quiet place to draw near to the Lord and experience His beautiful creation.

Dear Family and Friends We thank the Lord daily for His continued provision and for the answers we are seeing to our prayers! Shortly after sending out my last newsletter, Busi was accepted into the Adelaide Tambo School for physically disabled. She has been put into Grade 5, which is lower than she should be at this stage, but we are hoping that she will be able to make up for lost time and improve steadily. Thanks to the funding which has come through, we have been able to pay her monthly school and transport fees and buy her school clothes, especially the warm tracksuit, scarf and cap she will need for winter! There are still many obstacles for her to overcome, so we ask for your continued prayers for her. Please continue to keep Nkhokhelo in your prayers. He is the 14 year old mentally challenged boy who was head of his home, with no parents and three younger siblings. A family member from KwaZulu-Natal came a few weeks ago and took the younger siblings, but left Nkhokhelo behind - they obviously didn’t want to look after a mentally challenged child! He was very withdrawn and depressed at first, but we are all showing him lots of love and he has been looking much happier lately. He has gone from being a reserved child who cringed from our touch to looking for his hug from us whenever he sees us! Thank the Lord he has Mom Batha who feeds him and watches out for his needs. There is also a woman who lives in the same unit as him who is very good to him. Due to the wonderful donations we have been receiving, we have been able to install electricity into the rooms that Mom Batha uses. This is such a blessing and has made a huge difference, especially as it is getting quite cool and they can now use heaters to keep the children warm. We are also still busy with getting quotations for building toilets, which continue to be a matter of urgency! We have a lovely group of ladies who do fund raising and have taken this on as their project. Thank you all so much! Gloria Dhlamini, from Motswedi Daycare Centre (one of the daycare centres Aletheia supports), has been a great help in advising Mom Batha on how to run her daycare centre (which has just grown out of feeding the kids!) by helping her to get a daily programme into place, rearranging the room to make different activity areas and working out a yearly timetable with ideas for doing her own fund raising! The children at Motswedi Daycare are so well taught before they go off to school and this is what we are aiming for with Mom Batha’s children. We have been overwhelmed by the response we are getting for Mom Batha and the kids. We are so grateful for every donation that has come through, whether it is money to buy food, pay school and transport fees, educational materials, etc or the donations of books, blankets, mattresses, clothing, toys, food and other goods that people have been regularly giving. Everything is so appreciated and we can already see an improvement in the conditions that Mom Batha and the kids live in. There is still so much to be done, but we are definitely making steady progress. The biggest relief for Mom Batha is that she now doesn’t have to worry about whether the kids have food - they are now getting their regular meals every day! We pray that each one who has given will be blessed greatly in their lives! Proverbs 19:17 - "He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done." Please pray for us: 1. Funding: for Aletheia’s expenses to be covered every month, for continuing funds to feed Mom Batha’s kids and our Rural Aid project, which feeds 195 orphans in remote villages in northern Limpopo. 2. For our vehicle, a Mercedes Vito, which we have had since 2005. It is giving problems, mainly the gears, and as it is the vehicle we need for transporting food and donations, it is needed on a daily basis. 3. For all the daycare centres Aletheia supports in the poorest parts of the city. They are all so dedicated to feeding and educating the future generations of this country and work so hard to ensure this is done. 4. For Aletheia’s Board members, who are dedicated to the ministry and have such big hearts for doing the Lord’s work. 5. That Aletheia will be able to continue to operate as we do the Lord’s work in Johannesburg and Limpopo. In Him,
Connie Wicks

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