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23 Apr

Where on earth is Mrs Monnik this year?

I made the decision to come to Africa for a year because I knew that there was a desperate need.

Psalm 12:5 But the Lord says, "Now I will arise! I will defend the poor, thise who are plundered, the oppressed, and the needy who groan for help".

I grew up in Africa with my parents who were Australian. They went to share the good news about Jesus. I have always loved Africa and her people.

In 2015 and 2017, I made short visits in the school holidays to help with an organization called Hands at Work. Hands at Work reach the most vulnerable children in Africa.

This year, my husband and I decided to take a whole year to volunteer with Hands at Work. We spent the first 5 weeks in South Africa, visiting the poorest communities there. We were then sent to Malawi for a month to a service centre where 8 local Malawians care for 12 different care points and over 800 children.

Malawi is very beautiful but desperately poor. For example, when floods destroy houses, not only are houses destroyed, but cerebral malaria can take over a human mind and destroy reason and purpose for living. My husband and I have seen these disaters in action. What a privilege to be able to pray and bring a helping hand to a single mother of five children who had been through the severe floods in March and contracted malaria during the disaster. Helping her receive the medical attention she needed was a blessing! 

This story is just one of thousands repeated across Africa. 

I leave for South Africa on the 25th of April and will then be given a role in the organisation for the remainder of the year. I'm so enjoying what I do and feel so fulfilled to be making a difference to the most vulnerable. Please pray for good health and safety!

Mrs Jill Monnik