Champion a Child is a wonderful concept that we have been involved with for quite a while. It entails the focused support of a young person that shows great potential. Bro. Ronald was the first person that we took under our wing under this project. There is a beautiful synergy that developed here between the touch and teach approach of helping someone that led to a relationship that resulted in Bro Ronald becoming an integral part of our ecclesia and preaching activities here in Kempton Park and Tembisa.
Ronald lives in the Tembisa Township. In 2010 he started coming to the Sunday meetings and Youth class at the Aphiwe ecclesia. We very soon realized that he, although being softly spoken, had great values and a love for God’s word. He also was a leader; many of the young people who also attended Sunday meetings and the youth class looked up to him as a role model. It was very rewarding to find out that he had a real solid perspective regarding the Gospel and he did not believe many of the main stream teachings.
We all rejoiced in Sept 2013 when Ronald was baptized at the International Bible Conference. Since then, we have all been in awe as to how God has worked in his life. Ronald’s life and the lives of his family has changed radically for the good because of the involvement of the brotherhood worldwide and support that has come in all kinds of different intriguing ways.
As an orphan, Ronald shares the responsibility of looking after three younger siblings with his two older sisters. The Family of 9 people used to live in a very small one bedroomed home. In 2014 some brothers and sisters from Australia did volunteer work and helped to build an additional room to Ronald’s house. Soon after another two roomed tin “house” was also installed on their property. It has made a HUGE difference for the family in terms of logistics and space.
Ronald offered his time to help with teaching at the Mtembi Nkosi school for disabled children and children with learning disabilities. He discovered that he had a talent for teaching and has been helping at the school for the past year now. It was a great joy to hear Bro. Ronald exhort for the first time at the Aphiwe ecclesia this year.
This year, Bro. Ronald’s life has again been blessed in that he received funds from the brotherhood in Australia to study a two year Montessori course. Once qualified, his qualification (which is well sought after in South Africa) will give him an excellent chance to find sustainable work and even set him on a good career path.
Recently, a company donated a lot of office equipment to the CUDDLE Trust redistribution project. It was a great reward to see Ronald’s joy when he received a study desk and a computer in his own room – three things he did not think (two years ago) that he would ever have!
It gives us great joy to see Ronald’s enthusiasm and commitment to his studies. He visits the Adieu Center often to make use of the Internet to complete assignments. The Adieu Center has become his study center.
Salvation is for everyone. Even for a young man who grew up as an orphan in a Township with a meager and seemingly hopeless background. God is good, He truly is “ A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation, God setteth the solitary in families: ………” (Psalm 68:5,6). Praise Him for his goodness endures forever. Amen
Your Brother and Sister in Christ’s service
Lucas and Leona