Rose asked if we could talk privately after we had fed the orphans. I was immediately overwhelmed with emotion when she made her request. “Would it be possible for me to receive one of the wheelchairs you recently shipped to Bulawayo? It is becoming very hard for me to carry Aisha wherever I go. A wheelchair to push her down the streets would be such a blessing.” No hesitation in my reply, “Of course.”
You see, Aisha, Rose’s daughter has a smiling face and a loving disposition because of the unconditional love she has received primarily from her mother and her church family. This is in spite of her body being crippled by spina bifida. One journey they have every week together is the Saturday feeding of the orphans at Nkulumane. Rose assists in both spiritual and physical feeding of these children.
She loves, period. Just be around her. It emanates freely to everyone. This love is not just a natural love a mother has for a child. It is a love that long ago recognized the blessings she has received by God through Jesus Christ. She has embraced the wonderful gift of Divine friendship.
Henri Nouwen writes, “There is little or no neutral territory between the land of the blessed and the land of the cursed. You have to choose where it is that you want to live and that choice is one that you have to keep making from moment to moment.”
“I pray that from his glorious unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” Ephesians 3:16,17