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When Your Heart Breaks and Hope is Almost Lost

Today a terrible tragedy occurred to one of our children in Africa. This is a harsh reminder of the battle we are in between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Why it’s important for us to continue to fight and believe in a better future for these kids. It’s a lot to bear for our staff, our ministry, and for my close friends who sponsor this child. Please pray with all of us. I’ll leave this in Kriek’s words from her blog, who is one of our staff members in Swaziland.


“Today has been a very hard day for me; for all of us. Maybe one of my darkest days since we have started working here in Swaziland. I feel like packing up and leaving this country. I feel like I am done! Done fighting a loosing, hopeless battle. I am heartbroken, I am speechless, I am so angry. I don’t even now how to share this with you. We live in an ugly world, and I no longer want to be part of this.


My favorite little boy, the cutest little thing I fell in love with in 2007, little Mamba, went missing today and was found dead in the bushes a few hours later. He was only 7 years old.

The cold facts: He was killed by his stepfather. Hung in a tree. Then the stepfather committed suicide. Coward!

I don’t understand any of this. It is so unfair! An innocent boy? Why?

Hmmmmm, I remember ….. you crept into my heart that first day at the carepoint. You with your bright amazing smile. You were so cute and chubby (and almost always naked!). Your name meant ‘snake’, and your grandmother was warning me that you will bite me, just like a snake. But you smiled at me and jumped in my lap. You never bit me …. but you did try to bite the other kids that came too close to me. We shared many fun moments after that! Playing, sharing candy, laughing. Your face always light up when you saw me stop at the carepoint. You were the highlight of my visits at your carepoint. You became a legend.


Bye-bye Mr. Mamba! I loved you with all my heart. I am a richer person for knowing you. You have brought me much joy and laughter. I will miss you so much! You were like my own! But I know I will see you again. I am sure you are now with our Heavenly Father, already playing and laughing. No more pain, no more hunger. You are now safe in His arms.”
Little Mamba 4 years ago.
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K. Duane Carter

posted July 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I feel the pain of it all. I’ve been to Africa also and there are so many things that happen that cause one to feel hopeless. However, as I was enjoying July 4th a few days ago with my family, I felt that God reminded me that these moments of freedom and joy came at a great price. So I say to all who live their lives in the trenches, don’t stop. Just remember that one day because of your work, these types of things won’t happen anymore. They will be distant memories that will measure how far the grace of God can bring a nation. Remember the future. Consider the generations to come…and don’t stop loving, even though it can really hurt.

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posted July 23, 2011 at 12:26 am

Life can be so hard at times. Death, tragedy, disaster, and unforeseen circumstances happen. They affect us, sometimes incredibly. Those of you serving with Children’s Hope Chest and at the carepoints have made the choice to invest in people, our world’s most precious commodity. My heart mourns over this loss and all you will walk through in the days and weeks ahead. I am reminded that whether in Africa, Norway (and their tragedy today), the US, or somewhere else, we are fragile people. Our bodies can die, our hearts can fail, our faith can falter, but we have a loving Father who will never leave us or fail us. May you all find comfort in him as you work through this. I will be praying for all of you.

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posted July 24, 2011 at 10:18 am

My heart aches for you, Tom. Loss of such a bright light is hard to understand and a brief darkness is left in your heart. Grieve now for the loss of the Mamba’s physical presence in your life. In time, a light will grow in your heart as you feel Mamba’s shining spirit living in your heart and soul as he shines his light over you guiding you to renewed inspiration and purpose.

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