1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
Following my last update in March, I was at peace with the decision of the community. The only thing that really bothered me was a way to find a new home for pastor Matthew and Scholarstic. I felt that they had as much right to stay on the Cradle of Hope’s land as anybody else but I feared for their safety. Pastor Matthew as always was willing to move on to try to help the community find peace, even if this was very difficult for him. (the scripture above refers to “the righteous” and I see much effort in the pastor’s behaviour to walk the talk. ) I knew he did not have the resources and thus felt that the Lord wanted me to help him.
Pastor Matthew’s plight and his truck back home was one thing. The Cradle of Hope needed a container to facilitate a future, small scale farming venture at the new National Logistics and Operations Centre (Project Stepping Stones) The funding constraints and stretched budget meant that they has to make use of the container that was located at CradleArk.
An impossible task
As pressure mounted on Pastor Matthew to move there have been follow up community meetings. I wish to thank the councillor for facilitating these and handling a very difficult situation.
May the Lord bless you and your family.
Pastor Matthew committed to moving by the end of July . This seemed quite far away but time passed quickly and with a week to go, nothing had materialised.
We had quotes from different transport companies after inspecting the site. There was some hope in a much lower quote but this company seemed to fade into the background.
With one week to go – the move looked impossible. I felt terrible asking Albertus to follow up with his connections, as the entire head office had just been moved to the new property. I knew how exhausted he must be. I woke early (I could not sleep) Saturday morning and prayed and handed the process over to the Lord .
Last Wednesday Albertus contacted me and said the move would take place on Thursday. However, I was needed on site. With a depleted staff complement, I thought I would not be able to make it. The Lord let everything fall into place.
I arrived pretty nervous on the Thursday morning. I had prayed for a peaceful move and for nothing bad to happen. The container was full of stuff belonging to the community. As Pastor Matthew and I started moving things out, so community members began to assist. As we finished emptying the excess from the container the trucks arrived an hour late but at exactly the right moment!
The container was delivered to the National Operations and Logistics Centre and Pastor Matthew to his new site, without incident. Thank you Lord!
Thanks to those of you who have continued to donate on a monthly basis to the Cradle of Hope!
Please if any of you wish to continue contributing to the Cradle of Hope you can use the same bank details. The Lords work carries on even if in a different form. The economy has worsened and there is more need than ever before.
If you would like to receive updates of the developments at the National Logistics and Operations Centre, please let me know so that you can be added to the database.
God Bless all of you and know He still performs miracles, more often than you think.