By Scott Luther
Scott Luther describes his journey to visit the orphan children in Zambia.
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A bus stop on our journey to the feeding program. Notice garbage fills the streets
Along the way, a boy leads a blind man through the street as they go begging from car to car.
As we are getting closer the the feeding center, garbage and stagnant water in the streets is common.
Excess garbage makes some roads impossible to drive through
Stagnant water and waste in the streets breeds bacteria and mosquitoes that spread disease. The children need a clean place to live and eat.
The gates into the feeding center.
The volunteers go out on the streets and bring the children into the feeding center
Some of these children walk miles to get a meal here.
Other kids made it on their own.
The Star Ministries Intl. Feeding Program
All seated and definitely ready to eat.
I talked with the kids after the meal.
A smile is worth a thousand words. Thank you
This is what your love gifts are doing for these orphans. They have just received new clothes
Dear Friends in Christ,
Your love gifts and support have provided a home for 20 little girls from the age of 3-12. It is so wonderful to hear the joy & happiness in the children’s voices, now that they know they have a safe place that they can call home. But you ask, what about the boys? There is a state law that we cannot have boys & girls under the same roof. We are looking to buy another property; it has 28 acres including buildings. With this place we can plant vegetables and fruit trees, also we will put in a chicken run and a pig barn. This place will produce enough veggies, chickens and pigs to support the orphanage. We need $500k to get this project completed. You will see how dedicated we are about the mission God has bestowed upon us. This orphanage will house around 120 widowed and orphan children where the women will be caring for the orphans.
There, the children will learn skills for such things as cashiering, catering, sewing and cooking. They will learn agricultural skills; this will give these children a chance to be productive citizens in their communities. We have house mothers, teachers, nurses & doctors that volunteer around the clock to make sure that all of these children’s needs are met.
All of the younger children will have pre-school at the orphanage. The older children will go to public schools. So that involves books & fees. These kids have no one to look after them, they need our help. Without our help and support these orphans don’t have a chance.
“My God! My God!” is all I could say when I stepped into the mission field. The pain of hunger in their faces. As I spoke with the children and widowed grandmothers, I notice their strong Christian values and belief in God. These people have nothing, I mean nothing. One old grandma said to me “God didn’t create us all equal. Look at us! She took my hand and said thank you for not forgetting about us, you know she didn’t want to let go of my hand. The tears are running down my face as I recall that day. She was right, we are not the same, and we live high on the hog as Americans, especially when compared to the people I met there.
I am here asking in God’s name that he will put it in your heart to give today. Adopt a child, make them a star. We started this mission to help orphan & widows. And we want to thank you for your continual love gifts and support. This mission lays heavy on our hearts. May it lay heavy on your heart as well.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in
their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped
his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very
end, in order to make your hope sure.