Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fatima

This incredible woman is Fatima. Most of you have already heard so much about her. I know more about her now. She is a very highly educated woman with 2 degrees. She was fortunate to complete some of her studies here in the United States. She returned to Zim and held a high level position and enjoyed the finer things in life. She has been married for 27 years and does not have children of her own. She gave up those finer things several years ago to serve orphans. She has started 4 orphanges and 1 incredible school. She oversees everything from their medical care, schooling, food, clothing, shelter....everything. She employs a Pastor for them to have regular bible teaching, and the also all go to church. She has 65 children, and yet she no longer has a salary. This woman has sacrificed so much to put others before herself. It is such hard work. Logistically, very complicated and very expensive. She is drained and exhausted, but she has been called to this and she does it well, with a passion, and in service to the Kingdom of Heaven. She loves Jesus.






The photos above are of the little lodge/cottage she found for me to stay in while I was there. Fatima also found a security guard to protect my lodging from 7pm every evening until 6 am every morning. His name was Phillip. I found out the evening before I left that Philip had done this at no charge. He and I had great conversations every night. He showed me his pocket bible that he was reading from in the middle of each night....with his little pocket flashlight. He and I spoke a lot about life and about God having something special for us. Philip was still waiting for his "something special". He isn't waiting anymore. Now he knows that his everything is special.

See the 2 beautiful flower arrangements Fatima gave me? She also stocked my lodge with groceries (including Pringles!) and toiletries. I had no idea I would be treated with such incredible honor. It was amazing. There were many surprises in store for me, I had not known. I'll share some of those tomorrow.

1 comment:

Sharon said...

thank you so much for posting Fatima's picture, now I can put a face to her name when I pray for her. She is an awesome woman & you are so blessed to call her your friend.