I am looking with hope and expectancy on 2018. Will it have its challenges? Sure! Will it have its joys? OF COURSE! Will I grow from it? I sure hope so!
Streetwise will continue to move forward and grow as God sees fit. Of this we are confident.....it has NOTHING to do with us, but EVERYTHING to do with the leading hand of Jesus. Our hearts are more set on seeing the kids living homeless in Lusaka set free to love Jesus and discover their God given potential. We want them to go back to their homes and be an influence for change in their situations.
We have taken a different approach to the outreaches for now. We no longer go out at night. It became chaotic, and from experience, we have learned that when that happens it is time to take a minute and re evaluate. So now we go out on Friday mornings to a place called LOW LINES and we feed the kids sandwiches and fruit (easy stuff) and we hold church. God brought us back to the realization that it isn't our job to bring change to the kids. It is our job to bring them Jesus and then we MUST step back and watch Jesus do the work. So, we now have what we affectionately call "Street Church" Its amazing! We WORSHIP! When those kids sing to Jesus they sing with all their hearts. From this we are beginning to see those who are leaders, those whose hearts are tender and pliable and willing to be changed. We will also begin a regular outreach that is specific to the girls. We are hoping to quarterly bring them to a location away from the boys and their surroundings and give them the opportunity to simply be teenage girls with no pressure and no pain. If only for a moment.
We have had the privilege in 2017 to put about 10 kids on a bus to go home. We have take numerous kids to the hospital to get the medical care they so desperately need. We strongly believe that by seeing a kid through their needs we are planting seeds of trust and hope in their hearts. To see that someone cares enough about them to make sure their broken fingers are set and their bad teeth are taken care of speaks volumes of God's loving care for their lives. Samuel Mwelwa has graduated from Teen Challenge after living almost 10 years on the streets as an alcoholic. Through the course of his rehabilitation he has been re connected with his mom and sisters and is working at the Teen Challenge as a counselor! It is amazing!!!
It is our hope to establish outreaches every day in the city of Lusaka. We believe that in order to reach the kids with the love of Jesus they need to see us consistently and regularly. Why would they believe that jesus loves them if we don't show us when we promise? In order to do that we need folks to get involved.
We need a bus. That bus will become the outreach point. In this bus we will be able to feed kids, provide basic medical help, clothe those who need it and pray with all. It will also serve at transportation to get kids to the hospital who need specialized care (the need for this is pretty regular as you can imagine). We will also be able to use this bus to help with transportation needs when visiting teams come to work with us.
Would you pray for us? Would you pray for the provision to get this bus, for the provision to continue to help meet the needs of the kids? Would you pray for people to get involved? Scripture is pretty clear that true religion is to look after those who can't look after themselves. We can't call ourselves the church of Jesus Christ if we aren't willing to be broken for the needy and those who so desperately need to know they are loved.
If you would like to give to Streetwise you can go to tscnyc.org You click on GIVE and follow the prompts to MORALES FAMILY / ZAMBIA
Lets make 2018 a ROCKING YEAR! WHOSE WITH ME!?