On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) to live at Project Canaan. I hope to update my blog on Saturday mornings and share, as honestly as I can, the highs and lows of our life in Africa. We are living on a farm in a remote part of this tiny Kingdom and are serving the community as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of the nation. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, July 25, 2015
Does God really care about the little stuff? (Oh, and two newborn
babies arrived today)
On Thursday Ian and I drove a group of people back to
Johannesburg to start their 15 – 30 hour journeys home.We decided to drop them off, run some
errands in Joburg, go out for dinner on a “date night” and then take a
leisurely drive back to Swaziland on Friday.
One of the errands was to look for “Bumbo” seats, which we
need at the El Roi Baby home.Our
team had found them in Swaziland, but they cost around $50 US each, and we need
20 of them so the thought of spending $1,000 US on seats for our babies was
Ian and I found them for $38 US so I called back to
Swaziland to cancel our order, which, was only minutes from having a deposit
put down!Ian stood at the check
out counter at Baby City and asked to speak with the Manager about getting a
discount for making such a large purchase AND of course share WHO was going to
be using those seats.It’s
quite common here to ask for a discount and it almost always results in a 10%
reduction in price, which would then have taken us to under $35 US per chair.
Just then a lady walked up to Ian and told him that she was
the Sales Representative for the Bumbo competition chair.She said she had overheard his
conversation about the babies in Swaziland and had already called her boss to
see if they could help us out. She explained that their chairs are specifically
designed for an African baby’s shape and they were manufactured in South
Africa, then she gave us the phone number for her boss and said that “Louise”
was waiting for our call.
I called Louise at the Snappi Baby Seat company and she told
me that they would be happy to sell us the seats at her cost and deliver them
to anywhere in Johannesburg!Well,
her cost was $10 US and since their warehouse in Pretoria was on our way home
to Swaziland we said we would stop by and pick them up.Forty minutes later we were at the
Snappi warehouse and decided to buy 40 of them (store 20 in the baby home
storage container) and spent $400 US. Then she gave us another 10 seats for
free for a total of 50.
To review the numbers, we were to spend $1,000 US on 20
seats.We ended up spending $400
US on 50 seats for an average cost of $8 US.
It was a chance meeting at a Baby City store in
Johannesburg.We stopped at
several other stores before we stopped there, but the timing was perfect and we
saved a lot of money.
Yesterday we clearly saw the hand of God and it made me ask
the question, why?Why would God
care about the price of chairs? Isn’t it all His money anyway? We work diligently
to stretch every penny that is donated to us by our donors, but ultimately we
believe that those funds come from Him.But when this story unfolded yesterday we felt God so very close to us
in the van.When we told Louise
the story of some of our children she wept.When we showed her the photos of Deborah’s burned body, she
wept, and gave us more Snappi Baby Chairs.
Was our meeting at Baby City a “chance” encounter?Was our drive through Pretoria a “chance”
drive?I don’t think so.
the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never
overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the
last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head!Luke
12:7 The Message Bible
And in other news … we got two more babies this
morning!!A newborn girl named
Patricia and a newborn boy named Ezra, both abandoned by their mothers. Ezra
was left in an empty garbage can/drum and Patricia put in a plastic bag and dumped
in a pit latrine after birth.The
babies were born 3 days apart and both have had positive HIV rapid tests and
are on treatment. They are home at the El Roi Baby home where they will be
loved and cared for.
El Roi, the God who sees, saw us at Baby City, He saw Louise
in her warehouse and He saw Ezra and Patricia when they were abandoned by their
mothers, and He saw the mother’s in their hopelessness.It’s hard to grasp the depth and
breadth of His love for us, but I know that God really does care about the
little stuff.I hope you do too