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, May 19, 2018
This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine
Early this morning I was up to watch the Royal wedding,
joining millions of people around the world.I remember doing the same thing as a teenager when Princess
Diana married Prince Charles, and up early again to watch Princess Diana’s
funeral. Canada is a member of the Commonwealth and I am proudly Canadian.
Everyone who watched the wedding will have their own favorite
moments, but I actually sat up and started taking notes when Bishop Michael gave
his message.He asked us to “Think
and imagine a world when love is the way.When love is the way, poverty will become history and no child will go
hungry.We are family, we are
brothers and sisters of God.” What a beautiful message for the world to
I have been in the US for the past two weeks talking about
Project Canaan, and effectively talking about love.The people whom I have stayed with, eaten with, laughed with
and cried with have shown me love and I am so thankful for each and every one
of you.Raising 189 Swazi children
is not an easy feat, but we join together with many to love these children back
to life, despite the complications of HIV, TB, malnutrition, sexual abuse,
physical abuse, burns, broken bones and broken hearts.
When today’s ceremony ended and the Duke and Duchess of
Sussex left the church, a choir started to sing, “This little light of mine,
I’m going to let it shine” and I started to cry (I was not likely alone). Meghan is stunningly beautiful and her
gentle smile is a light that shines bright.She reminds me of our daughter Rose.
Rose is stunningly beautiful and her gentle smile lights up
any room that she is in.She is
only 7-years-old, but has had a profound impact on everyone who knows her.She is a thoughtful, caring girl who is
aware of the people around her and who is always willing to lend a hand.I will never forget the condition that
she arrive to us in, and I give thanks for her life and her light.
“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.”