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, February 9, 2019
The opposite of love is not hate.
Thuli says "Happy Valentine's Day!"
There are only six more days until Valentine’s Day, and I
would guess that many of you will be celebrating this weekend.We too are celebrating love, but in our own unique
way. This week we are learning that “Jesus wants to be our friend forever”.Throughout the Emseni campus you can hear the
question being asked, “Who loves me?” with a loud and definitive answer “Jesus
loves me!!”The Kids Club for our younger Emseni children activities
include making a beautiful Valentine’s Day card for each Auntie/Uncle and
teacher (shhhhh… don’t tell them!!).The
older children are studying 1 Peter 4:10-11 and learning that they should treat
others the way they want to be treated.What
a simple concept, and yet one that seems to be so hard for us adults.
Love can heal. Love can soothe. Love can calm. Love can
bring forgiveness.And what about the
I once heard it said that the opposite of love is not hate,
but rather it is indifference.
Perhaps it’s not always easy to love our family or our
friends, but we do it anyway. I don’t think many people would claim to
actually hate other people, but have we become indifferent to others outside of
our own circle?
Each week thousands of people read my blog or comment on my
social media posts, and I know that many people do care, but I often wonder how
many people are simply indifferent.It’s
not that you hate what we are doing, or don’t like what we are doing, perhaps you
are just indifferent to it?Maybe you
think that if you stay at arms-length, you can remain neutral or even safe?
Today I would like to tell you about another brother and
sister duo who need sponsorship.Their
names are Samuel and Samantha and they are biological siblings.I can’t share much of their early months of
life publicly, but I can tell you that their Samuel’s father was an illegal
immigrant to eSwatini and we do not have any knowledge of Samantha’s father.Their mother did not live in a homestead, nor
did she have a place to lay her head at night, therefore each child was in
danger from the time of their birth until they were placed with us through the
Police and Social Welfare.
We currently have 9 sets of biological siblings (not
including 11 sets of twins). If those children arrive at the same time, they
are often very bonded because they were often left alone together. In the case
of “Sam” and “Sama” (as they are called here) they arrived two years apart and
don’t know each other at all.Either
way, we are very intentional to make sure that all biological siblings spend time
together every week, see each other at church and always celebrate each other’s
Sama turned 4-years-old last week and you can see the
sweetest photo of the two of them below. Each child gets to choose a “friend”
to walk out to their “growth stick” to get their annual measurement taken. Sama
chose her big brother Sam – what a beautiful and meaningful moment that was for
Will you engage with us today and sponsor one of these
children, or choose another one on our website?Would you consider sponsoring a child on behalf of a loved one this
Valentine’s day and give the gift of love and life at the same time.