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, June 22, 2019
Baby #237 and #238 (what were we thinking?)
Yesterday marked the 10th Anniversary of when we
officially dedicated the land which we now call “Project Canaan” and “home”.I just can’t believe that it has been 10
years!So much has been accomplished in
such a short time, which is a testament to God, and Him alone.Without Him, none of this would be possible.
We are busy preparing for the official 10th Anniversary
celebration in only three short weeks, which means children are in daily rehearsals,
the amphitheater is under construction (fingers crossed for completion!) and
new people are joining the guest list every day.I feel an excitement that is unexplainable
and just yesterday I was saying that I feel like I am on a sugar rush because my
body is overly stimulated with all that is going on.
Never in our wildest imaginations did we think that 10 years
after dedicating the land that we would be raising 238 children (under the age
of 9) and responsible for 300+ employees.What we did know was that this was a “Promised land”, and while it
looked like bush to everyone else around us (many who did not support or believe
in the vision), it looked like a place of hope to us.And that is what it is today.
Yesterday we received two more children, both in desperate
need.One just turned 2-years-old last
week and her baby sister is 8-months-old. They were living in a tent in a very
rural area (it was 8C/46F last night) with no heater and no food.There had been many reports of neglect, and
then Social Welfare stepped in to rescue the children.It’s always a bitter sweet day when we
receive a child. It’s sad knowing the situation/conditions that the child is
coming from, but great knowing that they are coming to a place of safety, love
and hope.It’s sad that they are not
with their biological family, but wonderful that they are in the family that
God has placed them in “for such a time as this”.I too was fortunate to be placed in a loving
home where the trajectory of my life changed, all because my biological mother
put me up for adoption.I am here in
Africa because of her decision, and I am thankful for that.
Our friend Cissy Watson holding new arrival "Cissy".
Auntie Gcebile holding new arrival "Candy".
These two girls are babies #237 and #238, and at times I stop and find myself asking the question "What were we thinking? This is crazy!" But I know the answer is that we weren't thinking, we were just listening and being obedient, and that is always the best plan.
As we look at the big picture of the past 10 years, we also
must keep our eyes on the small details of day-to-day living, and that includes
diapers!Today we are kicking off our
annual Diaper & Wipe Drive on Amazon.This simple initiative allows people from all
over the world to join in and be a part of our ever-growing family by just clicking
on this link to help us provide
care for our babies.We change 400+ diapers
each and every day and use 1,300 wipes. That means we go through 146,000
diapers every year and almost 500,000 wipes!We are not able to use re-washable diapers because of disease and cross
contamination between children.This
campaign helps us reduce our fundraising needs for our babies and also invites people
who might not already be involved with Heart for Africa to join the family!
Will you take a moment and buy some diapers or wipes today?We really need your help!
Thank you for your love and support.
Live from Eswatini … it’s another busy day in the Kingdom!