From the pen of Michelle Scott, More Community Trust’s new National Manager, after a recent visit to the Bushveld Mission Children’s Home.
I recently had the wonderful opportunity of visiting Vaalwater’s Bushveld Mission Children’s Home. I didn’t know what to expect as I bumped along the dirt road after the sign at the gate, and was pleasantly surprised when a beautiful farm emerged. The heartwarming sound of excited laughter greeted me as toddlers chased each other around the lawn. I couldn’t help but grin – smiles and kids laughing are always a great sign of a happy home.
We were warmly welcomed by Terry Rogers, who handles the administration and project management with the NJ More teams at the home together with her husband Hamish, an associate Pastor of River of Life Church. The management of daily operations of Bushveld Mission is done by Pastor Daphne Montgomery.
As the NJ More Field Guide College students got stuck into painting – special thanks to MOONDANCE who so generously sponsored all materials – Terry took us around the home showing us their achievements and where they needed assistance. The home houses 65 children between the ages of 2 and 18, together with a dozen volunteers. The inspiring group of leaders are all unpaid volunteers, many sacrificing their careers, possessions and lives to move to the mission and live permanently with the children. Sharing rooms and bunk beds with the kids, they’ve become one very large and happy family.
The home prides itself on creating a loving, enriching environment where every child is important. Education is essential to the team, and each child attends school. Thanks to the personalised homework support system at the home, the kids excel. Feeding over 70 mouths a day is no small feat, and the Bushveld Mission has a veggie garden and livestock to assist the load. They struggle with space and equipment, but make up for it with an incredible energy and a positivity that shines through every child and leaves you buzzing.
Many of these children are orphaned, or have been physically or sexually abused – some were found looking for scrap food in the municipal dump. Now with a loving family, a roof over their heads, wholesome meals and an education, these children have an opportunity for a better life and promise of a bright future.