Today I went to Leratong with a heavy heart. In life there are times when you know you have to do something that you really, really do not want to face…and you try and dance around it for as long as you can…but there comes a day when you just can’t avoid the elephant in the corner any longer. Today was that day for me.
But first happier things…..
Today was the second time going to Leratong since my trip to the US. Last week I left the gifts to the kids home, but today I made sure not to make the same mistake twice.
We handed out the dresses, handmade by ladies from North Carolina, and the girls were overjoyed with their gifts! With summer just around the corner, the timing could not have been better!!
Thank you so much to all the ladies who spent the time to create these awesome dresses to bless our kids with!! You are the best!!!
…and the elephant in the corner…..
For the last few years we’ve been struggling to meet the budget for Leratong. The costs to run Leratong have always been high and in recent times our income has slowly declined, while inflation kept pushing our expenses up. We had a little breather with the exchange rate adjusting in our favor, and I prayed God would do a miracle to get our income up so we could match our expenses.
Sadly though we have come to the point where we had to start seriously trimming the budget. Leratong has always been the site that was the least cost effective, and after a lot of prayer and doing everything I could to adjust the budget to accommodate Leratong, the time had come for us to cut support and close our base in South Africa, focussing only on Lesotho in the future.
Today I had to do what is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, tell Meriam, Mantai and Sam that come end of December, they would not be getting any financial support anymore, and the place they and the kids from Leratong called home for the last Eight years, would not open again in January.
Sad as it makes me though, I’ve always said that as long as God provides, I will do, and if His provision ceases, I would see it as His way of bringing the things He put in front of me to accomplish, to a conclusion.
So, a huge big “Thank you” to everyone who supported Leratong through the years! Those who came here and helped us with construction, loved on our kids, sent them gifts, ministered to them, made them feel special, provided the material to teach them to read and write, and most of all showed them the love Christ has for them!
Leratong was a vehicle for the change that happened in the lives of many children, teenagers and adults here on the mountain. People found hope, parents learnt the joy of loving and investing in their young ones, the lost found salvation and Adelinah who was on the brink of death from AIDS, received God’s miraculous healing and now has her own family.
God radiated His love, grace and compassion, and also showed His ability to do wonders through Leratong.
We will always remember Leratong with great fondness!!!