IMG_1385 Lulu lives in Section 19 in the middle of the sugarcane fields located in Swaziland. Lulu’s parents are alive, but are not present. She has a Gogo (grandmother) who also lives in Section 19 but is unable to provide much care for Lulu while she works to support the family. Her Gogo leaves early in the morning for work in the fields and returns late at night leaving Lulu and her 2 siblings on their own. Lulu is roughly 2 ½ years old. I say roughly because no one really knows. Lulu is also HIV+. Our team spent three days in Swaziland serving in Section 19. In those days my heart was taken out of my chest, rung out and placed back in. Needless to say Lulu stole my heart. This half naked child blossomed in those three days. I watched a shy, quiet, boogied-covered face child blossom into the princess she really is. She is the most high’s royalty. It did not matter she was covered in dirt, wearing tattered clothes and very sick. He still loves her.IMG_1431By the 3rd day we were talking and singing in very simple siSwati. She was smiling, laughing and playing. I wanted to take her away. I wanted to never let her go and tell her everyday that I loved her and even more her Father in heaven loves her.
The missionaries in Section 19 are working with her Gogo to sign over all three of the children. The hope is to build a children’s home in the future where Lulu and her siblings would be the first in the home. Please pray for Lulu. Pray for her health and well-being. Pray for her siblings and their futures. Pray for the funding for and the plans for the children’s home. Also pray that the Lord will surround them with His love until then. IMG_1439

Empower a Woman. Impact Generations.

Lydia’s Mission empowers and teaches women skills in rural South Africa to feed, educate, and care for their children by earning a living wage. When a woman begins to grasp her value in Christ through discipleship and Biblical training, her life becomes the first ripple of hope…that will last for generations.