12:00 AM

This week has felt very fruitful. In the past seven days, I've prepared a three hour teaching on Giving Voice To The Poor (aka Storytelling), experienced a softening of my heart as if I came to Africa for the first time, prepared a message to share at a Leadership and Missions conference in Uganda, and captured stories with my camera. Life giving, all of it is so life giving.

washing the car

I want to introduce you to Bongani and Samkelo. I wrote about these twins a couple of months ago and this week I had the privilege of meeting them. Ten Thousand Homes has had an ongoing relationship with this family since their home burned down last year, and we built them a new one. These boys are hard working entrepreneurs that are dabbling in two businesses, chickens and car washes. These boys, this family, they break stereotypes that get stuck in my brain.

working hard

They worked hard for an hour washing the car and Gogo (their granny) did an amazing job of quality control as she pointed out spots they missed. It's teaching these boys to do everything with excellence which I love. In a culture where survival is everything, saving money is not often practiced, but these boys are learning to save. They have dreams, dreams of buying chickens for their business and a 4 wheeler to get around. They are saving for their dreams. I love the discipleship that is taking place in their lives. That's what it's all about. This HOPE that I see is so encouraging.

With my camera as my "studio" this week, I'm linking up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for Sneak Peek Friday.


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  1. That's awesome! My husband's brother had a chicken business when he lived in Africa as a teenager, a fact I learned when I saw it on his resume. :) :)

  2. What an inspiration, their story, your story and the stories told through your pictures.

  3. If I was in Africa I would definitely be having them wash my car! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Very rewarding and interesting!

  5. They sound like a wonderful family!

  6. Love the story of these boys!! So encouraging, thanks for sharing it.

  7. That is awesome, Jen! I love their entrepreneurial spirit. That is so encouraging to hear a story like that. I can just imagine how it swells your heart to see it!!


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