Zimele walks side by side with women who makes life changing differences in their communities through training and transformation of hearts.
Simon and I went to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in May 2006. The joy that the children radiated with the little they had filled our hearts. We visited a school, where children had to walk hours to get to, but they were just delighted to be there. We met a little boy, who is no older than 7. He wore pants that were completely torn up and had no food in his hut. But with a few pieces of "garbage", a can and 2 sticks, he made a pushing toy for his 2 year old sister.
When our daughter, Tessa, now almost 4, learned that Auntie Rosetta was going to visit from South Africa, she asked if she could make paper flowers for the children there. She spent all morning making flowers and told me how happy the children will be to receive them. After presenting them to Auntie Rosetta that evening, Tessa said there weren't enough for all the children, so she set off to make more the next day.
Tessa was named after a feisty young activist in the movie The Constant Gardener.
A scene from the movie:
Justin Quayle: [Tessa tells Justin to slow down, wanting to drive a woman, her baby, and her brother who are walking 40 kilometers back to his home] We can't involve ourselves in their lives, Tessa.
Tessa Quayle: Why.
Justin Quayle: Be reasonable. There are millions of people, they all need help. It's what the agencies are here for.
Tessa Quayle: Yeah, but these are three people that WE can help.
Our hope for Tessa is that even if she cannot help a nation, she will bless the people that she comes in contact with.
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