November 12, 2012

Whether in small town America or a remote village in Africa, the feelings of abandonment and loss of identity for a young foster child are the same. Amanda was placed in foster care at the age of two after tragically losing her mother. Her grandmother took in her three siblings. At the age of 10, Amanda began to question and resent the fact that she was separated from her siblings. She would not return home after school and even began to stay out all night. Her foster mother turned to Ons Plek – a partner ministry of Global Ministries and the only shelter just for girls in Cape Town. It took weeks for the social workers at Ons Plek to gain Amanda's confidence and determine her emotional, educational and physical needs. Eventually, an older sister of Amanda took her in and the process of family reintegration began under the nurturing guidance of Ons Plek where 'sifunda ukuphila' – learning for future lives – is the key.

Complementary Semicontinuous
Psalm 94 Psalm 113
Ruth 1:1-22 Genesis 24:1-10
1 Timothy 5:1-8 1 Timothy 5:1-8

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