You are loved

The South African winter wind blew gusts of sand in every direction, making the small forms running down the dirt paths toward me hard to see. The sun has just risen covering the village in bright red and gold hues.

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The purpose of the camp was to love on the kids—and in doing so, show the Father’s immense love for them. Most of the children in the village of Rooigrond only have one parent, and most are alcoholics and indifferent as to whether the kids even are present. Many have never been told they are loved.

My purpose on this trip was to love on them and tell them of a Father who knows each of their names and loves them so much he would trade the life of his only Son for them.

I was so privileged to be allowed the opportunity to set a spark of hope in these children—hope in the truth that they are loved by Christ and have a purpose in him.

Melanie, a student from Dallas Baptist University, served as a student missionary worker in South Africa. Her last name is withheld for security reasons, because she anticipates possible future missions service in a restricted area.

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