It is hard to believe that it has been 8 years since we took our first trip to Kayamandi, South Africa.
It was on that trip that our hearts were broken for “the least of these” living in deplorable housing conditions, and Tapestry Homes was born.
We look back with amazement and eternal gratitude for what God has accomplished through the prayers and support of so many to provide safe shelter, a loving home and hope of a bright future to these abandoned teenage girls.
Having just returned from our sixth trip to Kayamandi, we are so proud of the girls and the progress they have made. They are learning to live within a budget, gaining practical part-time work experience, and growing in their independence.
Siya and Ntauleng just graduated from high school with plans to attend college, Sizo is working in a daycare center while attending college, and Pretty is working part-time as she prepares to enter the 12th grade.
But, the real change is occurring on the inside as each girl’s heart is being softened, their confidence is increasing, and they are growing deeper in their relationship with God and understanding of unconditional love.
As we look back on 2013, we are grateful for our expanding partnership with Jane Payne and Pippa Shaper, co-founders of the international award-winning Home From Home, who have brought their proven operational skills to the management of the Tapestry Homes.
Together with the girls, we continue to be blessed by Alex’s compassionate mentoring and love for the girls. And, we are thankful for our ongoing partnership with Threads Africa.
Early 2014 will see capital upgrades to our homes as we prepare to bring on a new house mother to transition one of the homes for both boys and girls of varying ages.
We appreciate beyond measure the continued prayers and support of our Tapestry Homes Family to help us respond to God’s plan this year. Together, we are making an eternal difference in the lives of these forgotten children.