“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.” Rev 2 v 10
Spring, who is blind and whom we have known since our centre opened in 1997, lived in the Main Welfare Centre (MWC) for many years. She was one of the first students to learn vocational and life skills in Eagles Nest and now has her own jewellery business – Graceful Lady Crafts. For the last two to three years she has also been supervising three of our special young people in Eagles Flight: Lily who has been helping in the kitchen, Gemma and Deborah who were both doing cleaning work.
We are hoping that Spring can move to the city to oversee our new home there, Grace House, where some girls from the city MWC will receive vocational training. However, under the new MWC regime where Spring lives, she has been told that she cannot go to the city and she may even have to live in the MWC home for old people. The three girls have been put back into foster care but separated from each other. Spring is very distressed and crying much of the time. We do not believe this is God ‘s heart for our children and young people. Please join us in praying for them in these next two months.
Secondly, I want to tell you what has happened to Albert who was featured in our last newsletter. He too has been told that he will not be allowed to leave the MWC and cannot pursue his hearts’ desire to study English and Bible training in another province. He is seen here in the shop with Gene who has returned to the MWC following the closure of Eagles Wings. He is no longer able to go out to work in the factory.
The orphanage director has given her reasons for refusing to let them leave: both Albert and Spring are too useful to her in making the jewelry and running the shop.