This weekend, all around the world, we celebrated mothers. Moments and memories were shared. We spent time telling stories of moments of comfort or provision. Pictures were posted of women who have sacrificed so much for their children. But for so many the stories look different.
For many of our kids at Mtendere, their memories are drastically different. Their thoughts of mothers are wrecked with disaster or abandonment. But they have had an experience that should be equally celebrated this mother’s day. A new mother has loved them! What the enemy meant for disaster the Lord is working for good. An orphan no longer alone found in the presence of a loving Father and an incredible mother.
Our housemothers at Mtendere are women who have experienced great tragedy. Many of them are orphans themselves and more are widows or single mothers. But instead of focusing on their own pain, they have decided to give of themselves to ease the pain of their newfound children. These women give of themselves daily to love on one of the most marginalized group of children in the world, the orphan. But they don’t see orphans; they see children in need of love and a safe home. These incredible women walk with our children as the mourn, grow, rebel, cry, eat, sleep, and mature. They are the front line workers who spend their lives helping these kids process and overcome impossible circumstances. And let me tell you, they pray the walls down for these kids and cover them in the truth of the Lord’s Word. They love deeply and without expectation, in fact they often get rejection. They have to deal with the hard stuff of loving kids from hard places, but they choose to do it daily. If you asked any of them why, they would likely tell you it is because God loved them first and they feel called to love for His sake.
We celebrate today the work our housemothers have put in to make Mtendere much more than an orphanage; they have created a home for 130+ children. So today we celebrate the 14 Mtendere housemothers and 4 aunties and we celebrate all of the mothers out their that love children not born of their own womb, for it is pure and undefiled religion.