The dream for Shekinah Glory School began with a woman’s vision in 1995. After praying and fasting, Theresa Ng’oma felt certain that God had laid it on her heart to begin a school for the children in her community. After the mines closed, unemployment, poverty, and hopelessness had left little in the way of a future for the children of Bwacha. Beginning with seven children out of her own home, Theresa’s school discontinued for a brief time when her husband and father of her children died. It was her eldest son, Pastor Lester Ng’oma who encouraged her to begin again.
When Visionledd first started supporting Theresa’s school in 2005 she had moved classes from her own home into an abandoned building without floors or a roof. Visionledd’s WOW Christmas celebrations helped provide some supplies and school uniforms but the school was facing a major problem. The lack of a borehole and proper infrastructure was drawing the attention of the Zambian government – the school was at risk of closing down.
“In February 2008, by divine providence, Pastor Joel and his team from King St. Pentecostal Church in Canada adopted our school. As a result we have built three classrooms, an office, pit latrines and a well to provide clean and safe water for the students!” Theresa rejoices.
The support from King Street Pentecostal has transformed not only a building, but children’s lives. Lives like Euphasia, who at 13 walks 8 km each day to attend this school. Since her father lost his mining job life has been a struggle, regular meals for Euphasia and the five other children in her home are rare. Until she started attending Shekinah Glory in 2004, education was a seemingly unattainable dream. Most students come from very difficult home lives, many are eating only one meal per day, sleeping on feed bags and sharing a single blanket.
HELP COMES TO THE HOME
This year, through King Street’s continuing support, Visionledd was able to initiate a home-based care program through our local Zambian partner – and the timing couldn’t be better! Though school is a place of hope and light, the students of Shekinah Glory School return to difficult home lives where security, food and health are rarely guaranteed. Bwacha is a community devastated by the impact of HIV/AIDS and poverty. Orphans, widows, child-headed households are much too common. But hope in the home is starting to take shape, through the first cohort of 25 home-based care volunteers that received training and supplies in the beginning of 2013.
Home-based care volunteers are visiting the homes of vulnerable people to bring help, comfort, and basic needs on a regular basis. Often, the people they visit have no other family or relatives to help them. Support for HBC equips the volunteers with emergency food packs and basic medical supplies like painkillers. Additionally, funding provides transportation so the HBC volunteers can bring people to clinics for HIV testing and antiretroviral therapy. HBC volunteers cook, clean, wash and most importantly, comfort the vulnerable people they visit. Often working in pairs, one volunteer will perform chores while the other will sit and pray, read the Bible, and perhaps sing some hymns with the person they are caring for. Many people have come into a relationship with Jesus through the witness of servant‐like, compassionate HBC volunteers.
Today, we praise God for the ways He is transforming the community of Bwacha, one life at a time. And to think it all started with one woman teaching orphans out of her own home!