Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Caring for Orphans in Zimbabwe - A Call to Action!

It's hard to imagine how difficult it would be to have both of your parents pass away at young ages due to the AIDS virus.  Yet, that is what thousands of children are facing today in Zimbabwe.  It's heart breaking to imagine the hardships these precious young people face daily - some of them knowing they, too, have been infected with such a vicious and unyielding disease.

I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Misheck Mlambo, who works with HOPE for AIDS in Zimbabwe.  He gave me instance after instance of how God is using this program to spread the Hope that Christ brings to a very hurting population of people who are in desperate need. (www.hopeforaids.org) I was inspired and encouraged - and also burdened.  I asked how I could help.  He said the need for children's clothes for these orphans is very great.  So that is why I decided to have this clothing drive to help meet this need for these precious children!

As you go through your children's clothes and sort out the ones they have outgrown, please consider donating them to this cause.  Before you donate them, please make sure they are clean (the least we can do!).

We are in the process of working out various drop off locations throughout the Charlotte, NC/Fort Mill, SC area.  I will update this blog and the Facebook page as these locations are solidified.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS (DROP OFF BETWEEN NOW AND THE LAST WEEK OF AUGUST):

**SIM INTERNATIONAL, 1838 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill, SC
Drop off times: M-F 10:00am-5:00pm

**REMEDY CHURCH, 249 E. Main Street, Rock Hill, SC
Drop off times: SUNDAY MORNINGS ONLY - come join them for worship when you drop off your kids clothing donation!

**WEDDINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
13901 Providence Road
Weddington, NC 28104
Drop off times: On Sundays in Helms Hall, or M-F at the office
Note: Please put "Kendra Wallace" on the bag so she can collect them for us! Thanks!


**ABUNDANT HOPE CHURCH, 13501 Dorman Road, Pineville, NC. Between the hours of 10 & 1 on Sundays only - leave the bags of clothes outside of the white shed near the building - if it is raining, they will leave the shed unlocked!

**TRANSFORMATION CHURCH, 9030 Northfield Dr # A, Fort Mill, SC Please drop off your donations during the services ONLY during the weekend of August 20-21! The bin will be in the lobby! 



If you do not have clothing to donate but would like to help, we invite you to help in any way you can!  The cost for postage will be very expensive, so if you are interested in helping out with that, please contact me directly at lnease@leslienease.com.  We also need volunteers to sort, fold and package the clothing near the end of this month.  I would like to have the clothes mailed out to them by September 1!

If your church would like to be a drop off location, please email me at lnease@leslienease.com.  We are so excited about what God will do through this effort and know He is completely in control!  Thank you for helping!

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.  -James 1:27

3 comments:

Kendra said...

I pray God's glory is seen and felt thru this ministry!!! Would love to help sort, fold, and package when needed :) So excited to watch God work!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mishmlambo said...

Great thanks Leslie, we thank the Lord for people like you who think of the orphaned children especially about the clothes, you will be surprised at the conditions that these children live under and most of them do not dream of having a new pair of clothes on their bodies-God bles you.
Misheck Mlambo
OVC Officer,Zimbabwe

Leslie Nease said...

Mischeck, it is wonderful to hear from you! Look out - I think your precious children have touched the hearts of many friends here in the Charlotte area! We hope to send you many boxes of clothes for them in September. Please, give them hugs for us! :)

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