South Africa: He Did Not Like to Let Go


He liked to be high. And he did not like to let go.

We visited a community-based orphanage for 15 children. JL Zwane Presbyterian Church supports the orphanage which is run by one woman and her daughter with help from some other care providers. The children receive a place to live, food to eat, an opportunity to learn, and, most importantly love. Many of the children have severe disabling conditions. Some have HIV/AIDS. The orphanage was a place of pain. It was also a place of hope, perhaps expressed best by one child who leapt into the arms of anyone who would hold him. Wrapping his thin arms around the person’s neck, he clung on tenaciously–as tenaciously as the love of God that holds us all.

Photo by Kyle Kittrell

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