Meet Florence and Titus

Saturday, May 31

Photo by Lisa Ash

Photo by Lisa Ash

By Lisa Ash of Liberty, Missouri, USA

…so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

—Romans 12:5–8 NRSV

This is Lisa, reporting from Zambia. Nine-year-old Florence is shy around adults, falling nearly silent when addressed. Her quirky smile is difficult to incite, but when it flashes across her face, it melts your heart. Her 11-year-old cousin, Titus, on the other hand, is well spoken and friendly, ready to share his cordial greeting and his captivating story.

They are both “double orphans,” the term Zambians use when both parents have passed. They live with the same auntie caretaker. “Florence is the only remaining child of four sisters. There are seven of us children, and we stay together in one house,” explains Titus, a third-grader. Their auntie tries to pay the small school fees (US$2.00 per term) but can’t always manage even this.

The kids are thankful they can attend school even if their fees aren’t paid on time. The HealthEd Connect school programs directly benefit the children of Zambia. “I like school,” says Florence, a second-grader, “because I want to change my life. My auntie doesn’t have permanent work, just piecework. If I go to school, then I can work when I grow up. Then I can help my family.”

The good news is the lives of children are changing dramatically thanks to generous supporters of HealthEd Connectand contributions from world mission tithes.

Prayer for Peace Generous God, help us be aware of the body of Christ in Zambia and other places around the world. Remind us that we are all members of one body. May we be generous. May we be compassionate and cheerful as we share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Abolish Poverty, End Suffering Read and reflect on John 21:15–17 as a meditation. Let your mind be drawn to places where people have no homes. Think of refugees whose homes were destroyed by war or natural disaster. Be aware of the hungry and homeless, who wander the streets or live in shelters. Let the images fill your mind. Offer a prayer for those who suffer. Imagine Christ tending those sheep. Think of ways you might end their suffering as part of your mission. Throughout the day, carry in your mind the voice of Christ saying: “Feed my lambs…tend my sheep…feed my sheep.”

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will tell a child about Florence and Titus and how much they love school.

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