Sad News from Kya Sands

10944376_1569695026604278_921775643271970204_nIt has been a hard Tuesday morning. I am feeling sad, frustrated and just plain mad! For the past year I have been volunteering in a preschool ministry of our church at Kya Sands (a squatter’s camp/informal settlement) here in South Africa. We have met under a tree, beside an illegal garbage dump where children have to cross about a 4-foot-wide open sewage ditch to come to us. Not ideal conditions, but we had our space for our “school under the tree”.

This morning when we arrived after a 6-week break for Christmas and summer holiday, we were horrified and heartbroken to see that our place, our school under the tree, had been covered – actually buried with enormous mounds or rubbish. While we never had safe or ideal conditions, today it is a huge health hazard (burning rubbish and dead rats everywhere), and there is absolutely no way to meet or work with kids there.




Our church is working to secure land where a proper preschool can be built; however, that has been in process for a couple of years (nothing gets done quickly here!), and even when approved, it will take time before we can meet there.

I am trying hard to rest in this verse, Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you says The Lord, plans for your welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Hard to realize at this moment, but I know HE has plans for Kya Sands far beyond what I could ever imagine.

~ Lori Lauter Wright
NHIM Board Member

3 thoughts on “Sad News from Kya Sands

  1. Sue January 20, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    We are praying with you and for you due to the deteriorating conditions. It seems the poor only become beaten down more and more. No wonder the people have no hope. The children we were with seldom smiled – “I wonder why?!” They are becoming more and more aware of the evils that overcomes them because they are poor. It’s difficult to trust Him right now, yet that is what He wants us to do. Yes, He does have plans greater than we ever imagined for these His children.

  2. Ruth Conley January 20, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    Praying for you and the children/families that are affected. ‘…peace that passes understanding’.

  3. M@Home January 21, 2015 / 1:56 am

    Will pray, where in South Africa is Kaya Sands?

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