Thursday, May 29, 2008

The children of Swaziland

Becky Spencer is a self-proclaimed “girly-girl” who traveled to a country of dust and bugs and hopelessness. And the trip captured her heart.

In Swaziland, where Becky visited, AIDS has ravaged a nation. There are not enough adults left and the country is populated by children. Unless changes come, the people of Swaziland will cease to exist in 20 years or less.

Swaziland is located in southern Africa, a land-locked country with South Africa on three sides and Mozamique on the fourth.

Nearly 70% of the population of Swaziland lives in rural areas, where they have been hammered by drought causing alarming food shortages. The death rate outdistances the birth rate and a baby born today in Swaziland can expect to live to age 31. Nearly 70% of the population lives in poverty.

I heard Becky speak recently and was captivated by her compassion for the children of Swaziland. She is a gifted singer and performed a song she authored about those children forced to shoulder responsibility in the face of much hopelessness.

Her ministry is offering sponsorships of children, where for $20 a month you can help feed and educate a Swaziland young person.

Check out her website and please pray for her work with the children of Swaziland.

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