In February we were very concerned about her and the condition of her house because rainy season was about to start. GSF hosts many teams through out the year and I asked the team coming from Grace Baptist Church from Camden Arkansas if they would be willing to help us provide Jaja Jennifer a new roof. Boy did they come through!!!
They did supply the financial resources to make the repairs to Jaja Jennifer's house, but more importantly they had a great time bonding with her and the maintenance team from GSF that volunteered to server their neighbor in this way.
Taking off the old
Preparing for the new
New trusses being cut
and going up...
While the men were working the ladies were also enjoying time with Jennifer and her neighbors.
Then ladies went on a prayer walk through the village with Penlope, GSF's Outreach Social Worker, who first brought Jaja Jennifer's need to my attention. They met with many of Jaja Jennifer's neighbors and had the opportunity to share the gospel with several. One of the ladies they spoke with made the decision to make Christ, Lord of her life.
We did not complete the job in one day as we had hoped and had to leave one section of her home open... our worst fear happened...IT RAINED!! Upon returning to her house the next morning, we found her all smiles, she was praising God for holding the rain until day light so she could see to cover her belonging with the tarps. I was so humbled by her joy, gratefulness and thankfulness.
No more starlight in the night!!
Praise God for his love and care of the widow and orphan through Grace Baptist Church.
Not only did this team bless Jaja Jennifer, there was just enough excess material to re-secure panels and cover the roof ridge on her neighbor's house. When the iron sheets were put on this house a gap was left at the peak. She had done the best she could to stop water from coming in by stuffing the cracks with old cloths, bark cloth, old bags.. basically anything she could.
She now has a dry house for her and her three children.
Thank you Wesley, Travis, Kim, Debbie, Darlene, Misti, Sonya, Buster, Ethan, Sabrena, Tammy and Bethany!! God used used you, your church and supporters in mighty ways.
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress.. James 1:27