03 Aug 2014
Better Not Embittered
Solange – or rather Mama as I prefer to call her – always smiles and laughs. She is full of energy, life, as she bustles around in the kitchen, mans the Chosen Servant Ministries’ (CSM) mini stall, helps the children or simply takes a walk during her free time. She is kind, considerate, courteous but fun – it is hard to tell her past by just looking at her.
She first met Brendan – CSM’s founder – when he was doing his internship with Teen Missions at the school her kids were attending. Solange was destitute having finally split from her abusive husband and taking care of her 4 boys and 2 girls. Brendan was drawn to this prayer warrior and had compassion for her and her little ones and therefore brought them food and clothing.
You see, Solange had been married to her husband for years and withstood a lot of abuse from him especially when he was drunk. His drinking was excessive and he did not like his wife and children going to church – these among others issues made things very difficult for Solange to bear but she held on. In all this she says that she did her best to remain humble and submissive all the while praying that GOD intervenes somehow. Her husband eventually left her but he left her destitute and without any support for their children. The only relatives she could call upon for help were his family and they refused her help or to intervene.
Solange’s prayers were finally answered in the form of a young Australian with the heart like Christ’s. Not only did Brendan offer her a hand when she needed it most but, when the time and opportunity were ripe and the orphanage opened, he also offered her a job that seems tailor made for her. Solange is now the cook for The Children of the Light and gathers all the children around her like a proud mother hen. The love and care she lavishes on the children – her own and all others – is something that seems to pour naturally out of her.
As Solange speaks of her distressing past a trace of sadness crosses her eyes but oddly bitterness is lacking; this looks like a woman who has put her past behind her – she has not been tainted by it but rather took her lessons and moved on from there!
There are many ladies who find themselves in Solange’s former situation and you can help You Chosen Servant Ministries change their lives one at a time by donating, volunteering and sharing your experiences and/or sponsoring our upliftment programs.
For more information please visit www.csm.org.au or email us at email@example.com.