Post date: Jan 24, 2018 7:04:12 PM
Originally pusblished in November 2016
It is almost time for me, Nellie Kleijn, to leave South Africa with my husband, Kees. On the 22nd of November we hope to be emigrating to West-Australia.
I would like to use this newsletter to write a short overview and to thank and strengthen those that will be continuing this beautiful work.
After 18 years of involvement, Khothatsong is very close to my heart.
In the beginning of the project, it was heart breaking to see how many people died of HIV/AIDS.
Through God’s grace we could bring relief to the people we visited at home. We couldn’t heal them of their illness, but could give them relief by caring for them in their difficult circumstances. The most beautiful part was that we could also comfort them by speaking to them about the saving work of the Lord Jesus. Often, God made the hearts of the ill soft and gave them faith, so that they could die in peace. Sometimes there was also resistance. People would say: “I lived such a bad life, I don’t believe that God would have anything to do with me.”
But God’s word can work miracles and we then told them about 1 John 1:8 and 9: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
The Lord has blessed the work of Khothatsong in all aspects.
Through the home visits, the desire developed to give these very ill people, that often lives with 3 or 4 generations in the same shack, a peaceful place where they could be looked after. Khothatsong could, two times, start up a hospice. We could also train 40 people for home based care.
Now we also have, to our joy, two houses in Soshanguve where two loving mothers look after and bring up a number of foster children.
We also have a team of 10 workers that provide home based care to sick people in New Eersterust. One of the team members is a pastor that takes the job of pastoral care on him and one of the others is a gardener that helps people to start their own vegetable gardens.
Then there is also a team of volunteers that gives education about AIDS to children and young adults through summer camps and follow-up meetings throughout the year.
First, I want to thank the Lord that he used me to do this work. Without the Father’s help we would not have been able to do any of this. We could pray to his promises and see his strength and his glory, as it is mentioned in Psalm 63: ”Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.”
I want to thank everyone that we could take care of and their families. You have always greeted us with open arms. Do not be fearful, the care will continue, the Lord has provided.
To the carers, I have enjoyed working with you a lot and you have all crept deep into my heart. I will miss you. You have become very independent through the years. I depend on the fact that your love for your work will stay. You do it for your neighbours. Do not be afraid, do your work with all your heart, because you have God on your side. Stay true to Him.
My thanks also go out to all the donors. You have made sure that we were never in financial difficulties. We could always call on you. Your prayers, especially, gave us the strength to go on. The work is always so needed and will probably never end here on earth.
Finally, a word to the management, manager, the volunteers and everybody that has helped in the past to run Khothatsong. Thank you for the trust that you have placed in me. I have learned a lot from you. I could depend on you in so many different circumstances. Be strong and brave to continue with this beautiful work. Make your dreams and desires come true, to strengthen and expand the projects. Make the Lord bless you.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.“
With loving greetings,