Thursday, July 11, 2013
Emilina is a single mother who works with me. She was mugged yesterday. She lives in a township that is notoriously violent called Pienaar. She does not take her lunch hour or tea time so that she can leave early, to run the gauntlet to get home while it is still light outside...
She lives in Pienaar, because that is where her aunt lives. Her aunt looks after her 9 month old baby with love and affection, while she is at work.
The way Emilina likes it.
She was yanked around by three masked men. One of them shot a bullet into the ground at her feet. They stole her wallet with her bus ticket, her government grant card and all her money that has to last till the end of the month.
They also tried to rape her, but someone showed up.
They ran away.
Emilina is a soft hearted, soft spoken woman who loves children.
I am so thankful that the Lord sent someone to scare the thugs away before they really hurt her.
I am so sorry that I did not remember to pray for her yesterday.
So please, those of you who pray, please ask the Lord to help heal her heart. To help her deal with the fear and trauma. To help her find a place where she can live safely with her child.
If she moves back with her mom, she will be taken care of. There will be more money to go around, but childcare is a big problem. That is why she left in the first place. Her child was neglected by the people she paid to look after him.
She can't afford a crèche.
I am helping her as much as I can. We have to inform the grant office, we have to get a case number from the police. We have to cancel her cell phone. We have to open a bank account for her, so that she does not have to keep her money in her wallet.
It is a waste of time to go to the police, they won't be able to find the perps.
They are swamped.
Crime and lawlessness in my country is an epidemic, a plague and a cancer. It breaks my heart when good kind people suffer because if it.
May the Lord bless and protect His children in Africa.