November 12, 2018 was World Orphans day, a day to raise awareness, support and funding for orphans across the globe. Thousands of churches around the world participated in special “Orphan Saturday” and “Orphan Sunday” services on November 10 and 11, bringing this pressing issue to the forefront for their members.
The Hilbright Seventh-day Adventist Church participated in Orphan Saturday by paying a visit to Kuda Vana Children’s Home. They used the visit to remind each child that we are all the same in the Lord, and regardless of our different situations we can still work hard and achieve our dreams. Kuda Vana makes a special effort to encourage positive relationships with our children and local families, which builds a sense of broad community and support. Many of our young people will often spend school holidays with families from local churches and the community.
Kuda Vana is blessed with a beautiful open air worship center. The veranda looks over trees and a nearby lake, and is the perfect place to worship and spend time together.
The day began with Hilbright leading the morning services. The children at Kuda Vana took charge of the afternoon program, and enjoyed having an equal part in the service. The children presented on the steps we can take to have close relationship with God daily. Of course, the service included lots of song and music, which drifted out across the lake on this lovely Saturday.
Many of the elders in the church commented on how confident, smart and articulate the children at Kuda Vana are, and how they would like to replicate much of what they saw with their own children at home.
We are grateful to have a supportive church community who takes a vested interest in the children at Kuda Vana!