I often think back to when I started working at Give a Child a Family. The dining hall was packed with staff members and children, and I cried while listening to the beautiful worship by the staff. I remember that feeling well, because I have never experienced such an intense presence of love and the Holy Spirit in my life before. It was the start of the change within me, the start of a beautiful journey that would take me to places I’ve never been before, within myself and my relationship with God.
That was almost seven years ago and when I look back to who I used to be, I am overcome with emotion because I cannot believe that I have grown so much as a person and grown so much closer to God that I’ve ever been, in such a short space of time, and I am GRATEFUL.
I consider myself extremely blessed to have gotten the position at GCF as the Monica’s Personal Assistant and I was blessed to work alongside her for almost 7 years. What I learned from her in those years are so precious and priceless to me. She has contributed tremendously to who I am today, was it not for her love and guidance in that difficult season in my life. In all my time at GCF I have seen and heard of the amazing work done with families and children, but let me tell you, GCF is not just a sanctuary or rehabilitation centre for children. This organisation is instrumental in the rehabilitation and empowerment of its employees as well.
The first few months at GCF was the toughest, because it takes a very strong person to stick it out in an environment where you interact with children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected on a daily basis. It breaks your heart into a million pieces. My first thoughts were ‘how scared must these little ones be, to be taken away from their family and placed in a centre with a whole lot of other kids and not seeing their parents for so long?!’ It was hard. One of the hardest things I had to do.
The reward comes a few months later, when that same child, who looked so down and sad, is now smiling and laughing. And as much as these children need endless amounts of love to be restored and carried through their trauma, loving on these special children does something to you as well. It changes you. It heals you. You will not walk out these doors the same person you were when you walked in.
I have never had this much love to give before. This environment is so healing and that’s what makes it so special. You can feel the love and the presence of God when you walk through these doors.
I have always been a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and there is a reason why people have come to GCF. A reason, a season or a lifetime.. GCF is my lifetime. This is where I belong and this is where I will stay for as long as I have to because I feel like this is my life’s purpose. My heart is full and happy and I love what I do. I love the person I have become because of this place. It is a haven for the beaten and broken, a crutch in your most desperate time of need.
To everyone at GCF, who have become my second family, I want to say thank you! And a special thank you to Monica. You took me under your wing in the darkest time of my life and guided me closer to God, you showed and taught me so much. The values and lessons I’ve learned from you are priceless. I have learned that ANYTHING is possible when you have God in your life. I have learned that giving means so much more than receiving. I have learned to love without boundaries and to love and take care of myself first, because you cannot pour from an empty cup. I have become wiser, kinder and more patient and that has all influenced my private life too. I’ve become a better mother and friend because of it. There are so many valuable lessons to mention, but ultimately, how you make someone else feel says everything about you as a person. LOVE LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW.
“When you have to choose between being right and being kind, always choose to be kind.” Dr Wayne Dyer