The Western Cape is in the midst of a severe drought and nowhere is this more evident than across the parts that we travelled through today.
Hopefield and Moorreesburg lie within the Swartland region. Its grain and wheat country, but at the moment the fields are bare. A simple glance will tell you all you need to know. It’s dry, and the chances of anything growing in this dusty soil are near zero.
Yet, we saw fields being churned, a testimony to the farmer’s hope of help from above. Rain, that glorious blessing from the heavens that ensures growth and life in abundance.
It is much the same with the task the Word Riders have this week. We are sowing the seed of God’s Word in the hopes that it would fall on fertile soil and be blessed with growth.
“Last year we caught learners smoking dagga (marijuana) in front of the school during breaktime,” one principal told us. “Alchohol abuse is a big problem in our community. We warn the children against it constantly and tell them that it’s not worth it. But there is peer pressure, much of it comes from older children (grade 10 and 11) who dropped out of school and now work on the surrounding (wine and fruit) farms. They influence the younger kids,” he adds. The school was thus very grateful for the positive message and the Bibles that were brought to them this morning.
Alta van Aardt recounted a special moment between fellow Word Rider, Wida van Vuuren and a child, that nearly brought her to tears.
“Wida took a seat on this small bench among the Grade 1s. A small girl came to sit down next to her, and the next momement she hooked her arm around Wida’s arm. And Wida sat quietly. After a while she took her other arm and placed it on top of Wida’s arm. I just sat and watched them. We forget what impact we have on these children through physical touch. That was what that little girl needed today – a special touch – and it is one of the most importance things that we can give these children.”A humble token of gratitude also had Gerhard Genis fighting back the tears.
“At one school the children welcomed us by waving these little flags. After we finished and we were getting ready to leave this small girl came up to me and said, ‘You have brought me a Bible. I have nothing to give you, I don’t have anything but take this flag. That was very special.”