The House a Family Gift Built

Joyce is a single mother of seven in Tanzania. She describes life before our ministry,

“To have full day’s meals to us would be a miracle worth celebration.”

Two of her children, Raheli and Esther have sponsors.

woman sitting with three girls

“Before being registered with Compassion, my life was difficult. We used to live in a mud house with weak roofing, and the house would leak when it rained … Because of our low economical status, we would afford only one meal a day.

After being registered, we started receiving different support and gifts from the sponsor. At the first time, we received a gift from my child’s sponsor and we bought food and two piglets.”

Joyce’s husband left her when their youngest child was 3 years old. He came back six years later, but that was three months ago, and he has left again.

“I had gone out one day to run business, and when I returned home in the evening he was gone. At first I thought that he was gone after a drinking spree, but he never came back that night.”

During the dry season, Joyce makes money selling salt harvested from the Kindai Lake, located near her town of Singida. At other times, she prepares and fries fish, which she sells to local residents.

Joyce and her children used support from their sponsors to buy roofing materials. The family gained great confidence, and they began to dream of owning a better house – something they had never even thought about in the past.

“I decided I should start making cement bricks since I had enough roofing sheets.”

Joyce had some pigs and decided to buy more piglets.

“The pigs we had bought from support gifts received from sponsors grew so we could sell them and buy more bricks and building materials to build our house.”

Eventually Joyce built a two-bedroom block house. Although it has no electricity, she is deeply thankful for what she has.

woman with three girls standing outside house

“At the moment, we have about 25 pigs we are raising. We have also been able to buy beds and mattresses — something I did not own and I could not have thought of. All of this was made possible because of the support we have received from Compassion.”

Before Joyce and her children became involved with our ministry, she was not a regular churchgoer. Problems in her life made attendance difficult.

“There was a time when I had decided that I would not go to church to celebrate Christmas because I had no clothes.

While I was pondering this in my heart, a sponsor sent money with the instruction that the child development center should buy clothes for me. I was able to celebrate Christmas wearing new clothes! This affirmed to me that this organization is being used by God.”

Joyce is now a devout member of her church. She and her children attend Kibaoni Church, where she serves the Lord as a singer. But Joyce remembers a time when no one would respect her because of her status.

“People used to ridicule me and said to me, ‘You can’t build a block house. It is very expensive. It is better you sell the bricks you have made and build a mud house.’

When I heard this, I went to God and prayed, ‘My God, if the street women are able to build, why can’t I do the same? You are great, God, to me.’

God heard my prayer and I have tested and seen that the Lord is good!”

The blogger team is heading home but it’s not too late to sponsor a child in Tanzania.

9 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Garry May 12, 2012

    What an uplifting story this is. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Deb L May 11, 2012

    Yay! I sent a family gift to our girl in TZ a couple of weeks ago. We love that we can help her family specifically and directly. It truly, truly, truly is such a blessing to share!

  3. Christine May 11, 2012

    Oh, this post. So encouraging and beautiful. Thank you.

  4. Chandra May 11, 2012

    This IS a wonderful story. I’m amazed at how determined she was to do better for her family, despite the fact that her husband is not a regular fixture in her life. Thankfully, she connected with the Compassion ministry.

  5. Chicky May 11, 2012

    This is a beautiful story of the Lord’s providence!

    Oh– and the next time I start griping about not having enough closet space or something completely trivial like that, somebody SLAP me! And remind me I didn’t have to make the bricks for my house, and I generally eat three meals a day. Sometimes I have to be reminded how blessed I am.

    1. Jacquie Parella May 11, 2012

      Alright Chicky, where do you live? LOL! Seriously though, glad you liked the post. 🙂

  6. PK May 11, 2012

    A great story to start my day with! Reading this gave me shivers. It is great to read how God is using Compassion to care for people.

  7. House May 11, 2012

    Amazing story. I feel so happy when read stories like this. Thanks God there are people who want to help families like Joyce’s.

  8. Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies May 11, 2012

    I love this post! I just posted about giving financial gifts to Compassion children yesterday! ( )
    I am always blessed to see how these gifts can be used to fulfill needs and even create income! <3

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