When Solomon received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift, his guardian Pastor Febiano was keen to express his gratitude.
‘Words fail me to adequately express our feelings. Imagine how the box travelled all the way from the UK right up to a remote village of Matambo in the Chongwe district of Zambia… I wished you were here when Solomon opened the box to witness tears of excitement and joy in his eyes. The items in the box were special for Solomon because never in his life had he received such a gift.’
For Pastor Febiano and the orphans under his care poverty is a daily reality. He depends on subsistence farming for his livelihood and sometimes this falls short of providing for his family. He said, ‘I must confess that this gift has greatly helped me in many ways financially because I will not buy toothbrushes, soap, pens and pencils in the immediate future. The toys too were unique… This gift, small as it may seem, goes a long way in addressing some of the needs I am unable to address. Due to income constraints, we do not see toys, toothbrushes etc. as priorities for children when in fact they are needed… Thank you once again for this gift. I give praise and glory to the Lord for this. Indeed our God is the provider!’