EAR AND HEART FOR MONEY
When our teacher Wendy got married to Siya last June, she left her kids (Tony 11 and Lisa 5) with her mother. Last week, she came to me and asked to lend her R200 ($30). It was for her mother to buy food for her children. Since Siya didn't like her children, she couldn't ask him to pay for it. I gladly did. On her way back home, two men with knives stopped her. She told them she didn't have any money. They searched her bag and found the money hidden in the Bible, which made them very angry and violent. They beat her and cut off a piece of her left ear as punishment. When she came to school next morning, her left ear's lobule was cut off. The blood was dried, but I could see that the cut was still raw. I took her to a clinic and then sent her home. The robbers usually tell the people in the township how much they want if you run into them. It is R150 now and if you don't have it, they will beat you or even kill you. I asked her why she didn't just give up the money, and she said, "It's not easy Mr. Jung. It's not easy." We tried to encourage her, but it was not easy. The next day she came back smiling again. I asked her what had encouraged her. She said "Jesus' heart is broken for the robbers as well. When I thought about it, it gave me hope."
A BROKEN WATCH
Zola Youth Group was invited to join with Khayelitsha youth groups for a retreat. When I went to drive them to Strandfontein to spend a weekend at a retreat centre, I noticed something interesting. Lolo was next to me when he tried to wear a leather strap watch. I realized it was my watch that I bought when I was in college. It was quite an unique watch and was probably made before Lolo was even born, so it wasn't hard to recognize it. Youth group kids and older Children's church kids often visit our house for no apparent reason. Sometimes they just want to wash off the sand from the beach and sometimes they demand food or cold drinks. Since Lolo was one of the more frequent visitors, he usually roams around freely around the house. I just said to him, "Hey I have a watch exactly like that. I had it for more than 15 years. Does yours work?" He shook his head and didn't say anything. I came home and checked for my watch. It was gone. Now here comes the dilemma. What do we do? Helen, Wendy, Pinky and I had a discussion and deicided to get him a cheap watch that works. We decided to say one thing to him, "Lolo, if you want or need something, you just need to tell me."
Abohna, Helen and Jung