Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meet Tata

This is Tata. Which means Father in Tonga. Tonga is the language people speak here. Side note, our Zambian friend Mary told us that many times in their culture a woman’s father-in-law names your children- all of them.

 From the moment we got to Chipepo and set up camp Tata was here. I think everyone fell in love with this kid.

On our first day of hut-to-hut ministry we met Tata’s family at the first hut we went to. His family thought we were coming to complain about Tata hanging around camp. Obviously, this was not the case. While ministering to them we found out that Tata was deaf from having malaria too many times.

It was a beautiful thing to watch people on the team love on him. Really, that was all he wanted, to hold your hand or receive a hug. Many times I watched them love him like Jesus. Huge bowls of shima, hugs, playing soccer, holding hands, lollipops, running around at the top of our truck, etc. Whenever you saw him he had a huge smile on his face.

God put on my heart the story of Jesus asking Peter if he loved him in John 21:15-17.

Love His sheep.

In His Love,
The Hennis Family

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful smile! I wish I could give him a big hug!
    Love you guys