The recent Mission of Peace tour of Northeastern Jurisdiction youth and adult chaperons visiting South Africa included a special stop at Mosaic, a human development ministry supported by the EPA’s Hopewell UMC in Downingtown. They spent a day with Hopewell Missionary in Residence Jordan Ridge, founder and manager of Mosaic in South Africa.
Bishop Peggy Johnson and 18 NEJ youth, including three from the EPA Conference, visited Mosaic in Potchefstroom, S.A., to see the remarkable mission work happening there, where homes are built for foster families with AIDS-orphaned children who have endured living in makeshift tin shacks. Residents also use their talents to create and sell a variety of handmade items to visitors. Many of those sales will soon happen online at the new Made by Mosaic Web site and online store. In the meantime, visit them on Facebook.
According to the Mosaic S.A. Web site, “The AIDS-orphan crisis is a growing phenomenon in Africa leaving millions of vulnerable children abandoned and neglected. We believe that more families in Africa will take care of orphans if they have the resources. MOSAIC provides foster families of orphans with proper housing, jobs and skills training. These resources put foster families in the position to take care of up to 5 orphans without financial support from Mosaic. This is what we call self sustainable orphan care.”
Bishop Johnson was enthralled with her visit and called it “a wonderful mission,” adding, “EPA should be proud.”
Jordan Ridge invites other youth groups, churches, schools and organizations to visit and volunteer to build a Mosaic house. But prepare to be changed by the experience.
“You’ll build a brick home for a foster family currently living in a tin shack,” she wrote, “truly sharing God’s love with those who need it most. It’s an amazing trip. We have several churches who return year after year for the same experience. It’s truly life-changing for all involved.”
See a short video of the Mission of Peace visit on Mosaic’s YouTube channel, with on-screen remarks by Jordan Ridge, Bishop Johnson and EPA youth participant Mia Sanchez.
–By John Coleman