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We "inherited" Stella Bangwayo with the lease of our business pemises. She left Zimbabwe a year before with a family she was employed with. They moved to Australia shortly after their arrival and she was left to fend for herself in South Africa. She lived in a tiny, damp room and she slept on a few blankets on a concrete floor and she only had a few pieces of clothing in a threadbare suitcase.
We supplied her with a few basic pieces of furniture and I was humbled by her delight.
Her small income allso supplied food to her family in Zimbabwe. A lot of people were starving to death in her country. In the time she worked with us, her cousin of nineteen starved to death. She could not get food to him in time to save him.
The way in which Stella conducted her life, was an example. Her work was her pride, she kept herself pure and her humility and faith all contributed to a woman of excellence.
We soon became like sisters and it became routine for the others in the office to find us praying together. She preferred to kneel next to my chair on a mat with her hands in mine. She prayed in her native language, Shona and I oftened teased her that to me it sounded as if she was praying in tongues.
Stella's only child, Cynthia finished school in Zimbabwe and the desire of her heart was to have her studying at a University in South-Africa. This paused a huge problem, as Zimbabwe did not want to issue visas at the time and Stella needed a huge deposit for the University. What we see as a wall, God sees an opportunity to show His strenghth.
Stella quietly, but with great determination went on a month's fast. She carried cheerfully on with her normal duties although her slim figure started shrinking and her eyes sunk deep into their sockets.
After the month, God came through in a mighty way. The visum was granted and somebody paid the deposit for the University.
Her description of her daughter's graduation ceremony was narrated to me on the pavement in front of our previous business premises. It left me in tears.With her face shining, she said, when her daughter walked onto the stage, she danced and cheered in the aisle. She ignored the surprised looks on the faces of the spectators. She saw a daughter who was rejected by her earthly father, lifted by her heavenly Father to wear royal robes.I there and then got a demonstaration of the jive and my heart soared with hers in praise."Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful." (Jeremiah 31:4). Hallelujah!!!!
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