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Working with the displaced

Posted on 25th January, 2014

Pro Labore Dei members along with Missionary of Love and Mercy missionaries worked together  to help some displaced victims of flood in Asaba Delta State, Nigeria, who lost their homes, personal effects and businesses.

 

In PLD and MLM, our main objective is to bring hope to the hopeless. Presently in Mali, PLD members are working with the displaced persons as result of conflict in the Northern part of the country while in Ghana the MLM are working with the Ivorian refugees. After seeing the plight of the displaced persons in Asaba first at St Patrick’s college Asaba camp and then at the ICE camp Asaba, we could not but help.

 

 

In the camp we concentrated on keeping the youth occupied by running skill acquisition programme such as Computer training, Knitting, baking, hair dressing, tailoring and soap making.

 

 

We gave out mattresses and mosquito nets. We supervised the distribution of food. Football league was also set up. Minimum of eleven babies were born in the camp and were subsequently housed in the MLM base in Asaba.

 

Even though many are leaving the camp and going home, many have nowhere to go so the work continues………

PRO LABORE DEI UGANDA AT 2

Posted on 9th March, 2013

Pro Labore Dei celebrated its 2nd year anniversary on the 22nd of January 2013.

 

SCHOOL PROGRAMME

 

... We started with a small school in the slum area of kisenyi with 45 kids. Now the school has 300 pupils and we are still registering.

In school we also have a tailoring department that equips our clients with skills. The department has around 15 students.

 

We have other activities at school for the children such as music, dance, sports such as football and gardening.

      

  CHILDREN WORKING ON THEIR GARDEN PATCH                         CHILDREN AT CLASS

 

          

 

As part of the school programme the children are thought to give back to the society. They participate in activities such as meals on wheels, hospital visitation, prison visitation etc.

 

Our school has changed the environment we are living in where single destitute mothers and the society are now proud of.

 

ORPHANAGE

The branch also opened up an orphanage which started with 1 orphan but now we have 12 orphans. They all attend school.

 

MEDICAL TEAM

 

They provide basic health care to the poor on the street of Kampala.

 

Our medical assistant in the two years has managed to treat around 12,054 clients with serious wounds and other related diseases.

 

    

                                   IMMUNIZATION OF ALL THE CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOL

 

We have in our care two little children who are HIV positive. They are doing well and attending school.

 

MEALS ON WHEEL

In two years over 27,000 meals have been given out to the hungry poor on the street and in their homes.

 

      

                        MEAL PREPARATION                                                           MEALS ON WHEELS

 

 

VISITATION

We also have a team that go for hospital visitation. They visit different hospitals such as Mulago hospital, Mengo hospital four times a month. The team counsels the sick and gives out food to the needy.

 

The same team goes to different prisons for counseling. They give out food items, clothes, medicine and other materials to the prisoners.

 

In the two years the above activities have been taking place in PRO LABORE DEI UGANDA BRANCH.

 

Great thanks go to all the parties that have put in their effort for the progress of PRO LABORE DEI UGANDA BRANCH.

PRO LABORE DEI CAMBODIA

Posted on 19th January, 2013

P.L.D in her mission and work of giving support and hope of a brighter future tries as much as possible to rehabilitate.  We try to give the poor confident towards being self-reliant, resilient and inventive. In this part of the world, P.L.D has put smile on the face of many poor homes.

 

Sewage area is the place where people whose job and only source of income is to go through the dumb site for saleable items. If they are lucky they may get a dollar a day for their effort. They also live near the dumb site with all unsanitary aspect.

  

Most of the children in the slum/dumb site area do not go to school because they have to support their parents by picking garbage.

 

P.L.D supports the poor parents with food. As for the children, we teach them English and skills to give them hope of a brighter future. We also encourage the parents to send the Children to Khmer School -in some cases we pay their fees to ensure they go to school like other child.

 

 

The children of the poor that we have worked with now know what it feels like to have the maximum comfort and care they lacked in time past. We have restored the joy to live and basic education to stay focused. It is not only studying , the children  have fun – we organize day trip for the children to places where the closest they ever got to was by rummaging through the rubbish that came from there.

 

P.L.D in her mission and work of giving support and hope of a brighter future tries as much as possible to rehabilitate.  We try to give the poor confident towards being self-reliant, resilient and inventive. In this part of the world, P.L.D has put smile on the face of many poor homes.

 

Sewage area is the place where people whose job and only source of income is to go through the dumb site for saleable items. If they are lucky they may get a dollar a day for their effort. They also live near the dumb site with all unsanitary aspect.

 

Most of the children in the slum/dumb site area do not go to school because they have to support their parents by picking garbage.

 

P.L.D supports the poor parents with food. As for the children, we teach them English and skills to give them hope of a brighter future. We also encourage the parents to send the Children to Khmer School -in some cases we pay their fees to ensure they go to school like other child.

 

The children of the poor that we have worked with now know what it feels like to have the maximum comfort and care they lacked in time past. We have restored the joy to live and basic education to stay focused. It is not only studying , the children  have fun – we organize day trip for the children to places where the closest they ever got to was by rummaging through the rubbish that came from there.

BACK TO SCHOOL

Posted on 14th January, 2013

Most of our Kids are back to school (Uganda school starts in February). It brings great joy to see these children happy to leave home every morning so they can go to school like their friends. I will like to say thank you to all those who have been making it possible to give hundreds of children this opportunity through their monthly donation.

There are many more that we could help. Main problem are not enough text books or table and chairs. In Rwanda we have over a hundred and sixty children waiting to get on our rehabilitation programme which is meant to help them get back into main stream education after been out for so long but we have no table and chairs due to fund shortage.We have schools in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Mali, Nigeria and Zambia.

If you live in any of these countries or know some one who does – you can help us by donating old primary school text books, school bags, shoes or contribute towards giving a child table and chair to work on.

TOGETHER WE CAN AND DO MAKE A DIFFERENCEON BEHALF OF THE CHILDREN

THANK YOU

Sr. Theresa

For more information email Theresa@prolaboredei.org

PRO LABORE DEI CHICAGO NEEDS YOUR HELP

Posted on 14th January, 2013
Do you leave in Chicago or know some there......
 
In view of the intense weather please gather some blankets. Id be so happy to be able to provide these people with some warm blankets. As many of you don't know the people of Robbins constantly are changing- we are seeing more and more old folks coming out because they heard about us and need food and clothi...ng (and special needs)...more and more children and I mean babies are showing up with parents and they have hardly anything to keep them warm. It saddens us to continue seeing this.
 
Ok- I'm asking for coats, hand warmers, mittens, boots, and warm clothing as soon as possible. We had to stand outside a little longer last week because the United States Coordinator for this mission came to observe our site and we had a lot of information to go over. And we moved the meeting into the police station for the most of it- however afterwards a few of us talked outside our cars and I was frozen by the time I put the heat on in the car.
 
I can't even imagine how these people young and old are managing to walk up to our site, gather some goods, and walk home, (some travel more than two miles)....and how do they do it with out freezing.This is Robbins!! All of them have somewhere to go where there is heat and they can sleep....imagine the folks at Lower Wacker who are sleeping outside on the curb. Please help us-
 
God bless
 
Ann
 
PLD Chicago CoordinatorFor Information where to bring the blankets etc
 
please email info@prolaboredei.org

UPDATE FROM PLD ECUADOR

Posted on 14th January, 2013
 
It is a joy for us, the members of Pro Labore Dei Ecuador to know how God uses his sons to carry out his incredible work for the poorest ones. We feel happy to see the growth of this wonderful work here in Ecuador.
 
We have some news we want to communicate you. As you know we are still working in the slum neighborhood of La ladrillera where we help in different ways. At present, we have begun to build houses for the poorest families that live in the mud. These houses are made of concrete blocks, therefore they are long lasting. The resources for these dwellings have come from our friends donations.
 
Also, on Saturday December 22, we delivered toys and foodstuffs for the children and to all the families we help in the community.

MAKE TOMORROW TODAY

Posted on 14th January, 2013
I will like to say thank you for all your support thus far. It is greatly appreciated. Together we continue to safe lives somewhere. We may not be able to help everyone every where but we are able to help someone somewhere.
 
There are so many out there needing our help. It is heart breaking when I hear a 7 year old tell stories of what a miserable life she has had and just waiting for death. And she is not wrong- she watched her father die, her mother is dying and she has a baby brother to care for.
 
This is just one of many of cases I come across everyday and my heart breaks because I can not do anything. Children becoming the bread winner in many homes. Too many children are going without food and dying of starvation and health issues.
 
For as little as $5 dollars a month we can give a child hope and a future. To do this regular donation is needed.Many young and old are dying because of lack of clean water - sometimes only source of water is used by both man and animal.Some of us would have seen adverts on TV- unfortunately this is not just for impact, it is so true.If you are able to do something today no matter how small please do not put it off till tomorrow because many of our clients may not have tomorrow unless we help today.
 
TO DONATE VISIT OUR WEBSITE  -http://WWW.PROLABOREDEI.ORG/ 
 
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We have heard it repeated over a million times and maybe we also have said it to ourselves and to others, “Never give up!” With a risk of sounding controversial, I would advice each person reading this article once in their lives to give up.

 

When we say “Never give up”, we often mean, hold on and under no circumstance should you let go, fight for what is yours and do all you can to keep it. From my point of view, this is very selfish.

 

The current state of our society has made the age old saying, “Every man for himself and God for us all” stark reality. We have evolved from the community lifestyle where we used to live together, with community land, and doing all things as a community to an individual society characterized by individual houses surrounded by high security walls with electric fence toppings, not forgetting the fierce dogs, alarm systems, and burglar doors. This is to keep us “secure” from the strangers.

 

In this same society that is thus described, when I am told to “Never give up”, I don’t think of my neighbor rather of myself and my property. In this society, I have to fight to get to the top, not to lift someone from the bottom but to sit with those that made it before me.

 

Let me take us back to the Bible age. If Abraham, rich as he was, would live in this day and age, he would be in his air conditioned house as the strangers passed and would have missed his promise of a son. If Lot would have been living in our generation, he would not have seen the angels to welcome them to his home. I believe also Boaz would not have met Ruth had his property been labeled “TRESSPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED”.

 

Enough said about the society. How does the state of the society affect giving up or otherwise?

In the current society, we have people who are homeless. Some of them sleep outside our house gates or business premises but we cannot see them because we are inside the house before dark. We have people who are hungry around our work place but we can’t see them because we have free delivery from fast food restaurants. We have people who are abandoned but we do not notice them because it is “not our business”. In our day and age, the old have been “appointed” for rural life leaving the city for the bursting youth-so, who takes care of the old?

 

We have to give up something in order to make things in the society right. As in the days of the early church, Christians gave up their possessions willingly and presented them to the apostles to be distributed among the needy and the widows. They never counted it loss when they gave it out. Abraham didn’t give yesterday’s left over meal to the strangers but he gave up the best he had to feed them and that called back a blessing for him.

 

As sons and daughters of faith, the promised children of Abraham, we are assured by God that in blessing He will bless us but what do we do with the blessing? Jesus spoke of the rich fool who stored up all his wealth and expanded his barns ready to enjoy life (Luke 12:13-21) - He never gave up, yet his end was that he lost his life without enjoying his wealth. Christ said after this, “this is how it is with those who pile up riches for themselves but are not rich in God’s sight.”

 

You have an opportunity to be rich in God’s sight and, like Abraham, to be a blessing to the nations. We can be a blessing to the homeless stranger when we welcome them into our homes. To the orphans, when we adopt them, give them education and a hope for the future. To the aged abandoned when we take care of them until they breathe their last. THE QUESTION IS, ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE UP?

 

Are you willing to give up your comfort and “security” to house a stranger? Are you willing to give up your best clothes to clothe a naked man or woman on the street? Can you give up your time to visit the aged and deserted in the rural areas and your resources to take care of them?

 

From its inception until now and in the future till amen, Pro Labore Dei has been and is and will always be home to those who give up. Our members have given up professions, property, resources, time, money, prayers and so much more to help the needy.

 

We follow closely in the footsteps of our founder and mother, Rev. Sister Stella Maris who leads us to imitate Christ. A shining example of giving up, as she gave up her life, inheritance and everyday she gives up her time and energy to take care of the needy.

 

We give up as Christ gave up His life for us. Not for those who deserve or for those who have potential but for all people in all nations.

 

Join our community of people who give up. Be a blessing by sharing your blessing. You too can be a member. You too can help us touch lives. You too can touch a life. Only if you can, and are willing to give up.

If you are willing to give up, contact us, join us and work with us. Be a blessing by sharing your blessing.

 

Robert Khaemba

Pro Labore Dei Missionary

HE WAS A WITCH

Posted on 25th May, 2012

On one of my recent travels, I had an experience that literally blew my mind. It was so tremendous yet at the same time so scary. Though it happened in a public place, it had no external distractions – Its internal impact was incomparable.

 

It was on a Tuesday evening as I was on route to Malawi via Lusaka. I had just alighted from the Gaborone-Lusaka bus and was within the Lusaka Inter-city bus station. Being alone and having arrived a bit earlier than the expected time, I decided to move under inspiration of a previous article titled, “I saw Jesus Today”. I threw several glances around trying to spot any “Jesus” that may be around. It was almost dark at the time and the place was buzzing with activities. Passengers who were taking the morning buses were looking for spots to sleep while tradesmen were packing up to go home after a long day’s work.

 

After several unfruitful glances, I thought to myself, “Maybe when things are settled down, I can try again”. I proceeded to check for my bus but it had not arrived yet. I went back to the station to wait for the bus as I charged my phone battery at a nearby shop. As I waited for both the bus and my phone, everything began to unfold.

 

A young man, in his early twenties, walked by and sat on the far end of my seat. He calmly slipped his hands into his trouser pockets and sighed as he reconciled with the comfort of the seat. I didn’t take much interest since it was a public place so I continued with my wait.

 

A few seconds later, he turned to me and with a frail look but a firm voice said, “maswera bwanji” (how are you?). Shocked at the greeting, I mustered my little knowledge of Chichewa and with some hesitation answered “Taswera bwino kaya inu” (I’m fine, how about you). With a relieved look that we could understand each other, he quickly started a conversation asking what my name was and purpose of travel among other things. Being careful not to fall into a trap, I gave calculated answers which he didn’t mind.

 

After the brief acquaintance, he went on to tell me how he had not had a decent meal from morning and some problems he had been facing. With a satisfied smile on my face, having found Jesus, I reached into my bag and passed him some bread buns and a drink. He immediately stopped the conversation and gulped everything within seconds leaving some supposedly for later.

 

He then continued to ask me what I did for a living and as usual, I responded with a calculated answer. Without any reservations, he told me that he dealt with medicine and that there was no disease he could not cure. I giggled and thought, “These traditional medicine men are full of themselves.” It was not until he picked his small bag and opened it as he said he travels without a passport that I realized what he really did for a living – he was a witch. He showed me his tools of trade bragging that no officer of the law can see him in the bus.

 

I was shocked and confused at the same time. I slid an inch to the opposite direction and scanned my exit path but he just continued talking. I quickly changed topic to speak about Jesus and how His power is above every power of witchcraft. As I spoke, I wished he would melt or shrivel and disappear but it didn’t happen. He remained there, still needing my help.

 

As if he didn’t notice my change of countenance, he asked if I had an extra jacket that I could help him with since it was getting cold. I wished I was dreaming. Part of me was asking, “How can you give a witch your jacket?” Another voice was reminding me that the jacket was a gift from my mother while another was asking, “which is the shortest route out of this place?”

 

In the midst of this confusion, I remembered what we were taught at Pro Labore Dei. Dear old Mrs. Fola Olumide on a trip to Kenya repeatedly said, “We are Jesus’ hands, feet, eyes and ears. We live as Jesus lived and work as He worked. We imitate Christ in all we do.” I remembered that Christ gave himself as a perfect sacrifice, not for a particular or specific few but for all people. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. This sobered me up and I gave him my jacket.

 

What would make you hold back any of your blessings from the poor? Christ held back nothing and nothing held him back from giving His life.

 

At Pro Labore Dei, we are a family of Jesus imitators. There is nothing that would stop us from helping a needy person. We take the dirty and soiled abandoned child with loving arms and care for them. We visit the sick and the disabled and share our love, Christ’s love. We take care of the aged abandoned, the blind, the lepers, the jobless, all who need love and care. Whether they are witches or bewitched, we love them because Christ loves them. Our prayer and counseling units offer spiritual support, prayers and deliverance so that we can meet the needy in all their need.

 

Let no limitation prevent you from being like Christ. Have the same love as that of Christ. Give to all and Never hold back.

 

BE A JESUS IMITATOR

 

You can contact us, join us and work with us to imitate Christ all around the world.

Robert Khaemba

 

Pro Labore Dei Missionary

I SAW JESUS TODAY

Posted on 11th May, 2012

For all it’s worth, I would have loved to live in Israel over two thousand years ago when history says there lived a man who commanded a great following from the locals. History continues to say that this man claimed to be the Son of God, did miracles and taught people many things. I believe history and I also believe the Bible. The Bible affirms that Jesus really is the Son of God and truly He did live in Israel over two thousand years ago. It even says that He spent time in Africa with His parents.

Having said that, what really makes me wish to have lived in Israel during Jesus’ time? Well, for one, I know He could have taught me a thing or two about how to answer tricky questions-He always got them right, each one of them. He also would have shown me how to strike a conversation with a total stranger and get him/her to do what I want-He told Peter, “follow me and I will make you a fisher of men” and the man followed Him-that I would love to do. I would not mind a lesson or two on clearing the temple of all merchants and traders to make it a house of prayer for all nations.

Today, as I walked along the dusty paths of wilderness-like county of Botswana, I saw him. He looked over two thousand years old, he was helpless and he could barely move. He was dirty and had a pungent smell from every part of his body. Every one was either running away from him or quickly dashing past him and glancing back later.  At first I didn’t realize that it was him because he was covered with a black layer of soot-like skin from not having a decent bath for a long time. His hair was long, unkempt and muttered with dirt giving it a shade of brown. His worn out clothes exposed his stone-walled chest as he extended his hand as if he was asking for money-I could barely look

Pro Labore Dei sees Jesus everyday. When we look at the street child seated outside the shopping mall, we don’t curse the mother who left him there but we feed him and counsel him encouraging him that life can be better. We take him to school and pay for his education. When we spot a family that is less privileged, we don’t blame government for not providing but we pull our resources together, roll up our sleeves and help them build their lives out of their lowly state. Pro Labore Dei sees Jesus everyday. When the old are abandoned by their children for a “better” city life, we see Jesus in them and take care of them. When they are sick and helpless, we do everything for them – clean their houses, wash their clothes, take good care of them. Pro Labore Dei sees Jesus everyday. We see Jesus in the needy: the one who is naked, we clothe, the one who is hungry, we feed, the one who is sick, we provide health care, the one in prison, we visit to encourage, the one who is abandoned, we embrace.

Pro Labore Dei sees Jesus everyday. I saw Jesus today. When did you see Him last? Are you looking to see him?

The Bible says in Matthew 25:34-44, those who see Jesus everyday will be welcome into eternal rest but to the rest who never bothered to look, they would be thrown into eternal damnation.

When you go out today, look out to see Jesus in your area. Reach out and touch a life. You can also help us to touch more lives by joining and supporting us financially or materially.

Started twenty two years ago in response to God’s call to His maid-servant Rev. Sister Stella Maris Nkechi Okonkwo, Pro Labore Dei has spread its loving arms throughout the six continents of the world with only one mission, one goal, and one purpose – to touch the life of the destitute; to see Jesus in them. We are growing through the love gifts and support from our friends, neighbours and loved ones. People like you and me who not only want to see Jesus, but also to touch His heart.

Contact us today.

www.prolaboredei.org

pldinter@yahoo.com

 

By Robert W. Khaemba

Pro Labore Dei Missionary in Botswana