Seeing in the Dark, Part 1

An interview with Michelle Tessendorf, Executive Director of Orchard: Africa
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We have been working at this for over two decades now, and when we started working, the AIDS pandemic was just starting to rear its ugly head, and we pretty much were stumbling around in the dark. There were no models to follow. Nobody really knew what the response was. We were listening to the Holy Spirit and seeking the sustainable solution: What can continue? Because you can start something, but it's not always easy to sustain it and continue it. What I have seen God do through our work is find those sustainable solutions, solutions that can be duplicated in other villages that are experiencing similar problems. Now, two decades later, we have children that we started working with 20 years ago who are adults and thriving in their community, and they're alive when their peers have died. They are examples. They have changed their lifestyles. They're living for Christ. And we've seen the outworking of that. But it wasn't because we had any models to follow. We basically were spearheading. Today many of the practices and projects we started with when we felt God leading us have become basic best-practice models in other communities. They're looking at these models and saying this is best practice. But we didn't know that 20 years ago. I think that was just God leading us and being able to see in the dark.

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July15, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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