name is Sandra Butters and I am an ambassador for Mercy Touch Mission
first became involved with Mercy Touch Mission 7 years ago when I saw a picture
of a little girl in a client’s office. I asked about her and she said she was
her foster daughter in Zambia.
explained that she fostered a child with a small grassroots organization called
Mercy Touch Mission International. At the time I hardly even heard of Zambia
and I certainly couldn’t find it on a map. I did my research and found that
Mercy Touch Mission International was started by Dr. Bernard and Anne Mukwavi.
This couple is truly inspiring. Anne and Bernard were born and raised in
Zambia. Bernard became a Pastor and Anne a teacher. They have 3 daughters. They
left Zambia, worked in Holland and eventually came to Canada. It was after a
visit back to their homeland that Bernard saw how bad things had become with
the onset of AIDS, disease and immense poverty. He saw a huge problem with the
growing numbers of orphaned children.
and Anne decided to do something to help these children. So they went out and
got donations, used what little money they had, rented a house and took in some
orphans. They started with 4 children and today Mercy Touch has 19 children.
This may not seem like a lot but it is 19 kids that would not have been alive
today if it were not for Bernard and Anne.
couple of years ago Mercy Touch purchased a farm consisting of 81 Acres, some
old buildings, a mill and a block of four classrooms. The purpose was to have
Mercy Touch Mission become self-sufficient and grow a lot of our own food. We
also employ some of the people from the surrounding villages to help work the
farm. This way we are helping to support the community.
my last trip to Zambia in April I went with my friend Shelly with the intention
of meeting a builder to build another house on the farm to accommodate 20
children. Later my husband and I decided to fund the building of two houses
that would accommodate 40 children and 4 housemothers.
Touch has gotten its orphaned children from small rural villages and compounds.
So we have wanted to be able to give back to these people and teach our
children to be charitable.
have implemented an under 5 feeding program. Because the infant mortality rate
is high we want to be able to give these children a fighting chance for
I first started going to Zambia it was a real eye opener for me. I had
travelled all over the world and off the beaten track, but never had I
encountered poverty such as I had seen in Zambia. You all have seen the World
Vision Commercials on Television. They are hard to watch, right? Well I was one
of these people that would change the channels. And when I visited the villages
from where our kids had come it looked just like a world vision commercial.
there was one difference that I had not expected. These people were happy. It
was not a problem, these people were not waiting around for someone to “save”
them or make this world better. These people had nothing and yet what little
they did have they shared with others. And they were very thankful for the
little they had.
people had a truly amazing spirit. I have met so many people who were barely
surviving and yet they took in other family members in need.