The past twelve years have been great time of fun adventure learning and growth. When we left South Africa in 1997 for Morocco we had no idea what to expect as a family living in another culture. However, we knew that this was a long term decision as we will be working with children.
The first two years was spent in learning the language and acquiring the culture. This was an exciting time for us as a family living in the capital city of Rabat. We made many new friends with the expatriate community of Morocco. While Michelle home schooled our two girls I attended language classes and spent time getting to know the culture by visiting Moroccan coffee shops and travelling on the local buses.
We worked with a local committee to obtain official permission from the government to reopen an orphanage that was closed in 1995. In August 1999 the government granted permission for us to start the building process and take in children. Over the next 10 years we were privileged to take in 33 abandoned children and provide a variety of services to the local community. The project was very community orientated. By the end of 2009 the Village of Hope had 22 adult foreign volunteers engaged. Seven of these were couples who were responsible for child care in a family context. The other staff members were support staff. We also had 24 Moroccan employees performing a number of duties such as teaching, maintenance, and cooking etc.
On the 6 March 2010 we had a visit from Local Government authorities. This was not something new, as we have had a number of these visits in the past. The government was always aware of the fact that we were Christian as this was never hidden. Over the next three days we learnt that this visit was certainly different to all the other visits in the past. On Monday 8 March at 3pm I was told that all our foreign staff will be deported the same day. We had 5 hours to say goodbye to our children and pack. There was complete pandemonium. However, by that evening we were in Casablanca getting ready to leave the country that we had come to love so much.
We have been home in SA for the past six months and still feel sad about what had happened but have come to experience God’s Love through His people in a new way. After careful and prayerful consideration, as well as our love for children, or more specifically disenfranchised children we decided to once again get involved with uThando leNkosi. Our first month has been challenging as the situation is vastly different to working with children in your care from the baby stages. However, God is gracious and gives strength and wisdom for each new day.
We are encouraged by so many of our friends who have been in support of our work in Morocco once again coming alongside to visit and pledge their support. We were recently contacted by a friend who was looking for an outlet for some High School girls who needed to do fulfil some social service responsibilities. The children and the four teenagers thoroughly enjoyed their time together at the House in Diep River.
There are so many children who are desperately in need of care within a family context due to so many dysfunctional families in our communities. God intended the family to be the model through which His love is shared with children across the nations. We would love to see many children come to a personal understanding of His love for them and respond to His plan of salvation for their young lives.
Errol and Michelle Muller.