My name is Mel Warren. I am just an average Aussie girl with a heart for Africa, who has been serving as a volunteer with Hands at Work Africa now for the past 4 years. My home is currently in Luanshya, Zambia where I form part of the regional team that supports our work across 28 communities in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For me, as a Christian, I believe life should be lived in such a way as to serve others, show them the love of God, and leave an imprint in this world by making a difference in the lives of others. If I can change one person’s life for the better, then this work I am apart of is completely worth it.
Through this blog, I hope to be able to allow you to share in this journey with me, to share the adventures – highs and lows and in between’s – and to meet some of the incredible people that I will have the privilege to work and serve alongside – the TRUE HERO’s of this story – the African mumma’s, father’s, young people – who GIVE their time faithfully and consistently day in and day out (without any financial remuneration) to help the orphan and vulnerable children in their communities and make their communities a safe and better place for all to live.
‘35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40 (NIV).’