Cassy and Steve pass smiling faces as they walk the grounds of home in Zimbabwe. They originally came here on a church mission with their son, Jonathan, in 2005. But since he left them in 2008, this home has become a large part of their life.
Jonathan and his family originally visited the Mbuya Nehanda children’s home in 2005. They met with the children, helped around the home, and ultimately became dear friends to everyone there.
In the back of the home is a large field where the home grows crops for the children to eat. One day, Jonathan was helping the boys with some of the farm work. There was no irrigation system, so the boys carried large buckets of water far out into the fields just to water the plants. He thought back to his life in the states where none of his friends carried buckets of water long distances just to eat, let alone farm their own food. When it came time to leave, Jonathan felt that he wanted to do more for his new friends in Africa. He wanted so badly to do more for the children, but he didn’t know how he could help.
Leaving an imprint
In 2008, Jonathan was diagnosed with a brain tumor and he was given the opportunity to have his wish granted. He immediately knew what his wish was going to be: to help the boys at the orphanage.
Jonathan asked to provide Mbuya Nehanda with an irrigation system so the boys would no longer have to carry the buckets just to be able to eat.
Sadly, Jonathan succumbed to the disease only four months after his diagnosis. But his legacy will live on for years to come. Cassy and Steve continue to help the orphanages of Zimbabwe, and the irrigation pump is still proudly in use.
Jonathan could have wished for anything, but in his time of darkness, he could only think of using his wish to help those he felt really needed the help. Such a selfless act is one that refuses to be forgotten. Jonathan is a model for all of us to follow. Some mothers celebrate the day ahead, and some can’t help but write letters.