A baby born not meant to be
Not meant to grow up or to see
That she was hurt, abandoned, abused
Beaten, worked, suffocated, used.
She lay in a crib fearing to be
Anything at all–so stay silent and still.
No one helped, no one came,
For a childhood it stayed the same.
Afraid to live, afraid to die.
Hungry, needy, but dare not cry.
Even the tears dried away inside
Everything with them was denied.
Obey, don’t move, only be still
In a world where dark was real.
Void of protection, but covered with shame,
Denied all love–except given in name* (see below)
Labeled with grandeur but never to know
The feel of love or how it should go.
Torn apart, alone, shattered and still
Afraid to feel, nowhere to heal.
No tenderness, no touch, no care
A cold hard world–just not fair.
No words, no caress, no soft hand,
Emptiness, no foundation there to stand
So the voice went silent, the tears went, too.
She wanted to die, wanted it through,
But she wanted to breath–wanted to live,
Wanted to make it, wanted to give–
The baby a life–who was born not to be
Did grow up and began to see–
What they did not want her to be
Smart, loving, feeling and free!!!
*My name was a word meaning the purest love.
The Mision of the Ray of Sunshine House
To provide a stable, loving family home to babies and children in need.
To love the unloved. To give hope to the hopeless.
To bring healing to the brokenhearted.
To feed the hungry.
TO SEE THE LIGHT & SPARKLE return to EMPTY. LIFELESS EYES.
To be a family …….
Ray of Sunshine House is situated on a smallholding in JOOSTENBERGVLAKTE–Kraaiftontein, where children in need live and play to their heart’s delight in a safe and loving environment.
Says Merlé: ” Bobby and I have known for many years that somehow we where suppossed to look after ophans and children in need. We did not know how, when or where this was going to happen.
We do this because that is our purpose God has created us for. It is important for us to intergrate these children into our family, so that for the time they are with us they can experience a normal family life. Therefore we treat them as our own, and at no time do we want them to feel as if they are in a home. They share bedrooms with our own children, they share the same toys.
What makes our home different from other safe houses? That is easy to answer. In our home we apply the word of God, we live by it and teach our children the same. Not only are the physical needs of these children seen to, we also nurture their souls and build their spirits. Due to my involvement with MEC-Ministries, I have the knowledge and tools, to also work emotional healing into each child’s life. When children enter our home we anoint them and bring them before Father God, we then continue to bring emotional healing with the guidance off the Holy Spirit. When these children leave our home, they leave not only physically healthy and whole, but also spiritually healthy and emotionaly whole!
On the 7th of December 2013 – Ray of Sunshine suffered a terrible loss – our home in Mikpunt, Klipheuwel burned to the ground!!!
We lost absolutely everything we had, but PRAISE God not one of our children where hurt!!!
As the above pictures show, we were left with absolutely nothing & nowhere to go!!! With the help of friends and family we moved to my parents’ home in Durbanville, where we stayed for 8 days until we managed to find another home to rent. Praise God we were able to move into our new rental home on the 15th of December 2012, and with the overwhelming help of the public, we could start over. We will never be able to repay the kindness and generosity, and we just can say THANK YOU for helping us, help these children. We are a very close family and love these children in our care as our own. Even though the rental is almost double of what we previousely paid, we are only to grateful that we have a home, where we all can be together and our animals can be with us as well. We need to build stables for our horses still, but we know that before winter, the stables will be ready. – Any help is much appreciated.
We hope to be able to buy a place of our own, very soon where we can build more rooms, for our ever expanding family and give each child their own space, especially since they grow up so quickly.