In April 2013, 4Life Founders David and Bianca Lisonbee and 4Life President Steve Tew and his wife Sherma visited Nkosi’s Haven in South Africa. It is a home for mothers and children affected by HIV that was founded by Gail Johnson and her adopted son, Nkosi. Since 2001, Foundation 4Life® has helped support this very special place. With help from distributors, Foundation 4Life has made significant donations to help build Nkosi’s Haven 4Life Farm so the Haven could grow their own food, expand their chicken runs for increased egg production, and offer self-improvement classes to the mothers.
The 4Life group visited with mothers, laughed with the kids, toured the facility, enjoyed beautiful choir numbers performed by the children, and even presented pajamas to all of the kids. Gail has created a unique place that allows mothers and children to be together, especially when moms are suffering with the effects of AIDS and can no longer take care of themselves. They have a playroom, music room, art room, bakery, and library. The Haven pays for all of the kids to attend school through high school and college if that’s their choice. Gail makes sure the kids work hard, study hard, and do their best so they can create a great future for themselves.
Grace, a resident for almost 14 years, rises every morning at 3:30 am to get breakfast ready for everyone. She said that living there has changed her life. She remarked, “Cooking for these children is my life. Every day I ask for strength. I can’t not be here. God planned it this way.”