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HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our Friends and Readers.


We pray for blessings for you and all your families and thank you all for your prayers as we go into this New Year. 

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Before Christmas we were invited by Bonita a dear friend, to have a Christmas party with her and her family.

We had a wonderful day, playing, jumping, dodging rain, eating and drinking. Thank you so much Bonita and all who helped to make the day so special.

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Mama Mia( Ludmila), aunties and volunteers all left for Mbeya about the 13th of December. Mbeya is the home town of Ester and her family, and this is the 3 time Esters parents have taken all our children for a holiday. It is about a 15-hour coach journey, so 20 seats were booked for the long-squashed drive to Mbeya.

Ester and I joined the party the day before Christmas by aeroplane and stayed until the New Year. We did a head count around Christmas day and we counted over 40 people! Ester’s family and relatives were in and out all day, and the children were perfectly happy at home with their Bibi and Babu-(Grandma and Grandpa) 

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Before going to Mbeya, I went to a special Mass in our village, it was outside on the edge of a dusty street, in the home of one of our Parishioners.

At the Mass, there were 20 babies getting Baptized. I thought that was many! Until I went to a Mass the day after Christmas in Mbeya-There were near to 100 babies being baptized! It was an amazing experience of Joy. Here in Tanzania, when you are happy or excited you do – “Vigeligeli” There is no word for is in English- Perhaps it would be- make a loud sound of joy! The Ladies especially were making this loud sound of joy as their babies were being blessed and baptized- it was as if I could hear the angels rejoicing in Heaven!  Children are a special blessing from the Lord! What a joy to be among them!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all at Karibu Nyumbani.

Here's our Christmas video message from the kids and volunteers.

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One of my thoughts this month has been - KEEP TRUSTING DADDY. 

Living in Tanzania has been such a beautiful lesson in TRUSTING GOD.

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A few weeks ago, Sarah gave birth to a healthy calf and she is well and giving plenty of milk!!! Milk sales have doubled! Thank you so much for your prayers.


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A few months ago, we had a gift from the President of Tanzania! He decided to give some food to the Social Services and we were chosen as the Orphanage in our area to receive some rice, and maize and a goat. Ester said we shouldn’t slaughter the goat- and lo and behold she gave birth to twins!! Thank you Magufuli! By the way we have called our goat Magufuli!

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Our chapel is growing! We have had some very encouraging comments from people in the village saying how they want to join us for prayer in the evening. 


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New Road

Whilst our builders were waiting for the roofing of the Chapel to be done they started and finished the road to Royston house. As you can see it is the beginning of the November rainy season! (picture taken half way through October!)

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Water Tower

Adjoining the Chapel, a “Water tower” has been especially built to hold all the water for Royston house, and any new houses we may want to build in the future! Under the tower will be a sacristy, toilet and hallway into the Chapel.

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Early Rains Bring Wall Down!

Early one morning a few weeks ago, we were woken up with the news that our wall had fallen.

With every challenge comes with it a need to trust God more, and on this day, peace rested in my heart, knowing that Our God knows everything.

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African Rains

You won’t believe this but one of our largest bills is our water bill.

But when the rains come we turn off the mains water pipe and allow the rain to fill up our “kisima” -Water container. When the rains fall, our crops grow for free, if you plant them of course!

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Visit from Immigration

It’s not so easy to get in and out of Tanzania if you want to stay more than the initial 3 months visitors allowance. So, Ludmila and I, have since last year needed to do extra work getting a work permit as well as visa and we had a surprise visit from the Immigration office as they wanted to see if we really existed!!


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For the last 5 years we have had the blessing of having Caritas Volunteers for 10 months at a time, and they come well trained to volunteer and speaking Swahili. This year we have heard that there will no longer be any more Caritas Volunteers, and one of the leaders who has brought volunteers into Tanzania for the last 10 years came to see us to say good bye!! Brigitte who has become a great friend of us all here visited for a few days- she particularly thanks Ester as she was very involved with looking after the 30 volunteers coming over from Germany each year. Brigitte recently writes!

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We had a request from a musician, if he could video our children singing with him.

He had written a song about Orphans in Tanzania. 

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ZLATICA- is no longer a visitor!

She has already been here now for 3 months, leaving Tanzania for a few weeks to visit friends in Zambia she can come back into the country for another 3 children. God bless you for your help, Zlatica 

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Sponsored Walk - by Hilary Gray , Holy Family church


Back in March, my sister Clare came up with the fantastic idea of doing a sponsored walk to raise funds for the volunteer house at Karibu Nyumbani. I had to get fit , as her idea of a fun holiday is to climb up mountains in the Himalayas . I feel blessed having this time to enjoy the beautiful countryside that God has created. 

A young person ,Christina, from our parish also joined us for the walk. Our walk took place on Saturday May 27th. We woke up on the morning of the walk to a thunderstorm. Thankfully  by the time we reached our start point, it had stopped raining, although that didn't stop us getting our wet feet! 

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The Writing Of Our Own Song!

The Writing Of Our Own Song!
One of the tasks that Fiona had asked me, if I would like to try and do during my time in Africa was to create a new video updating the one from the website. The Christmas video was my practice for the real one! As we were discussing what music we would use for the video and I was a little uncertain about copyright if we used someone else’s music. This prompted the idea of writing our own song! One afternoon of singing and sharing ideas, I recorded all of Fiona’s thoughts and took this away to create a full length song. We wanted a true African sound so enlisted Roman from Agape, Bupee and Domina, Fiona for her flute and of course the children! Now that I am back in New Zealand I will spend some time piecing together our song, as well as creating the video!! From knowing nothing about videoing and recording before I went to Africa, God definitely provided all aspects of the process to allow me to complete my mission!!Kathryn
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Christmas and New Year - Part 2!

Christmas and New Year - Part 2!
One of my most common phrases at Karibu Nyumbani was "I have not done that before but I can give it a go"Blogging and making collages was one such time I used this phrase.I have made another collage of Christmas, such beautiful smiles and showing the magic through the eyes of the children, but I cannot work out how to put them together.So this is part two!Kathryn :0)
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