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Ester to Mbeya with Bianca

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Ester's sister got married on the 10 of January so she and our youngest went to the celebration. 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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The New Year is speeding along, I can not believe that it will soon be the end of January, so much has been going on, I am sure it is the same for you. Here for us all Christmas was a very happy time. The children, and volunteers busied themselves, on Christmas eve, decorating the house and making Baby Jesus and the crib for our sitting room. A few days after Christmas Mama Pipi went driving to get the new swings for the children. A wonderful gift from a friend of Karibu Nyumbani in Germany. Thank you so much! ( all the children were at school when I took this photo, only Shangwe was at home!)

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

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WE PRAY YOU ALL HAVE A VERY BLESSED CHRISTMAS YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS, GOD BLESS YOU ALL
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Time of Rejoicing!

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Almost two months have past since we last put up any blog!, It has been a full time. Mostly preparing for our Official Opening Day. You know how you can prepare so much that you get to a special day and wonder how you are going to have the strength to get through it. It was like that for us, Ester and Ludmila and some of the children were suffering with Malaria too, so we prayed for God to take over and anoint our day. After a week of rain, the sun shone, tents set up, food prepared, more than 100 friends came, music playing, speeches made, TV, news papers and radio reporters, and for me the windows of Heaven seem to open and there was a wonderful sense of God smiling at our Home for His Children. Many of our little community were working all over the house on the day so were not in the group photo, But all the children stood at the front with Ester and sang to all the gathering! Not only did we have the Official Opening of our new house but Bianca and Queenie were also baptized, and members of the Agape Community traditionally stood as God Mothers God parents for our children. For all our friends from England and Czech and other parts of the world who would have loved to be with us, we felt carried by your prayers and close to you in the Spirit. So may we take this opportunity to say again thank you all for your prayers. And we pray for you that these few weeks before Christmas will not be too busy, but even if you are, you will sense "His everlasting Arms Carrying you!" With love from us all Fi

COW, From Upper Room Prayer Group St. Albans!

We are so happy to say that Hannah, our gift from the Upper Room has recently had her boy calf, and he is sharing his mother’s milk with all our children and producing Yoghurt which we are selling to our villagers! This is my little morning job, and I love it!! Thank you again Upper Room.    

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Tumehamia! Mshukuru Mungu ( We have moved in !)

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During the first week of this month we started the big move! All the children, Aunties and Uncle, were so happy to have more space especially the children, who taking so much delight in each having their own cupboard. We are arranging for an official opening early December but we had our own little celebration!            

 

Special visitors this month included; Brigitte-- Our new volunteers Gitti and Theresia from Germany, it is so good to have their help and we have started the Nursery again, BUT NOW WE HAVE A CLASSROOM!

 

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Even if the olive crop fail I will praise you still! A Month of blessing!

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The Old Testament Prophet, Habakkuk, encourages us to Praise God even if things are not looking so good. For all of us this last month will have had some difficulty that may have been hard to trust God for. For me it was to see so much money being spent on water. We are coming to the end of our building project, and it seemed that every penny was running away for water! We have been praying for 9 months for the Water Board  to provide us running water, and yesterday we had water flowing into our home!!! Bianca, three weeks old, whose mother died two weeks ago, came to join our family yesterday. She is a beautiful little Indian girl! With our chicks and kittens that arrived this week and cow earlier this month, it surely has been a month of blessings. We give Glory to God!

 

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Five month at Karibu Nyumbani, or how to tame a horde of little children.

I came to Karibu Nyumbani in February 2014 after having spent four months working at a Tanzanian hospital. Directly I felt at home at this place, not only because of Fiona, Ester and Ludmila welcoming me very friendly, but also because of the eight children running towards me and cuddling up to me. I was impressed by the nice and clean environment which I did not know from my previous workplace. During the next days I got to know all the people working there, and I was very happy, that Chiara, another volunteer, was around in the beginning, so that I had a person who could explain and show everything to me. Besides duties like cleaning or washing the dishes, that have to be done every day, I had a lot of time together with the children. We played, learnt, painted and cooked together. After a few weeks, we decided to run a small kindergarten, and we invited ten children to join us each morning. Suddenly I was sitting in front of fifteen three- or four-year-old kids, trying to teach them English, counting and singing. Most of the days, after numerous toilet accidents, battles with drinking water, injuries and attempts to make them sit quietly, I felt totally exhausted. But after a little while, I saw all of them improving in what we were learning and doing, and that made me very proud of them. I appreciated a lot that there are only eight children at the moment, because I had the chance to forge close links with each of them. Especially with Advent and Isayah I had lots of fun because I slept in one room with them. Before going to bed we told each other stories and talked about anything and everything. In Tanzania I lived a completely different life from what we know in Europe. We washed our clothes by hand and cooked our food without electricity. Of course it took much more time to do all these things, but it also gives the possibility to chat with others and to enjoy the moment without doing everything in a hurry. Apart from these everyday things, it was interesting for me to explore the culture. In the beginning I found myself lost in an ocean of strange manners and foreign values, but gradually I got used to it and started to like certain ideas. There are a lot of enriching impressions I will never forget. Definitely I can say, that I found kind of a second family at Karibu Nyumbani and that I will come back one day. Written by Laura on the 21st of August- see her photos bellow!

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A special visitor from England

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We had the blessing of having Fr Matt Anscombe with us for five days. He came to Africa to a conference in Uganda, went on to Rwanda for one week and then had his last week with us. The children loved having him, and we had our first house mass which was a joy not only for us but some neighbours too. Considering we had  never met Fr Matt before, he left us feeling very much part of the family. He has a Father's Heart for the children and they certainly felt it.

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Laura left us at the end of July leaving us with no volunteers!

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Dear Laura,thank you for your time, courage, energy, joy, creativity, ..........We miss you, sooooooooooomuch, and send our greetings to all your family.          God bless you! Love from us all
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A Word from Ester- BELIEVE FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE!!

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Bye England, Hello Tanzania

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It is so good to be back, tomorrow you will hear from Ester to hear how all has been while I have been away! 
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Hi, Friends of WHMT!

I have hit the ground running, the past 6 weeks have been so full, but I now enjoying some rest, and will be heading to Cornwall to have a week with my parents!Thank you all for your prayers,Fi
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Fiona is off to England, goodbye to neighbours, leaving the building in progress, along with the growing bananas!

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HAPPY EASTER

We are looking forward to having Sabina and Shangwe, two of our youngest baptized at the Easter Vigil! May the Peace of Our Lord Jesus surround you over this Easter. With love from us all here at Karibu Nyumbani.

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Settling and Developing

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As always in life there is a resting and a pushing forward. We have had both over the last few months since I wrote. In March we celebrated our first year here,it has gone so fast! We thank God for our lovely children,  our home, all the friends we have got to know in the village. [caption id="attachment_1078" align="alignright" width="150"] Fi with all the builders standing in the new dining room to be!

 

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An Amazing Experience

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While I was praying, before leaving England, the word that came to me was “Your will be done”. I felt the Lord was calling me to trust in Him in whatever I was going to do. [caption id="attachment_1071" align="alignleft" width="300"] Chiara our Volunteer from the House of the Open door Community Being in Tanzania has been an amazing experience, full of blessing for my life. However, there were times where it was difficult to follow the Lord's will. I felt as I was walking on the water, unsure where I was going. But the Lord was calling me to look up, above the waves and to trust in him. He called out upon the water, in a different country with a different culture. Spending time with the the kids was a great reward for me. Their love was amazing, their hugs and smiles were so powerful.I felt so happy to be part of their life although it was just for a short period of time.They have been the ones who made my trip in Tanzania full of joy and satisfation. Thank you. I hope I will be able to see them again and in the meantime  I will pray that the Lord can bless Karibu Nymbani deeply.

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"Whatever He says to you do it!"

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Often when our Lord asks us to do something it is only a little nudge in our hearts. We may often think "it is only my own thoughts!" The more we step out in faith believing and trusting those little nudges of the Holy Spirit the more we will see our Heavenly Father at work, not only in our lives, but in the lives of those around us. Let me tell you why I am writing this.This month we have had the joy of having 2 beautiful ladies with us who listened to the small voice of the Lord and were obedient. One of these ladies is Ros. [caption id="attachment_1050" align="alignright" width="150"] Ros About 18 months ago she phoned HOD Community to ask how I was in Africa, little did she know, I was there. She invited me to London to see her,and from there we went to see another friend of hers, Jane Rose. We enjoyed a simple lunch together and I talked about the vision that [caption id="attachment_1051" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jane Rose was unfolding in Tanzania. Jane listened and asked if there was anything we needed. I had been led to pray only that week for a certain amount I thought I would need to go back to Tanzania to start building,and Jane promptly said that she would make up what was missing.That year we were able to build our home so now 9 children have a home. It has been such joy to have these  beautiful women with us these past weeks and both have become Grandmothers of our children. Since July last year we have been waiting on the Lord to start our next project to build a boys Dormitory and a girls Dormitory and a Kitchen, Dining and sitting room. So many things seemed to delay, but it "just so happened" that all things came together while Ros and Jane were with us. Jane helped to put in the foundations! Without Ros's obedience to a phone call and Jane's obedience to give, we would have no home. I used to sing a beautiful song which said, "What ever he says to you - do it- and the water will turn into wine, sight will come to the blind, so whatever he says to you do it. I know that the fruit or Ros's and Jane's life is turning into wine. We pray for our children and for all living around us that they will be given sight to see Jesus. Pray with us. As we pray for you, that we can all hear the small voice of the Holy Spirit and say "Yes." Thank you Jane for saying "Yes" too, to be a Paton of Karibu Nyumbani!  

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Volunteers

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Theresia, from Germany had been volunteering in Mbeya and unfortunately became very ill so she spent the last few weeks of her 3 month stay in Tanzania with us. We were greatly blessed by her love for our children. Chiara has come for three months.She is originally from Italy but has been at the House of the Open Door Community in England for the past five years. As well as visiting old friends,she has come for a new experience. Unfortunately she burnt her hands with chili whilst helping Ludmila making chili sauce so she had to keep her hands in ice for 12 hours until the extreme pain disappeared. All is well now and we will hear from her later next month!

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Contractors agree to build!

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Ester and I had the joy of meeting Anton and his son Mateo who agreed to be our Contractors for our new project.They have been building in Tanzania for the last 30 years and have built for many "Religious orders", However they could not start without building permission, which is a long process. So with the help of a Counselor from the District council, Diwani, what could have taken us a year took just 2 weeks so that by the end of this month we were able to sign contracts and start to build.

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Two more children from the village!

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Sabina and Shangwe arrived early January and have brought so much joy to our home. We are now a family of  9 children.  

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