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NEEMA'S GOOD NEWS!

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Neema  is really walking well. When she came in Feb. this year, the doctors said she may not walk until she is four. Now she is getting herself into all sorts of trouble but you can see from her smile that she is really happy.  

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SHANGWE'S 3RD BIRTHDAY

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Greetings from Shangwe on her 3rd birthday. We had a lunch out together just after our friends left for England so it was a good distraction for the children! Shangwe greets you all and says" I love you!" God bless you all x  

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A SAD GOOD BYE TO OUR FRIENDS FROM ENGLAND

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THERESIA AND GITTY LEAVE FOR GERMANY

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Life here is always changing.Some of those changes are not so easy! We were very sad to say GOOD BYE to Gitty and Theresia after having had them with us as part of our family for 10 months. Although we will receive another 2 volunteers from Caritas, Germany in October it is true that each person who comes here has his or her special gift that we and the children will never forget. We are missing you Gitty and Theresia!

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THANK YOU FOR OUR NEW BUS!

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When I got back to Tanzania, top of my list was to get a new vehicle. Not something we could have thought about doing without the help of so many of you, especially St Edmunds Parish, Abingdon and Mary Harrison ( Recent Volunteer) and your family and friends God bless you all.

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NEWS FROM ENGLAND

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Just Giving ttps://www.goldengiving.com/wall/welcome-home-ministries-Tanzania  All the funds raised will be going towards this years projects ! ( See; How can you help?)

 

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A VISIT FROM THE MEMBERS OF THE CCR TUMBI

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Shoes from Germany!

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A big thank you to Theresia's parents who sent us shoes! You may not have heard, but every child had a new pair of shoes to wear for Easter Sunday- And you should have seen Bianca's face when she put shoes on for the first time. God bless you.

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Two new friends from Poland and Italy!!

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 In April, we had the joy of having Dorota and Ilenia come to stay for 3 weeks. Dorota, Polish and Ilenia, Italian, have both lived in England for some years, and met in Cor et Lumen Christi in Cherstey. Not only did they help us with the practical life here, but they could be heard singing beautifully all around the place. Dorota and Ilenia, thank you for gift of yourselves and your time with us.

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Link to New YouTube Video - Take a Look!

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Thank you Mary and all your friends, it has been so encouraging to get so much support. God bless you all!Here's the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sYYVKJXhOQAlso Mary has set up a giving page for us at: https://www.goldengiving.com/wall/welcome-home-ministries-tanzania¬† 
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Our big girls, playing mum!

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Queenie and Devota, as are all the girls getting more and more beautiful and so helpful!

 

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Fr. Etienne and members of Mkongwe Community- Agape to visit.

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Fr. Etiane the Co- founder of Agape runs another offshoot of Agape in Mkongwe. They have over 100 acres really out in the sticks where he and his team are ministering to  and teaching young people the "scriptures" and  "hard work" Since we are on the road to Morogoro we make a good place to drop off, and so they popped in and gave us some of the fruit of their land! God bless you all in Mkongwe!

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Planting Grass?!! More rain please Lord!

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 Expecting the rains to fall at any minute all hands were on deck carrying the heavy bags of soil and grass. The area between the new houses and the children's play area needed more soil and grassing planting. About 20 lorries of soil was carried from near by, and a lorry load of grass needed to planted within a week! It was a big job!! It is one we will always remember. We started the first day with the help of our watchman and young helper Niko, and our 2 faithful village builders, not knowing that the job was in fact going to be finished by me, Ludmila, Gitty, Theresia and the children! Niko  needed to go back to his studies, and our watchman disappeared( that's not a story for the Blog!)

 

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We're missing Lillian who came in February for 2 months

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Lillian came from St Albans in England. We had been praying for help especially in the area of driving, since Ludmila and I can spend quite a lot of time driving the children to and fro School. Driving in Tanzania is not something you would ask of a young inexperienced driver, but when Lillian told me that she had a lorry driving license, I couldn't help but see God's sense of humour and again how he always knows just what is needed. We had been borrowing our neighbours small lorry to get the children to school, so for the 2 months Lillian was with us she was their driver.

 

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Over coming your Fears!

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During my last visit to England I had an interesting chat with a friend, he said, "I would be afraid to come to Africa, in case anything went wrong with my teeth!" Strangely enough, that was a fear that I had too a few years ago, until I had to have a tooth pulled out. After many weeks of traveling on African buses having treatment in a "back street" dentist for a root-channel filling, it did not work,and the dentist was so sorry that it was not possible to save my tooth he gave me a new tooth for free!! Something that would rarely happen in England! Hearing this and a few other stories, John Waddoups over come His fears and stepped out in faith to come and spend 3 weeks with us. John being in his 60's came with a heart to bless our children to make cars with the boys, and be a Babu (Grandfather) to all the children. The typical handyman that he is, he saw many little jobs around the place that needed to be done, and quietly fixed, washed, drilled and screwed! TIME OF TESTING CAME ! -During his first week, we had a big problem with the water pipe coming into the village, and our water reserve was quickly running dry, as we were still mixing concrete for our road. I had no idea that John was worrying that he may not survive, until we actually had no water for a day and he told me that he had been up all night thinking about writing his Will! I told him that here in Tanzania, it is normal for us to run out of water, and that there was no problem as we can get our lorry to carry some from afar. He was at ease again. Only to find himself a few days later with Malaria! It comes in many forms, and John got it bad for three days. Truly it is not to be feared, but if you do not know that is as common as flu here, it is a bit of a shock. John recovered well, and has gone home with a big African experience to tell his family. Big thanks to Sarah, John's daughter and Johns local SVP for sending gifts with him. these gifts will be going toward our next project! (most likely Bio Gas! we will see) God bless you! We miss you Babu John!  

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God knows our every need!

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After a conversation with Ester, we realized that we needed more bowls especially to bath our young ones. A day later we had an unexpected visitor! A Manager of a large superstore came with a lorry load of goods giving away to orphanages. We were all just having our siesta in the after noon and the door bell went. I went to the gate and was met with video camera and little did I know I was on TV talking to the whole of Tanzania about our little home! And every child was given their own bowl, and cup. As well as a new cooker! God knows our every need! Father we thank you for looking after us.

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Our two new girls.

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Neema and Emy arrived last week, and have settled into our family very well. Both came from one hospital where they have spent all their little lives. Neema can not walk for having spent so long lying in her cot!

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Harvester's Men visit us again.

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Gerard and Derek, who visit Tanzania every year to join Roman ( Founder of Agape Community)and His ministry to the men of Tanzania, visited us again  this year. Thank you not only for the sweets and cheese, but for your powerful teaching, encouragement and prayer.

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Getting ready for the Heavy Rains!

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Childrens first day at school.

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All of our children are now at Nursery or Pre School. What an exciting day. Mama Mia (Ludmila) worked for weeks sewing uniforms!

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