Founder of Karibu Nyumbani

A MOTHERS PRAYER

A MOTHERS PRAYER

It is always so hard to leave home for so long, but I leave all of our children in the hands of their loving  Heavenly Father.

This is my prayer.
"My Children- 
My gift,
from Heaven, to love and to hold,
to pray for, to feed and grow.
I leave you in your Father's care,
tears of love flow as I place each one in His hands,
not only today,
but tomorrow and every tomorrow.

Trusting- He'll heal in His love
and bring each one
safely into
His Eternal Home.

My heart is too small- I'm only a channel,
so let each one of you
Rest in Your Father's Heart

He loves More.
Amen.

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KATERINA AND QUEENIE HELP ME PREPARE FOR ENGLAND!

KATERINA AND QUEENIE HELP ME PREPARE FOR ENGLAND!

I'm going to be in England during May and June, so in the last week I've packed up all the bags made by Katerina over the last month with Veronika. And a beautiful prayer card written by Queenie to give to our friends in England! Thank you for your prayers for my journeying,visits,etc.

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CATHERINE RUNS A HALF MARATHON IN BATH

CATHERINE RUNS A HALF MARATHON IN BATH
A few years ago Catherine suddenly decided to come and volunteer with her friend Amelia for 3 weeks. In March this year she ran a half marathon to support us with our living expenses. Thank you Catherine, and all your friends and family who supported you. We hope to see you in Tanzania again soon!
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MARIE- from Czech- FOLLOWS HER HEART TO BURINDI

MARIE- from Czech- FOLLOWS HER HEART TO BURINDI
"Marie, thank you so much for all you did with us at Karibu, we miss you and wish you well in Burundi"
I love God's timing, - Marie wanted to come to us about a year ago, but went to Burundi. In January she arrived to spend 3 months with us, and I really don't know what I would have done without her. She used all her gifts- with the children, teaching and playing, in the office with me, on the computer, and she was such a support to our other volunteers from Czech.
Please pray for her as she settles in Burundi with her Community there.
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KIDS MOVED TO THEIR BRAND-NEW NURSERY SCHOOL

KIDS MOVED TO THEIR BRAND-NEW NURSERY SCHOOL
“Faithful is He who has called you, and He will do it” 1 Thess 5, 24. The dream that has been in our hearts for years – to help the children in our village to get a better education - we can now see its beginnings – truly a miracle! 25 children from our village together with our 5 nursery age children moved into their new school with great joy. I think these few pictures capture the moment well. Thank you to those who have been praying for our Nursery, and a special thank you to Libuse and Karel from the Czech Republic and the MISSIO group from Germany who gave us the financial support to bring it about.
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SURPRISE VISIT

SURPRISE VISIT
A group organised by our parish blessed us with their presence and many gifts.
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CLOTHES AND TOYS FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC

CLOTHES AND TOYS FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC
I want to thank all of Marie’s friends who filled her suitcases with clothes, shoes, pencils, toys etc for our children. We are already beginning to miss Marie as we get ready for her to go off to Burundi!
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OUR FEBRUARY BOYS GROWING FAST

OUR FEBRUARY BOYS GROWING FAST
Our little David and Isa are growing fast, both have been doing well
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6TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND BAPTISM OF DAVID AND WINCEY

6TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND BAPTISM OF DAVID AND WINCEY
We had the pleasure of celebrating our 6th year anniversary with members of our parish, friends from Agape Community and our neighbours. On this beautiful sunny day, we gathered to praise the Lord for what He has done, for His goodness, for being a Father to the fatherless. During the mass there were 2 children baptised – our little David and Wincey, daughter of our neighbour Mama Winnie who sews with Ludmila in the shop. The mass was followed by a time of worship, we really have so much to be thankful for! We closed the celebration with a beautiful festive lunch. Thank you, Lord, that we can witness you doing miracles in this place!

(Written by Marie, volunteer)
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THANK YOU VERONIKA

THANK YOU VERONIKA
We were so blessed having Veronika, a volunteer from the Czech Republic, as a part of our family for two months. After helping us with running the nursery, sewing, cleaning, washing up, drawing and especially dancing with the kids, she returned to finish her bachelor studies.

(Written by Marie, volunteer)
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LITTLE PIGLETS

LITTLE PIGLETS
Our 2 pigs had littles ones during this month. Furthermore, one of our 4 cows is expecting a calf at the end of this month. Please pray so that everything goes well as our children are longing to have yoghurt for lunch and our neighbours are looking forward to us selling milk again.

(Written by Marie, volunteer)
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STUDENTS FROM CZECH REPUBLIC RAISE MONEY BY CLEANING FORESTS

STUDENTS FROM CZECH REPUBLIC RAISE MONEY BY CLEANING FORESTS
For two years running, Martina, friend of Ludmila, had a wonderful idea to raise money by cleaning forests with her students at the Stojan Grammar School Velehrad in the Czech Republic. The money that they had earned was sent to us to support our children’s daily needs. It is amazing to see the creative ways people are finding to raise money for our family. Thank you all!

(Written by Marie, volunteer)
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SEWING MACHINES FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC

SEWING MACHINES FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC
A big thank you to Fr. Jan from the Czech Republic who gave us 9 sewing machines. Thanks as well to the team that arranged its transport to us. We are so excited about it and cannot wait for what God is planning to do with this gift.

(Written by Marie, volunteer)
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OFFICIAL BLESSING OF THE NEW CHAPEL

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 Fiona and Ester had a visit with the bishop Yudathedey Ruwaichi last month and now have a date for the "Official Blessing" of our new chapel. It will be on the 7th July 2019.

(Written by Marie, volunteer)

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Beautiful Video Made by Our Dear Volunteers Max and Florian in 2018

"​...so take your place, there is no more condemnation, there is only Grace."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRGKYbRX1ck

WE ARE FAMILY HERE...


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SPECIAL THANKS FOR ALL OUR GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR FRIENDS

We all at KARIBU NYUMBANI want to take this opportunity to thank you for your prayers, your love and support. For those of you who have supported us financially every month, or who have given us one off donations, we would not have survived without your generosity and love. Also to all those who have come and spent special time with us volunteering and to those who spend a lot of time and energy in England and Czech and Germany thinking about ways to raise funds. We have felt much loved.

We pray every blessing for this Christmas Season, for you and your families.

God bless you all.

From Fiona, Ester, Ludmila and all our children.

Advent, Isaya, Onesmo, Patrick, Emmanuel, Samuel, Imani, Emmanueli, Florian and Raphael

Queenie, Daflosa, Gertrud, Sabina, Devota, Shangwe, Bianca, Neema, Emy and Tumaini,

And all our Aunties and Uncles too


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A Christmas Thought

  CHRISTMAS THOUGHT!

Our little three year old Florian often gets a runny nose and he said to me recently that he would like God to make him a new nose. I think even as get older, we might love God to make us a new in some way or other!

Perhaps a new heart?

Jesus had a thankful heart. When He was presented with the 5000, He was given a few loaves and fish. I just might have been a little despondent but He gave thanks to His Father! AND. It was changed into enough to feed 5000 with 12 baskets left over.

St Paul says give thanks always! EVEN for the food we eat! WHY? Because just giving thanks has the power to make poisonous food edible! Having a grateful heart can change every situation.

"Jesus said- "COME UNTO ME ALL YOU WEARY AND HEAVY LAIDEN AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST." Rest I think comes through an ability to trust.

Tanzanians have very thankful hearts. If asked "how are you?" The reply will more often be "Fine-thanks be to God". Even in the midst of a difficult situation their answer is the same and they really mean it! They know that their situation could quite easily be worse, so they are thankful for what they have. Generally the poor have a wonderful ability to see God with them in everything.

Emmanuel- God with us. Jesus is with us- Our Joy, the reason for our hope and thankful hearts.

We pray for you all that He will give you more than you ever thought possible! JOY, REST AND THANKFULNESS.

He is the Father of the Fatherless!

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News from July to November

 

I want to apologize to the regular readers of our Blog, for not updating our news since June. The site has had a few changes and has been moved, so, I will try now to give you a window into our last 4 busy months.

Two months in England is such a different world for me now- I love it- but it’s a long time to be away from my children.

 

On my arrival I met our volunteers from Czech. They arrived in May to stay for 3 months, so they were quite at home when I arrived. They were dedicated to the children while they were with us, teaching one on one with the small ones and group English with the big ones. Truly they were such ablessing – God bless you all.

I n early July, Mama Hilary, now her fifth visit, came with Mama Gloria who had waited for 3 years to come but was unable to because of sickness.

It was such a joy to have them both with us. They painted, worked in the office, played with the children- rested and prayed. Their Churches in Farnham have been such a support to us, and now Hilary and Gloria have decided to be our “Ambassadors” – as they really carry in their hearts a desire to find support for our children. ?

 

MAX AND FLORIAN- we miss you both so much!

We were sorry not only to say good bye to Max and Florian, but they were also our last “Caritas” volunteers. Truly they are part of our family- like 2 big brothers to the children- and always will be. Not knowing each other before they came- they worked together so well and were a blessing to us all. They taught the children more than we will ever know, but also Maths, English, computer, drawing, to make games…please come back!!

 

 

 HELEN COMES BACK!

Hello Helen! – This young lady came back after being with us a few years ago. As you can see another member of our now extending family! Mama Mia was kept busy in making her new patchwork trousers and Helen kept herself busy in every corner of the place- sewing, office, kitchen, and most of all just being!! Enjoying herself with the children. Her three weeks just flew by! We hope all is going well at Uni!

 

 HELLO TO LYNI AND ROGER! Never been before, but when they walked in the place, it was like they had always been with us. Immediate Grandparents to the kids. And only one weeks stay!! Truly a precious time, and I look forward to seeing you here again. Thank you so much. And the children want to thank you for their time at the swimming pool, which was a gift from your Church! - A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL.

 

 

KAT’S SECOND TIME TOO!

 

 

Ludmila’s and my dear friend Kat, visited us too in August. She is a teacher in Poland, and is praying about coming to join us!!!! We would love that!

 

 OUR FAMILY HAS GROWN!

 

In September, we had the joy of meeting Bibi Rafael and Rafael himself- aged 3+ and a month later Emmanuel- 4+ and his Bibi! (Grandmother!) Both children needing a home as neither really had a home. They have both settled very well and are greatly loved by all. So we now have10 boys and 10 girls!!

 

MAMA’S and AUNTIES

 We are well and we have missed Ludmila over the last 2 months.

 The above, Ester, (left) and her sister (right) – Mama Mdogo (little mama) Harness. Enjoying our own Bananas! We have been joined by 3 new Aunties in the May, while I was away, Joyce, Lilian and Sabina, and they have settled in very well.

CHILDREN’S NEWS.

 We want to thank everyone for your love for us. Especially Mama Hilary for your birthday gifts you have sent us over the last few months.

 “I’m writing a card for Mama Hilary- Thank you.”

 

“Thank you so much for my Pony- I love it! “ Bianca

 

 

 

 

Isaya is here opening his birthday present- everyone is excited!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOPE ARRIVES

HOPE ARRIVES

Hi everyone,

I’ve arrived in England and apart from a few very cold days it is now one of the hottest Mays!
Leaving my lovely family in Tanzania is never easy and I am very thankful for the gift of What’s App, so that I can be in touch with Ester, Ludmila and the children most days.
Our biggest news since Easter is that we have a very beautiful- little 3 year old girl, called Tumaini, which means HOPE. She has spent the whole of here little life until now living in a hospital after her mother died during childbirth. She is adorable, with a lot of character and all the children love her to bits.
We all need the gift of hope. Whilst catching up on news, I’ve been hearing the phrase ‘”when I was just about to give up” and ” when I was just at the end of myself,” and” last minute the lord stepped in.” Our Father never leaves us, He gives us homes, he looks after the widow and the orphan, and He looks after you and me, in all our ups and downs, through all our struggles and traumas. Nothing can separate us from our Father’s love and He loves it when we trust him for every detail of our lives.

God bless you.

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