Founder of Karibu Nyumbani

29th JUNE...

  THE FIRST DAY BACK AT SCHOOL

This week our school started up after a three and a half month break because of the Covid 19 virus.

All our 7 young ones who go to the school were desperate to go back, and all the village children too.

So all 50 of them turned up beautifully and ready to learn and play.

It was great to walk around the school and see everyone so happy.

A WORD FROM THE HEAD TEACHER.... 

 A WORD FROM MADAM KAT....

On Monday it will be six months since I arrived in Tanzania. My time teaching here has been varied. I have enjoyed the slower pace of life and the possibility to be creative making my own resources to use in my lessons with the nursery and pre-unit children and preparing homework for the children to do (this is done by hand because we don't have a photocopier) I taught the nursery and pre-school class for ten weeks before lockdown started. For the last month of teaching at the school I had two fantastic volunteers to help me prepare teaching aids and to help the children with their writing. After lockdown, the school closed and the volunteers returned home. I began to home school the seven younger children at the orphanage ( one from nursery class and six from the pre-unit class) Teaching the children at home was a new challenge and at times it was difficult for the children to have school in their own home. Now, after three and a half months we have returned to school again. I am very glad to be back with all the children and have missed them very much.

On one hand, it has been a challenge for me to teach here. The way of teaching is very different to what I have been used to teaching pre-schoolers in Poland and The UK. The children sit at desks learning formally and with limited resources. However, on the other hand I have never met such joyful children in my life. Every day I am greeted by children with beaming smiles who are so happy to be at school, to have a school uniform and school bag and who delight to play on the slides we have on our school grounds at play time. Here the children teach me to find joy in such simple things. For example, the children in my classes are so delighted when they get to use a pencil with a rubber on the top and colouring pencils are treasured items used for special work. This is in great contrast to how things are in Europe where children have everything available to them from Duplo blocks to interactive whiteboards. My dream is to have a laminator and laminating pouches so I can prepare resources that can last  I am learning a lot from teaching here. I look forward to the next season of teaching. We have two new teachers who are very lovely and it's great to work as a team. I hope together we can help every child learn successfully.

COOKING PORRIDGE....

As we wait for donations to continue to build the next block of classrooms, we would like to build a small kitchen. As you can see in the 2 pictures we have progressed from a log fire to a gas stove, a shack to a small store. We would like to build a small kitchen store, which can eventually be a used for teachers accommodation when we are able to build the school dining hall.

We would like to thank a family in Germany- friends of Karibu Nyumbani, whose donation will cover this project. God bless you.

PARENTS IN THE VILLAGE....

During the last year some of our poorer parents from the village have found new ways of raising school fees. We want to congratulate them for all their hard work. One mother has started to sell shoes and she is able to pay each week for her little girl.

The gentleman in the picture below is our neighbour and he has been able to expand his shop which has meant better business. The other lady in the picture is making chapatis to help pay for her little girl. We are continuing to pray that we can bless many more children from our village as the school grows- please continue to pray for this growing project.

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EASTER - PENTECOST

For the last 3 months in "lock down" as well as our normal life together it has been a time of drawing very near to the Lord, to allow him to shine His love to cleanse and heal our hearts.

If anyone has been following the news concerning The Corona Virus in Tanzania, Magofuli our President has had a lot of criticism from inside and outside the country, encouraging us as a country to TRUST IN GOD, PRAY, AND NOT FEAR. It has not been clear at times exactly what state the Country has been in, but I believe now we can be sure to say that we are thankful to God that the prophecies made by WHO have not come to pass. God has been merciful to Tanzania.

We remain in prayer for those who have suffered greatly around the world, especially in my home country, including personal friends of mine, but for all those we don't know who have lost loved ones.

Lord Jesus, I pray that we give you our undivided hearts at this time so that we can rise up to be your perfect Bride through that same power of your Holy Spirit who raised up Jesus from the dead.

A WEEKS RETREAT 

It had been on Ester's heart for many years to lead our children in a time of inner healing. What a better time than now! We invited Hotensia from Agape Community to come to stay with us and lead us for a week.

It was a full on time for us all, with teaching morning and afternoon and individual ministry for any who wanted. I know that the children found time to chat to Hotensia about things on their heart, and the Aunties and Uncles all expressed great joy after times of individual prayer.

The little ones over this time were having fun with Dada Kat and on the last day they had a morning of singing and dancing with a special time of prayer.

Advent David - 12 years

Shares with us that "From my heart, I see the Corona Virus has been a desert time, not only for us in Tanzania, but all over the world people have suffered. We have been praying for all the Nations every day. I see that the place here where I live is beautiful and we have not been effected here by Corona, and I thank God for that. I also thank God that we were able to have school lessons at home here during this time. We also had a very blessed week of teaching on inner healing and it was very MEANINGFUL TO ME. THANK YOU GOD, AND THANK YOU TO OUR FRIENDS WHO HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR US TOO."

Hi, my name is Daflosa, Whist we have been home, I have been so happy to learn how to sew with a sewing machine. I have been helping Mama Mia mending cloths and even making new cloths for other children. I continue to pray for our nation of Tanzania along with other nations that God takes away this sickness.

I want to thank all our friends for praying for us and loving us. If you were here we would share our biscuits with you.

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REMAIN IN THE GLORY

  Dear Friends, all over the world, we want you to know that we are praying for you.

Since the middle of March when all schools in Tanzania were told to close because of the Corona Virus, we also decided to stay at home and draw closer to the Lord. We have sensed the Lord say as he said to the Israelites, before the Passover, that they were to stay at home and wipe the blood of a lamb on their door posts and beam.

Every afternoon we gather to pray with the children, Aunties and Uncles. One of the first bible sharings we had from Ester was about Adam and Eve, when they hid from God in the garden of Eden. Up until that point, they were hidden in, or covered by, the Glory of God. Suddenly because of their sin, the Glory was taken away and they saw their nakedness.

This is a time for us to "stay", "in the Lord", to "trust" His very Precious Blood that was shed for us. To allow the Holy Spirit, to pour in and over us, the Beautiful Glory, where he says that if we dwell, we need have no fear. (Psalm 91) Jesus is calling us to return to our First Love, "Do you want me? "he says, "If any man hears my voice and opens to me, I will come to Him and feast with him."

The Lord is leading us individually and together into repentance and intercession for our families and countries. Let's join in prayer together, believing that the Lord will save His people. We are also praying for wisdom to know how we can call the leaders of our village to create a support system for the poor in our village.

 Please pray for Tanzania that the spread of the virus will not increase as it has done in so many countries, as the poverty in the villages and small towns would make it impossible for shut down and distancing. We have found in our village that people have not understood why we have isolated ourselves, even after the President said that we needed to stay at home and not make any unnecessary trips, many do not understand its importance.

  There are 40 of us in the house, and the children are having tuition every day with Ester's Niece and Nephew, and the 12 small children are having lessons with Kat from England. We have been harvesting our cassava and drying it in the sun. Our driver has joined forces with our farmers, and they are working hard. We thank God for our milk and meat from home and for the simple menu of Beans, Rice and Ugali! Our bananas are helping, and the oranges will soon be ready to eat!

THE LORD KEEP YOU ALL UNDER THE SHADOW OF HIS WINGS, HIDDEN IN HIS GLORY.

WE PRAY FOR A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL PASSOVER AND EASTER

WE CONTINUE TO HOLD YOU IN PRAYER.

FROM FIONA, ESTER, LUDMILA AND ALL HERE AT KARIBU NYUMBANI

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REMEMBER THE PROMISES I HAVE GIVEN YOU.

We pray that all our friends and regular readers of our blog are encouraged at the start of this New year and New Decade.
Here as usual we prayed-in the New Year with dancing and singing. Rejoicing and giving Glory to God for all that he did for us in 2019. At the beginning of last year, we had a promise from the Lord that doors that had been difficult to open would open with ease. The Lord was faithful to His word and we are looking forward to seeing all His promises fulfilled for this year and the Decade to come.
Faithful is He who has called you and He will do it.
We pray that the Lord will fill your hearts with a great knowledge of His Father- Love.

  NEW YEAR EXAM RESULTS.

Our older children- "Akina Advent", Daflosa, Queenie and Isaya have all passed with A"s and B's to go up into P5.
We are very grateful to our Tutor -Flaviana, she is greatly loved by our children. We were proud mothers when we heard a few weeks ago that Daflosa had come top of her year group and Patrick 3rd of his year group. ALL have done very well, please pray for them for this year.

Isa started school this year too, - looking very smart and grown up. Now, only David is at home in the mornings!

  PLEASE PRAY FOR US!

Our oldest 10 are now studying for their Confirmation that will be taking place later in the year.
Please pray that they can all pass their exam, and have a deep understanding in their heart of the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit and the wonders He can work in their liv
es.

SCHOOL NEWS.

PLEASE READ the School News update-you will find it under the "Welcome Home School" on the website

  OUR LITTLE GIRL IS WELL!

On the day after Christmas we had a family come and visit us who wanted to give thanks for the healing of their little girl Harness. When she was born she had complications with her heart and it did not look as if she was going to survive. Through the prayers of many, their little one, is now completely healed. Her parents shared their testimony with our children, and all their friends and family cooked a meal for us - the day was filled with Joy and thanks to God for the life of little Harness.

VISITORS IN JANUARY 

We have been blessed to have with us this month Gloria who is an Ambassador for Karibu Nyumbani in England and Clare who often helps me with my accounts.
Clare spent a lot of her week setting up an Excel file for Mr. Evans the Head Teacher of our School – He will now be able to receive of the school fees which is a big load off my shoulders! Halleluiah! -Thank you, Clare. Gloria has only just returned, and I believe she would like to blog herself later. It was so lovely to see her just relax and be so at home with us all and create her own little garden!

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WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS.

As I write this I am sitting in very hot room in Royston House. There is no sign of Christmas in our little town and there won't be right up to Christmas. Only 2 weeks ago I had the joy of being with my Father in Falmouth, the first time I have been back in England during November for 9 years! It was very special! I love the cold winters. But I was shocked to see all the Christmas decorations and I have to say I was tempted to buy some for the children. I didn't as it was much better to carry some Duplex bricks!! Tomorrow though I will be making a Christmas wreath for our Chapel and I am looking forward to the 4 weeks of lighting candles with them during our evening worship. I pray it will be a time of blessing for them as together we thank our Father for the gift of His Son. The Grace poured out to us through His Redemptive Love. The Grace of freedom of Sin, New life. A gift He planned for our children, for you and me since before all-time began. Lord, enlarge us, to receive all you have to give us.

God bless you all.

Fiona, Ester, Ludmila and all our wonderful children, Aunties and Uncles.

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Michelle

 "We had such a lovely, blessed, eventful and memorable time at Karibu Nyumbani that we will cherish in our hearts forever. During our 2,5 weeks there we could bring in our various gifts – from cleaning, to repair work, sowing, office jobs, designing leaflets and digitalizing exams for the school project.

After the morning jobs such as sweeping and mopping, we enjoyed being in Jesus presence during our worship and prayers times at the chapel. We also used this time to interceed for the children and the village. During one of these precious sessions, I had a prophetic picture of the children bearing torches that were lit. They lit them at a huge fireplace in the midst of the compound at Karibu Nyumbani and went out into the village with them from there. As they walked, the huts in the village emptied, one by one, and the neighbors joined the kids on their walk through the village. The further they walked, the brighter the light shined and the more change was brought to the village. The light and love of God was transforming the village. The fire of God was blazing. This showed me once again how God is using the children to further his kingdom in the village of Boko Timiza.

We visited the school project and were stunned by how well it is going and how quickly it is growing. Being there you could sense the blessing of God on it and see how much the children enjoy going there. While the children were at school, we worked on various projects, such as sowing school uniforms, helping Fiona in the office and maintance work. We enjoyed the conversations we had with the mamas, aunties and neighbors while we were working. Our afternoons and evenings were spent with the children. We enjoyed making necklaces, drawing, playing football, going on walks, doing homework and simply being with them. In the evenings we all came together for worship and prayer. These times were so sweet and spezial! One of our highlights was when Ema stepped up to share the Word with us. We were touched and amazed as he stood there with so much confidence and authority and read a long passage fluently. Ema, whom I had gotten to know as quite a frightened young boy years before, has grown so much simply by being accepted into a loving family and finding a home. We loved the children leading us in songs of praise and worshipping Jesus together.

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MAMA MIA AND HER TWO

  There is nothing like having a little one to keep you busy, and now Mama Mia finds herself carrying two. Little David is the same age as Mama Winnie's baby. (Mama Winnie lives next door and she come in every day to sew!) Mama Mia finds her energy increasing- Thank God!!

Thank you for your prayers. David is eating and crawling well now.

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DUPLEX BRICKS FROM FALMOUTH- CORNWALL

  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mary from Falmouth and all your family for filling up our baskets again with Duplex bricks. As you can see, it gives so much joy.

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EMMANUEL STEPPING OUT.

​ He was one of the first children we had coming to be part of our family when he was only 2 years old. Quite a fearful child, now asking if he can read his Bible and share a thought during our evening worship time. All present were amazed by his courage.

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FOUR OF THE CHILDREN RECEIVE THEIR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION.



Preparation to receive communion is a lot of work. For about 7 months the children attend a lesson with our village Catechist 3 times a week. During which time they take exams, and finally if they have passed they are able to join the 100 or more children who normally receive their first holy Communion each year.

As from this week these lovely four will join the 6 who received their first Communion last year to start preparations for their Confirmation next year.

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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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