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COMPLETION OF STORES

COMPLETION OF STORES

Last year we were able to build 2 stores, but either for lack of time or cash we were unable to finish. Ester has been away this month, and it was on our heart to finish this while she was away so that she could get her office. For the last 2 years it was a store. Thanks David and others for making this happen!
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GROWING WATER MELONS

GROWING WATER MELONS

Along with other crops mainly vegetables, we have started to grow Water Melons. Thanks to a good friend.
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RAINY SEASON HAS STARTED

RAINY SEASON HAS STARTED
You never moan if it is rains here in Tanzania. In fact right the opposite. It is a sign of blessing. And these last few weeks we have had a lot of rain! The children use every moment to play and ride before and after the rains!
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GUARD DOG NEEDED

GUARD DOG NEEDED
Along with our newly wired Electric Fense, we are going to need a guard dog. It is possible to get a puppy and to have special training so if you would like to help us we would be so grateful.
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GUARD DOG NEEDED

GUARD DOG NEEDED
Along with our newly wired Electric Fense, we are going to need a guard dog. It is possible to get a puppy and to have special training so if you would like to help us we would be so grateful.
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AS BIG AS THE SHOES WE WEAR!

AS BIG AS THE SHOES WE WEAR!
This year has started with a bang!! Probably for you too! Life has a strange way of running away with itself. Our plans can be turned on their heads by the most unexpected happenings.

We don’t have a chapel “yet”, so most mornings, I leave Florian sleeping and I creep out of my room to my office to have my “special time” with the Lord before too much activity. This is the only time that seems to stand still. St Mark’s Gospel chpt. 4 stayed with me this week- Jesus said, “Let us go across the other side of the lake” – “Then a strong wind blew up”.

After seeing the amazing ways God has provided for us here in the last 4 years, I thought I could never doubt Him again. Yet with every new circumstance there’s needs for a new step of Faith.

The disciple’s trust was tested. Jesus was not disturbed by the storm, he wanted the disciples to be confident in him and to find the centre of stillness within themselves that only He can give. Along with that trust, and an authority, beyond their own, to command their situation to be at peace.

Florian is going through a stage of wanting to wear everyone else’s shoes except his own I am sure that when he wears my shoes he thinks he is me and Julian’s boots that he thinks he is as tall as Julian. My prayer is that we can learn to step into Jesus’s shoes so that we have a deep knowledge of Who God is, and to Trust Him. We had an attempted break in again this week, and we need to reinforce our wall with electric wire and get 2 watch dogs. Our water bill has strangely doubled. We are not able to sell our pigs. Some of the children are struggling with school and need special time. Bianca still doesn’t like to eat. All ordinary things of life stretching us “Mamas” to wear our Father’s Shoes! Please pray for us, as we continue to pray for all our friends. God bless you all and enjoy this month’s news!
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HARVESTER’s GERARD AND JERRY VISIT OVERNIGHT.

HARVESTER’s GERARD AND JERRY VISIT OVERNIGHT.
We were so pleased to have Gerard return for his 4th time! He has seen this place grow from foundations to what we it is now. He has such a “Father Heart” not only for our children, but for the people – especially the men of Tanzania where he has ministered for many years. This year he travelled with Gerry and I don’t think it will be his only visit here. God bless you both for Hearts to bless and for leaving your families who missed you at home during this time.

Also a very big thank you to Gerard’s Great Grand Son who sent us some of his toys. The children love their gifts!
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PICNIC FOR THE LADIES OF OUR PARISH! Outing for Ludmila and Fiona

PICNIC FOR THE LADIES OF OUR PARISH! Outing for Ludmila and Fiona
In our village we have a small out church called “Christ the King”, our main Parish in Tumbi is about 15 minutes away by car. In the surrounding villages are another 8 out churches, and yesterday maybe 500 ladies from all the different villages picnicked together in the garden of the Main Parish where we are building a new church. Everyone happily cooking or preparing food and having fun together from 6am starting with Mass then breakfast and late lunch about 4pm! This was all at the invitation of the Parish Priest Fr. Benno who has a wonderful Charism of Joy and drawing people together.

Ludmila and I were very happy to leave our responsibilities at home and have a different type of day. As you can see – Ludmila never rests! But I took an opportunity after peeling garlic to close my eyes!
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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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Christmas at Karibu Nyumbani

Christmas at Karibu Nyumbani

It was a very special week over Christmas, with the children being on holiday and everyone getting a little time away from their daily routines. Coming from New Zealand it was very normal for me to have a hot Christmas, but I know very different for the Northern Hemisphere people at Karibu Nyumbani. What was new for me, was the tradition of going to Mass Christmas Eve and opening presents afterwards together with cake and soda! Looking back, I noticed Christmas become more of a way of life for a few days rather than fitting everything into one day, which I very much enjoyed. There were many visitors over this time bringing presents and treats for the children and this created a lovely sense of community and excitement. Ludmila and her sewing ladies made the children a new dress, shirt and pants. The girls were also given beautiful wigs with beads and the boys received each a Masai blanket. The glee and joy coming from the children as they opened these were priceless and everyone looked very smart attending church on Christmas Eve! Christmas Day was lovely and slow and time was spent together in the morning peeling potatoes for the favourite of Tanzania, “Chicken and Chips with Soda”. The afternoon was spent down at the playground relaxing and the girls had their finger nails painted. Between Christmas and New Year everything was definitely in holiday mode at Karibu Nyumbani. The children enjoyed staying up late and watching movies, and so did the Aunties and Uncles. The gift of just spending time together and being thankful for the birth of Jesus will be something I will remember for a very long time.

Kathryn

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Karibu Nyumbani Visits Bokomo Orphanage

Karibu Nyumbani Visits Bokomo Orphanage

One evening after worship Mama Ester had a request of the children. She spoke to everyone about how privileged we are here at Karibu Nyumbani, how God has provided so much for us and that there are people less fortunate all around us. With Christmas so close, Mama Ester wanted the children to be thinking of others and their needs when, so easily the focus can be on what they are receiving through presents and special treats. The children were asked to go back to their rooms and bring back a few items they treasured, with excitement the children understood exactly why they were being asked to do this, they too wanted to bless others in need. The Mamas were very touched by how generous the children were and the next day everyone piled into the vehicles to deliver these items to Bokomo Orphanage. There was a joyous feeling in the van as the children sang our way there, and it was a lovely time of building friendship and creating the Christmas spirit as the items were handed over. There was a much quieter feel in the van on the way home, I suspect everyone was reflecting on the afternoon, and how in giving we are actually receiving something so much deeper, experiencing the true meaning of Christmas

Kathryn 

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Merry Christmas from Karibu Nyumbani

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“ONE THING ONLY”

 

Last night, during our worship with the children, I asked the Lord to give me some inspiration for this short Christmas message. Auntie Domina stood and had us all read 

Ps. 27 v 4;

“I have asked the Lord for one thing:

One thing only do I want:

To live in the Lord’s house all my life,

To marvel there at his goodness,

And to ask for his guidance.”

Verse 3 says;

“Even if a whole army surrounds me,

I will not be afraid;

Even if enemies attack me,

I will still trust God.”

 

How is David so sure of His GOD?

Because the Lord had answered his desire, for “one thing only.”

At this time of year, we could be desiring all sorts of things for Christmas.

It’s not so customary here to go and do a big shopping spree for “Things” at Christmas. 

Instead, we fill our children’s stocking with some of the things that friends have brought for them throughout the year that we had hidden away. 

 

We are children of our Heavenly Father.

He has stored up for us so many good things.

 

Let’s learn from David, his secret in life.  – “To live in the House of the Lord – to marvel at his goodness - and to ask for His guidance” 

He was unafraid of the giants in His life. He had learnt to see the one who could save him and not be overwhelmed by his troubles. He knew His God could never fail Him.

He was “A child at Rest” Ps 131

“He feared no one” Ps 27 v 1 

Through this Psalm, we are invited to have the best of all Christmas Gifts; -

REST,

PEACE,

ASSURANCE OF LOVE,

VICTORY IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE,

This Christmas, gaze at the “Child Jesus”, who gave up everything to come as your Saviour. Saviour of all your concerns and fears. 

Be unafraid to ask him for ONE THING ONLY – to dwell in his presence all the days of your life. Then open up your heart to receive His gifts. Only in receiving fully can we be a gift to our closest, our neighbour and those suffering around us. 

Happy Christmas from us all at Karibu Nyumbani.

 

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NEWS FLASH (From Kathryn)

NEWS FLASH (From Kathryn)
Help Page updated - Take a look!!

CHILDREN CELEBRATE ST NICHOLAS.

Yesterday, during the children's prayer time, Julian told the story of St Nicolas, how he was a very unhappy rich man. St Nicolas noticed other rich people who were becoming happy by giving away their riches.
After the children's excitement that they were going to receive oranges and biscuits in their shoes, Ester reminded them that later in this season of Advent, they too were going to have an opportunity to visit poor people in the village. I felt humbled by seeing these children being asked to give away some of the little they have.
I have had some friends asking me how they can help the children here. Although the home and surroundings are beautiful, I am seeing that help is needed for daily expenses, which is why the shopping list idea might encourage even children to see that a little "regular" help can go a long way.

http://www.11.0.0.57/help-us
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SURPRISE VISIT FROM LOCALS

SURPRISE VISIT FROM LOCALS
Last Saturday was a full day. At 7am in the morning a large team of people from the NMB Bank arrived. Bringing maize, rice, beans and sugar. Thank you so much. You will never know how much we needed that!
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Invited to Jasmin’s Birthday by her Mother Devota.

Invited to Jasmin’s Birthday by her Mother Devota.
After goodbyes to NMB employees Saturday morning, along came a big bus to pick up our children, Aunties and volunteers to go to a birthday party. I wasn’t there so have no photo’s of the party but the children came back full of wonderful stories about good food and a bouncy castle!! Thank you so much Devota and Jasmine for the invitation to share this special day.
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FRIENDS OF KATHYN

FRIENDS OF KATHYN
Mother and daughter-Michelle and Ellie, have come to stay for three weeks, with a trip to South Africa squeezed in at the end to see Michelle’s sister. They were wanting to have a cross cultural experience before Ellie heads off for Uni.
It is so good making new friends! - Thanks so much for coming!!
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WHAT IS FIONA UP TO IN AFRICA?

WHAT IS FIONA UP TO IN AFRICA?
Fiona was in New Zealand for 6 months, 7 years ago. A mutual friend of ours offered her a flight for some timeout and prayer. Fiona said to me recently "I was wondering when some of the friends I met in New Zealand would come and see what I was up to in Africa"....So here I am!!

From the moment I heard Karibu Nyumbani was even a possibility I knew that this was my dreams, to come and visit Fiona in her new world.
Since arriving two weeks ago, every dream has come true. I have so enjoyed seeing how this place has grown from nothing to what it is today. Seeing Gods provision and hearing so many stories of the right people being here at the right time during every step has touched my heart. Through faith, prayer and hard work Karibu Nyumbai is going to change the lives of so many children, and it's exciting to see the plans God has in store for the future.

I have another 6 weeks here, and judging by how amazing each day has been so far, I am going to have a life changing trip and I suspect this will not be my only one. Ester, Ludmila and Fiona make the most amazing Mama's, the Aunties, Uncles and Volunteers have such a genuine heart for the vision of Karibu Nyumbani and a love for the Children that words cannot describe.
I am learning not to be limited to my own expectations of what is possible in life. Being in Arica with Fiona, tells me anything is possible through God. So for now, I will finish with.. watch this space!!
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OTHER CARITAS VOLUNTEERS COME FOR A SHORT TIME

OTHER CARITAS VOLUNTEERS COME FOR A SHORT TIME
MARIA AND LARA HAVE COME TO STAY FOR ONE MONTH AND SHARED WITH US A LITTLE TASTE OF THEIR EXPERIENCE IN SOUTH  TANZANIA - KYELA

Lara and I have come from Germany and our new home for 10 months is in Kyela-South of Tanzania. Our kindergarten is closed at the moment so we are at Karibu Nyumbani for a month. In Kyela we have enjoyed working in a kindergarten and also in the house, cooking, washing and cleaning. Water is in a problem there and we had to walk 800 meters taking usually 1 ½ hrs each day after our working day! In the beginning it was hard but we laugh every day and love the fact that the children are learning something from us. They are so funny, jokey and they are becoming like family. I have missed being so far away from my family but have loved getting to know the new culture and to really see how privileged we are in Germany. I has made me see that often what we think we need is not so necessary. The language was the hardest thing in the beginning for us both as it was a barrier not being able to understand or be understood, Language is so key to communication and creating a family.
It's been so nice coming to Karibu Nyumbani, the kids have so much choice as to what they can do in their free time. Having their own classroom is so good for extra learning and it's very nice that the children can speak two languages- English and Swahili. We have really enjoyed meeting up with two volunteers also from Germany and being able to eat the produce from karibu own garden has been wonderful. 
We love the way the children are really at home here. The facilities are stunning and luxurious in comparison to Kyela and we have felt like we are holiday. It's a wonderful place.
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JANE AND FRIENDS

JANE AND FRIENDS
Bibi (Grandma)Jane our Patron came with her sister and friend Caroline and Angela for a short visit a few weeks ago. I am not sure that Jane likes to be called Bibi but the children certainly have a special place in their heart for her, as she obviously has for them. The three ‘Bibi’s came with all sorts of goodies for the children which members of their family helped them gather. Thank you all- it makes you feel part of our larger family!
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