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Shoes from Germany!

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.sheos

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Two new friends from Poland and Italy!!

 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.invitation - CopyWebsite A - Copy

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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=3sYYVKJXhOQ

Also 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!

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.

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!

 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!)






 Please pray that the rains


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May otherwise it will be hard for the farmers in Tanzania.


(Not only for us)- THANK YOU!


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

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. lillian


Not only that but she used her paramedic skills doing first aid on any child with a cut or bruise. She made bread every day, and many other helpful things over this busy time. Lillian, we all miss you! we hope you had a blessed Easter at Celebrate, and all goes well at University. Please write to us soon! All our Love KN

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Over coming your Fears!

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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.website jan 20153-001

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Getting ready for the Heavy Rains!

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Childrens first day at school.

All of our children are now at Nursery or Pre School. What an exciting day. Mama Mia (Ludmila) worked for weeks sewing uniforms!Screen Captures1-001

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Ester to Mbeya with Bianca

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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.Collages3-001

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!)DSC07628-001

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Time of Rejoicing!

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.dec website 14

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!dec website 141

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


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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Elias, a very good friend to our children and trained social worker is coming monthly to give the children an opportunity to chat, Even Shangwe who cannot talk properly yet is being heard!dec website 142-001 - Copy


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Tumehamia! Mshukuru Mungu ( We have moved in !)

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!             October website 20141


Special visitors this month included; Brigitte-

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- 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!Collages2


 -Pavel from Czech Republic - he has spent years in Tanzania drilling wells and he is hoping to do the same for us! PLEASE PRAY IT IS SUCCESSFUL



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We are very happy to have Queenie here with us. We have known her Grandma for a little while, and she was so happy that we now have more space for this little one who has no home.



We want to thank especially all those who helped us to buy our Water Filter. It was getting really hard to boil our water. So with the move we put the filter in place this week. So thank you Jan and Patrick, your Grand children and prayer group!DSC06696


We can have clean water all the time!


Lord give us thankful hearts for the smallest gifts, and let us see your wonders all around us, You never cease to think about us and provide for our every need.


God bless you all for your prayers and love.




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

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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A special visit from Fr. Benno Kikudo.

This morning Fr. Benno our local Parish Priest came for breakfast, bringing with him Flora who is the first  member of a committee Fr. Benno is arranging to support Karibu Nyumbani here in our parish. Emmanuel (one of our youngest) was very happy to show our guests around our nearly finished buildings!september website 20143

Visit from the Health and Safety


Yesterday we were very happy to receive three ladies from the Health and safety


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Ester's good friends from Germany visited us today.. "God bless you all, thank you for your love and the blessing you were in the short time you were with us!"


We continue to Thank God for all of you who love us and pray for us and support us. God bless you all.


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