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Five month at Karibu Nyumbani, or how to tame a horde of little children.

I came to Karibu Nyumbani in February 2014 after having spent four months working at a Tanzanian hospital. Directly I felt at home at this place, not only because of Fiona, Ester and Ludmila welcoming me very friendly, but also because of the eight children running towards me and cuddling up to me. I was impressed by the nice and clean environment which I did not know from my previous workplace.

During the next days I got to know all the people working there, and I was very happy, that Chiara, another volunteer, was around in the beginning, so that I had a person who could explain and show everything to me. Besides duties like cleaning or washing the dishes, that have to be done every day, I had a lot of time together with the children. We played, learnt, painted and cooked together. After a few weeks, we decided to run a small kindergarten, and we invited ten children to join us each morning. Suddenly I was sitting in front of fifteen three- or four-year-old kids, trying to teach them English, counting and singing. Most of the days, after numerous toilet accidents, battles with drinking water, injuries and attempts to make them sit quietly, I felt totally exhausted. But after a little while, I saw all of them improving in what we were learning and doing, and that made me very proud of them. I appreciated a lot that there are only eight children at the moment, because I had the chance to forge close links with each of them. Especially with Advent and Isayah I had lots of fun because I slept in one room with them. Before going to bed we told each other stories and talked about anything and everything.

In Tanzania I lived a completely different life from what we know in Europe. We washed our clothes by hand and cooked our food without electricity. Of course it took much more time to do all these things, but it also gives the possibility to chat with others and to enjoy the moment without doing everything in a hurry. Apart from these everyday things, it was interesting for me to explore the culture. In the beginning I found myself lost in an ocean of strange manners and foreign values, but gradually I got used to it and started to like certain ideas. There are a lot of enriching impressions I will never forget.

Definitely I can say, that I found kind of a second family at Karibu Nyumbani and that I will come back one day.

Written by Laura on the 21st of August- see her photos bellow!

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A special visitor from England

We had the blessing of having Fr Matt Anscombe with us for five days. He came to Africa to a conference in Uganda, went on to Rwanda for one week and then had his last week with us. The children loved having him, and we had our first house mass which was a joy not only for us but some neighbours too. Considering we had  never met Fr Matt before, he left us feeling very much part of the family. He has a Father's Heart for the children and they certainly felt it. fr Matt

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Laura left us at the end of July leaving us with no volunteers!

Dear Laura,thank you for your time, courage, energy, joy, creativity, ..........We miss you, sooooooooooomuch, and send our greetings to all your family.          God bless you! Love from us all


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A Word from Ester- BELIEVE FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE!!

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I want to thank God for bringing Fiona back safely home, and thank all the people who were praying for her while she was away.

 

Before Fiona went to England, we were planning to take one of our  boys to hospital for an operation on his very large hernia.


We had already tried to take him to various hospitals, but they were very expensive, and we could not afford to go to any of them. Ludmila and I prayed about it and we felt lead to contact one doctor who had helped us before. We saw really the hand of God, because our child was operated on with no cost at all.

I want to share with you, that when we really depend on God, He can do anything in our lives, even what we see to be impossible,  He makes possible!! Many times we fail because we struggle first by ourselves, without sharing with God, it is why we find ourselves being frustrated that things are not going right. We are often looking at our problem and not at God. I pray that every time I get a problem, I ask for the grace and help from God to look to Him always. I remember when we first started this project, God put on my heart a song-

" God will make a way,
where there seems to be no way,
he works in ways we can not see,
He will make a way for us."

He has not failed to  make a way for the wonderful children He has given us.

 

 

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Bye England, Hello Tanzania

wbsite july 2014 wbsite july 20141 It is so good to be back, tomorrow you will hear from Ester to hear how all has been while I have been away!



 

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Hi, Friends of WHMT!

I have hit the ground running, the past 6 weeks have been so full, but I now enjoying some rest, and will be heading to Cornwall to have a week with my parents!

Thank you all for your prayers,

Fi
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Fiona is off to England, goodbye to neighbours, leaving the building in progress, along with the growing bananas!

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HAPPY EASTER

We are looking forward to having Sabina and Shangwe, two of our youngest baptized at the Easter Vigil! May the Peace of Our Lord Jesus surround you over this Easter.
With love from us all here at Karibu Nyumbani.

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Settling and Developing

As always in life there is a resting and a pushing forward. We have had both over the last few months since I wrote. In March we celebrated our first year here,it has gone so fast! We thank God for our lovely children,  our home, all the friends we have got to know in the village.

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In January we started to build and it is going forward steadily.The boys and girls houses, kitchen, dining and sitting room are all going to reach head height very soon.

 

Daflosa and bros (2)

 

We received our first child from the village, Daflosa, 5 years old. She has 2 brothers who we are helping  as they stay in their home with Aunty and Grand- ma. There situation is very poor.


 

small nursery - CopyWith the wonderful help of Laura, our Volunteer from Germany, and Chiara, we have been able to start a small nursery for our neighbours children and our own small ones. They are singing, counting and learning a little English. Parents have been so glad to see their children getting used to other children, as some were living very isolated and were not talking yet.




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New "Friends WHMT"

A new development has been the of the "Friends of WHMT "( Friends of WHMT) here in Tanzania. It has happened so spontaneously as. A phone call to say, " Do you need anything for your children?". Or and email to say "Could we come and bring our child to celebrate her first birthday with you all?". Next week a group of children from a near parish are going to come  and work in our garden and prepare some games for the children for the day.

 

I will to be having a holiday May/June in England  and will also be traveling around different groups to talk about the "Friends of WHMT " in England.  Please pray with us, that the Lord will open hearts to see the great need there is here in our village and in this country. Daflosa's Aunty,Grandmother and 3 children have £40 a month for all their needs! And this is just an average family. They are actually living below the poverty line.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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An Amazing Experience

While I was praying, before leaving England, the word that came to me was “Your will be done”.

I felt the Lord was calling me to trust in Him in whatever I was going to do.

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Being in Tanzania has been an amazing experience, full of blessing for my life.

However, there were times where it was difficult to follow the Lord's will. I felt as I was walking on the water, unsure where I was going. But the Lord was calling me to look up, above the waves and to trust in him. He called out upon the water, in a different country with a different culture.

Spending time with the the kids was a great reward for me. Their love was amazing, their hugs and smiles were so powerful.I felt so happy to be part of their life although it was just for a short period of time.They have been the ones who made my trip in Tanzania full of joy and satisfation. Thank you.

I hope I will be able to see them again and in the meantime  I will pray that the Lord can bless Karibu Nymbani deeply.

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"Whatever He says to you do it!"

Often when our Lord asks us to do something it is only a little nudge in our hearts. We may often think "it is only my own thoughts!" The more we step out in faith believing and trusting those little nudges of the Holy Spirit the more we will see our Heavenly Father at work, not only in our lives, but in the lives of those around us. Let me tell you why I am writing this.This month we have had the joy of having 2 beautiful ladies with us who listened to the small voice of the Lord and were obedient. One of these ladies is Ros.DSC_0509

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About 18 months ago she phoned HOD Community to ask how I was in Africa, little did she know, I was there. She invited me to London to see her,and from there we went to see another friend of hers, Jane Rose. We enjoyed a simple lunch together and I talked about the vision that

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was unfolding in Tanzania. Jane listened and asked if there was anything we needed. I had been led to pray only that week for a certain amount I thought I would need to go back to Tanzania to start building,and Jane promptly said that she would make up what was missing.That year we were able to build our home so now 9 children have a home.

It has been such joy to have these  beautiful women with us these past weeks and both have become Grandmothers of our children.Rose photos

Since July last year we have been waiting on the Lord to start our next project to build a boys Dormitory and a girls Dormitory and a Kitchen, Dining and sitting room. So many things seemed to delay, but it "just so happened" that all things came together while Ros and Jane were with us. Jane helped to put in the foundations!DSC_0529 Without Ros's obedience to a phone call and Jane's obedience to give, we would have no home. I used to sing a beautiful song which said, "What ever he says to you - do it- and the water will turn into wine, sight will come to the blind, so whatever he says to you do it.

I know that the fruit or Ros's and Jane's life is turning into wine. We pray for our children and for all living around us that they will be given sight to see Jesus.

Pray with us. As we pray for you, that we can all hear the small voice of the Holy Spirit and say "Yes." Thank you Jane for saying "Yes" too, to be a Paton of Karibu Nyumbani!

 

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Volunteers

DSC05536Theresia, from Germany had been volunteering in Mbeya and unfortunately became very ill so she spent the last few weeks of her 3 month stay in Tanzania with us. We were greatly blessed by her love for our children.

DSC05551Chiara has come for three months.She is originally from Italy but has been at the House of the Open Door Community in England for the past five years. As well as visiting old friends,she has come for a new experience. Unfortunately she burnt her hands with chili whilst helping Ludmila making chili sauce so she had to keep her hands in ice for 12 hours until the extreme pain disappeared. All is well now and we will hear from her later next month!

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Contractors agree to build!

DSC_0547Ester and I had the joy of meeting Anton and his son Mateo who agreed to be our Contractors for our new project.They have been building in Tanzania for the last 30 years and have built for many "Religious orders", However they could not start without building permission, which is a long process. So with the help of a Counselor from the District council, Diwani, what could have taken us a year took just 2 weeks so that by the end of this month we were able to sign contracts and start to build.DSC_0513website january 20141website january 20141 (3)

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Two more children from the village!

Sabina and Shangwe arrived early January and have brought so much joy to our home. We are now a family of  9 children.website january 2014

 

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WISHING YOU ALL A BLESSED NEW YEAR!

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A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS SEASON!

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Karibu Nyumbani this Christmas reminded me of Isaiah 54:-1+2 in the way we grew in number!

“Rejoice, O barren woman who has not given birth; for more are the children of the rejected woman than the children of the married wife, says Yahweh.

Enlarge the space for your tent, stretch out your hangings, lengthen your ropes and strengthen your stakes, for your will spread out to the right and to the left…”Christmas Dinner

The children have been on holiday since the beginning of the month and we have loved to have Angel with us (Gertrude’s sister) until she goes back to school in January.

d 2We also had our first child from our own village come to live with us, Daflosa. She is a very small five year old the youngest of a family of 3 children who lost their mother (no father) just after Daflosa was born. Her aunt works as an auxiliary nurse and supports her own child, her sisters children and her parents with the very little she earns. They live in a small mud house only around the corner from us, but are now building a small brick house opposite us so Daflosa will have her family very near. We feel like we have adopted the whole family!

Ester’s children ( ie her nephew and niece) came to stay for a few weeks and also 2 ladies from  Agape. So including our immediate Muslim Neighbours we were 20 people for Christmas day.Christmas Day3-001

The highlight for the children over Christmas was their beautiful dolls and the high light for me was watching them open them. (Thanks Ludmi for all your hard work!)

We were blessed to have a Priest for Mass in our small church on the eve of Christmas which meant that we had present time after that just before Midnight. After presents we enjoyed the children's home baked biscuits! Talking of cooking, we have 2  budding new cooks in Devota and Ima, Ester has been teaching them to cook Ugali and Mboga on a small log fire!website December-001

I am always being amazed at the difference between children here in Tanzania in the villages and children in England. Health and safety would have a wonderful time here! Our children are so used to having fire just near them, and most of them can build a fire to cook on now!

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Emmanuel did not want to take off Kaka( Brother) Francis' shirt! And all the children got sports wear for Christmas too!

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WORSHIP IN THE HOUSE.

Worship wih flagsThe children are learning to thank God for all their gifts. They love to dance and wave their flags in our times of praise, and it is our prayer that they continue to grow, knowing that this is what they were created for.

Thank you for your prayers for them too! God bless you.
Fi.

 

 
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A visit from the “Harvesters Men”

Gerard Pomphret a member of Harvesters Men’s group in England together with Dr. Tom Gorman (also a member of The House of the Open Door Community) visited us for a few days before starting their ministry at the Agape Center. We have known them many years and it was such a joy to be able to invite them to our home, as last year they saw just the foundations!

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Gerard writes; “Stepping through the entrance we entered a world apart from the local village a few yards away. Peace and homeliness enveloped us… small children looked at us with curiosity….Both Tom and me felt privileged to be allowed into this beautiful place…..My prayer is that the full vision of what this can become, comes about just as the Lord desires, and in His perfect time, to the Glory of His Name. Amen.”

Tom writes; “When we had evening prayers, the children joined in enthusiastically; singing, dancing and waving the little flags that Ludmi has made for them.

I am leaving today for Agape Community with two images in mind, as I think about the three days we spent here. The first is that of an Oasis, a place of refreshment, like that described in Psalm 84, which says:

Blessed are those who find their strength in You,

 

Whose heart is set on Pilgrimage.

 

As they pass through the Valley of Weeping

 

It becomes a place of springs (v. 5-6)


The second is of a high mountain, covered with forest. I have the sense that we have been in one of those places where it is possible to climb the mountain of the Lord, by following faithfully and joyfully the way of life that is called for.”

God bless you both Tom and Gerard come again next year!

“Thank you to our Friends from HOD Community for the cars you sent the children and especial thanks to 8 year old Emanuel Trimming for sending your old books, the children really love them.”tom andGerard1-002tom andGerard1

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Christmas Holiday starts, Have a blessed Advent

The Christmas holiday here is the equivalent of England's summer holiday, so the children are all home from now until the 13th of January. What a wonderful gift it is to have our play area ready for the children, thanks to Fundy Juma! ( our carpenter)  Thank you Abi and Sonja! All the children say a big thank you too! The last 2 days they have not stopped climbing and swinging!michezo 2We also had such a wonderful day with Ester, She was planting papai trees and found the mud just like clay! So we all had some fun, especially me!clay dayGod bless you all during these few weeks approaching Christmas. Thank you for thinking of us here too.
All our love at Karibu Nyumbani

 

 

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Seven children Baptized

This weekend all our beautiful children were baptized during the celebration of our small church being formally recognized as part of the Kibaha parish.

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Everyone in the parish had worked hard to plaster the walls, concrete and tile the floor, etc, ready for the big day. I marveled to see our little church which 3 years ago was just a few bricks for people to sit on under a tree. This weekend it was full, 21 children being baptized, 3 weddings, and over 300 guests all eating together afterwards.inside the churchAfter the celebrations one of the Parish Priests came to bless our home.DSC04686-001Then our children's sponsors and other guests stayed to celebrate with us at home.DSC04713We give Glory and Thanks to God for this special day.

 

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Elisha arrived a few days ago.

He says hi!

ElishaUnfortunately after staying with us three weeks, Elisha's Grandparents asked to have him back, we were very sorry to see him go, Please pray for him, he was quite unwell.

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