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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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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.

[caption id="attachment_1071" align="alignleft" width="300"]Chiara our Volunteer from the House of the Open door Community Chiara our Volunteer from the House of the Open door Community

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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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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happy Christmas

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!

A few more photos you must see! Francis and SeleDSCF3771

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






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.


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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.

[caption id="attachment_965" align="aligncenter" width="300"]We are ready to go! We are ready to go!

[caption id="attachment_970" align="aligncenter" width="400"] "Be careful with your candles!"

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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A letter from Germany

Brigitte (From and organization called Caritas, responsible for sending volunteers from Germany to Africa, who also worked with Ester for many years ) writes with her husband Martin after there four days with us.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Brigitte knitting with the children! Brigitte knitting with the children!

At the end of October, Martin and I had the great joy to spend our last days of our stay in Tanzania in Karibu Nyumbani.


Our first impressions where, a well kept, organized surrounding. The beautiful sent of blooming flowers filled the air and we got to know the lively children of Karibu Nyumbani and fell in love with them straight away. We could not believe, that the children are just there for eight months. Karibu Nyumbai is truely their home.  We heard; "it is our kitchen”, the lorry is “our lorry” and the garden "our garden" and the cashew nuts are “our cashew nuts”. For the children it seems, their was never a time before Karibu Nyumbani. It really brings tears to your eyes if see and feel how the Children relate to Ester ( Mama), to Fiona (Mama Pipi) and Ludmilla ( Mama Mia) they are their Mothers. The children have adopted their mothers!!


We saw Fiona's love for flowers in the children, who expressed their excitement about a beautiful flower. Fiona's fine understanding of the beauty of the creation of God, as well as the very practical planning and organizing daily life and the building projects gives the children a lot of security. 


Ester is for sure the backbone for the children. She is the one, who brings in the cultural background, sets many necessary boundaries.  It is so beautiful to see, that the children lean on her love and joy of life.


 Ludmila`s great way of very practically “just doing things” is very welcomed by the children. They love to be with her, play cards with her and learn lot`s of things from her.


The fingerprints of the three mothers are visible in the children as you can find it in natural family. The place is literally filled with lots of laughter and excitement. You can experience the excitement of the author of life in this place.


Thank all three of you, that you allowed us, to be a part of your life. You are a great example to us and we took a lot of peace and joy with us..


God bless you in all your undertakings!
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Special Day

October 10th, is a special day since it was the day that Ester and I shared together about the vision Karibu Nyumbani in 2010 !

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Our First Child's Birthday in the House

Now it is special for another reason. Bahati, our first boy  has his birthday on this day too.

That day, Ester and I had and unexpected difficult morning, we went with our Architect and Engineer to interview our Contractors.  We were knocked over by the amount that they wanted for building our new house and the situation seemed impossible! Rather stunned from our day we arrived home to find all preparations for Bahati's 5th Birthday arranged. The joy and celebrations  lifted us reminding us to thank God that all things are in His hands and what may yet seem bad news can be worked for good- We are waiting in faith to see!

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Sewing with Ludmila

[caption id="attachment_934" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Mama Mia teaches sewing! Mama Mia teaches sewing!

Children make all sorts of play things in the garden!

[caption id="attachment_936" align="aligncenter" width="500"] "Mama Pipi help us make a seesaw"

Next month we hope to have a new play area for the children thanks to the donation we had from our volunteers Abi and Sonja! God bless you both.


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We had a wonderful time relaxing together, especially our day at Kunduchi Beach.

OUR WATCHMAN IS NOW WORKING IN THE GARDEN WITH SELE, ( see bellow )We are now a family of 13 including all of us, and we are awaiting one more children at the end of the week!

[caption id="attachment_945" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Spinach going to seed needs all hands on deck to help to put it into the freezer. Spinach going to seed needs all hands on deck to help to put it into the freezer.


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Door to door around our village with the Cross

The people of Tanzania have a wonderful way of comingDSCN3854together and sharing life. Here in Boko Temboni, this week were two very unique occasions that showed the beauty of our village life. The first, was the door to door procession of the cross into every Catholic house in Boko. Loud trumpets and drums lead the large crowd walking through the village in the heat of the day. Our Muslim neighbours joined in the dancing as the cross passed their homes. a

The procession entered karibu Nyumbani just after lunch so the  children woke from rest to welcome the crowd.


For many of the villagers it was their first visit to our home and they all stood outside our small office while the leaders prayed for our household.



After their short visit to our home  all our neighbours left singing on their way to pray in the rest of the homes.

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 The other occasion was the funeral of a very dear lady, mother of our friend Sabastian. At six on the morning of her death we heard singing as her body was driven past our house to the hospital. Ester, Ludmila and I went as early as we could to greet the household in mourning. Already there was at least six women from the village cooking and preparing for all the family,friends and villagers that would come to be with the family. For 3 days their house was busy with visitors and preparations and yesterday it seemed like the entire village gathered for the Meal,and the Funeral Mass.


Please pray for our village that as the Son of Man is lifted up, all living here in Boko will come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour.



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German Volunteer, Sonja and her journey here!

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After staying in Tanzania for nine months  (Nov 2011- July 2012) as a Volunteer working with mentally disabled children I fell in love with the country and the people of Tanzania.

But I didn't expect to come back so quickly to work in a new project and feel as comfortable as I did when I came to "Karibu Nyumbani".

Brigitte, the Leader of my previous Volunteer,Organization and friend of Ester asked me if I would like to help at a new project. It touched my heart when I heard about it and I really wanted to go, but at that time,(May 2013) I had no money for traveling. One week later a friend of mine told me that my University, where I am studying practical Theology, supports students doing placements outside of Germany. So I wrote them a letter with my motivations and waited        ( I knew that this was not going to be enough for the flight, but it was a good start).

Two days later God prepared a job for me. I started to work with a mentally disabled girl. So this helped too.

I feared not getting the support from University, and one day my parents and brothers asked to talk with me. They all told me that they had asked the Lord how much money they should give me for my journey and they put it all together in one envelope. As I opened it, tears filled my eyes as I realized I had enough. Later the support from University came so with this as well it was enough my needs too.

I booked the flight and arrived at Karibu Nyumbani on the 8th of August 2013.

I feel blessed to get to know the people who are working and living in this place. To wake up early in morning, cleaning, bathing the children, washing clothes, helping with cooking and carrying wood helped me to sort myself and my thoughts. I can feel Gods presence in this place, he is filling us with patience and love and He is looking after this orphanage.

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I am looking forward to seeing what else the Lord will do with this project and the children who will come to stay in Welcome Home Ministries Tanzania. Thank you all at Karibu Nyumbani for having me. Sonja x

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Hold on to your PROMISES.


We need your prayer!

“I walk by Faith,


 each step by Faith,


 to live by Faith;


 I put my trust in you.

Many different situations in August have stretched our faith. Machines have refused to work, needing more money to fix them. Chickens have died, for no obvious reason. Neighbours have wanted us to shift our boundaries, after we had agreed, and plans for building have been delayed. What are we to do in times like this?

It’s been a struggle. Mainly in just knowing our own limitations. I know nothing about machines, nothing about Africa's chicken diseases, or that there was once a driveway beside our land 20 years ago!!  What are we to do? As we watch money spent?  Chicken dying? Neighbours upset?

We have been able do nothing in the natural. On my desk I have put some cards which remind me of what to do! One says:

“Do not be afraid,


For I have redeemed you,


I have called you by your name,


 You are mine.


When you walk through the waters, I’ll be with you


You will NEVER sink below the waves.


 When the fire is burning all around you,


 You will never be consumed by the FLAMES.


When the FEAR of loneliness


 is looming, then remember I am at your side.


When you DWELL in the exile


 Of the stranger, remember


 You are PRECIOUS in my eyes.


You are mine, O MY CHILD; I am your Father,


And I love you with a perfect LOVE


Isaiah 43, 1-5

Another quotes from Mark 10 v 27, Jesus saying “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD”

This week in one of our prayer times we read together from Streams in the Desert daily readings:

“God had to bring Abraham to the end of his own strength and let him see that with his own body he could do nothing. He had to consider his own body “as good as dead” (Heb. 11:12) and then trust God to do all he work. When he looked away from himself and trusted only God, he became “fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. “( Rm, 4:21)

Some of our dear friends have written to ask us what we need prayer for at the moment. I have not been able to reply for lack of time, but when I do, I will be saying that the biggest thing we need prayer for is to; stand firm in Faith, remembering that God is able do the impossible and will not fail to bring to completion all that HE has promised.

We pray for you too, that you will not fear, but put your trust in Jesus, who loves you.

To quote our youngest here, Emmanuel, he said ” Jesus loves me; he has given me cloths and food, and all that I need.”

He is only 2 and a half and he calls God, Mama Yesu! He needs a bit more teaching!

Oh to have faith, like a child!


Greetings too from Advent who has truly loved his first month with us! 2013-08-19 10.11.33

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