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[caption id="attachment_866" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Meeting with our  friendly Engineer Meeting with our
friendly Engineer

When God gives a vision, and you step out in faith, the unfolding of that vision may not be as you first thought!. We had planned to build the next house for our children in three parts, but after meeting with our engineer we were encouraged to build upwards! So we now have architectural drawings of a two storey house.
We have also been advised to make our own bricks, so in the last week we have built our brick factory! The machine is coming on Monday to start churning out 600 bricks a day! Who would have thought!

[caption id="attachment_883" align="aligncenter" width="640"]No this is not a swimming pool it is to put our bricks for 2 weeks to soak so they become really hard! No this is not a swimming pool it is to put our bricks for 2 weeks to soak so they become really hard!

Today, our children are preparing for two more brothers and sisters to arrive, they are so happy. They have moved rooms and are so excited to be sleeping in different beds tonight!

[caption id="attachment_869" align="aligncenter" width="500"] "Picnic time for teddy bears!"

[caption id="attachment_870" align="alignleft" width="150"]Isaya's first day at school, Bahati over joyed as usual! Isaya's first day at school,
Bahati over joyed as usual!

We are expecting another volunteer from Germany too, Sonja, please pray for her journey and safety.


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"knock on" BLESSINGS!

top R agreement of sale top L looking at boundries bottom R view or our house from the land bottom L neighbours new house

A few weeks ago we drew up final agreement with  our neighbor for buying a strip of land. It's about a quarter of an acre and is right next door, just perfect! What's more, our neighbor has already nearly finished building his brick shops with the money that we gave him! It is wonderful to see God's blessings overflowing to our neighbors.


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The WATER situation in our village.

Villagers fetching water from Ester's parent's home Villagers fetching water from Ester's parent's home

"Commit your ways to the Lord and He will direct your path."Prov 3 v 6

With our new building project on the horizon we have very deliberately given all our plans to our Faithful Lord.

We were inspired in Mbeya by the neighbors fetching water from Ester's family courtyard. They have a Government mains tap and share the bill with their neighbors who pay 50 Tanzanian shillings per bucket (10p).  Having in mind to do the same, we went to see the Chairman of our village and heard about the long standing dept hanging over the village, which has meant a cut in the water supply. The board of people responsible for collecting the money from the villagers, "some how or other", lost the equivalent of £3000 (a typical problem). This sort of amount is not be easily paid back, which means that within a few weeks some of the old and very poor in our village would not have had water. There are two "spring wells" in our village but, because of the cut, have been over used and are close to drying up. However the day after our meeting with the chairman, we joined the village discussion and offered to pay part of the dept, which has meant the immediate reopening of the tap. This means we can now arrange for a pipe from the centre of our village to our house and not three kilometers away. So we are thankful for the inspiration we had in Mbeya and how the Lord made a way for our neighbors too.



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A week in Mbeya, south Tanzania, with Ester's family

Ester's mum taking maize from the cob with the children.

Ester's mum taking maize from the cob with the children.

At the end of June we all went on a seventeen hour journey to Mbeya. Eight of us squished into our little car. On arrival,all of Esters family rallied around to greet us and make us feel at home in their beautiful, typically village, home. Ester's mum was knee deep in maize every day as well as running the family. Sisters and relatives bathed the children, cooked and washed clothes, giving  Ester, Ludmila and I a very blessed week, before starting our next building project.

A walk in the village, village children, Mountain in the background! A walk in the village,
village children,
Mountain in the background!

Thank you to all of you praying for our safe journey.

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"I am feeling more at home!"

I was scared at first, as it was my first time away from home, but the welcome from Fiona and the rest of the gang softened the feeling of being away from home. Slowly I am getting into the swing of things by helping with the children teaching them some English and starting to help Upendo and Domina with their English and reading skills.You will be hearing more from me soon. Until then Bye:)


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Great News Everyone!

We have the Internet at Karibu Nyumbani!  

Since March we have had to go to Agape, visit a neighbor or go to town to get on line.We are celebrating today!!!

Some photos from today!  Also note that the April Newsletter is in now up on the Website!

Vegetables picked at dawn, and sold in the village by Sele on his bike this morning!Vegetables picked at dawn, and sold in the village by Sele on his bike this morning!

Children learning to count with Domina Gertrude in the front arrived on Sunday! Children learning to count with Domina
Gertrude in the front arrived on Sunday!


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We are looking forward to our first volunteer from England

Abigail and her niece

Abigail and her niece

One of our hopes is to give young people around the world an opportunity to come and spend time with us at Karibu Nyumbani, to use thier gifts and get to know the children.


Abi is our first Volunteer coming in July for her summer holiday. It was a great joy to see her enthusiasm and excitement in anticipation of her three months with us. I am sure you will be hearing from her over the next few months.

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"Receive all that I have to give!"


During my six weeks in England. I felt a strong sense of the Lord saying “Everything is from me. Your life, your sleep, your food, your cloths, your home, your ministry, RECEIVE ALL WITH THANKS AND JOY," How wonderful it is to know that we have a Heavenly Father who gives to his children.
The greatest Joy I have had since I have been back is to see how much our children have enjoyed their gifts. four kids Not only was it good to see them enjoying their own toys, but also learning to share!

boys sharingKaribu Nyumbani had some new arrivals while I was away.................................................









Ester and Ludmila had there hands full with a few hundred chicks!!!  And more sewing!!!   website June 134

We all at Karibu Nyumbani want to say a special thank you to all who
Fi met on her travels. To Dave and Gio, and family, Andrej and Heni and David, who sent gifts and others......................... God bless you all.

friends of KaribuEspecial thanks to two lovely ladies,  Bibi Roz and  Bibi Jane, now officially the children's grandma's! We are looking forward to seeing you in January


2013-05-15 19.29.304 little onesWith love from us all, at Karibu, please pray for us, we are starting to build so that we can have more brothers and sisters. Bye for now!

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Our God is Faithful and keeps His Promises.

After putting up the last blog, already some one has got back to me to say there was not enough pictures of the house, so since I am getting such good internet connection just now, I thought I should do it straight away! And I want to take this opportunity also to thank God for all that He has done. That He is a God who keeps His promises,  in a world where nothing is sure He alone is true and Faithful. We look forward to all God wants to do in this village and are so grateful that he has brought us here.house

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Moved on the 1st of March!!

On the 1st of March members of the Agape Community  prayed a blessing over Ludmila, me and our new  lorry ( see later in blog- new lorry), and off we went to Karibu Nyumbani.

on the move- goodbye

With only five days to prepare for Ester and our first three children to arrive we had no time to sit around.

From morning to night we worked with our faithful builders. Clearing our building site into a beautiful home.Visiting town to buy blankets, towels, potties etc. Phoning the electricity company to come as quick as they could.

Waiting as Watchmen in the night!!!



OnMarch the 7th, 9pm at night,12 hours late, after a 24 hour train journey, our new family arrived!

Ludmila and I had been waiting expectantly all day. Finally we decided to wait, looking out our "night watchman's window", to see our tired travelers coming down the road.

[caption id="attachment_658" align="alignright" width="300"]Bahati right, with Fi, not well after his trip, Devota with Ludmila and Emmanuel with Ester and Upendo on the left. Bahati right, with Fi, not well after his trip, Devota with Ludmila and Emmanuel with Ester and Upendo on the left.



Ester in Mbeya

A friend of Ester has been waiting, since we started to build, for us to receive three needy children from Mbeya. In the first week of March these three arrived at Ester’s parents’ home to wait for Ester!


children collage Bahati, first to arrive, 4 years old, had been living with his grandparents who are very old and now unable to support him. Devota, two and a half, whose mother died at birth, and her father is dying. And Emmanuel, the same age,has no father and a mother who is mad and has no knowledge of her son. He was hospitalized from birth till now, so living at Karibu Nyumbani will be his first experience of home. Esters parents and sisters have taken Bahati, Devota and Emmanuel into their hearts and were very sad to see them leave after 10 days.

children playing collage 1

Welcome home- Life in Boko village!

We feel so at home, and after only a week, we are getting to know village life. We have women, carrying vegetables, walk by in the morning, and milk delivered by a young girl in the evening. Electricity is cut most days,but not too much of a nuisance.

This next photo was taken especially for The Upper Room Community St Alban's London who provided beds, sheets, blankets, pillows and nets for the children's  new room. We all want to thank you so much.



I have not yet mentioned Upendo,she is Ester’s God child, and since she was such a great support

[caption id="attachment_677" align="alignright" width="150"]Upendo Upendo

at Esters home with the children we invited her to come and help with us. We are waiting for our second building to be finished so she can have her own room, but just now she is with the children at night which is giving them comfort.


As much as I don't want to leave Karibu Nyumbani, Boko, I have arranged to fly back to England mid-April for a six week stay. I'm looking forward to some rest and hope also to have time to talk with individuals and groups about our vision for the next year, (soon to be written in this year’s Newsletter.)

Please pray for Ester as she begins to talk in the nearby churches to ask for help to provide maize, rice beans and cloths or any other sort of help.

As I mentioned above, we have bought a lorry. Our prayer is that our young lorry driver will be able to have at least 3 jobs a day which will help towards our daily needs. Please pray for work for our young christian driver.

Please pray for Bahati, Devota and Emmanuel to settle and receive healing through the love of Jesus in us.

[caption id="attachment_680" align="alignright" width="150"]Emmanuel on the phone to Ester's parents Emmanuel on the phone to Ester's parents


 Pray too that the Lord will bring to us the other little ones He wants to us to have a Karibu Nyumbani.

Thank you for your prayers,  do continue to keep in touch, and if you haven't already done so please hit the subscribe button to get our latest blog and newsletter direct to your email  account.

God bless you all, Fi


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Welcome to the New Year at Karibu Nyumbani!

Our Christmas was a day to remember!

The Season of Christmas is a wonderful time to meditate and ask the Holy Spirit to deepen us in the knowledge and wonder of Our Father God’s heart and His grace towards us, through the gift of His Son Jesus. However, for some of us it can bring with it a little sadness and pain, and I had just a little of that when I woke on Christmas morning. However as Ludmila and I started to share our home baked cakes and biscuits with members of Agape, whilst Ester and her sister cooked Pilau together to take to Karibu Nyumbani, we soon entered into the joy and love of Christmas day!  We reached Karibu Nyumbani at 1. 30pm spread a few pretty cloths on the roughly built tables and sang,with drum and percussion, our "Grace" with all our hungry builders.

After a delicious meal Ludmila lit the candles of Augustino’s birthday cake in the back of the car, and then Augustino proceeded to feed each of us in the African Tradition.

Work then continued as any other day but Ludmila and I walked through the village to meet as many children we could find to give them a lollies. Most mums and dads around were just as excited to get one too!!

More Buildings going up!

It was our hope to have moved by Christmas or New Year, however, our finishing touches have taken a lot longer than we thought. So whilst waiting for our first house to be finished, we continued building, and have now reached the roof of the second house on the other side of the entrance.

Kisima- Well for Rain Water

[caption id="attachment_634" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] WELL FOR DRINKING WATER


Fetching water in our village is a big job, and children are cycling up and down the road with barrels attached to their bikes, and women with their buckets on their heads. Every bucket costs money!  Members of our village have agreed  to pay for water to be brought to the village by pipe but this could take time (as with many things!) So we have dug a 7 meter deep well to catch the rain water from our rooves. We’re hoping it will be ready for the heavy rains in March, and that it will be enough water for us and crops for the year!


I am so grateful for our workers who have worked under our faithful foreman Mfaume working closely with Ester.

However without the generosity of the gifts that have been given, we could not have proceeded. So thank you TOO!

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I had an email from a very dear friend who’s youngest daughter wants to spend her three months summer holiday with us! So we are delighted that doors are opening up for others as things are moving forward

[caption id="attachment_636" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] BUYING, WAITING, PLANTING, PLAYING

God bless you, From us all at KARIBU NYUMBANI





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For unto us a Saviour has been Born....Emmanuel -God with Us!

God bless you all, from Fiona, Ester and Ludmila

It's just a few days before we break for a week to Celebrate Christmas (and also give Ester a rest!) We have not managed to finish sufficiently to be able to move in, as we have taken on more than we expected such as a well and all the septic system for the whole site.But we shall celebrate "Kijijini"(in the village) Boko Temboni (our new home!)

This is where we will decorate for Christmas day!

Here on the Left is our beautiful veranda, yet to be tiled and have ceiling put in. We hope to decorate here for Christmas and also Celebrate our watchman's Birthday(it just so happens to be the same day!) We have no idea who else will join us- it will be a surprise.

Manager of site- Ester! Needs a rest!

Ludmila, Ester and I send you our greetings and wish you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year! Also we thank again all our Friends, Prayers and Supporters- You are partners with us in this project for God's needy Children.God bless you all.



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Celebrating Ludmila's 50th Birthday!

Ludmila had a suprise 50th birthday party with a handful of friends including Roman and Emma,Anna,Elizabeth and Agnes!



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Our first young lady working with us at Karibu Nyumbani.

I, Ester, want to share with you the story of our first young lady from the village who has come to work here in the last week. When I reached the site I was surprised to see this young lady working with her father and I asked her who she was.

] Mother and baby together for Christmas!


She explained that her husband died last year leaving her with a two week old baby. She continued to say whilst in tears, that she has to leave her baby with her mother as she needs to work for herself and the baby.

It has been our joy to be able to find work for her here on our land, carrying logs and branches so that she and her baby can spend Christmas together. We are hoping that the two of them will be our guests for Christmas!

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Foundation to roof in THREE WEEKS!

Ester having a go at laying bricks

It has been a wonderful November. Our building team have worked so fast and faithfully. (We had been promised in Isaiah)








[caption id="attachment_571" align="alignright" width="300"] We have a posh roof!

"Faithful is He who


has called you


and He


will do it!"


(1Thess 2)


I have been driving Ester all over Dar es Salaam, shopping for the builders. Carrying all sorts of things on the roof of the car, even six meter pipes, for the plumbing!

Driving has been another experience all together, there are no rules on the road at all. Once I was in the middle of a jam with three Lorries all tooting loudly- and then 10 men ran to push me off the road when I could not start the car! ( when I first arrived in Tanzania I thought I would never drive!)

[caption id="attachment_564" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fi at the Reception window.

Now we are at the stage


of plastering, painting,


tiling, electricity fitting,


 plumbing, windows and doors.


So there is still a lot of work.

[caption id="attachment_565" align="alignright" width="300"] Ludmila making plans in the Kitchen.




 During this time, Ludmila has been busy – it seems as if everyone is realizing that we are going and she has been inundated with sewing for the students and community members at Agape.



[caption id="attachment_575" align="alignleft" width="151"] Augustino with Bonadventure, Isadori's son.

I must mention a very important person, Augustino- the grounds man at Agape. He has  been our watchman for the last month, and his presence on our land has been invaluable ! Last week, because of lack of water in our village, villagers were coming to see if we had water and Augustino had to remove the taps from our water tanks Anything could go walking if you don't keep a close eye!

[caption id="attachment_566" align="alignright" width="300"] Harvester and other guests from England for village lunch on our land!



Last week we  also had the joy of receiving the Harvesters    ( a group of men who have been doing ministry in East Africa for the last 10 years) to Karibu Nyumbani- including my dad!  On the same day we had a visit from two guys from England, friends of Sabastian, who have chosen our little village to set up a chicken business. They were here for only one week and built a chicken hut. They met with some of the women of our village and have set them up to run the business themselves. So we will not need to go far for our eggs! (Until we start growing them ourselves of course!) We are looking forward to the mutual support we will have from this team from England.

[caption id="attachment_569" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fi can't believe it is really happening.

PLEASE PRAY! That the building will continue to move swiftly, we would love to be in for Christmas!

With the move we will need to be secure- Please pray that we find our own Watchmen.

As soon as we move in we will be open to receiving children. Please pray for this too.

God bless you - Fi

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Quick update – things are moving!!

Brigita enjoying time with the children of Agape Brigitta enjoying time with the children of Agape


It was so good to see Brigitta and Ester back from their trip to Mbeya, after dropping off the students from Germany to their prospective orphanages. We had a lovely week with Brigitta before she went back to Germany, but unfortunately  Ester needed time to get over Malaria.




[caption id="attachment_549" align="alignleft" width="300"] Look at our new car!


[caption id="attachment_553" align="alignright" width="300"] Men from the village employed to dig foundations!

We had thought that we would wait  a bit to buy a car, but a lovely lady turned up to Agape asking Isidori to pray for the sale of her car! Since we knew that we would soon be battling to get to our land in the rainy season with Pikipiki (motorbike) we saw this as a wonderful opportunity- We took our Toyota Cami on its first journey to kibaha yesterday!


Building has begun!

With the final plans drawn up for the building, this week we have started. At the front of our land we will build a Reception, office, shop, sewing- classroom, three rooms for guests     (initially to be used by Ester, Ludmilla and myself). Our builder, plus 2 helpers and a watch guard will be on the land 24/7 ! Sleeping in tents! Ester is working very hard  buying all of the materials for the building, and stays each day to oversee the building.

Ludmilla and I have to take a low profile, or the workers try to up their pay!!

In the picture here on the left the men are building a shelter for the cement - we are expecting the rain any day now!

It looks like we will be in our new home by Christmas. We are so excited! Thank you all for your prayers,

Fiona, Ludmilla , a big smile from Ester too!!

[caption id="attachment_554" align="alignright" width="339"] Ester having a break from all her buying!

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Ludmila using her tailoring skills to measure the land!

This last month has been full of activity.

A surveyor came to measure our land to make sure that the town council have no future plans to build a road through it at a later date. Good news - our land is now on the map as “religious” land and cannot be touched in the future. Some not so brilliant news is that it only measures 2 acres- not 3!  We love it even still! We have a great design for our houses and now Kahindi is finishing the plan for the whole site.  With this completed we can start.

Please pray with us that the building starts in the next month!!


Since the last post Ester, Ludmila and I spent a week in Tanga with the sisters of Charity. A week to catch vision, and to have time to pray for the project.  Tanga is a beautiful place a bit like the midlands and Ludmila said rather like her home in Czech too. So it was a very a refreshing time and the sisters fed us really well.

After a busy 12 days, visiting Social welfare, visits to land etc. Ester was needed by Agape to help out with students from Germany who had come to do voluntary work in orphanages all over Tanzania.


[caption id="attachment_534" align="alignleft" width="150"] Ludmila with Tumaini and Maria Stella

Ludmila and I took advantage of this time to visit an orphanage in Dodoma run by the Ursuline Sisters. Another eye-opening experience! Eight sisters with about 45 children aged 3 - 15yrs.  The relationship between Sr.Modesta (Sister over all in charge of the children) and the children was so beautiful; it made for a peaceful atmosphere. The children had their own rhythm of prayer and work alongside the nuns. Sixteen of the children are HIV+ but all are well and happy. While we were there we made particular friends with the youngest as we were asked to teach the “chukachia”- preschool children each morning.

[caption id="attachment_528" align="alignright" width="150"]fiona reading to children Fiona telling Cinderella in Swahili!

Maria Stella, one of the children was quite a character.  She is one of three sisters, all with the same father, different mother and when the father died they were left with Grandma. Living in a mud hut with no bed made it impossible for them to sleep in a bed when they arrived at the orphanage. Sr. Modesta said that they had to share a bed together for some time before they could get used to sleeping as the other children in their own bed.

Our journey home this last Wednesday was one of our worst journeys! We were pleasantly surprised with the comfort of our seats on our bus, but being one row from the back meant that we were right on top of the wheel! It was like being on a bumper car for 6 hours.

[caption id="attachment_531" align="alignleft" width="300"]Sr. Modesta with children All the children with Sr Modesta in the background!

That reminds me of a very important word I heard before leaving for Africa a few years ago.

Learn to enjoy the ride!  I’ve never been one for enjoying that gut feeling of sliding down a helter skelter. I find walking by faith is a little like that. There are moments when you just don’t know what is going to happen next and having Faith is learning to scream with joy, not fear!!-  Enjoy the ride! We are in HIS Hands!


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Isidori and Kahindi visit Kibaha!

Isidori, one of the leaders of Agape Community made his first visit to see the land. He was a great support as we tried to measure the plot where we want our first home. The next day Kahindi, our architect traveled out with us to see us on the land so he could get a good idea of our vision for the site.

 Isidori, Ester and Fi spotting the best place for the house!

Architect Kahindi looking over plans.










We have a number of things we are waiting for at the moment which  need prayer

    • Kahindi has had a few goes at designing a house, and typically we women have not quite agreed, and since he is working for us in his free time (a good friend of Agape!) he can only see us on Saturday mornings.  We are praying that tomorrow we will have the drawing we are waiting for!!


    • Once we have our plans, we are waiting for a surveyor to measure the land so we can put our boundaries in the right place.


    • Then we want to have the land registered.


    • We plan to see the Parish Priest at Kibaha to formally introduce ourselves to him.


    • Also to see the Social Welfare Office with our plans so that we have good relations with them from the start.


    • Finally we have a few builders in mind to approach when we have the plans and the land measured.

The Lord’s word to us at the moment is Be united in Love! Eph 4 v 3

Ludmila read to us this morning. “Make every effort to keep among you unity of Spirit through bonds of peace”

God bless all those who are supporting us, we hold you in prayer. Fiona


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"Hatua kwa hatua"- Swahili for "Step by step"!

"Hatua kwa hatua ukiwa na Yesu kila jambo lina wezekana!"- "Step by step with Jesus everything is possible!" How many times have we seen the hand of God at work in our lives and yet we still have a hard time to trust everything to Him.

Since we stepped out to buy the land in Kibaha we have seen the provision of the Lord. Ester, Ludmila and I know quite well that the task ahead of us is in the hands of the Lord. We were so encouraged to read together last week from Isaiah 62 v4- "No longer will your land be called Forsaken; but you will be called My Delight and your land Espoused. For Yahweh delights in you and will make your land his spouse. As a young man  marries a virgin so will your builder marry you!" This is such an encouragement - the Lord is doing the building!

We visited our land last week and it has been  cleared single handedly by one of our neighbors.

In the photo you can see Ester and I looking over the land- It is the dry season so everything is very dry.

We believe there is water on the lower part of our land so we will be digging to find it as soon as possible.

We want to thank a friend of Ludmila for the purchase of our new fridge. It will make all the difference being able to shop for a month and keep things frozen. We are praying that there are not too many power cuts!

[caption id="attachment_509" align="alignleft" width="300"] arriving at Agape in the back the truck with our new fridge!

This week we also met with our Architect to talk about our house and he is starting to draw this week. He is has done a lot of work in the past for Agape. Please pray for him.

A friend of Sabastian and Verodiana has also agreed to let us rent a few rooms so we will be moving to a few minutes walk away from our land. This will make things much easier to over see the building when it starts.

God bless you all,  Fiona




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Back in Tanzania!

Ludmila and I returned on the 10th after a good overnight flight.  Ester had a good time in Germany teaching students there Swahili and preparing them to come and do voluntary work in different orphanages here. We are so grateful that the weather is not as hot as we were expecting.We decided to spend our first week mostly in prayer.

But thank you to all our Karibu Nyumbani friends and supporters, we are especially praying for you.

God bless you all - " With Our God all things are possible" - "Be not afraid".




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