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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 !

[caption id="attachment_921" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Bahati's 5th Birthday Our First Child's Birthday in the House Bahati's 5th Birthday
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.


[caption id="attachment_935" align="aligncenter" width="600"] "Thank you for coming"

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.

[caption id="attachment_912" align="alignleft" width="300"]Praying outside a home in the village. Praying outside a home in the village.











 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!

[caption id="attachment_901" align="alignleft" width="225"]Sonja with Gertrude Sonja with Gertrude

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.

[caption id="attachment_903" align="aligncenter" width="500"]I'll miss you all! I'll miss you all!

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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[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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