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VIGELEGELE

Before going to Mbeya, I went to a special Mass in our village, it was outside on the edge of a dusty street, in the home of one of our Parishioners.

At the Mass, there were 20 babies getting Baptized. I thought that was many! Until I went to a Mass the day after Christmas in Mbeya-There were near to 100 babies being baptized! It was an amazing experience of Joy. Here in Tanzania, when you are happy or excited you do – “Vigeligeli” There is no word for is in English- Perhaps it would be- make a loud sound of joy! The Ladies especially were making this loud sound of joy as their babies were being blessed and baptized- it was as if I could hear the angels rejoicing in Heaven!  Children are a special blessing from the Lord! What a joy to be among them!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all at Karibu Nyumbani.

Here's our Christmas video message from the kids and volunteers.

 

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WHEN DID YOU LAST SPEAK TO BABA?

One of my thoughts this month has been - KEEP TRUSTING DADDY. 

Living in Tanzania has been such a beautiful lesson in TRUSTING GOD.

People do not consider themselves poor, or underprivileged, in fact, lives are full of joy and contentment in the present moment. If a need arises it is the most natural thing to call on Baba (Father God). It is my prayer that this beautiful oasis-Karibu Nyumbani- that the Lord has built in the last 5 years will be a place where all our children will call on Baba, all those who come to visit, learn to Trust Father God, and all who live around us call on Him.

Whatever challenges you are facing now, I pray you will can “Be still and Know that He is God” and rest in His loving care- He never fails.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS

A few weeks ago, Sarah gave birth to a healthy calf and she is well and giving plenty of milk!!! Milk sales have doubled! Thank you so much for your prayers.

 

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DOUBLE- DOUBLE!

A few months ago, we had a gift from the President of Tanzania! He decided to give some food to the Social Services and we were chosen as the Orphanage in our area to receive some rice, and maize and a goat. Ester said we shouldn’t slaughter the goat- and lo and behold she gave birth to twins!! Thank you Magufuli! By the way we have called our goat Magufuli!

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“OH, THE VALLEYS WILL RING WITH THE SOUND OF PRAISE”

Our chapel is growing! We have had some very encouraging comments from people in the village saying how they want to join us for prayer in the evening. 

 

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New Road

Whilst our builders were waiting for the roofing of the Chapel to be done they started and finished the road to Royston house. As you can see it is the beginning of the November rainy season! (picture taken half way through October!)

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Water Tower

Adjoining the Chapel, a “Water tower” has been especially built to hold all the water for Royston house, and any new houses we may want to build in the future! Under the tower will be a sacristy, toilet and hallway into the Chapel.

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Early Rains Bring Wall Down!

Early one morning a few weeks ago, we were woken up with the news that our wall had fallen.

With every challenge comes with it a need to trust God more, and on this day, peace rested in my heart, knowing that Our God knows everything.

We had had constant rain for about 3 days and since we are on a hill, and our wall is in a valley, the rains came like a river through the place and beat the wall.

We will need to rebuild it as soon as possible because of the increase of theft in the village. We have had advise to ensure that it will not happen again however the cost is going to be higher than we can afford. 

WE ARE ASKING FOR HELP TO REBUILD THE WALL AND PRAYER FOR OUR SAFETY WHILST IT IS DOWN.

Last night we heard that 2 men were killed after trying to steal a motor bike, they were stoned and burned. Village life here is not quite like the cosy villages I am used to in England where you can leave your doors open!

Thank you for your prayers.

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African Rains

You won’t believe this but one of our largest bills is our water bill.

But when the rains come we turn off the mains water pipe and allow the rain to fill up our “kisima” -Water container. When the rains fall, our crops grow for free, if you plant them of course!

We have had a wonderful harvest this season and our freezer is full of tomatoes, peppers and aubergines! 

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Visit from Immigration

It’s not so easy to get in and out of Tanzania if you want to stay more than the initial 3 months visitors allowance. So, Ludmila and I, have since last year needed to do extra work getting a work permit as well as visa and we had a surprise visit from the Immigration office as they wanted to see if we really existed!!

 

 

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GOOD BYE CARITAS VOLUNTEERS!

 

For the last 5 years we have had the blessing of having Caritas Volunteers for 10 months at a time, and they come well trained to volunteer and speaking Swahili. This year we have heard that there will no longer be any more Caritas Volunteers, and one of the leaders who has brought volunteers into Tanzania for the last 10 years came to see us to say good bye!! Brigitte who has become a great friend of us all here visited for a few days- she particularly thanks Ester as she was very involved with looking after the 30 volunteers coming over from Germany each year. Brigitte recently writes!

 

Oktober 2017 was my 5th visit in Karibu Nyumbani. The physical development is mind-blowing. I did enjoy living in the new guesthouse. The yard is paved, which looks beautiful and cuts down the work as it is reducing the dust in the houses tremendously. AND now the new chapel gets built. I admire the three mamas and how they struggle with the local circumstances, finding the cheapest builders and keeping their joy for the work alive, finding good and cheap material for the buildings and running for a new screw or pipe which is needed. By now they are halfway experts, I also can see their tireless efforts.

As a German (always critical) I asked myself if the outward is growing too rapidly, what is with the inside. But I just can testify it has grown the same way.  The unity and love between the three Mamas has grown very stable and deeply over the last years. It is a joy to experience it and to be together with them. I can see Gods love present in their relationships. And for sure it is not always easy coming from three different cultures and backgrounds.

But thinking of Karibu Nyumbani is my greatest deepest joy, that I can just testify that it has become a “home” for all the children and workers and visitors. But first of all, to the children. Knowing the children now for five years, I can really see, they are loved, and feel loved and behave loved. Karibu Nyumbani is their home and they move freely through all the rooms and places. It is such a sweet picture how the little ones bustle about Mama Mia in her tailoring workshop, and learn how to sew their own dolls. It is a great privilege for the children to be with Mama Pipi in her office and draw a picture, while she is working, they feel very important. And to be with mama Ester while she is organizing things you see the self-esteem of the children rising.

If I see the children of Karibu Nyumbani I do see no orphans but loved and wanted children. How wonderful!

 

I could go on and on, but let me write one more sentence about all the Uncles and Aunties which are working very diligently in Karibu Nyumbani. Karibu is also their home, they are receiving much more care and love as would be given or received in a European work relationship.  They are in reality one big and loved family, by Fiona, Ester and Ludmilla at first, but behind that you see the love of our saviour Jesus Christ !

 

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Videoshoot!

We had a request from a musician, if he could video our children singing with him.

He had written a song about Orphans in Tanzania. 

Our children loved the day and entered-in very happy to think that they could help other more disadvantaged children.

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ZLATICA

ZLATICA- is no longer a visitor!

She has already been here now for 3 months, leaving Tanzania for a few weeks to visit friends in Zambia she can come back into the country for another 3 children. God bless you for your help, Zlatica 

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“I WANT TO COME TO WASH YOUR FEET!” Children’s feet

 

 

People come to us for different reasons! – Most to be with the children, playing, reading, riding. Some to see us Mama’s, and the children. But our most recent guest from England, felt that she was coming to wash our feet! She asked if we could get fairy lights! Plastic bowls etc. Eventually she arrived with her bags filled with Spa things for washing the Mama’s and Aunties feet. What a very special treat.

Not only that, but somehow it was a timely event as during a time of prayer we had a word that we needed to purify ourselves and not live with anything that is unclean.

After we 3 Mama’s had had our feet washed we went to pray over the foundations of our chapel and the new strip of land alongside it which to date and not yet been prayed over. As we read passages of scripture Ludmila (the fittest of us all!) buried the scripture in the foundations, or around the walls whilst pouring Holy Water.

We 3 in turn then continued to wash the feet of the Aunties, and it was a moving time for them as they knew that the Lord loved them and was washing them clean.

There have been times of repentance, one Uncles left us during this time. So, there was quite a time of shift!

Thank you so much Jan, for the message you brought us. The picture bellow is of Jan reading scripture to the Mamas in “Royston house” sitting room all prepared for the Spa!

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FOUNDATIONS TO WALLS IN A FEW DAYS!

 

We as so delighted to see the space that has sat waiting for a Chapel for the last 4 years now looking so at home with its new Chapel. It is like it has always been there. The children are longing to have their first time of worship there. I believe it will be an anointed place. Thank you Lord for hearing our prayer. The money used for building the chapel has come mostly from our friends in Czech. God bless you all.

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Prayer for OUR FARM- Please

As with all things in life there is the good and the bad. In the last few months we have had some sad and difficult situations with our small farm. Hannah our first cow died in June giving birth to her calf. She was such a good milking cow. As soon as we could we replaced her with Sarah and she will be calving in the next month.

An even worse situation hit us last month when we realized that with our visiting male Pig, came a disease which killed our 2 sows and 13 babies which were ready for selling at 2 months.

We intend to start up this project again, but will wait until the sickness has completely gone.

Our last chicken project also left us low in spirit as many died suddenly with a sickness that we decided to slaughter all and put them in the freezer.

If you have a special gift to pray for animals please can you pray as we continue these projects, that when working well, really help us with our food budget. Asante Sana ( Thank you so much)

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HAPA KAZI TU!

John Magufuli, the present President of Tanzania has given the country a new saying! “Hapa Kazi tu!”

Here just work! It doesn’t have quite the same kind of ring when it is said in Swahili, and the children love to say it when they are working with all their heart and soul.

In the collage above, not only the children are hard at work, but also Mama Ester. She decided, that day to move all the rubble outside our gates, to fill in the holes in the road. The whole morning, they enjoyed themselves and finished with a soda!!

(For the next few days the children were employed to massage Ester’s back!!)

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God Has Healed My Heart

 
Everyday I see more and more how God healed my ???? at Karibu Nyumbani. I don't feel full of fear or panic and totally know that I am loved and accepted by my heavenly father.
I also don't have this deep sadness in me which I have had since I was a child. Really the miraculous has happened in my life. God really has healed me of thinking that I am not good, that I am not of worth, he has taken my pain and given me His joy and peace.
 
-Kat
 
 
You turned my wailing into dancing; 
You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, 
That my heart ???? may sing to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. 
(Psalm 30: 11-12)

 

 
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A WORD FROM LUDMILA 

 I want to greet you all and thank God for everything He is doing in His BIG family here.

We are doing well in our shop, selling the milk, and yogurt and fabric and cloths- Thanks to God. God bless you all.

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