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ESTER’S 50TH BIRTHDAY A TIME OF THANKSGIVING.

 About 50 friends of Ester’s including family, members of Agape Community and friends from our village came, filling our sitting room and dining room. Starting with Mass with Italian Priest- Fr. Angelico, we then had a wonderful time of Praise and Worship giving thanks for Ester’s 50 years.

 The children all gathering in the front singing and dancing celebrating with great joy their Mama Ester’s Birthday.

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A SPECIAL PLACE TO PRAY

 

I love watching the way things evolve here. Prayer has taken many forms over the last 4 years, and now we are having a time of praise and worship every evening. The children usually get the ball rolling with their confident singing and then the Aunties or Mama’s take over bringing us into a time of worship. Someone prepares a short word from the bible and then talks for about 5 minutes before we all take a turn to pray.
 
Having their own times of prayer, is something that we pray the children grow up into naturally. We have been longing for a Chapel where they can go and find quiet and we are hoping to start the building very soon!! so please pray for this project with us. 
 
Any Intercessors among you reading this, please join with Mama’s Ester, Ludmila and myself and Auntie’s Rehema and Harness. We are praying every morning for all our children by name and for other things we feel important for the day.
 
Our lives are busy- as I am sure you find the same but there is only one thing the Lord desires of us all – to be still and Know that He is God. I was sitting still this morning, and this word gave me much food for my day! “FAITH THAT IS FIRM IS ALSO PATIENT! “ Is 28 v 16 In Swahili that is “ Anayeamini hatatishika” He who has faith is not threatened, or frightened. We pray for you that you have “Faith that is firm”, so that you can face every situation fearlessly and with patience.
 
God Bless you all.
 
 
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TENA, TENA. AGAIN, AGAIN!

We keep coming back for more| My sister Clare and I have just returned from Karibu Nyumbani. This is my third visit, and I am completely addicted to this amazing place (despite the malaria!). I cannot begin to describe the love I feel and the Spiritual boost I get from my visits. The strength of their Faith and the vibrancy of their Worship is uplifting, and when some of the children are leading the singing, it’s as if there is an Angel in the room, and on one occasion, this brought me to tears.
 
During this visit, we were able to help buy furnishings for the new Guest house ‘Royston House.’ One of the days was spent in Dar es Salaam buying curtain material, wardrobes and a fridge, and another day for beds and sofa. Clare then spent many days getting to grips with the treadle sewing machine, helping Ludmila make curtains
Shopping for furniture in Tanzania is an experience in itself. A fun experience, but nothing like a trip to DFS or any other furniture store in England. The furniture shops line the side of the road between the local town and Dar es Salaam. We tried out a few sofas, whilst watching the traffic drive by and at the end of the day, loaded up a truck with beds, sofa, dining table, chairs and mattresses. Not sure I could accomplish that in day at home.                    
As you would have read in another blog, we celebrated the opening of Royston house whilst we were out there. It was a beautiful occasion, one that Royston would have enjoyed. Sadly we found out the following day that his father, Paolo had died on the day the house was opened. Our heart goes out to Royston’s mum and sister and we keep them in our prayers.
 
We were honoured to be part of the birthday celebrations during our stay and had great fun watching the children open the giant teddy and penguin that had travelled from England. The whole day was full of food, presents, excitement, laughter, and of course finishing off with thanks and praise to God for all the blessings we have received.
As always it was sad to say good bye but it’s more of a ‘tutaonana baadaye’, ‘see you later’ as I am already looking forward to returning next year.
 
In the meantime we will continue to keep everyone at Karibu Nyumbani in our prayers.

 

 
Hilary x
 
 
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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL.

“All creatures great and small”. Ludmila was asked this month to make a shirt for a customer. As you can see, she ,Agnes and the children had some fun fitting into it before it arrived with its owner. “The Lord God made us ALL!”

 

 

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PRAY FOR ROYSTON’S FAMILY

In last month’s blog, some of you may have read the sad news about a prospective Volunteer, Royston, who tragically died. We were in touch via Hilary with Royston’s parents and prayed for them as a family here. On the official opening day of Royston house, we were gathered in front of the new house singing and praying for the family and Hilary sent a few pictures to his parents.

I want to take this opportunity to ask all friends of Karibu Nyumbani to pray for Royston’s Mother and sistser as Royston’s Father passed away that same night. We pray for all of the family, that they will receive comfort during this time of grief.

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HILARY AND CLARE

We’ve had a special 3 weeks with Mama Hilary and Mama Clare from England. They will be blogging themselves so I won’t say too much, only that we miss them loads.

Hilary’s 3rd time and Clare’s 2nd. They feel very much part of us and it is hard for the children to understand why they have to go!

Hilary for the last 2 years has sent presents for every child on their birthday so it was lovely that they could both be present with us for our once a year Birthday Celebration in July

 

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ONCE A YEAR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.

When I was in England I had the joy of buying birthday presents for all the children on behalf of all the Mamas. It was more fun to see them opening them up with great speed and see each one fully absorbed in their new toy.  After chicken and chips, we had cake and soda which was kindly given us by Bonita a friend from our parish.  We love celebrations!!

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COW NEWS

While Ludmila and I were away, our first Cow- Hannah gave birth to a very large calf and became very weak, dying after about 5 days. It was terrible news, as she was such a lovely cow and gave us the most milk. She alone was almost paying through Yoghurt and Fresh milk for all our other animals. We have already replaced her with a one year cow in calf expecting to give birth within the month. Please pray for Sarai, our new cow, that all will be well.

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UBONIFU DARISANI- (creativity in the classroom!)

Just wanted to give you a little look through our classroom window into the wonderful things going on.

Please pray for teacher Agnes that she will have no problem with renewing her residence permit!!

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SAD GOODBYES! AND HAPPY RETURNS!

We were sorry to be saying good- bye to Julian and David who were with us for 10 months. They both became very much part of our family here. Julian wrote in the April blog and here’s a short excert of David’s report.

……My ten months in Tanzania have changed me surely a lot. But how profound and long-lasting these changes will be, will be shown only by time. But I am sure, that I will go with a more positive attitude, self-confident in my future, and that the time in Tanzania will always stay with me as a jewel in my memory. If I could decide again tomorrow to break up for my voluntary service in Tanzania, I would not wait and answer with a loud “Yes”.

We would have you back any time!!

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In fact we are having a visit from Tabea and Lina (our last years Caritas Volunteers) and Lina’s mum, for 3 weeks

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CIARA LEAVES US AFTER A THREE MONTH STAY. 

It feels like I left England for Africa years ago, yet I can't believe my time at Karibu Nyumbani is over already, so maybe it has only been three months and I just wish it could be years. I arrived in the evening, so was greeted with dinner which is always followed by family time, involving lively worship songs, shared prayer and a Bible reading. I was touched by the hospitality of the Tanzanians and their very apparent love of God; gladly these two things have been consistent throughout my stay. 

Learning to count to 100 in Swahili before coming proved useful. Drawing with the children created good opportunities for shared learning too as I could speak English to them and they would teach me the Swahili. I hoped to pick up more through conversation, but it doesn't matter that I did not because I am going home with something far more valuable than knowledge and a reminder of the greatest lesson. 

The lesson is that love is the key to life. When we love God and we love others as ourselves we receive the fullness of life. Sometimes we clearly see that the things we believe are true because we experience them and I have experienced these truths in my stay. 

I could feel pity or despair visiting such a poor area surrounded by children whose circumstances have led them to reside in an orphanage but it would be inappropriate. These children are filled with the Holy Spirit- they are loving, kind, obedient, funny, they listen, they are patient and they enjoy their lives. They have the fullness of life! 

I really believe the hard-working and faithful Mamas and Aunties who run the orphanage are providing these children with a better life than many rich children in Europe. I also believe that the key to their success is the fact that the foundation of their own lives, and of Karibu Nyumbani, is faith in Jesus Christ. 

The kindness of the people here and their thankfulness to the God who they acknowledge as blessing every part of their lives inspires me and gives the simple home life here an irresistable magnetism. 

What will I miss most? Patrick's amazing drawing skills, Gertrude's eccentric giggling fits, Sabina and Shangwe's cheeky laughter, Samweli's JOY-filled smile, Queenie's gentle curiosity, Adventi and Onesimo's insistent efforts to (successfully) make me jump on my way to and from my room, Isaya's comical mini-performances at dinner, during football, in my stolen shoes or anywhere else he happens to be. 

In short I will miss time spent with the lovely people who live here. I love everybody here and I feel loved by them.

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MORE THANKS DUE!

 

Whilst on holiday in Pembrokeshire Ludmila and I met some of Jane’s friends- Viv and Gareth, who told many of their friends to gather together cloths and shoes for the children. They came all the way to Worcestershire to HOD Community to give us all they had collected. We were happy to be able to bring a big percentage back with us. God bless you all for your love.

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BLOGGING IN THE QUEUE!

I am standing in a queue in the bank in our near town- Kibaha. It’s the seventh time I’ve returned to Tanzania from England. You would think I’d be used to it by now. If you were to stand with me here  you would know why there is a smile on my face right now.

The dust, humidity, bumpy road, cars driving the wrong way, people jumping in front of you, are always a shock after landing. After a 2 hour drive our gates opened to 30 smiling faces. It was so much better than the dreams I’d been having for the past 3 weeks thinking about my return. Ludmila and I were holding 2 or 3 children at a time, lots of hugs and kisses. I expected them to all be inches taller, my 2 months in England had seemed so long, but they were the same beautiful children. Florian only, our youngest had grown taller and filled out, and it seemed at first that he had forgotten all his English but maybe not.

Since starting to writing I’m sure you’d be interested to know that my queue hasn’t moved at all! - Best just to keep smiling, everyone else is. It’s a wonderful gift the people of Tanzania have.

We’ve partied with chicken, chips and soda!!

The children have received shoes and clothes from friends in England and Czech.

Exchanging stories late into the night!

Being amazed at the wonderful new house- almost finished – ready for our 8 visitors over the summer- 

We’ve sang songs and prayed together- giving thanks for our reunion.

I’ve just had a long conversation with someone in the queue! He’s been in the bank since 9 am nearly 3 hours. It’s a good job Ester, Ludmila and I split up to do the different chores in town or we would be here all day. I’m strangely happy for this time just to stand still, and what a joy to have time to share with the young man my testimony of the loving, faithful heart of our Heavenly Father.

It’s good to be home- thank you all for your hospitality and love to all I met while I was in England. For me it was my best return to England in all the seven years and its looking like best return home too.

God bless you all.

I’ve reached the counter!

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WORD FROM LUDMILA

This year, my holiday was different. I travelled with Fiona to England to visit the Community HOD (The House of the Open-Door Community) who I haven’t seen for a long time. I want to thank all of them for their support and prayers.

Then we went to visit Jane our good friend who invited us to come and spend time in her new house in Pembrokeshire, we spent 6 days together there and really enjoyed very much this time.

After this heavenly time, I started my journeying in Czech for 6 weeks.

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I give thanks to God for all the people I met, because they really blessed me and our children in our home in Tanzania. I was travelling a lot and giving my testimony. Thanks to God and all of you who caught the vision to help us, because without your support we cannot do anything. I wish you all well and God bless you all, you are in our prayers also.

 

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A WORD FROM ESTER

I thank God for Fi and Ludmila who have come back safely. During the last few months there was many things going on. Building as well as looking after the family here.

The rains were heavy- roads were blocked, at the same time as delivering things for the building it was hard. Normally the rains finish at the beginning of May, but this year it went up to the end of the month.

According to our road it was a big problem to take the children to school. Sometimes I was stopping them to don’t go to school.

I missed Fi and Ludmila, but I thank God for my sister Harness who came to help me, and all the Aunties, Uncles and volunteers who were working together and praying together.

The builders didn’t give me a hard time, they were humble and helped me so much. They also joined us in our prayer times, and this really blessed us. I saw us like one family.

Now we are all together again- Thank you God

  

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Sponsored Walk - by Hilary Gray , Holy Family church

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Back in March, my sister Clare came up with the fantastic idea of doing a sponsored walk to raise funds for the volunteer house at Karibu Nyumbani. I had to get fit , as her idea of a fun holiday is to climb up mountains in the Himalayas . I feel blessed having this time to enjoy the beautiful countryside that God has created. 

A young person ,Christina, from our parish also joined us for the walk. Our walk took place on Saturday May 27th. We woke up on the morning of the walk to a thunderstorm. Thankfully  by the time we reached our start point, it had stopped raining, although that didn't stop us getting our wet feet! 

 

Our 25 walk started at Alresford and finished in Farnham , following the St Swithun's way. Christina unfortunately got a migraine and had to leave us half way. The sun cam out in the afternoon, although didn't help dry my feet at all. We had a few tricky bits in the walk, trying to follow the route and did a dance and a shrill ululation, African style every time we managed to find a way marker. 

We arrived at the Royal Oak pub after 10 hours of walking, and after a shower and soak of feet were able to enjoy a well deserved glass of wine. 

 

Thank you to all who donated on our page on line. http://www.goldengiving.com/f/taking-steps-for-Karibu-Nyumbani where we have managed to raised over £4900 , and to our parish who  raised £400 in cash, and kept us in their prayers. 

I would also like to thank the family and friends of Royston Dorsa, for all their donations. Royston sadly died in a tragic accident in Dar es Salaam before he was able to join Karibu Nyumbani as a volunteer and share all his amazing talents. R.I.P Royston. 

The volunteers house is going to be named in his memory

 

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OUR HOUSE FOR GUESTS AND VOLUNTEERS

OUR HOUSE FOR GUESTS AND VOLUNTEERS
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PENTECOST SUNDAY IN WELINGTON

PENTECOST SUNDAY IN WELINGTON
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ON THE ROAD!

ON THE ROAD!
I've been in touch with Ludmila in Czech, she is having a great time over there with her friends. Last week I heard that she was on the radio!
I had a lovely 12 day in Cornwall and am now working my way up country. This weekend I am with Jan and Patrick, they have been busy again and had Open Garden for all their neighbours and friends. A good friend of mine came all the way from New Zealand to help too!! The cream cake and coffee was accompanied by the "Grandchildren" on Violin.
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BEFORE MOVING ON....

BEFORE MOVING ON....
...from HOD Community, Ludmila and I had a lovely afternoon with Community members and friends.
Including a group who have been praying and supporting us for some time- the Monday group.
Ludmila also sold some of her Tanzanian tops and bags!!
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