We never get tired of going on walks with the children. Each Sunday it is routine to go on a family walk after church and before lunch. We enjoy the conversation and God’s beautiful creation. Sometimes we see hippos or wade through the water because the flood is coming onto the road. The children love climbing trees and jumping off sand piles. We just laugh and enjoy each other and everyone is having fun! Feeling BLESSED!!!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
We were very blessed to have a team come from Mt Zion UMC and start a new tire playground at Zion. After the team got a good start, one volunteer stayed for 3 months and finished the playground. We are very thankful and the children have really been enjoying the new fun.
We thank the volunteers who worked on this wonderful project and thank the churches who donated money to make it possible. Most of all, we thank God for His faithfulness.
It seems every year during the dry season we have a big fire next to our property. We never know how it really starts but it spreads fast, especially if it is windy. Also there is a major electric pole right there so we must be careful to clear around and wet it down so the fire does not blow it up.
So, it is all hands on deck and everyone gets a bucket and starts carrying/passing buckets of water to the fire. Then another group goes into the fire with branches from a tree to beat down the fire. There is no fire department to call!!!!!!! After the fire was out, several had to cross through water because of the way the fire went around the water on both sides. All were safe except one had a deep cut because of stepping on a broken bottle.
Never thought we would be fire fighting but you do what you have to do. God is always keeping a hedge of protection around us – even through the fires of the day!
Well, we always know that God will provide for our needs. Sometimes we still worry about how and when. That is a lack of faith and our God is always faithful and with perfect timing.
One day, an unexpected truck pulled up with a donation for Zion. When they started unloading, we stood with mouths open and the load of “puffs” they were donating to Zion Village. We had enough to give all the staff 2 bags and give them to the children several times a week.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name!!
Friday, October 3, 2014
Whenever we have volunteers or visitors (or even when we do not), the children love to do a fashion show. We save some clothes that are "fashion like" and then they dress up. They can change dozens of times and look so cute and different each time! Especially the girls!! Enjoy a glimpse of the show.
See you next time! Enjoy life!!! Don’t forget to smile. Jesus loves YOU!!!
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Singing the song “Gonna lay down my burdens. Down by the riverside. Down by the riverside. Down by the riverside. Gonna lay down my burdens. Down by the riverside…” has a real meaning. 78 people were baptized in the river and into the SDA church. Three of these 78 were from our staff. The choir was singing, the water was cold and the wind was blowing. It was a beautiful experience to see these people come to the river to be baptized.
We started by gathering at the church. The few vehicles were packed with people (the typical African way). Then after parking we walked on through the bush to the water.
The minister asked a series of questions and the people raised their hands to respond. One older lady could not stand so she sat in the front of the others.
The choir and all sang while everyone was walking into the water. Each baptism was beautiful and we know that each person was blessed.
Join us in praying for all of those that came to Jesus!
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
The children at Zion love sports. They have been playing soccer, basketball and a little net ball for some time. Now, a Rugby coach has come to the school to teach them this sport. He comes with all the equipment for them to use and has ordered us equipment that can stay at the school and be used to practice once they learn the game. Then the tournaments will be scheduled. What fun!!!