2 month old Ofaryel came to us one Sunday night about 6pm with his Auntie and a driver on a motorcycle needing a home. His mom had passed away the day before in a resettlement area about 4 hours out in or near the game park. He has 6 brothers and a sister.
Benita interviewed last year when we were looking for a house mom and did not feel her call was in the valley at House of Hope but wanted to work with Orphans. We did not have a place for her but she was willing to wait until we opened the 6th house. We are so blessed and excited how the Lord worked everything out. Benita came out for a weeks stay this month and is ready to care for the children when we move Loveness to House of Hope... Praise the Lord! I know it's all in HIS time not ours. Thank you Lord.
Loveness brought Ofaryel to Kalomo for a baby checkup with Dr Christa Murphy of Africa's Child he weighted 5.5kg and tested negative for several tests. We are blessed to have someone who can do these things for our children.
Shoes and sock time also comes a couple of times a year. Again I was so blessed to have a donated pair of shoes for everyone in the closet except 4 children. I traced around their foot on a piece of paper to make sure I bought the right size in town :) It worked and now everyone has shoes.....
I received a call from one of the house moms to please come Ofaryel's father was there with two more boys and needed our help. When I arrived the father was so blessed to see Ofaryel and how well he was cared for. He shared just how hard it is without his wife. Obby age 2 and Osborn age 4 could not be cared for by the older brothers and he had no family near by to help him with the young children. We will care for the three boys together until the time the father can care for them again.
Global Orphan Relief is also building a round house for children who do not really have a family to go back to. We would help them to learn how to live caring for themselves before their transition to their own place. I am learning more and more everyday.
On our visit to House of Hope we found the roof almost ready for the Iron sheets, the security door was on and the floor should also be poured soon for the second house. Our plans at this point are to OPEN June 12th with or without power....
This is the Primary School right next to House of Hope. They have government paid teachers and I was happy to see the school.
Five year old Fenny helping out House mom Loveness with some Babysitting skills. Ofaryel loved all the new things to see...
Global Orphan Relief is building a teachers house at House of Faith for our teacher who tutors our kids. Many Orphans do not get sent to school because of cost and come to us behind in grades. Castard Siamapepe helps the children get caught up to grade level. We have had some children skip grades with his help.
We checked in on the House of Hope site in the Valley and the second house is coming up. Sheri will be staying in this house until other construction projects can be started. Still no power has come to the site.
We are so blessed to have found a preschool teacher who loves the Lord and our children. Richard is working with the younger children three days a weeks so he can also work with Children's Ministries on the weekend in town. So far everything is working out very well!
Well after wanting to open House of Hope for almost 8 months looking and praying for the right house mom to start the work there the Lord suddenly answered our prayers! Loveness our 5th house mom at House of Faith wanted to get closer to her family in Jembo and felt this was the answer the Lord had shared with her. We are so excited and blessed to have this women of God answer the call to care for orphans in the valley.
We are so excited after waiting for power since August of 2012 that the poles have been put up and lines ran. We are still waiting on the transformer to be connected. Praying soon and very soon.....
We had a very special group of children to visit us at House of Faith and share an Easter play and special programs with us. Makes me feel old when I think of caring for them as babies! Thanks for the visit, you are all growing up so special in the Lord.
Well the end of April I started the process of clothing all the children with warm clothes for our winter months here. This process happens twice a year and a few things here and there in between. It's a big job and I am always praying that whatever is in the bags in the storage closet will be just what I need. When Global Orphan Relief visits they bring in donated items and we have a very special lady, Dottie Maske, who sends us packages a couple of times a year from the states. Her church in Maryland also helps with this, Mt. Hope Christian Fellowship. Seems the Lord always works His wonders and I only have to look for very few items at the market here in Kalomo. This year it was 30 pairs of boys pants and in one shopping trip we found all but three pairs... It sounds like a lot
Linda Jones has been a missionary for over 23 years. She enjoys working with children and anyone in need.