So many wonderful things are going on with the fence at the Children's home. We have been so blessed to fence in a very large area becasue of a price different and exchange rate that is very high at the moment. It is wonderful to go and find no animals eating the flowers around the houses our garden or goats in the corn bins :)
The walls are going up for team housing at House of Hope. Everything needs to be just right because it is a two story with a look out of Lake Karbia with stairs going up...
We are preparing for the rains and the children have cleared their fields and are helping training our donated animals to plow along with Pastor Quinton's help. I am so happy we are able to teach them this life trait .... everyone needs to eat.
Michael has replaced all the much used parts on the plow from last years work. The children will be ready to go with our first rains.
We received a call late Sunday night that a three week old baby girl was in need of a home her mom had just passed away. We shared they should come in and go to Social Welfare and we could help them if it was approved. The family arrived at our gate about 10:30 am Monday with Miyoba a beautiful little girl weighing 4kg. Mama Benita at House of Faith will care for her. The older children love having a baby in the house. Keep her family in prayers as the grieve the loss of her mom.
We were invited to a very special wedding here in Kalomo this month. We met Eugen after we moved here in 2007. We were far out from town on a Jesus Film weekend with a truck load of people from the church and we were ask to stop at a near by hut on our way back to town. I walked with Eugen to quickly visit a very old blind man. Eugen had found him while setting up the Jesus Film showing and wanted to give him a pair of new trousers. My heart was so touched that day I knew it wasn't easy for Eugen to find money for this gift. We are so honored by the people we see loving Jesus with their lives. Happy Wedding Day!
Well the rains have started and I am thankful the dust has calmed down a bit. Now it's time for mud driving :)
The Co Op in our area of House of Faith has not yet delivered seeds and fertilizer and the rains have started. I took out 10KG of maize seeds (corn) so the children could at least get something in the ground early. Please pray for all the area farmers who will be delayed in planting. I was so blessed to see our young men handling the plow themselves this year. It isn't a easy task I tried myself last year. I am praying they did not cover the seeds to deep but they have to learn somehow...
Mama Rita was overseeing the children in the field and making sure the girls were dropping the seeds correctly.
Our kids are always watching and learning. Michael has been busy with several maintenance projects before the rains and the children follow him around and just watching and asking questions.
This is the first month since July Michael has not had Jesus Film showings on the weekends. When the rains are about to come it's time to stop until next year. His Sunday services have been wonderful as he continues to go out each week to a different area.
Every season here I have flowers to look forward to seeing and I found my red pops of color a bit late this year but finally there they where so beautiful......
We try to prepare our older children for life as best as we can before going back to relatives and one of the things we do is to make sure they have their National Registration cards. Luuwo and Chimuka got theirs this month and Luuwo even received her voting card.
House of Faith kids are always singing and marching... love these precious little ones
Our work with Global Orphan Relief's Orphan School Program is almost ready for the 2016 school year. We enrolled 73 children at one school and December 4th we will have our final number at three schools. We are so blessed GO is sponsoring Orphans into the High School classes. This is truly a blessing to see so many continue on until 12th grade. I am always blessed by the Headmaster, Deputy Head, Community Leader and Chaplin. Mama Lizzy from House of Hope also went to help me.
The next few pictures are of the relatives who care for these orphans. I was blessed to serve them, grandma's, grandpa's, Aunties, Uncles, brothers and sisters trying to care for the kin.
House of Faith has rented a house in town for our grade 8-9 and 10s. We are so excited for this new way of educating our older children so they don't need to cycle 8km each to way to school. Keep us in prayers as we move maybe 10 children and Mama Benita into Kalomo.
Water in our well always gets low this time of year before the rains come. We can not pump up into the tank just directly from the pump. Our ladies who wash clothes for the children have to change the way they do things and wash from buckets instead of using the abundant water at the sinks. So thankful for these ladies.
House of Hope kids enjoying a local wild fruit!
Linda Jones has been a missionary for over 23 years. She enjoys working with children and anyone in need.