Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I will be away for a few weeks - back in the RS of A - but wishing you a great festive season with your family and friends. May 2007 be one of your best years ever - growing in every way - but growing in Christ even more.
'n Baie geseënde Kerstyd met jul familie en vriende en mag 2007 'n fenomenale jaar van groei wees in alle fasette van jou lewe - veral in jou wandel met die Koning.
This page may be quiet for a few weeks - but will be back on 10 January 2007 with a buzzzzz!
Untill then ...
Tot dan ...
Ate a vista!
Sunday, December 10, 2006
A proud lady knitting jerseys, handbags and other things she could sell to raise an income for her family.
Celistina (left) and Eunice (right) receives a bicycle from Alta to visit the different Women Schools deep in the bushes.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
We are usually surrounded by lots of hungry kids which have not heard any carols of any kind. In fact they have never heard "Jingle Bells" or "Silent Night". Never mind a Christmas play or seen Jesus in a manger. Weird thing "Christmas" to the kids of Mozambique. That provides us with a great opportunity to bring Christ in a real way to the great people of Mozambique. The word "festive season" doesn't really ring a bell to the people deep in the bushes of Mozambique. Just another day to survive ... trying to find enough Satza (maize - pap) to feed the family. We have entered the "hungry season" in Mozambique - please pray with us to help where we can. We have distributed a lot of maize seed to our widows and orphan mothers to make sure there is enough to plant and to eat during this festive time.
Millions of thank yous for all who helped us to feed and look after those who are struggling to keep their families in one piece.
Here is some cool pictures of some of our orphans which we took out to town for their own Christmas party. We had chicken and chips (batatas e fritas) and a nice ice cream with coke. We then took them to buy nice gifts, shoes and sweats to celebrate Christ and the hope that we have in HIM.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
What a school year it has been. Our bushschools in the bush has an average of about 140 children from the ages 4 to 16. We make provision for grades 1 to 5. Our bushschool in Mucombeze has 140 smiling kids and are being taken care by the mission .... which is me and you. We provide a good meal every schoolday of the year with all the other needs like books, pencils, stationary, schoolfees and the sillabus taken care off.
This year we provided about 35 000 plates of food for our kids. Without these bushschools kids would not be able to attend any school. Schools are geographically unreachable and in the rainy season kids must cross dangerous rivers and could even be attacked by crocodiles. This is one of the reason why we are still planting bush schools in the middle of the jungle to provide good education to all. The mission sponsors 4 qualified teachers. At the end of every year (as the photos show) it is price giving and top students are rewarded bicycles, cash prizes and other goodies that will make any kid smile. After the certificate ceremony, results .... it is time to party. And did they enjoy themselves thoroughly this year!!! Thank you to all who contributed to make this possible specially:
Canada, SAM Ministries who are sponsoring our kids;
Stellenbosch Gemeente for the bicycles;
Goodwood Gemeente for help;
Polokwane Gemeente for the stationary.
We love ya all deeply! As the kids would say - "muinto obrigado - graca de Deus!"