We are so proud of our kids. Edwin and I believe that if we include the children into the decision making process, it makes them feel that they are important and it gives them self worth. We always talk it over first, listen to their ideas and make the decision. When the child arrives, they have then prepared a welcome program and help that child adjust to a different way of living other than in the bush. It is very frightening for a child to come into a walled compound where they are not allowed to leave except with an adult or their daily walk to school. In time they adjust, loving the idea that so many people care for them and they don't have to struggle for food and water anymore.
The rains were 2 months late this year and many people lost their crops. When they finally arrived, they came with a vengeance but our communities power has been affected. The roads where we live are mud and not travelled as much, which means it's difficult for Edwin to get to places like the village where our goats are. We presently have 56 goats and Edwin's father is still planting food for the workers as wages for helping him. To ensure we receive only healthy goats, they are first inspected by a vet. I am sure we will have pictures in the next update.
I would like to share the pictures we were able to get and I hope you can see how God is at work in our Home of Angels.
I would like you to meet Maureen, age 5. After one month of searching, Edwin found this
child in a village north of us. Both parents died and she was placed with the only living relative she had, her grandma. Because this elderly grandma is very sick and cannot take care of her, she asked Edwin if he would help and he decided yes as there were no other living relatives.
I would also like you to meet Hadeja, age 6. She too lost both her parents due to HIV/AIDS. She went to live with Grandma but she too is very ill. After time observing the situation and asking many questions in the village, Edwin felt this child would not be taken care of at all when the elderly woman passed. We want children that have no other relatives to take care of them so he spends weeks searching and when satisfied, we will take them.
Our prayer is that one day a team will come and baptize the kids and workers who have become Christians.
When we started in February 2010, these two men were there to help clear the land for building. They helped their friend Edwin for 3 years without receiving anything but gratitude. They are now in charge of 1000 chickens and a large passion fruit orchard and receiving a wage. I cannot even imagine how we could have done it without them. Sula, on the left has now changed his name to "Paul" as he has become a Christian and given his life to the Lord.
Couldn't resist this picture. This is our little Alan. He loves the feel of having his head shaved
and goes into a trance. Edwin and our guard Frank (behind) shave the kids every few weeks to prevent any fungal diseases.
In our last update, I mentioned about Edwin spending his wages by helping the widows in our area start a business. One family in Canada wanted to make a difference too, so they sent money to help the widows plant a garden after their gardens all dried up in the drought. The rains finally arrived soon after receiving these seeds and they now have maize growing for the season. Thank you Caroline and Warren for caring to help these beautiful people.
Thank you to the women in Creston B.C. for spending their time sewing 50 pillow cases for the children. What a beautiful gift....we are very grateful to you all.
I have mentioned over the past 5 years about how our AMAZING kids are always wanting to help a less fortunate child. This is another example of two children who want to make a difference to other kids who have nothing. Hannah and Caleb gave up their allowance and also worked for charity, donating it all to our Home of Angels. Edwin and I are so proud of you both. Thank you so much.
I wanted to share what our gardens look like after all the rains. Our passion fruit are thriving and will be ready in the near future. And also, the kids are getting healthy greens daily to improve their health. This is just a tiny part of the garden and look how it's thriving.
We know we are so blessed with all the wonderful things happening in our compounds and in our community. As the rains ease, the people will be coming back into our grass hut to watch the Jesus video and the kids will be able to get out and help people like they had planned. The sun and heat will reappear and it will be much easier to get around. I'm excited to show you the goat project next update but in the meantime, thanks for standing with us and caring.
God bless you all....