AS WE START THE NEW YEAR WITH UNCERTAINTIES AND CHALLENGES FACING US, LET US HOLD ON TO THOSE WORDS OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH,
‘FOR I KNOW THE PLANS THAT I HAVE FOR YOU, DECLARES THE LORD, “PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE’. (Jeremiah chapter 29 : v 11) and with faith ( FAITH IS BEING SURE OF WHAT WE HOPE FOR AND CERTAIN OF WHAT WE DO NOT SEE) Hebrews 11 : 1 we believe and pray that peace, tolerance, understanding and goodwill to all will prevail in this our beautiful world through 2015.
Over the Christmas period our children were blessed with not one but two separate families sharing their joy of their daughters being dedicated to the Lord by preparing Christmas dinner for all of our children, even those living at the mining town where all ‘bussed’ in to enjoy the fellowship with the families. It was also a great time for our children to showcase their talents by singing and dancing for the families and their many guests and the TV cameras. More filming was done when the District Commissioner of Hai District along with Acc Airport – Kilimanjaro, visited our children bringing gifts of sugar, oil, biscuits, and sodas which was warmly received.
Three days into the New Year, the President of Hope Ministries Gayle Stroschein arrived with her medical mission team. 160 patients were treated in one day at our rural out-reach medical dispensaries, and funding was made available to allow patients who required surgeries to attend local hospitals for treatment. A great blessing to so many of the poor in our area. Thank you Hope Ministries. As I mentioned before if you have no money and become sick here in Tanzania, you either get better or you die. No money – no treatment.
This little maasai girl was brought by a local doctor who we work with to Tudor Village to see if any of the medical personnel knew what the problem could be with this little girls facial disfigurement. The child was born ten months ago with a small spot on her face which each day grew larger until skin was hanging loose under her chin. She has received two operations at a local hospital but no diagnoses have been given as to what the problem could possibly be and what could be done to stop the growth. If any medical personnel reading this blog who has any knowledge of this child’s condition could offer any advice or recommendations we would be greatly appreciative as at present no treatment plan has been made as medical personnel are ‘baffled’ as to what can be done to save this little girls life.
This photograph is of one of our adult students who have lived within our care from being a child. Frank attends a rehabilitation center in Usa River and is proudly showing us a new skill that he has learnt. Due to having the condition known as Down Syndrome, Frank was locked away from human contact for many years by his grandmother, and only when she died was the child found in the house and brought into our care. The children call Frank, Mchungaji which in English means Pastor as you can find Frank stood on a box with a bible in his hand preaching to all who will listen to him and he is also a member of the church choir. One happy fulfilled young man.
We are experiencing major power problems at the moment, so please forgive me if I don’t respond quickly as this week I have had only two days internet out of seven. Thankyou.
I pray rich abundant blessings to you all.