Saterdays at MCV

 

Sometimes we have easy saterdays when nothing is going on and we can just rest, sometimes we have full saterdays when people come for a picnic and play games or when we have soccer practice or when occupational therapists come and spend their free time on working with some of our kids, but always we have fun saterdays…

 

stretchingStretching before soccer

The games we played…

We make paper aeroplanes for teaching the kids the fysics of flying…and for playing of course.

building paper airplanes

Mama Dea teaching about drag and lift

Four O.T. come two times a month on a saterday to help our kids who have learning difficulties. It s a awesome team that gives up their free saterday for our kids, we love and appreciate  them very much. They are doing this for almost a year and we see so much improvement with the kids. Their grades have gone up substantialy. Now they have taken on a new group of kids and we are excited for them.

O.T.

 

Some people in my life in Africa

Justin on my right and Menzi on my leftMenzi and Justin

I met Menzi and Justin in 2011. The first one is the drummer, the second one played base in the worship team in the Partners in Harvest church in Backdoor and the Iris Revival church in Nelspruit. Both fathered by Pastor Surprise Sithole. I drove the team every week to practice and to the service, back and forth…we spend hours and hours together in the car, but I loved it. They are so much fun and it became one of my highlights of the week. Friday after practice in Nelspruit we all joined the youth night at the church, fun fun. Like these kids always seem to do, they sneak into your heart. Our conversations became heart to heart conversations. They let me into their lives and into their hearts. In 2012, they both had a rough year and we became even closer, I started calling them sons and they called me mom. They are my joy and pride and I love them.my birthday present from my boys

Justin was touched by the Holy Spirit, who descended upon him as a dove and whispered in his ears. Since then, his life changed. Together with Iris South Africa He started the dream center ; empowering local people by teaching them computer skills and encouraging them to find jobs. Because of his passion for people and good teaching the dream center quickly became the place to be. The word spread and he gained trust with man. He took a little job but did it so well that the people trained him to work in the office. In January he got a job offer in Cape Town. I m missing him but cheering him on. He made it. He is building his dream house for his family and supporting his siblings. He is out of backdoor…

He took in my cat Joshua Joshua

Justins going away at his old office…IMG_4076

Now his little brother plays the base in church….

 

 

Menzi has got the gift of joy. He puts people at ease and makes them laugh, he loves just spending time. He doesn’t worry to much and takes life as it comes. He pushed hard to finish his last year of secondary school and is also doing marketing since January. He had 81% on his first exam. I have to admit, I was surprised…but very proud! He hasn’t got the ambition of Justin, he likes to play but he will make it.

His 21st birthday…menzi 21st

 

We went shopping for his first suit to wear at his matric dance.

shopping for suitMenzi in his suit

I send him flying for his 22nd birthday…IMG_4125

 

wedding

Blijven of niet? Staying or not?

Beste vrienden,
Aangekomen hier op dezelfde plaats waar ik vorig jaar op bezoek kwam, zie ik met plezier de grote veranderingen die de kinderen hebben doorgemaakt. Het zijn rustige, zelfzekere en blije kleine mensen. Enkele van de kleintjes zijn terug met familie kunnen herenigd worden. Ze komen nog op bezoek of ze ( Teisa en Jean, de directors) gaan ze bezoeken. De kinderen doen het geweldig en daar ben ik natuurlijk heel blij om, al mis ik en iedereen ze hier heel erg.
Kasia, een meisje van mijn school heeft hier een jaar gediend maar vertrekt maandag terug naar Australië, daar ze gaat trouwen. Proficiat Kasia en Gods rijkelijk zegen toegewenst voor je huwelijk.
Een ander koppel, zuid Afrikanen, die hier dienden hebben het op hun hart van te dienen waar hij is opgegroeid, op een boerderij in Durban en ook zij vertrekken maandag met de beste wensen en veel moed en zegen toegewenst.
Maar dit maakt dat de Dea, Jean en Teisa er weer alleen voorstaan en zij zouden naar Amerika vertrekken om aan fundraising te doen voor de kinderen hier. Ze hebben me gevraagd van de basis te leiden samen met Dea. Het komt allemaal een beetje onverwacht, en ook weer niet, ik begin God een beetje te kennen. 🙂
Het zou een mooie kans zijn te leren hoe een volledige basis draait en daar ervaring in op te doen.
Ook heb ik hier geïnformeerd naar het halen van een private pilot licentie, om later naar Congo te kunnen vliegen. Het blijkt hier een pak goedkoper te zijn dan in België ( en het weer is uiteraard ook beter om te vliegen ) plus ik leer inneens onder Afrikaanse omstandigheden vliegen.
Dit lijkt dus allemaal zeer mooi maar ik wil ook zeker zijn dat dit Zijn plan is.
Willen jullie mee bidden voor Zijn leiding? Ik heb beloofd hen maandag een antwoord te geven.
Ook voor financies want zonder dat, zal ik snel terug thuis staan denk ik 🙂
Heel hartelijk dank en veel groetjes en blessings, waar je ook bent in deze wereld er zijn geen afstanden in de Geest

Ook in België gebeuren er geweldige dingen en ik verwijs jullie graag naar de website van een goede vriend Fernando
http://www.watalshetechtwaaris.be/
Dear friends,
Arriving back at MCV I noticed such a change in the kids it ravished my heart. They truly have the spirit of adoption and behave like true children of The Father. They are peaceful, self assured, happy individuals. The difference is amazing.
Lots has happened in the year I was away. People have come to join the team, but unfortunately are leaving again to, on Monday. With lots of blessings Kasia is returning to Australia to get married ( yeah Kasia! ) and the other family is going to Durban to start a base of their own!
This, of course leaves Dea, Jean and Teisa back on their own.
Jean and Teisa are supposed to go on furlow and have asked me to stay to run the base together with Dea, pastor Surprise and Tryphina. This is an excellent opportunity to learn all the trick and hick ups of running a base. Also I can do my PPL here easy and cheap.
This all looks great, but I would still like to ask you to pray for Gods guidance in this.
Also for finances to be able to do this.
Thank you all and be blessed, wherever you are in this world, there is no distance in the Spirit.
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