Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11 Welcome to our latest newsletter. This is the sixth one this year, all of which we trust have helped keep you updated on our latest news and helped you to be able to pray more effectively for the work here in Tanzania. The days and months just seem to pass by very swiftly and changes in our world happen very quickly. We never know what a day will bring. I am reminded of the words of the chorus “Many things about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand, but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.” Isn’t great to know the Lord is always by our side. Weekdays here at the Children’s Home commence each morning with devotions for the children and the staff. We have been looking at many amazing verses that are very appropriate for the day we live and the circumstances the world is presently in. During this time we ask for prayer requests and we pray for many different things. We have been praying for those who are sick from the virus Covid 19. One in particular who we have especially been remembering is Tom, who spent time here on one of our teams. One morning I asked what will we pray for today? There didn’t seem to be any requests, I paused. A hand went up, it was Hamisi, “So what should we pray for today” I asked. “Tom” he reply. We see God answering prayers. Pray with us that these efforts will be fruitful and a blessing to all.
You will remember last month we featured Hamisi wearing glasses and the children dressing up. We had concerns regarding the eyesight of three of the children. We took them to the opticians to have their eyes checked. One needed some medical treatment, one had the all clear and one needed glasses. Here we have Hamisi with real glasses. Now they all want glasses! After getting the pipe in the borehole repaired, there was an issue with the control panel. All the settings were correct but the pump still failed to run. After much communication with the manufactures of the control panel, they were unable to tell us what the problem was. Not knowing what else to do we disconnected the float switch that switches the pump off when the tank is full and it worked. We just have to switch it on and off manually. We praise the Lord for help in getting this working again.
We have at present 43 banana plants in our gardens many with bananas on them and a few almost ready for picking. Work has commenced in planting some vegetables that we use here on a regular basis. In the photo you can also see some pineapple plants. Agnes our teacher has been very busy with the children as school remains closed. As a result, the pre-schoolers are well on in their academic studies and are already surpassing the children that are at school. English is more versed now. Pray that once school recommences they will have excelled from where they were when school closed. Please pray for our staff. We have had to deal with some issues this past month. Pray that the staff will be honest, enthusiast and self-motivated as they care for the children. Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support as we continue together to provide love and care for these little ones. Love in Christ      John & Pauline