As I sit down to write this newsletter I realize we are now half way through June which is also almost half way through 2014, for some financial year end is in sight, - they say time flies when you having a good time! As we consider the things which have happened over the last few months at Our Neighbours Ministry we do have situations to be thankful for.
Isaiah´s Babies Home
In April two little girls were brought to Isaiah´s for temporary care whilst family tracing was being conducted by the local police and Social Services - a two year old and a six year old believed to be siblings. The children did not settle easily in the beginning, which is quite common for the older toddlers who are left without care, but by the time they were reunited with their paternal grandmother last week we had begun to see a few more smiles from both of them. We are grateful that their grandmother has agreed to take care of them both, however we are concerned that she is both elderly and without a regular source of income and food. We continue to trust God for their well being.
Last year in April and May we had two babies placed within weeks of each other, and we are excited that an application is in progress for the fostering of one of these baby boys. The couple who have applied to adopt Michael have just recently had a baby and our congratulations to them on the birth of their son - we hope permission will be granted soon for Michael to join them as he is already considered a much loved part of their family.
It has been a year since we have had a young baby in the home and on Monday we received report of a newborn baby who had been abandoned and needed care. There was much excitement as baby Joel came to Isaiah´s. We look forward to watching him grow and for the day that he will be fostered into a loving family to call his own. A few days later and more excitement with the arrival of Baby Victor. It is said blessings that come in multiples and at Isaiah´s it is not often that one baby comes without another one following shortly - babies are a true blessing.
Would you like to sponsor one of the precious children in our care?
We currently have 20 children at Isaiah´s of varying ages, from newborn babies Joel and Victor to primary school going aged children Nomalanga and Godknows, each of them benefiting from the support raised through our child sponsorship programme. It is this funding which enables us to provide a quality standard of loving care to all the children placed into our Home of Love. Please email us at email@example.com or visit our website www.ourneighbours.org if you would like to participate in Child Sponsorship.
Hearts of Love
Individual and Family Assistance is a large part of the work which the Hearts of Love Team do on a regular basis. This assistance could be in the form of food parcels being distributed to the elderly, the widows, the orphans being cared for and generally the most vulnerable within the community. For sometime now the team have been struggling with some of the logistics of this Assistance, sometimes it is the collection of the food contribution from the industrial sites warehouse, sometimes it is the distribution of donations in the various high density areas, home visits and the two community outreach on the outskirts of town. Transport has always been a challenge and we are truly grateful for the recent acquisition of an additional Ministry vehicle. We are grateful to those who have made this purchase possible and please know that your support has been invaluable. Whilst the Ford Ranger is available for use in any area of the Ministry it will be based at Hearts of Love.
With winter upon us again there is a large need for blankets and warm clothing. Many of the folk we assist struggle to provide daily meals for themselves and/or their families and thus clothing is a considered a definite luxury they cannot afford. In April we were able to do a large distribution of clothes to some of the most needy folk and it was a joy to see the smiles of those receiving various items.
If you would like to make a contribution towards food parcels or towards the purchase of a blanket ($15) for someone in need, please feel free to drop us an email. Direct contributions can be made for either of these forms of assistance through our website, or again drop us an email and we can give your the relevant bank details.
The Woman´s empowerment project which was started among the guardians of the girls that Esandleni assists has made good progress now adding paper place-mats to their jewellery products. These ladies gather together to make the bead necklaces and place-mats for resale both locally at weekend markets and Internationally in Australia. The group anticipate expanding sales to Hwange. The ladies have been encouraged as they begin to see the skills taught to them generate an income for supporting their families.
Our Northend family are all well.
Shepherd has started his guitar lessons at the Music Academy, fine tuning his natural talent. Edmore is enjoying his vocational training in Motor Mechanics and is scheduled to write his examinations in November. 3 of our boys had Birthdays in June so birthday wishes to Bheki, Samson, and Rememberance
Lighthouse Christian Academy
The second term of 2014 started well with all the children returning for lessons. This term for the senior classes we focus on preparations for the Schools Convention Competition in July where the participating children will travel to Harare to compete in musical and sporting events. In previous years our children have fared well and we are confident of them doing so again this year.
Forever Family Homes
Home of Hope
We are currently in the process of registering another forever family home. Paula deJong is a wonderful lady who is passionate about the care of orphans and children with special needs, she has offered her home and heart as the next forever family and would appreciate your prayers as we go through the stages of registration both with the City Council, Health Department and Social Services. Paula has cared for a child with cerebral palsy who has been wheel chair confined for many years and will take on the care of Kudakwashe who too has cerebral palsy once her home becomes registered. It is her desire to take on more children with special needs and we thank God for her and her desire to fulfil this role to children in need,
Children of Grace
Our Neighbours Ministry have continued with the management of Children of Grace Forever Family Home in Trenance. Towards the end of April we found need to place one of the children from Lighthouse School into this home as her current place of residence had her in a vulnerable situation. Abigail has found it a little difficult to settle but we believe as she begins to feel more secure settlement will become a little easier for her.
If you would like to partner with us in the support of any of the forever family homes please feel free to contact us at your convenience.
That brings to an end this newsletter, if there is an area you would like more information on please feel free to contact us. Thank you all for your love and support, for the commitments made and those considering to partner with us, please know that your support is greatly appreciated. God bless you all.