Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The peanuts are going!

Second truck taking peanuts and we can see the floor!

Hauling peanuts away in first truck

The peanuts are being loaded from the chapel

It is so cold the dog is in blankets--43!!

After a long struggle we finally got a buyer for the peanuts which were unshelled and bagged. they came 2 weeks ago and bagged them up and weighed them--it took almost 2 weeks to bag them all. We had 38 tons! Can you believe it? This is all peanuts that have been bartered for our medical service. this is last years peanuts and more are coming everyday of the new stock.

One big lorry showed up Monday and another on Tuesday and started to haul them away! They only took maybe a third in the first load--so we may see the chapel floor again soon. Also they have agreed to keep buying all we have! This is truly an answer to prayer!

Winter continues and this week it got down to 43! That is way too cold for us!! We heard reports of gardens wilting from the cold, the Sanyati river having some ice on top and birds dying from the cold in areas! We had 4 layers on and kept adding. I think it makes it feel even colder here because during the day it gets to 80's and then as soon as the sun sets the temperature drops quickly with the coldest time just before sunrise! My dining room is a screened in veranda so this week I have been eating at my desk in the bedroom for breakfast!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The container has arrived!

Major is happy to get a new chain saw!
Starting to unload the container

Pulling the container off the truck!

Unloading the container from the lorry

The container arrives

Winter is here!

Winter is here and Friday we woke up to 50 degrees! That is freezing for us here! I had to get all my winter gear out to walk to work to work.

Major had been in Harare since Wed to get our container cleared and it arrived on Friday morning. We were so happy to receive this container from Sebastopol Christian church and from people all over the US who have collected medical equipment and different things for us. We have started to unpack it and have already found needed gauze we were almost out of! Thank you to all who have helped!

We will keep working on unpacking in our spare time this week. There are much needed medical supplies for the hospital and we are so thankful for this help.

Major leaves for US on July 2nd and then Lori leaves on the 8th—so lots to do before they leave. We hope that some of you will be joining us for the BBQ and the Benefit for Hope. Please contact us if you can join us for more info.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ambuya Day!

Happy Grandmothers

Waiting for Food

Receiving food

Major with his 106 year old Grandmother

The Grandmothers and their shirts

Mr. Togarepi preaching

The grandmothers at church

Happy with their T-shirts

We had such a wonderful day yesterday when we had “Ambuya Day” at church. For some time we have wanted to thank all of the Grandmothers who are working so hard to be the primary caregivers of many grandchildren. So we set aside this special day to invite as many grandmothers to honor them with a special church service.
We started with tea and bread at 9 a.m. and then had a wonderful service. Our band was there and the old ladies really got into dancing. Even the ones with their walking sticks were dancing around. Mr. Zebedee Togarepi our friend and minister from Chiredzi came to preach the message that was specifically to thank the Grandmothers for their hard work. The theme of the message was that they need God even more than the children who have died and left them with grandchildren to take care of. It was such a touching message.
After the service we were able to give each grandmother a T-shirt that said “Thank God for Grandma’s” with a map of Zimbabwe. They were all so happy. Then we had a special lunch with sadza, goat, and intestines, veges and chicken. They ate until they were so full and like all grandmothers everywhere they tucked leftovers into their plates and bowls to take home for dinner! The grandmothers continued to jump for joy and it was just such a wonderful day!

Over 150 grandmothers attended and with the regular church people the church was packed. Some people came by scotch cart because they couldn't walk far. It was really a special day for these Grandmothers and something they will talk about for years to come!

We especially thank Gary and Patty LeDonne and others from Sebastopol Christian Church for providing the T-shirts and postage to send them and sponsoring this wonderful day! This speacial Sunday we hope will attract more people to the church on a regular basis. We see our T-shirts everywhere right now.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Happy Graduation Major

Major and wife Patience
Lori abd Kathy with the graduate

Major giving his speech

The graduates

Major holding his Cokes and Snickjer bars!

Major receiving his diploma

The graduate

We had a wonderful weekend this week. Major and Patience and Lori and I went in to Harare leaving here at 4 a.m. Friday in order to see Major graduate. We spent the day running around getting supplies for the hospital and then Friday night they had a special banquet for the 28 graduates. Eight receiving their 3 year fulltime degree and 20 upgrading like Major. Major had upgraded his Bible college degress from a certificate to a Diploma in Religious Studies.

We went to the graduation on Saturday afternoon and Major was the speaker for his class. Here you run up and yell and dance when the graduate you support is called. You shower them with gifts--so we ran up with coke bottle and Snicker bars--what else for Major?

We finally got home at 11:30 p.m. exhausted!