Winter has arrived in Swaziland with the temperatures dropping down below 10*C at night. Gerry applied for and received his Swazi international passport to go to the UK. We now have to wait until well into June before we can apply for our visas to the UK. Both Gerry and I have also been blessed with brand new clothing and shoes, valued at E7000 each, for our trip to the UK. We were so totally amazed when the clothes arrived. Wow, our God is so faithful and good. He certainly does provide for our every need when we walk in obedience to Him and do His will.Keturah has started horse riding lessons at Hawane Stables, with Zoe Bosman, and has done really well. She goes every Tuesday afternoon for 1 hour and is already able to trot and control the horse and by the end of this month she went on an hour long outride with her instructor. She is loving this new venture. Dominique’s horse, Felicity, has been moved up to Hawane stables and Keturah enjoys seeing Felicity every week at the stables.
Gerry started on the new roof for the veranda outside the big nursery bedroom. It gets very hot in summer as it gets all the afternoon sun and it has a lot of glass windows. We are grateful to the All Soul’s Church in London for the once off, financial donation to make this improvement on the babies’ room. Gerry has now measured, bought and put up all the poles and the next part of the project is to put the roof on.
The children were on school holidays until the 8th May when they returned back to
school for their 2nd term. Lozi received her 1st term school report and has done so much better than her last year final report. She continues to work hard and is now achieving ‘C’s for most of her subjects. Sam has worked ½ days for ABC this month, as he prepares to go for his Heavy Duty Vehicle licence in June. He has been going into Mbabane in the afternoons for his driving lessons. He has saved hard for the past 6 months to achieve this goal that he has had since a little boy. On the 26th, Sam worked at Bushfire music festaval over the weekend, in the Smoothie Bar and managed to slice the top of his thumb off, while chopping up pineapples. Praise God for our dear friend Lynn whose nursing expertise saved the day as she managed to stop the bleeding and bandage him all up.
On the 10th we were so grateful that our country still celebrates Ascention Thursday and it was a holiday. Robyn had her birthday on the 13th and then left for a Baptist Women’s Conference at Roodepoort in SA, for 4 days on the 17th. She had a good time of rest, renew and receive from God, and made some new friends.
Aunty Promise returned to work after her annual leave on the 19th and Aunty Zerda takes 2 weeks leave from the 31st. The staff are all working well together and Aunty Emmalinah completes the staff and ia a blessing in the home. The Aunties’ 2 new babies are growing well and keep us all busy with us now having 6 babies in the home every day.
On the 24th we were happy to see the twins parents who managed to come for their 1st visit. The twins are now 5 months old and the parents were amazed at how big they have grown. On the 30th we said a very sad ‘good-bye’ to Melusi, after 10 months in our home. Melusi left us to join his new, permanent family at another children’s home where he go to school and will grow up. It is hard saying ‘good-bye’ to the children but if we do not move them onto other homes, we will not be able to rescue more babies in need of special care.
We have been so amazed at the donations that we have received this month: food, dispossable diapers, clothing, finances, love and support. Thank you to everyone who has given to the home, prayed for us and loved on us. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we do this mammoth task of caring for the abandoned babies of Swaziland.
God bless you all
Gerry & Robyn