Archive for March, 2012

A Team on a Mission

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

As we arrived at Tumaini School, it was a Saturday and from the moment we walked into this family, we were welcomed as part of it. We have been shown nothing but love, respect and kindness from all that are part of the great work that is going on here.

Out of the group, nobody really knew exactly what they should expect or to what extent we would be worked, though we can safely say we were kept very busy throughout our time in the school – and we all are very grateful we could be busy and serve as much as we have done. It’s wonderful to have come to Tumaini and give them a little of what we have, even though we have so little to offer, it still makes a big difference.

23-Mar-2012 14:27, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D40, 6.3, 55.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200

Whilst we have been here we have done several things…

  1. Taught in various classes
  2. Preached to the students
  3. Done some practical building work
  4. Given shoes in another school
  5. Walked around the village talking to and praying for people
  6. Got involved with the sports and keep fit

We have come at the hottest time of year over here but this hasn’t bothered us too much. A few times the heat does get to you and the nights can be a bit sticky (particularly in the Jiwe) which has no movement of air in a fairly small room) but it’s all part of the experience. We haven’t come out here to live in flush conditions and take it easy, that’s not what mission is. We came wanting to embrace the African way of living and be part of it.

It has also been great to do some practical work/manual labour. We built a wooden frame to be used as a shelter for firewood. Although it’s not going to change the world by building one shelter, it was good for us to see an instant output from something we had done. Nice to know we haven’t just come and said things to people that might help in the short term, but leave something that will be of practical use for a long time to come. And the whole group got involved in it which is also good, to know that every person contributed.

22-Mar-2012 12:43, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D40, 8.0, 55.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200

The school has been very adaptable in fitting us in and has changed plans to get us involved throughout the week. It was great to take all the older students and teach and preach on difficult issues that many of them are currently tackling: peer pressure, self-esteem, motivation and general counseling. We as a group also want to make a personal thank you to Dave Garrard who has led us and has been an incredible inspiration to us all as a team and I know the school children love him.

To summarise, our time here has been incredible. Tumaini will not be forgotten by us and we do class all of them as family. We would also like to say a massive thanks to Glyn & Jane and John, Lynda & the boys. They really are doing a great work out there and they aren’t business partners or our bosses, but they are our friends. They have done nothing but help and support us and get us as involved as possible and we can’t thank them enough.

God is doing an amazing work here and it’s good to have come and served and seen that God is working. Tumaini will be in our prayers and so will the children, staff and that all that happens here will glorify the name of Jesus. Thank you so much for having us and letting us be part of the family.

Jake, Ben, Sam, Kudzai, Rachel, Nastassia and Dave (Mattersey Bible College)

18-Mar-2012 09:05, FUJIFILM FinePix S2950, 10.0, 20.2mm, 0.009 sec, ISO 64

A week in the life….

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

28-Feb-2012 09:44, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, 5.0, 13.3mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100

After returning from a week in Tumaini I was very pleased to be offered the chance to participate in this week’s blog. After arriving without any luggage we were still very keen to make the most of our time with the wonderful people here. Meeting up with old friends and marvelling at the groundbreaking changes which have happened since our last visit. The quality in the finished Stepping Stone building is amazing! And it is so nice to see so many people moved in and settled.

24-Feb-2012 12:22, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D90, 5.6, 105.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200

Our week was mainly spent in the nursery class and out with the workmen working on a new toilet block, after all sitting around isn’t exactly our style. Tom and I were keen to join up with the other workmen as early as possible and were determined to last as long as possible, after stepping out the door and being hit with a wave of heat! You could only imagine the heat 12 feet down digging a well, working at reaching sea water, and there was still another 18 feet to go.

Although this took up most of our time, we welcomed the break of a weekend which gave us a great opportunity to break down a few barriers and get to know people a bit better, we were lucky enough to be invited to the beach. Spending the whole day away from the school, introducing them to some games from home and seeing the enjoyment on their faces was one of the most rewarding moments of the whole week.

27-Feb-2012 12:57, Panasonic DMC-FS7, 2.8, 5.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 100

Heading to church on a Sunday was a bit of a new experience for myself and Tom, we were amazed at the passion and enthusiasm of all the people who atteneded… and there was a lot! Gathering together after felt very special seeing children with their mothers and fathers was something we had not seen a lot of. This year we were lucky enough to visit Charles and Mary who invited us to stay for tea. Sat round the table with the 22 children and the two parents you truly do get to understand just how lucky these children have been, to have two caring people like Charles and Mary looking out for them, they really have been blessed.

At the end of our week we were presented with an African bracelet each, these were given to us by Dennis and Osborn and paid for out of their own wages. We were honoured that they would do such a thing but not surprised at their level of kindness. We met some truly amazing people and made some once in a lifetime friends.

Written by Christian Wilson

02-Mar-2012 11:20, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 100

26-Feb-2012 09:46, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D90, 4.0, 35.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200