Archive for February, 2014

Melons & Kids!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

22-Feb-2014 09:49, Panasonic DMC-S3, 3.1, 5.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 320

What can I say about last Saturday? It was excellent!

If you have visited Tumaini before you will have passed by Mombasa’s rubbish tip, very near to the airport.

You may have noticed the smoke rising from it or the smell as you passed by but you probably wouldn’t have noticed the families that live there. Kibarani is a very poor area of Mombasa. On one side of the main road, people live in and amongst the city’s rubbish. And on the other side, people live in a slum village; a slightly better quality of life but still miles away from what we would call a home.

This area had really caught my attention about a year and a half ago and I really wanted to do something, however small, to help the children there.

Last May myself and a group of young people from Tumaini were able to go and do a fun day in St Francis School, in the slum. It was an amazing time and we were welcomed there again last week.

We did a morning full of games, lessons, dramas and fun in a very sunny and in places very muddy field! The children had fun learning that God loves them enough to send his Son to die for them to wipe their sins away and the leaders had fun teaching it!

The best moment had to be the chant competitions. The children were split into 4 different teams and they had to think up a team name and a team chant. We then did a competition to see who could be the loudest! Wow! I think I underestimated just how loud 200 kids could be, especially when they are being encouraged by leaders who were getting so involved! At one point, after an awful lot of shouting, singing and whistling, I had managed to quiet the children down. But I couldn’t manage to quiet the leaders down at all! They were all desperate for their teams to win which the kids loved!

22-Feb-2014 06:55, Panasonic DMC-S3, 3.1, 5.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100

We also had a great drama which was so so funny to watch! The kids were getting really involved which was just excellent!

Afterwards we had juice, biscuits, lollipops and fruit, lots of fruit! A television crew from Denmark had come along to film a bit of what we were doing as part of a show on a certain charity which has many projects, including the school at Kibarani. They left at least 30 watermelons for the kids which was just amazing! Everyone got more than enough and we were able to leave at least 20 for the schools feeding programme this week!

The day was a huge success so thank you to all the people who willingly volunteered themselves to help out, giving their time and energy to help brighten up the lives of these gorgeous children and to present Jesus to them in a way that they’ve probably never seen before! THANK YOU GUYS!!

Written by Helen Sherrington

22-Feb-2014 07:16, Panasonic DMC-S3, 9.0, 5.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100

22-Feb-2014 07:34, Panasonic DMC-S3, 3.1, 5.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100

22-Feb-2014 07:08, Panasonic DMC-S3, 9.0, 5.0mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 100

Tumaini @10

Friday, February 21st, 2014
18-Feb-2014 05:29, Panasonic DMC-FZ150, 4.0, 41.4mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125

Where have we come from? When we came to Timbwani there were just 2 Nurseries (one in a wooden shelter) and unfinished Primary School. Children played in the village because they couldn’t afford to go to school. Some were 10, 11 and 12 years old and had not even been to Nursery School.

There was food for children in the village 1 day per week (Thursdays)

Then Shelly Beach Hotel closed and we lost the major source of employment and income to the village, things were looking pretty bad, but God had a plan and a plan to involve many, including you, as you are reading this!

We started by feeding 50 children on a Wednesday and from there God helped us to grow, He provided a place for children who could not go to school anywhere, provided homes and families for children who needed a loving home and people who needed a safe place to stay and employment for many needing work.

18-Feb-2014 06:25, Panasonic DMC-FZ150, 4.0, 54.7mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100

God has been with us and made a way for us , so that we can now feed over 650 children each day and run a full education curriculum up to age 18, just because He loves us! Amazing!

This is what Helen had to say about this week:

Yesterday we had a very special celebration in school. We were celebrating Tumaini’s 10th Birthday, or ‘Tumaini @ 10’ as people called it! We had a time celebrating the fact that on the 18thFebruary 2004 Tumaini Nursery and Primary school officially opened.

10 years, when you think about it, really isn’t that long at all. I’ve been alive for 2 lots of 10 years already and it doesn’t seem that long! And yet in the last 10 years so many people’s lives have been transformed through Tumaini and in the last 10 years Tumaini has grown and grown and grown and it continues to grow and touch more and more lives with every day that goes by.

“And this was set up by 2 very ordinary people?” I hear you ask.

Well, no. No it wasn’t at all. There is no way that Glyn and Jane could achieve this, they’re amazing, yes but they’re not THAT amazing (sorry guys if you’re reading this!). Tumaini was opened and has reached 10 years because of a very faithful God. A God that loves the village of Timbwani, who loves every child and young person that attends this school, who loves each staff member and who loves them too much to see them live lives of both material and spiritual poverty. God loves these people so much that He sent Glyn and Jane, empowered them and, through their choice to be obedient every day, has blessed everything that they do abundantly.

18-Feb-2014 06:50, Panasonic DMC-FZ150, 4.5, 5.9mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100

If you look upon Glyn and Jane and see them as being heroic, perfect, wonderful and superhuman, it’s because you are seeing God through their lives and their actions.

And that gives a lot of hope to me and it should give a lot of hope to you too! Missions has nothing to do with what we humans can achieve. It has everything to do with what God can achieve if we will be radically obedient to Him. If God is calling you to mission, both inside and outside of your home country, don’t look at yourself, your own circumstances and your own abilities to answer the question ‘can I do this?’, look at God. Is God able? Yes! So if God is sending you then it means He wants to empower you. He wants to put His power in you which will allow you to do exactly what He is asking you to do. So do it! If you are radically completely obedient to God, you cannot fail because He never fails!

So anyways, preach over! We had a lovely morning celebrating Tumaini @ 10. Each section of the school brought something they had prepared especially, we had a great talk from Jane, we praised God and we planted a tree. It was great! Oh and, how could I forget?! We had ‘special lunch’ (Hassan and Dennis kept reminding us about special lunch! They were so excited!) – for those of you who don’t know; special lunch is one lunch a month in school where they serve rice, meat stew, cabbage and a banana – a HUGE and very tasty treat!

Thanks Helen!  And thank you all for being with us and sharing with us as Tumaini celebrates 10 years and looks ahead to many more…

18-Feb-2014 05:33, Panasonic DMC-FZ150, 4.0, 10.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100

18-Feb-2014 06:05, Panasonic DMC-FZ150, 5.0, 23.1mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100

18-Feb-2014 05:52, Panasonic DMC-FZ150, 5.6, 31.9mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100

18-Feb-2014 06:51, Panasonic DMC-FZ150, 4.0, 16.8mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 100

Love Changes All

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

08-Dec-2013 14:31, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. SZ-11 , 3.0, 4.5mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 80

I feel privileged to have been a part of Victoria’s journey for the last 7 months. I have watched a mother and child move through utter loneliness and confusion to acceptance and having such a large supportive network of friends. When I first met Victoria no one had ever held her before except her mother (Penina) and when Ehud (a visitor that came from England to do some physiotherapy) randomly asked to hold Victoria she couldn’t believe it. I think this was the first moment of acceptance that they had felt. From then onwards they would come to church and ‘mama sema’ and really became part of the community here at Tumaini. It has been amazing to gradually see people getting to know them, love them and support them through what has been the most challenging 7 months.

Through prayer requests and my own personal blog you may have known Victoria was due for an operation in Nairobi at a hospital called Kijabe. She had returned home from Nairobi and was due to go back to Nairobi for the operation after 6 weeks. I was so shocked to see her as she was very weak and had lost over 2kg. Sadly the day after she arrived back home in Mombasa Victoria’s temperature rocketed so high and she was having trouble breathing – she had a huge infection. She was rushed to hospital and put on oxygen and treated, but Victoria’s body was tired of fighting and by the early morning Victoria had passed away.

It was a sad time for everyone at Tumaini, we had learnt so much about Victoria and each had played a role in her journey. We are comforted to know that Victoria is now at peace, she is pain free and this is the biggest comfort of all. We had her funeral on Saturday and it was so lovely to see the mamas from Tumaini preparing the food, our church elders leading the ceremony, and our ‘mama sema’ women stood by Penina’s side.

As a community, through knowing Victoria, many have learnt the purpose of love, the impact of love and how love can drastically change someone’s life. Though Victoria was only here for a short time, she brought us an important message that ‘love changes all’.

By Molly Fyfe

08-Dec-2013 14:31, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. SZ-11 , 3.0, 4.5mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 80