Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Feliz Natal!

Christmas at the orphanage was WONDERFUL!

All the kids slept in until 9:00 and then had a special breakfast of French polony sandwiches and fruit juice. Everyone got in a few good hours of playing and then for our big Christmas lunch Victor made his special spaghetti with taco meat sauce (trust me – it is SO good). Nobody at the orphanage had ever tasted spaghetti with meat sauce before and all the kids absolutely loved it. There was also an amazing potato salad and cokes for everyone to drink. Thank you so much to everyone who made this special meal possible!

For dessert, Erica Sue, who is a teacher at the missionary school here in Nampula, came and made Christmas cookies with all the girls. They had a great time baking and the cookies turned out delicious!

After that everyone went into our new living room in the boys dorm and sat around our little Christmas tree. Victor talked about the birth of Jesus and the kids talked about which parts of the story touched them the most. One thing that came up a lot was humility, which is something that often goes so against the culture but is a quality so modeled by Christ throughout his entire life, beginning with his birth. It started raining so hard that it was impossible to hear anyone talk with the rain beating on the tin roof. At least all could enjoy the cozy and dry living room in our brand new dorm.

Finally it was time for presents. Three different churches sent boxes with gifts to the orphanage this year and we wish that all of you could see the looks on the kids’ faces when they opened them. As orphans our kids don’t have parents and extended families sending them things. So when they get cards and presents at Christmas – it is a really big deal. They know that they are receiving these presents out of love and because someone cares about them. The kids REALLY treasure every little gift or picture more than you could imagine. THANK YOU SO MUCH all who sent presents to our children this year. You made their Christmas magical and we hope you can see it a little bit in their smiles!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

Decorating the Orphanage

Gizela, Jeremias, VoVo, Merecido, and Helder painting, "Feliz Natal" (Merry Christmas) on a banner.
A Christmas Star.
Claudia, Felix, Leonora, Carlitos, Estela, Little Victor, Manuel, and Gabriel.
Helder, Salmon, Samito, Gabriel, Felix, Marino, and Belson.
Samito, Celso, Merecido, and Gil.

Christmas Caroling and Christmas Treats!

Three wonderful missionary families came over on Christmas Eve. They sang Christmas Carols and then gave each child a little treat bag of popcorn and Christmas cookies.
The kids LOVED it!
Merry Christmas and Thank you Missionary Families!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Boys Dorm Construction Nearing the End!!!

We started building the boys dorm a little over a year ago and now FINALLY we are ALMOST done!!!

Completing the final stages of the arches on the front porch.
Side arches two weeks ago.
Smoothing out all the rough edges and making the arches round.
Painting the base coat.
The front porch ALMOST completed now!
Victor working on some doorway details.
From the middle of the hallway looking East.
From the middle of the hallway looking West.
The dorm “living room.”
Isaque, Celso, Pilonte, Gil, and Martinho.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Evanjáfrica Conference

A few weeks ago we had a mini-conference with the staff and older kids at the orphanage. Victor’s dear friends, all young men working passionately in different ministries, came for the week to teach and share with our young people.

Felisberto, Victor, Elias, and Gracio.
Older kids getting a buffet style breakfast for the conference.
Victor’s dad doing a little seminar with the staff. Victor’s Dad, Pastor Mocala, talked about leadership, Pastor Martins talked about caring for children, and Victor talked about management.
Elias talked about inner healing.
Felisberto talked about stewardship.
And Gracio talked about renewing one’s strength.
Victor’s Dad, Felisberto, Pastor Martins, and Elias leading the kids in prayer.
A big meal for dinner to end the conference.

It seems like the kids were really inspired after being able to see, listen to, counsel with, and hang out with young guys who are dedicated in doing God’s work and In encouraging them to do the same.

Daniel was so influenced by Elias, Gracio, and Felisberto that he asked Victor if he could go to bible school. Daniel came to the orphanage after being rescued from relatives who used him to make beer after his mother was killed by a land mine when he was a child. When he got older he came on staff and was in charge of construction while finishing secondary school, which only goes up through 10th grade for most people. Daniel just graduated from 10th grade and passed his final exams this November. After telling Victor that he wanted to go to bible school Victor was able to get him into a bible school program in Beira that is starting right away. Daniel actually left for bible school yesterday! We are so pleased with his decision to learn more about God’s word and see where God will lead him next. Please pray for Daniel as he begins this new journey.