Online learning is the way forward.

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Sam and Faith exploring the laptop.

These are Pastor Jonah’s two youngest children Sam and Faith. They, along with the rest of the family are currently in lockdown. The numbers of covid patients are still rising, but the number of people in dire need of food and money is also still rising. Add to that the devastating floods in the area, it is difficult to hold on to hope for the future.

One thing we do know is that children, young people and adults all need to be IT literate in this day and age. Jonah’s eldest daughter Rebecca is determined to become a teacher, she has worked so hard to get the exams she needs to achieve this dream. Then lockdown came along. Maybe I feel so bad for her because I identify with my granddaughter Lottie, she worked really hard for A Levels, and felt adrift when it was all snatched away. Rebecca was stuck, no school, no wifi, no laptop, just disappointment and frustration. Thankfully PottersHeart was able to send enough funds to have Wifi connected, and to buy a refurbished laptop. I do think one laptop between six children, Mum and Dad, will need very careful managing! Maybe we need to fund some more!

It has always been my vision to be able to offer online teaching and training out in these rural villages. However we have had to wait for technology to be available to do that, so this is a really exciting step forward. Pastor Jonah has downloaded Zoom, and once the Wifi is installed we are ready to make a start.

We will eventually be offering all the topics we teach when we are there, and so much more. Watch out everyone we will be looking for people to bring some specialist topics.

I am also a qualified and experienced Liebuster, a fast, simple, powerful yet gentle freedom prayer model that facilitates the power of God to set you free to live out your purpose. If you would like further information on this ministry go to http://www.liebusters.global or contact me at pottersheart1@gmail.com.  Although I am privileged to facilitate this freedom prayer with people from all over the world, we have seen incredible results in the Kenyan villages. Particularly striking in Dgara where fighting and killing between tribes has ceased. I am so excited that we will be able to offer this to Kenya via Zoom.

Thank you so much to all those who have helped us send out money to buy maize and beans……. we couldn’t do any of this without you.

We are praying you are all keeping well and safe.

Love Linden & The PottersHeart Team x

 

 

 

Difficult choices to make.

We are so thankful to be able to provide some of the village families with Maize and beans.

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There is coronavirus out there, but if you just stay in it will be hunger, and for some starvation that gets you.
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Mum is thankful to have something to put in the pan, now she can feed her children. We can always send more money to feed more families, go to http://www.pottersheart.org if you would like to donate. x

 

The difference a bag of maize can make.

We recently, thanks to all who donated, were able to send £1000 to villages in Kenya, to buy bags of maize and beans. There they now have the coronavirus, but they don’t have  intensive care beds, or ventilators, or even the money to buy paracetamol. During this time of lockdown their lives are even more difficult, no money and no food. Never mind dying of the virus, they are in real danger of dying from starvation. In Kamungei, one of the villages where we teach, people are already malnourished, especially the elderly and the children.  Jackson aged 85 and his wife Susan 79, said that they didn’t have words to tell us how thankful they are for the food.

Today we are sending another £1000, all thanks to your donations. This food is the difference between life and death, it is also expressing love to people who are feeling forgotten and unloved.  If anyone would like to make a donation you can go to http://www.pottersheart.org

Blessings to you all

Linden x

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Still giving in times of difficulty?

Many people are doing just that, giving when it hurts to give, when you are not sure of your own future and income levels, but still giving. I believe that huge blessing comes with this sacrificial giving, it’s easy to give when it doesn’t hurt, doesn’t really impact our lives. As Christians many of us grow up giving, as children we are taught to put coins in the collection, we buy a poppy on remembrance day, text money to Children in Need, and so much more…….. and yet if we look back we rarely give until it hurts. We rationalise this by saying we are being responsible, good stewards of our money…….. I believe this time of isolation is a great time to reflect on this. We have so much stuff, so many dreams that are about ‘want’ not need, if we could strip just half of that away our disposable income could grow enormously!

Isaiah 43v18-19 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up: do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

In these strange times there are so many worthy causes vying for your attention, so many people both at home and across the globe in desperate need of help.  So my thank you to all of you that have given to the desperately poor villages in rural Kenya, is heart felt. It is easy for me to feel the heart break, I have been there and know many of the families, you are giving on a secondhand word…….. please give yourselves a big clap!!

We have already sent £1000.00, this will feed 50 families of six, one meal a day of maize and beans, for one month. I am thrilled to say we are now up to the second £1000.00 ready to send.  The situation there continues to be dire, there is no win win situation …… if you stay in you starve, if you go out you run the risk of getting the virus, in a location where there is no intensive care and no ventilators to help. People won’t even be able to afford to buy paracetamol….. that puts it in perspective.

If you are able to give you can find us on http://www.pottersheart.org. Our Donate button takes you straight to our CAF giving page.

Stay safe, love & blessings

Linden x

Whats essential to you?

Hi folks sorry I haven’t written since we got back from Kenya. We arrived back into Heathrow to find a very strange scene…… an almost empty airport! Never the less we decided to go into self isolation for seven days just because we had been exposed to lots of people on an aeroplane…….. little did we know that nearly four weeks later we would still be in isolation. We found ourselves at least 2 hours away from family, over 70 years old and asthmatic. Bit of a challenge, as we had been away for nearly three weeks the cupboard was bare! Not even a dried up piece of cheese in the fridge. We tried to do our first ever supermarket shop on line, easy to shop, not easy to get a slot. We reached the stage where we had to let people help us, not a place we had ever been before. Thankfully eventually Waitrose came up trumps, and the exciting day dawned when food would be delivered. I was so looking forward to cheese on toast….. no cheese! John was looking forward to a lager in the garden…… no lager!

Why am I telling you all of this, well because it is in such stark contrast to what our beautiful friends in the rural Kenyan villages are experiencing. For two weeks we had been teaching in three different villages. All three are experiencing poverty that makes you weep, children are malnourished, families are too poor to send them to school, the clinic facilities are at least two hours walk away. Even if you can get to the clinic the nurse won’t be able to give you any medicines, she doesn’t have any. Lots of people have respiratory disease, not helped by the climate, or the cooking on a wood fire in enclosed spaces. The only things you have to eat are what you can grow, and you know that the locust swarms are in the area.

My scene of empty food cupboards and an empty fridge is not like theirs is it. I have money so I can via telephone or online, order food and many other things. I can turn a tap on and drink water. I can safely use a toilet which is in my own house, and I can easily wash my hands. I don’t have to collect wood for a fire, I just turn the cooker on. So if authority or common sense tells me I need to isolate, it will be to keep me safe.

In Kenya as they are told to isolate, to practice social distancing, life becomes even more fragile. If they go out and catch the disease there will be no, or very little hope of a hospital bed, never mind a ventilator……. if they stay in many will starve to death. It puts me missing cheese into perspective doesn’t it.

How can we help? We can send money to enable families to buy bags of maize and beans, this will keep them alive. John & I usually love to go into a cafe for a latte and maybe a cheeky piece of cake…… even if we only donated what we would spend on that a month it would feed a family. On http://www.pottersheart.org we have a donate button anything you can give will help.

Thank you so much

Linden & John xx

Over whelming poverty.

I’ve been pondering on our work last week in the village of Kamng’ei. We knew life was tough there, and sadly we are used to seeing poverty but this is on another level.   When we arrived the students eyes were hopeless, worn down and worn out. Many haven’t even got any land, they have to walk over 2 kilometres to get water. Each family needs at least 8 x 20 litre Jerry cans a day, that’s 40 Kenyan Shillings which not everyone has. There are many children, and a lot are malnourished, and some have kwashiorkor (wet malnutrition). One little one was so malnourished she didn’t have the strength to cry….. it’s heart breaking. We had a lovely young man called Robert in the training, he has glaucoma…… already blind in one eye. He needs eye drops for the rest of his life but to him there is no way to achieve this, so he will lose his sight. We met his beautiful wife and their new baby Sam, the baby was dedicated in church on Sunday.  (See photo below)
When we had finished a Community Liebust and two days of training, a fragile hope had returned to them, armed with new ideas for farming, basic health and hygiene teaching, and much needed teaching on relationships and family planning, this little band of 20 students are determined to make a difference in this place. They too have decided to form a PottersHeart Kamng’ei Community Teaching Team, knowing that we will commit to at least five visits to continue the teaching them.

Yesterday an 8 month old baby died on arrival to the hospital from simple diarrhoea and for the want of rehydration. Life is so tough. Please stand with us in being able to teach, train, and release potential in these people. We hope you will pray with us. X

 

When time means nothing

Yesterday I chatted with the most amazing CuCu (Grandmother). She is clearly a very old lady but doesn’t know how old she is, when asked she thinks she is somewhere between 80 and 100 years! She has worked on her Shamba (small holding) all her life, and still does. She had walked to the training,  when asked how far that was she said “a walk”. I asked her how long it took, she told me time was unnecessary, if you need to get somewhere you just walk until you arrive!

We loved it that the class all really respected her. What this lady says goes, and her message is love and peace between the tribes, she was so thankful for our teaching on forgiveness.F462B249-C1BD-4EF6-9CAA-2871DE93C3A2