It’s always an exciting moment when the next set of tickets are bought and the arranging begins. We fly to Nairobi on the 19th October and return on the 6th November. This trip will have a slightly different emphasis as we continue the training and transitioning process for our successors Jackie and John Goble. It will still be a packed and busy two weeks teaching and training in the villages, but this time we have added four days on at the end so that Jackie & John get to know Paul & Jonah more, they are the brothers whom we partner with in Kenya. Paul & Jonah are born and bred in the village of Miti Mingi, their Dad was a Pastor, and they have followed in his footsteps. Even though the going is tough for them, and their families they both have ‘Community Development’ stamped through them like a stick of rock! They are passionate about seeing the people begin to thrive, to see their potential released, to see them being able to come up with brilliant solutions for a better future. You can see why we love them, and why we work so well together.
Things are changing in Kenya, but out in these very rural areas the poverty is still horrific, people hungry and thirsty, with little or no education…….. it needs to change now. No one should be hungry or thirsty, or denied the right to access education based on poverty. Sometimes it does feel overwhelming but then we remember the starfish story……… the boy in the story just kept picking one up from the thousands stranded on the shore and throwing them back in the sea. He couldn’t change the circumstances for them all but the ones he could help he did. Thats what PottersHeart is committed to doing, if we can help we will!
Thats what so many of you are doing to when you support us in pray and financially. We are so grateful to have raised the extra £1600 to drill the last 100 metres for the borehole… we couldn’t have done that without you……. thank you so much xx
The stand looked good, the weather was brilliant and we had hundreds of visitors to see us. We gave at least 200 people a felt PottersHeart made by the lovely ladies of the Nettleham PottersHeart…. big thank you to them. Also huge thank you to all who have made the decision to continue this journey with us. Together and in Him nothing is impossible! Here’s to POTENTIAL RELEASED x
We are so excited in response to our urgent appeal we have now raised the £1600.00 needed to drill the extra 100 metres!!! God is so amazing that we raised exactly £1600….. He knows our immediate needs. We have let them know in Kenya that the drillers can be called back in……. life giving water is so near!
Over the weekend at David’s Tent the PottersHeart Stand was brilliant, we had hundreds of encouraging, enlightening, passionate conversations, and we made a load of beautiful new friends. Lots of people took away a photo of the proposed Youth/Adult Training/Community Centre and pledged to pray over the plans……. we know that what God orders He resources. It seems like yesterday when I woke up with a download from Father as to the exact specifications for the Centre, every measurement, and an instruction to plant the garden first. The garden will be a place of rest, refuge and restoration, it will bear much fruit in both senses of the word. This centre will bring hope and purpose to this community and much further afield, there will be education and training for those who never thought it would happen for them…….. in other words it will bring transformation and an explosive release of potential.
Now that there is water we can build, we plan to start with the huge training room across the front of the building………… To build this first section we need to raise £50,000.00…….can you help us? in exchange at sometime in the future when the guest/team ensuite rooms are built you can come and have a wonderful rest and retreat. All you need to do is make sure we have your email address so that we can keep in touch.
To find our donate button go to http://www.pottersheart.org
We were so thankful to have at last raised enough money to drill a borehole, have the necessary electrics done, buy a pump, build a little block house to contain the electrics, and give the person who will look after the distribution of water a home to live in.
We were thankful on so many counts, but most importantly because this community is desperate for water, never mind CLEAN water! When the annual droughts come they starve….. simple as that. It is currently miles to walk for water, then it is limited to how much is available, how much you can carry and how much you can afford to buy. The water is collected and carried by the Mums, and for most of them it means carrying a baby as well. I can’t even pick up one of the containers, never mind put it on my back and walk miles in the heat.
For any of the families that have saved and saved over years to buy some chickens, goats or a cow…. It is doubly heartbreaking as they have to watch their livestock die through lack of water.
For all of this community their only means of eating and of making a few Kenyan shillings each week is by what they can grow…….. needless to say when the drought comes it is impossible to carry enough water to irrigate the crops.
I think you can imagine our heavy hearts when we learned this week that the 250 metres we had drilled down (as instructed by a geologist) was not far enough. A second geologist has told us we need to drill down a further 100 metres, and that this will give much water for many generations to come. Of course there is a cost, a further £1600.00 is needed.
We are so near to alleviating the suffering of this community please can you help us to get this £1600.00 quickly. Any amount no matter how small or big will help, just press the donate button on our website http://www.pottersheart.org
The look on this Mum’s face the day we first struck water in this community says it all. Now one year later she is still waiting to be able to draw water on her doorstep.
Blessings and a big thank you from the PottersHeart Team. X
We are so thankful that at last the building work is about to begin. Soon these rough hewn stones will build a little house, the first building on this land! This little house will be a very important place, it will contain the pump and electrics needed to work the borehole………….the last piece in the jigsaw to bring the life giving water to the surface and to the local community. It will also provide a home and shelter for the person who will be paid to look after the water and its distribution. Win, win situation. I can’t wait to see the relief in the faces of the families who will at long last have water near their homes, just imagine the relief to the Mum who has had to walk for miles to fetch water and then carry it home……….probably carrying the baby on her back at the same time! I can’t even lift one of the containers and these folk carry two of them for hours. Bring on the building!
Its been so long since I wrote my last blog I’ve nearly forgotten how to do it! We at PottersHeart have had an interesting nine months. In February of this year in obedience to Father, John & I left Potterspury for pastures new. We were firmly directed to a West Dorset town called Beaminster. We didn’t know Dorset at all and had never heard of Beaminster…….. tricky in our mature years to completely start again!
We were very sad leaving Potterspury where we had been happy for five years. It will always have special memories being the birth place of PottersHeart. However, much to our disappointment and sadness the group there didn’t want to carry on once we had left. Nothing can underestimate the amazing things that were achieved there in four years, many local community benefits and brilliant fund raising for PottersHeart Kenya Projects. It was during that time that we managed to get the plot of land in MitiMingi and drill the borehole on the plot………… so big, big thank you to many beautiful people in Potterspury. Those who donated in so many ways be assured the work will carry on!
During this time period John and Jackie Goble have come on board, we are so enjoying getting to know them, and we are very excited to be working towards succession planning……. more of this in another blog.
Just after we moved here I had to have a tooth extracted…….. so what you might say! Apparently all my top teeth have grown into my sinus cavity and any extraction is complicated. It couldn’t be done on the NHS and so suddenly we were facing several thousand pounds worth of dental work……. then came the bomb shell that the extraction had left a hole between my mouth and nose and flying anywhere was not an option! With a very heavy heart we postponed the May trip to Kenya.
However we have faithfully carried on fundraising with PottersHeart Nettleham, Bognor Regis and Birmingham still very active. Last week we sent enough money for a house to be built on the plot of land. This will house the pump and electricity for the borehole, and will enable the person who looks after the water distribution to live in the house…… watch this space for some photos.
Following a time of prayer ministry I am believing that my mouth situation is healed and we are planning the next team trip for October this year. We will have a stand at David’s Tent at Wiston, West Sussex, late August bank holiday……. hope you can come and see us.
In the meantime life continues to be a struggle for our brilliant partners in Kenya, but still there are many happy stories of transformation in the villages. We will build the Youth and Adult Training Centre on the plot of land, and we are believing that what Father orders will be resourced!
Romans 8:37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
Love and blessings
This trip has been such intense swings from heartbreaking understanding and revalation about everyday life here, and breathtaking colourful joy in people, their smiles, their love, and especially their dancing and worship.
I have been coming a long time but still I cry with them at the stories of rape in marriage, of so many orphans, at such poverty. We pray that the teaching and training hits the mark, and that we see more and more people throw off the country culture that is not good and embrace Kingdom culture.
We do love these folk.