Tribal forgiveness and reconciliation

We are a very happy team. Amazing things have happened in Ndgara, more than we dreamt of. This community has been full of violence and fear for some years. The government resettled a group from a far away place, these people came from an area of tribal fighting and killing. They arrived with nothing, the local tribe didn’t want them there, and so it started again. Every time the new people started to gather anything to call their own, a chicken, a goat or a cow, the locals came and stole them. They used weapons, causing more fear and hurt. There seemed to be no solution.
Last time we were there we asked the students if they could find it in their hearts to invite some of the other folk to our next training session. When we arrived sure enough they had done that, and they came. We taught amongst other things, on forgiveness and reconciliation, and the Holy Spirit was all over the place, it was a beautiful sight, we were in tears. Later in the day we stood with four tribes, all together worshiping and praying…….. something momentous and powerful happened  there today. Transformation happened before our eyes.
All the students decided to form a group called PottersHeart Dgara, the group intend to take this teaching to the whole community and further!
We have been humbled and blessed, I’m so proud of The PottersHeart team, everyone of them gave it their all.

Linden x

We cried tears of joy

Our first day of teaching was pure gold……… We arrived at Ndgara, down miles of soggy wet muddy track. This is hard terrain, the land of no work, no economy and no clean water. Life is tough here. We taught here for the first time on our last trip, teaching as they requested on family planning, nutrition and hygiene. We didn’t know what to expect, had anything changed we pondered.
Father had given me a word for them based on Mathew 16v19. He was handing them all keys with which to unlock solutions to their issues. I shared this with them and then asked for feedback on last time’s teaching……… we were blown away by the response.
First Alice stood up, she had not stopped teaching, everywhere she went and to anyone who would listen. She had plunged into the family planning topic, even going with some of the ladies to The Dispensary (which is a 7 mile muddy walk) to make sure they had the contraceptive injection! Her neighbour about 22 years old already had seven children and was struggling to feed one child never mind seven.
Then Esther spoke, she had been teaching groups of people on all the topics, but concentrating on the importance of boiling water. Even in the rainy season people walk seven miles for water, but this source is shared with the animals. Esther has been very effective in explaining how this was causing the children and adults to be sick, some even dying.
Daniel was next, he told us he had nine children, the youngest about 3 years old was with him. He explained that the young one was the last because we had taught him about family planning.
We sat and wept, tears of joy. The flip charts we had left proudly pinned up on the wriggly tin wall, we were humbled and reminded that a little teaching goes such a long way, and really does transform and save lives. These folk were still living in harsh circumstances, but they now have hope for the future.
Their church is a small wriggly tin building with a mud floor, no electricity. They do have a long drop (hand dug toilet) but it is almost full, not pleasant, especially in the heat! They just haven’t got the money to build a new one. We would love to help them, if you feel moved to give a donation towards this go to http://www.pottersheart.org.
We also had a session on mental health issues and making your own sanitary pads….. but more on that tomorrow.
Please pray that the rain stops or the road will become unpassable!! Linden x

God given blueprint!

Do you ever look back just to see how far forward you have come, how much has been achieved! Our journey in Kenya started about seven years ago, when I was working for the charity Links International. In the seven years infant mortality has dropped significantly, and the adults are living longer. The latest WHO data published in 2018 shows male life expectancy to be 66.7 and female life expectancy is 68.9. Which is pretty good when you consider that not even a decade ago life expectancy was about 50 years.

This data makes me happy but not complacent its still not good enough…….. and then we go into a new village, somewhere right off the beaten track and there we are back seven years and further. Babies dying from simple diarrhoea, people believing that rain drops on you cause malaria, also believing that new born babies should have their uvula cut out to stop them choking, and so much more.

How can we not keep on teaching, training up local people who will cascade the teaching right round the villages.

A few years ago I woke up with a download from Father God, a fully worked out plan for a Youth & Adult Training/Community Centre.   To be honest I thought no Father you must be joking we are too small a charity to think of this……… His answer was, with me nothing is impossible. At that point all we had was a rough drawing that John, my husband, had done the next morning.

Where are we now:

We have a plot of land, a newly drilled bore hole, a newly dug pit latrine, and a block built house for the pump and electrics. This house will also give a home to the person who mans the borehole.

We desperately need to get on with the building, the only way forward for these beautiful folk is education, training, a way to release their amazing potential. We are building this because there currently is NO OTHER provision……… education for youth and adults is a distant dream. The Kenyan government is bringing in requirement for all the Pastors to have a qualification, at present they have no way, no hope of this happening….. help us to provide that way for them in this Centre.

The young people who dream of thriving not just surviving currently have no hope of qualifying for anything. I find myself imagining how I would have felt if that had been my children or grandchildren. Help us give them a place for quality free education in this Centre.

We are just the small kids on the block, fund raising is hard even for the big guys with all their promotional materials and marketing departments. I sometimes feel like I’m always asking people for money, I don’t like feeling that way, but I can’t leave it, this centre was ordered by Father and it needs to bless many lives for generations to come.

Can you help us, any donations will go straight into building materials, no giving is too big or too small. Even the cost of a coffee and cake will help!

Thank you to all who have supported us so far on the journey

To donate go to http://www.pottersheart.org and press the Donate button.

Thankyou

Love Linden x

 

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Tickets bought for our next trip to Kenya

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

 

 

 

 

 

Fun at David’s Tent

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 found treasure at David’s Tent

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

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Here at PottersHeart we are struggling…..just being honest!

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.

 

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Blessings and a big thank you from the PottersHeart Team. X

Building bricks bring homes and hope

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!7AF0F91A-769A-4080-98EE-A90B320DFF4C

The season of change

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

Linden x

Heartbreak and Joy!

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.