PottersHeart Pastors Training launched.

Such an exciting day…….a group of Pastors started the first module of a training course for Pastors. Most of these guys have had no training of this sort at all. They work hard in small village churches, too poor to pay them any living……. so they all scratch an existence with farming. This training will be such a blessing to them, especially as the Kenyan Government is moving towards compulsory training for Pastors. We are thankful to David & Lesley Illingworth who are teaching them this week.

Marion & I have also had a great day! Another first…… we are training all this week with village ladies and no interpreter! Which means no men around. This is so encouraging for the ladies, helping to give them a voice and raise their self esteem. Today we did family planning, well half of it!!! We will finish the rest tomorrow, we just let it run, laughing and sharing together.

John has enjoyed teaching three young men plumbing, he has been doing theory with them all day. Some practical tomorrow! The wooden steps in the church are completely broken so one day this week he will teach them how to make a set of steps…… where is Brian when you need him?

The weather has been joto sana (very hot) today, now at 17.41 we are back at Top Cliff all ready for a shower!!! The dust is unbelievable.

I’ve just heard today that the borehole quote has gone up to £13400!! I am not disheartened, we have had three donations into the bank over the last three days…… whoever you three are thankyou with all my heart. Every little or big bit helps.

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Here there is hope!

Gathima School, mud class rooms, no proper provision of school books, one text book for all subjects, lots of children with no shoes and uniform, and yet…..,..

There is determination and hope for the future, there are children who walk an hour each way to receive the education, they dream of being Doctors, Pilots and Engineers.

Huge thankyou to everyone who gave us red tops for the children, especially Redway School. There were even more children this time with no uniform. Thank you to Potterspury Preschool, the children loved the drawings and the song you sang to them….. they were dancing along to it!

There is poverty but HOPE is huge at this beautiful, happy school.

Photos speak loudly!

Kingdom culture v Country Culture

Wow what a day teaching in the village of Olrongai. We were able to explore together the rights and wrongs of cutting the uvula out of a new born babies throat……. this is what tradition ‘Country Culture ‘ demands. It is carried out, for a payment,  by some old men in the village……. babies suffer and some die. Teaching saves lives!

Another tradition is for pregnant Mums to eat lumps of mud, they believe this is how they will get the iron they need. We talked a lot today about spinach!!!! Much safer and nicer than mud.

The Group have had great success with the Moringa Trees, bought by PottersHeart. Their challenge now is to give some of these miracle, life saving seeds to every house in the village. Every part of the tree is nutrious….. one leaf has six times more vitamin C than an orange. Rahab was telling us “My tree is now taller than me, I am making tea with the leaves. My blood pressure is lower and I feel very happy.”

At the moment there is drought and many in the village are very hungry… thank you to the beautiful lady whose donation allowed PottersHeart to feed every student a delicious hot meal.

love Linden x

The Adventure so far……

On our way to the airport came the dreaded text ‘Your flight has been cancelled and will not leave Heathrow until tomorrow ‘. We carried onto the airport to meet up with other team members, and were greeted with an enormous queue of people needing to be in Kenya like NOW! Three hours later we were installed in a very nice room in The Hilton Hotel curtesy of Kenyan Airways, Plus meal vouchers…… apart from letting people down I was quite excited!! The Hilton is not our norm!!!

The flight was very full but uneventful, I watched a lovely film called Maudie, a true story….. loved it. Because of the flight change we arrived in Nairobi at 21.16, too late to safely travel the 4 hours to Nakuru. Our local friends had thoughtfully booked us into a B&B, by this time it was about 23.00, not the time of night to be driving round in Nairobi. If I say that the drive to the B&B was interesting….. I’ll leave it at that!!!! We arrived and were ushered in through huge locked gates, oh dear I was beginning to feel rather anxious, especially having two new team members with us. Then out came a friendly face that we knew from years back……. we were being looked after!!!

Lets see what tomorrow brings.

love Linden x

Olrongai Village Transformation

This is going to be a busy two weeks. We fly out on the 4th February and return on the 17th February. For the first week we will be teaching in the village of Olrongai. John will be busy with his young guys teaching woodwork, this really does have the potential to turn into a business taking them out of the poverty trap.

We will be teaching more Business Development, and hearing stories about how the businesses are doing…… watch this space. This week will be happy and sad for us, we’ve grown to love these beautiful people in Olrongai, but enough of them are doing well, teaching others, being able to send their children to school, it’s time to let them take over. We will maintain contact with them, and go back periodically for updates. Life is still very hard in this place, lack of water being the main problem, but it is so encouraging to see that hope has risen and through teaching people are finding their own solutions for progress.

Week two will be spent teaching and training in Miti Mingi. We are so excited to be launching the Pastors Accredited Training Course, most of these Pastors have not had any training at all. They work in small villages, wriggly tin churches, the congregations are very poor, and the Pastors do not get any pay.
We will also be teaching, Family Planning, Setting up business in craft, teaching English to the Mums………. and more!

The team does get one day off on the middle Saturday, usually the choice of outing is a day in the Nakuru National Park.

Looking forward to telling you all about it as it unfolds.

 

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Passionate about ending poverty.

All packed and ready to go again……… teaching and training chases poverty out of the villages.

No one should go hungry or thirsty, or lack education……. help us chase it out of the villages. You can donate via our website http://www.pottersheart.org

Hope you will follow our blog over the next two weeks in Kenya.

This lady is hungry and thirsty, in her basket are a few sticks of maize, all she has.

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Sometimes words aren’t enough!

On February 4th we are off to Kenya again, we and a team will be there until February 17th. Occasionally people ask why do you go so often, why not just send money? I’ve been reflecting on that question this morning…………

Recently some dear friends of ours had an tragic event in their lives……. honestly I didn’t know what to say,  words seemed trite and inadequate, SOMETIMES WORDS JUST ARENT ENOUGH. All I knew was that I had to hold them, hug them without words I was saying, “We are here for you, we will stand with you”.  Suddenly I realised this is just how it feels when we are out in the Kenyan villages, we can’t fix everything, we are there to teach not to offer the solutions; and yet when listening to many heartbreaking stories, it’s a touch, a smile, a hug that is most required at that moment. For the local people it’s the assurance that we are there for them, and with them. This cannot be achieved by sending money alone.

Its a reminder to me that my earthly success might be measured by what I do, what I achieve, but my Heavenly Father will always see my significance in who I am.

So as we prepare to go and teach our lessons and programmes, we pray that they will continue to be effective and transform lives, but we pray that our teaching will come out of us as a loving, nonjudgmental, servant hearted team. One of the things that I am most thankful for in my life is finding it easy to love people……… you can’t help but love the people in these Kenyan villages. They smile when they are hungry and thirsty, they offer to share with you what ever they have, they long to be taught new things, what’s not to love!

Hoping you will stand with us both in donations to the projects and in prayer.

love Linden x

The tarmac road brings hope for a better future.

When we acquired the plot of land on which to drill a bore hole, and build a Youth & Adult Training Centre, there was not a road in sight! Access was via a red mud track, dusty in the drought and often impassable for vehicles in the rains. And yet this plot, at the crossroads of four mud tracks, felt right. It is accessible in all weathers to hundreds of people whose only vehicle is their feet, and we thought that is what matters. We always knew that getting building materials to the site would be difficult, but we believe that  nothing is impossible!

Things don’t happen quickly in Africa, frustrating but true! Bear in mind that this plot is way out of the village and the tarmac road is not even done in the village. The picture below is a miracle………. the road is being done as we speak right beside the plot. Thank you Lord. x

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How to love well.

Hi guys, thank you for taking the time to read these blogs, especially at this time of year when everything is so manic. I find myself flopping exhausted into bed late at night, what have I been doing, what is all this stuff that is filling my life! Nobody really cares if my mince pies are bought, or whether I’ve put the Christmas tree up or not! I think, yet again, my New Year resolution has to be working out what is really important in my life!

I reflect about our friends in Kenyan villages, where the stuff they are doing is surviving! Walking miles to fetch water, collecting firewood to cook, praying there is enough maize to stretch out another bowl of porridge for the children. That helps to put my ‘stuff’ into prospective.

Yesterday we had our end of term PottersHeart Potterspury Christmas Party. The hall was buzzing with about 50 people, all ages, backgrounds, there was a baby dressed as Father Christmas, and a more mature gentleman dressed as Father Christmas! We sang Christmas songs and carols together, admittedly we wouldn’t have won any prizes for our singing, but gusto we would have won on! And we had loads of fun. No one cared that I’d bought the mince pies and the sausage rolls. I might have pushed time saving a bit too far by not writing on the Christmas card envelopes!!! but they did have lots of love inside!

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We shared together the reason for Christmas, the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. He came to model to us all how to love well, to love Him, ourselves and each other. To go all soppy on you, the love was tangible in the room, people who care about each other, have built a community based on love. The love has extended to Kenya, through stories, photographs, hours of making craft to fund raise. The ordinary people in that hall, have been extraordinary in their efforts to make a difference in other peoples lives, I wonder how many lives they have saved. In a way numbers are not important, even if only one person lives to thrive not just survive its worth it.

We at PottersHeart want to say a heartfelt thank you to you all, without you we couldn’t do the work we do. During this year we have taught in woodworking, business development, marriage, parenting, farming, hygiene, nutrition, health, bible studies and so much more. We have seen small businesses set up, and families who are now able to send their children to school. We now have the two & half acre plot on which to build the youth and adult training centre, and we have raised £7000.00 towards the £12000.00 needed to drill a bore hole on this land. Thank you for every fiver you have donated, for the prayers you have prayed, and for standing with us. Thank you for loving us well.

We pray that you will continue to stand with us next year, if you would like to donate to support this work, you can go to the Donate button on http://www.pottersheart.org or go straight to PottersHeart/Mydonate.

Happy Christmas and huge blessings to you all.

Love Linden & John x