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!
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