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Pasture Valley Newsletter July - September 2021

The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still. - Exodus 14:14

STREEC takes in students

The STREEC Project has grown by leaps and bounds! It is the first of its kind in eSwatini and is attracting a lot of attention. Specialist teachers have been hired, the first 10 students have been recruited, and lots and lots of building has been going on.

Practicals happen every afternoon where they learn to assemble solar panels and set up various renewable energy systems. A new demonstration centre is being built for this.

Girls Care Centre is growing

The Girls Care Centre continues to grow as God brings more people across our path. We welcome Nosipho into the Pasture Valley family and hope that she will be safe in her new home. We feel blessed to be able to continue welcoming more girls in the future.

Just Jamming

We were blessed with a bumper crop of kumquats this year, and were able to make loads of marmalade and jam!

Goodbye Vuyo

Sad news for us to say goodbye to Vuyo who is now staying with his father. At least he is close by in Nhlangano so we can still support and keep a close eye on him!

Fully Qualified

We are very proud of Sibusiso who has completed his carpentry internship with Pasture Valley and has officially graduated. He is such a big help with maintenance and carpentry jobs on the farm. He also recently obtained his drivers licence!

Girls Camp

The girls camp to the low veld was full of giggles from beginning to end. Leo and Gill Baan spoiled them and had even organised a braai. They sang songs, ate good food, climbed trees and had lots of fun! They also helped clean a fish pool and with some gardening - which was rewarded with lots of naartjies!

Drama Drama

The Potch team helped coordinate a fun activity week for the kids. There was an entire play (based on Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat), face painting, science experiments, and even sports activities. In short, everyone had a blast! This little guy in the corner is Sakhile, who is a new member of the PV family.

Timothy House

Make Rose is responsible for keeping all of these faces bright and smiling! The bear is clearly a very important member of the house too.

School Outing

The Homeschool children went on a school outing to Mahamba gorge. It was the highlight of their term! Hard to tell if the teachers or the students enjoyed it more. The children are all doing so well at school, and are working very hard, so it was an outing well deserved!

Outreach Programme

It has been wonderful to be able to get back into the community again after all the riots. This little boy, Sphepelo, has just joined our programme. He is a very talkative and energetic little guy who loves all the attention. We have started OT with him and he is already making progress towards communicating more clearly and learning to walk. His mother has also joined the support group, which we hope will help her and mothers in similar situations to cope better and feel more encouraged to keep up the great work that they do. Truly believe that Jesus has a very special place in his heart for these children and for the super moms/gogos who care for them!

Family Updates

Our wonderful social worker Minenhle has just had a little baby girl! We hosted a baby shower for her with lots of candy floss and fun activities, and are now looking forward to meeting the new personality once she returns from her maternity leave.

Tai and Francis are loving serving on the OM ship Logos in the Bahamas. They are also mentoring a group of youth on the ship.

Thokozani passed his Serbian language course with flying colours (85%) and has enrolled to study Medicine at the University of Belgrade. We look forward to seeing how God will use him in the future!

Prayer requests

For continued protection of Pasture Valley in the unstable political situation. Thankfulness for his provision and protection throughout the riots and COVID-19.

For wisdom in the choices, we're being faced with at PV, especially with regard to the children's education.

For the children's hearts to be soft and open to Jesus, that He would work powerfully in their lives. For them to love and accept Jesus.

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