2 Corinthians 12: 9 - But He said to me: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness”. Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses , so that Christ’s power may reside in me.
Which Bowl are You?
I just love this picture… it shows the diversity of who we are. These are the bowls of the children at the Mbava community where Pasture Valley has recently started to assist with feeding. Ninety two children were identified from this area and a shelter is being put up to act as a kitchen. Large pots have been bought and the community will assist with cooking a meal for the children.
I was talking with one of the children about not being ashamed of their background and where they come from. Instead they need to embrace their identity in Christ and know that they are amazing. Just like the bowls, we are unique and each has a purpose in life.
One of the most valuable lessons we can teach our children is to reach out to others in need. We can educate, clothe and ensure that each child has food each day, but if we do not teach them to care for those around them, then they will grow to be selfish and unkind. During the school holiday the children went on 3 outreaches. Some of the children joined Peter and I at Siphofaneni where the Department of Social welfare had asked us to assist 14 child headed families. Our children were able to give each family an avocado tree, a guava tree and a banana plant as well as some maize seed, a hoe, a bag of toiletries and a food parcel, fruit and maize meal. Most importantly we were able to give each family a bible. Another group of children headed to Nsoko where they cleared some land and prepared a large vegetable garden that will serve as a community garden to feed orphan children. The children also planted some vegetable seedlings. The third team went with Aunty Princess to visit Sipho’s family and planted a fruit tree for them. They also went to be with Sipho and played games with him as he is disabled
In July a team from Kruispunt Church in South Africa came to Pasture Valley to serve for 2 weeks. During those 2 weeks the team helped to build a mud and stick home for Make (Mother) Motsa and her children and grandchildren. The mud needed to be mixed with a little cement and was then thrown onto the walls where the stones were put. I was humbled to be part of this. The team also bought kitchen supplies for Nokulunga school such as a microwave, mixers and baking trays and we were able to ice cupcakes and play games at the school. Other trips included visiting preschools and delivering food to schools. We really were blessed with the help.
Primary School Children Visit to Pasture Valley Farm
Pasture Valley has become a popular farm outing destination for school children. Amitofo children were given a tour of the calf cages, dairy, gardens and made crafts. The children had lots of fun.