2 Corinthians 5:7 - "For we walk by faith, not by sight"
Camping, Crayfish and Canoes
A while back Peter and I have felt that we needed to build confidence in the children. We had a pizza night and then also took some of the older children to camp out at Lusip dam. It was a special time as the young adults learnt how to paddle ski on the dam, catch freshwater crayfish and learn how to cook it and have lots of ice cream!
We are very honoured to have Gogo Constance’s legacy continue… her daughter, Nomsa, applied for a job at Pasture Valley and has been appointed as our receptionist. We also have a new preschool teacher, Tebukhosi, and our staff continues to grow.
The children’s vegetable gardens are flourishing and it warms our hearts to see how they generously share their vegetables with everyone. They proudly present their spinach and beetroots to us and how proud we are of them! The little plots have been extended and the rains have come. The children have collected their maize seeds and planted them already and we look forward to seeing some delicious maize soon! Junior has embarked on a chicken project. He has built a good chicken coop and will soon buy some laying chickens.
A New Property
By God’s provision, Pasture Valley has recently bought a property in town (1.5 hectares) and we are praying about what God would have us do with it. Many years ago we felt that it would be important to put up a sign at the entrance of the town letting people know about Jesus. Thousands of cars have driven past this sign over the years as it proclaims : "Nhlangano for Jesus!" It is this same land that the sign was put on that we ended up purchasing. God is faithful.
Back to School (for some)
Some of the children have returned back to school such as the Grade 7’s, Form 3’s and Form 5’s. However we have recently heard that the other grades will not be returning to school this year at all. At Pasture Valley we have been running school in the mornings starting with devotion time at 7.30. We are very grateful to all the teachers who have jumped in to help teach the children daily.
The Girls are Getting Going - Go Girls!
Zethu has been accepted at Limkokwing University and will be starting her 3 year course in Journalism and Media. She and Nelsiwe are sharing a flatlet in Mbabane and are really excited about studying. Nelsiwe will be studying to complete her final semester in Paramedics
Hlobsile has also been accepted at the CIT college for a Diploma in Education in January next year and will be joining her sisters. In the mean time she is helping out at Pasture Valley. Zinhle has started her own business in hairdressing this month and is renting a space in Mhlabanyatsi. She bought some of her supplies and gave a demonstration to the girls at Pasture Valley.
Image recently was given the opportunity to job shadow Dr Simelane who is the local vet in town. Image has a genuine love for animals and would like to help animals one day. She had no trouble helping put back a uterus in a cow