Pasture Valley Newsletter August-September 2016

Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.”

STARTING OUR OWN LITTLE SCHOOL AT PASTURE VALLEY

For a long time we have prayed about whether we should look at schooling the children at Pasture Valley. There are huge responsibilities that go hand in hand with educating a child and running a school. This not only has implications for funding but also needs good teachers and staff to run the school. However, there are advantages for having a small school on the premises. For this reason we have decided that we will homeschool the children that will be entering into Grade one next year. We hope that these children will benefit greatly from a small class and individual attention given to them as well as not having to walk long distances to school each day. Most of all we hope to give them a good foundation in God’s word and teach basic concepts that will form a firm foundation for entering higher grade levels later. We have started to look around at curricula and have bought some books, but there is still much planning ahead as we get school uniforms prepared, daily schedules made up and train teaching staff. We will commit one year at a time but hope we can homeschool the children to the completion of their foundational phase (Grade 4). Please pray with us about this important decision and for wisdom as we embark on this new phase at Pasture Valley

FUN! FUN! FUN! HOLIDAYS ARE HERE.

This holiday a team from Journey Community Church in California led a camp that was full of fun activities for the kids. They danced, dressed up, painted, did skits and outdoor activities and learnt memory verses. The theme was to “have courage”. Some of the children from SOS childrens village also joined in the fun. We are truly grateful to the team that came out.

The children also did a number of other activities as part of their holiday programme including cooking Mexican food and having a Mexican evening. The tortillas the children made were delicious!

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE - SERVING OUR COMMUNITY

Amitofo Care Centre approached Pasture Valley to allow an outing for their 47 younger children to the farm. We welcomed the children and gave them a farm tour, made crafts, played games and sang worship songs. The children were also given a vegetarian meal and ice cream. We hope they had fun

Pasture Valley has also arranged for the erection of a preschool and feeding kitchen at the Anglican Church in Hlatikulu. We hope the school and kitchen will be a blessing to all who come. We are grateful to our Australian partners for the funds to put up the structures and to All4Jesus foundation that continues to provide food for various feeding points and food parcels to the 352 children on the support programme

BEING SET FREE

In our previous May newsletter we mentioned a lady who had been sentenced to 2 years in prison leaving her children to fend for themselves with no support. This week we visited her in prison and told her of the love that Jesus had for us to forgive us even though we do things that are wrong. We counselled her and she promised that she would return to her children to care for them if she was set free. We paid the fine yesterday and she was set free!

PRAYER POINTS

  • Please pray for Happiness as she is not well. She had 2 blood transfusions and was in hospital for over a week. She is currently at Pasture Valley but is very weak.
  • Please also pray for Aunty Fikile who was also sent home after being in hospital and is currently with her relatives. Her condition is serious.
  • Uncle Charles was also admitted to hospital today for fracturing his femur and will be operated on next week. Please pray that the operation will go well.
  • Praise to the Lord for the rains we have had so far. It has brought life back to our land.
  • Please continue to pray for Gogo Constance who continues to have heart problems and flu.
  • For the children as they write their final year end exams, especially Sandile who will be completing his school career.
  • Gratefulness for safe travels for all the teams and volunteers to Pasture Valley.
  • Gratefulness for God’s daily provision for our children.
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