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Pasture Valley Newsletter April - June 2021

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.- Hebrews 10:23

Appreciating Eswatini's Beauty

On a trip to Hlane Royal National Park, Nkazimulo and Khetokuhle got to see many animals and also go camping for the first time.

After many fizzy drinks and lots of good food, they were able to explore the bush a little and saw a tortoise, a couple of sneaky crocodiles, nyala, lots of impala and even some elephants in the distance. The highlight of the trip was getting to see some highly endangered rhino.

New Horizons

We are so proud of Thokozani, who has received a scholarship to go and study in Serbia. He was one of 10 Swazi students selected for the all-expenses paid scholarship. He has worked hard and its very excited for the new adventure! He first has to do a couple months of Serbian Language course, then he will be enrolling in either Dentistry or Medicine.

Taiwan and Francis are also setting sail for new adventures as they join the OM Ship Logos Hope. They were in St Vincent the other day!

The girls are also studying at university! Zethu is doing Journalism, Hlobsile Teaching, and Kayise Hospitality.

Neliswa and Sandile are also doing a practical course on Diesel mechanics and auto-electrics at BSA training centre. Sandile was nominated to be the class captain recently.

Takhona received some sewing supplies that she can use for her sewing course.

Pre-School Workshop

The Preschool workshop took place with many teachers from local preschools attending. The guest speakers did a wonderful job of training and giving lots of encouragement as well as tips for how they can engage their learners better. A raffle with many prizes was held at the end of the day.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Potch team was a big help over the Easter period, and they ended off by running an Easter egg hunt. Testimonies and devotions were done by the staff and housemothers, to remind us why we remember Jesus' death and celebrate his ressurection. Wheelbarrow races and a few games then ensued, and even the Aunties got involved!

Wandile's House

Wandile's house has been finished and he has moved in! He still visits us at PV and returns for all the birthday parties.

Outreach Highlights

Our social workers have been incredibly busy! - We came across a child-headed family of 11 children who were living without shelter. Together with the community, a house was built to give them a home.

Sipho, an 8yr old child with CP on our Child Support programme, has expressed that he would love to also go to school like his twin sister. We are hoping to send him to St Josephs school for children with special needs. Please pray with us for his acceptance into the school, and for a sponsor to cover his tuition and boarding.

"Horse Riding"

The home schoolers are on holiday and the holiday programme continues!

STREEC Project

We are very excited to tell you about a new project that is being launched at Pasture Valley. In collaboration with the Free Evangelical Christian Fellowship Church, DIGNI and DFEF from Norway, a 3 year project aimed at training up young people to be leaders and entrepreneurs has started up. The training centre is based on the farm and the team are working on setting up a workshop and lab and a demonstration park to showcase solar and renewable energy resources. We have been busy with appointing a wonderful team with a project manager – Mr Edgar Dlamini as well as Financial Administrator, Clerk, Monitoring and Evaluation officer and 4 trainers.

Welcome Dudu

We would also like to welcome Make Dudu to the Pasture Valley Team. She has been appointed as our first Children's Home Manager, and has had many years of experience working for SOS Children's Village as national director. We hope that she will feel at home here!

Farewell Nick & Molly

Nick and Molly will be missed at Pasture Valley. They have graciously given of themselves in so many ways during their time here: through worship, teaching and running bible studies with the kids, amongst so much else. Their big heart for God and passion for people has truly made an impact on all of our lives. We are so grateful for all they have done at PV. We pray God would be with them and bless them as they head back to the US for the next season.

Prayer Requests

  • For good recovery for Bongkhosi's leg.
  • For the Holy Spirit to refresh all at Pasture Valley.
  • For Wisdom in making decisions.
  • For Nick and Molly as they travel.
  • For God's protection over all the children, especially those venturing out of Pasture Valley.
  • Thankfulness for all the new staff that have started at PV.
  • Thankfulness for the STREEC Project and God's guidance as it starts up.
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