Greetings in the Name of Jesus,
Hello everyone, I have broken up our newsletters into quarterly reports with special updates in between. For up to the minute updates, we keep active on Facebook through the TTN Ministries page and my own personal wall.
Angela and Immanuel returned to Zambia in February, and I am returning in the coming days after loading the last container and rehearsing with the teams on the ground for the next two. Thank you to so may for hosting us as we travelled around and thank you for helping us celebrate our 20-year ministry anniversary. 20 down – many more to come.
1. The first container is on its way to Zambia and is expected at our place late May where 13,320kg of God’s love will reach the tens of thousands of people.
2. Our second planned container to Kenya is on site in Mackay where the highly skilled operation lift team will have that packed shortly and on the ocean in the coming weeks. This is our first container into Kenya and we look forward to seeing the impact in the hospitals. Pam, our chief contact, has a heart and a ministry towards the vulnerable in society. Due to this, the container is SOC (shipper’s own container) so we will be converting it into 4 businesses which will go to supporting families that have no capacity to generate income. I am passing through Kenya on my 40-hr return flight (the long way home but it was cheap), and I hope to meet a few of the people we are going to help.
If you are out there and have something that could be used to start a small business, please let us know so we can see if we can get it to Mackay and change someone’s life forever. For example, Pam was sharing how she helps a family in which the single mum has a bed-ridden, high-needs, disabled child that requires full time care. It’s these cases we long to help.
3. Regarding planned containers, on Thursday 14th March Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique. Over a month on, we now know more than 2.6 million people – half of which are children – were affected.
Most of inland Mozambique was turned into an inland sea. In the words of the Mozambique president “everything has been destroyed”. The situation sadly is not getting better, with a cholera outbreak now bringing more suffering. Authorities and locals alike are also needing to come to terms with the reality that their crops, which were almost ready for harvest, have been destroyed, and hunger is coming very soon. We have been in contact with our ministry friends in Mozambique and we have decided to step in and ship a third container this year. This goes beyond our budget and planning, so it is an extended faith walk. Official details of packing locations are unfolding. But for sure we need some assistance in two major areas:
- Funds for shipping
- Construction Materials, especial roofing materials (any colour or size)
If you would be willing to make a tax-deductable donation, the details are below.
Name: To His Harvest
Acc. Number: 10549841
Please send us an email with your deposit details so we can get the receipt to you.
Over the summer we have had the opportunity through supporters to do a little extra at the Children of Promise children’s home in Kabwe.
At Christmas we were able to arrive on Christmas day with gifts for everyone.
During the first term of school we helped the children who desperately needed school shoes to go to school. We also replaced a number of mattresses in the home.
The summer has been busy for the Caleb Centre for Autism. Beyond the centre’s day to day activities, we, along with partners, have hosted two large awareness campaigns.
The first was a fun run and company relay which was well attended, and the Government even brought in their mobile hospital to run free medical services for the people of Kabwe.
The second was just recently on 2nd April World Autism Day with a city march.
Many of you know Tamara, the chaplain we support in Kabwe. Earlier this year, while in South Africa, she suffered a major heart attack.
We thank God for His healing and guiding the surgeons. From having the heart attack on Tuesday, she was admitted and had bypass surgery. She was then discharged that same week on Friday, and returned back to Zambia a few days later. Today Tamara is doing well and just recently graduated from AFmin (Bible college). We thank God and we appreciate all your prayers and support.
The year ahead
It is a big 9 months ahead, and it’s only getting bigger.
We are excited to have two teams coming this year, one out of Springfield Mo. in the USA.
A second team out of Mackay is venturing with us into Kenya and South Sudan, as we look to follow up on the Container into South Sudan.
We would also love to look at the prospect of a third team coming into Mozambique after we get that container on the ground and help out with some repair work.
As the year unfolds, we continue to work with the Caleb Centre for Autism and begin to develop our new site while seeing our children grow and develop.
The container’s arrival will also herald the opening of a new clinic and hospitals for the Gospel, partnering with schools and placing community chaplains.
We also have a new community project in Ngweena (Lukunga swamps), where we continue building the school and shop. We’re also looking to kick off a water project, which will bring clean drinking water and agricultural irrigation for small crops (tomatoes, onions, cabbage, etc.). We’re also looking at starting regular medical outreaches.
Once again, thank you all so much. Stay tuned as God is moving.