Skip to main content

Progress made in Serenje

On our first day in Serenje we met with the Pastors and Volunteers in the PAOG church building. That was the day the volunteers and pastors received their t-shirts. it was also the day that each of the team was presented with bright new clothes by Hilda - always so humbling to receive their gifts.

We began with an overview and progress report on the Project - or to give it it's full title, the "Integrated HIV/AIDS response in Serenje". They compiled fantastic, inspiring lists of different statistics of progress made in year 2 of the project:
890 children received school jumpers
526 children received shoes
365 children received uniforms
371 Goats distributed
5 pastors attended Willow Creek GLS in Lusaka
700 farmers received 15kgs of beans, plus sweet potato vines and groundnuts
155 vegetable farmers living near rivers were also given seeds

They also reported these very encouraging personal anecdotes:
- There is greater unity amongst Churches and Pastors in Serenje
- Pastors are leading by example and having orphans live with them and their families.
- Farmers are being trained.
- A seed bank is being established in each of the 4 communities.
- School enrolment has increased.
- Children are performing better at school - many are now eating breakfast before school and so can concentrate better.
- Food security has increased.
- Volunteers have received training in home-based care.
- Churches are growing.

Isn't this great and encouraging news?
Thank God for His blessing.
Thank God for the hard-working people of Serenje.
Thank God that we are able to play even a small part in it all through our financial giving.

Let's keep thanking, keep praying and keep giving. It's not in vain.


Send us to lessen the suffering
and teach us that worship is more than words we sing.

We look to You, we look to You

Give us the courage to honour You
with love and with justice in everything we do.

We look to You, we look to You.
Take all that we are, Spirit of God,
stir up our hearts for You
with grace and compassion we're called into action
stir up our hearts for You, for You.

Dave Betts :Stir up our hearts

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

I Have Decided To Follow Jesus, No Turning Back

I have decided to follow Jesus...no turning back.Take a listen to this beautiful song from Hillsong - every time I hear these words and sing along it changes my perspective, turns me around, gets my focus off me and onto Jesus - "Christ Is Enough For Me". ...No turning back, I've been set free...Christ is enough for me.

Discover your Worth, your Strength, your Purpose

Following a successful Kerith launch in the Spring, Sarah Farley and her team are ready to go again,leading their 2nd SHINE course.
SHINE is an eight week self esteem course for women. The evenings are a mixture of Talks and discussion time, with a practical approach to learning. It's a really encouraging environment, and the evenings are a lot of fun. The course starts this Tuesday evening, and there are still some spaces available.Here's your personal invite from Sarah!Shine is about to run again and I'm excited to see what God is going to do this time round. If you haven't already heard, Shine is a course designed for women who want to live their life in abundance, the way God designed them to live it. To recognise all their worth, to grow in self-esteem, to see all their strengths and positives and ultimately live a life of purpose.We've still got a few places left so if you're interested there's more information here on the Kerith website, where you can…

It's been a while

So, I've been gone a while....and  I've been wondering about launching a new blog - perhaps a new look,a new blog, a totally new start? In the wondering I've done nothing, so instead, I'm just going to pick it up again, and start writing.... 
So this week I had the privilege of spending time with some Prayer warriors in the Kerith Prayer room. We gathered to pray for the upcoming Mission Trips to Albania and Macedonia.  - They did me such good, as they shared what God had been saying to them in their own prayer times - words of encouragement that He will bring restoration of relationships; He will bring healing ; there will be lots of new people who haven't been to UNIKE before; there'll be a fresh move of the Holy Spirit; somethingnewandmoreis going to happen this year; He is going to take things to another level. You can imagine how excited I was to hear these whispers from God - join me in a moment's prayer right now, that we'll see Him work?
It's …