Blessings in Jesus! We thank God for all our sponsors support through finance and prayers! Thank you for the important role you have in Sekela and our children’s lives and the impact your support is having on them and on the center! We continue to pray for you on a regular basis.
I had the opportunity to speak at one of our board member’s church, Pastor Reuben Benson and a few of our children were keen to accompany me. They love to worship Jesus, through song and dance and chose two songs from their CD that was recorded last year.
We celebrated Kelvin’s (at right) 19th birthday last month and at the same time our children performed a play based on the Book of Ruth in the Bible. At the conclusion of the play, our children explained why our orphan center is called Naomi Ruth Bread of Life Orphan Centers and what they learned from the book of Ruth. All our children had a part in the play and a few of the costumes were sewn by Elesia and Elina, who are learning to sew at a local technical institution. The roles the children played were as follows:
Baraka – Elimelech & an elder, Cairo – an elder, Dicksoni – Kilion & an elder, Emmanuel – Mahlon & an elder, Ibrahim, Isaya, Nelsoni & Yusufu, Neema & Skola – people at the gate, Kelvin – Boaz, Nelsoni – child of Boaz & Atusajile, Atusajile – Ruth, Daima – narrator, Elina – Naomi, Elizabeth – leader of the harvesters, Amina, Elesia, Hilda & Stela – harvesters, Rehema & Sarafina – women, Sikujua – Orpah & a harvester, Yustar – kinsman redeemer
Enea, our part-time social worker/nurse was invited to a conference in Europe, for three weeks and prior to her leaving we prayed for her. Enea is working full-time as a nurse with another orphan’s project, also in Mbeya. It was through her full-time role that she was invited to attend the conference in Europe.
It continues to amaze me the things I take for granted but yet our children have not experienced them. Recently I took mainly our older children to the airport, a place they had never been to before! They had seen planes in the sky but never close up. Afterwards we went to dinner at a local restaurant, while waiting for dinner our children revelled in the opportunity to play card games!
We farewelled Daima , before she left for Ng’ombe to undertake three months in the field, to put into practice her basic hotel management course that she has been studying for the last three months. I am proud of this young woman, particularly as she gave her farewell speech; she encouraged our other students in their studies and in their relationship with God. I have asked her to visit us at the center when she returns to Mbeya, to let us know how her field practical went. Please pray for this young woman, as she is away from home and for employment in the future.
This week two projects were undertaken; an installation of a concrete washing basin and a soak way pit for the washing basin drain, the latter a requirement by the local government office.
The next project due to start in the next couple of weeks is dividing the current toilet room, into two rooms, one toilet for males and one toilet for females. We thank God for His provision through donors, who made a generous donation in the last couple of months and will enable us to pay for these much needed projects!
We thank God for all our sponsors, who are sponsoring Sekela and our children, or who are sponsoring the center and are paying for our staff and administration costs, or for sponsors who donate for specific items such as books, educational resources, a sewing machine or projects or for sponsors who make a one-off donation for the center as a whole! Normal sponsorship provides food for when our children come to the center (four times a week), clothing, school related expenses, medical expenses, a birthday gift and celebration, Christmas and New Year gifts, hygiene needs and other needs our children may have.
Prayer is pivotal to this ministry! We covet your prayers, we pray for you and we also intercede for our neighbours, the city we live in, Tanzania and the nations! We pray that all people will know the true peace that only Jesus, the prince of peace, can give. We pray for people’s salvation and for the leadership of the countries we are praying for.
Thank you so much for your support through prayers and sponsorship! Please do not under-estimate the impact your support is having in the lives of Sekela, our children, their families, our neighbourhood and the wider Tanzania community!
We thank God for you and would love to meet you! Please prayerfully consider coming to Tanzania and visiting us!
With sincerest thanks and blessings,
General Manager-Director, Naomi Ruth Bread of Life Orphan Centers
Darlene and Henry Matarrita
Directors, World Mission Outreach