Blessings in Jesus!
We thank God for all our sponsor’s 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.
This last month we celebrated the birthdays of Stela (13) and Vaileth (21). As a surprise I showed photos of Vaileth from May 2013 to July 2017 and a handful of photos of Sekela, our children and I. Vaileth loved reviewing photos of herself and some of our children were laughing as they saw photos of themselves. One of our younger children was absolutely captivated and awestruck to see photos on TV!
We continue to be thankful for God’s grace and are thankful that Vaileth is able to continue her Bachelor of Education at Mkwawa University College of Education. Vaileth did well in her first semester but found the second semester more difficult. This last year there were 1500 students in Vaileth’s class, 500 students failed and are unable to continue and some students need to re-sit their exams. Vaileth is humbled by God’s grace to her and the fact she is able to continue as a second year student. We thank God for Vaileth’s sponsors, their prayers and financial support!
Vaileth is utilising her learning to be a secondary school teacher and her beautiful voice and is teaching our children a song in English called Jesus what a beautiful name. It’s a joy to have her at the center and to see her develop practically and spiritually. To Jesus be the glory for all that He is doing in her life!
We are partnering with one of the churches near the center and are undertaking door to door evangelism. Our children are passionate about Jesus and are keen for their families, neighbourhood, city and country to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. They are prayer warriors who have a heart of intercession for the unsaved. Last month I went out twice with a team and we visited many homes in the neighbourhood. Praise God, 22 people accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior! We covet your prayers for the spiritual growth of these new believers and for follow up by the local church.
Aside from learning their tribal language, Kiswahili and English, our children are also learning a little Hebrew! I have been teaching them a song called Hineh mah tov, which in English translates to “Behold how good”. The song is based on Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!”
We are in the process of inviting two new children to the center! Athumani and Elick, both males aged 10 and 11 respectively, who are very keen to be a part of the center. More details about these precious boys, to follow in next month’s update. We believe each child God has given us, is truly a blessing and a privilege for us, to be a part of their lives. At the weekends before our children return to their homes, the Aaronic blessing is spoken over them in either, Kiswahili, English or Hebrew. The Aaronic blessing is from Numbers 6:24-26: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.”
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 underestimate 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