God’s with you……even if it seems like your world is crashing around you!

So we haven’t written a blog for a while…. But I just wanted to encourage you that God is with you even when it seem like your world is crashing around you! We know this from an experience we had a few weeks ago! 

Since we have been back from the uk in July, we have been very lucky in the fact that Ella and Lily haven’t been sick even though our weather is going a bit crazy, it’s hot one day and cold the next. But unfortunately that changed a couple of weeks ago when Ella got tonsillitis. I have to admit it was quite scary especially when your 4 month old is sick and can’t tell you what’s wrong. 

Anyway Ella woke up at 3am one morning and had a temperature of 40 degrees which in a baby is quite serious as they can fit when they get to that sort of temperature. She wouldn’t drink anything because her throat was so sore and that meant that any oral medicine wouldn’t help. Now in Zimbabwe it is very difficult to find a GP or any medical care outside of  a hospital at 3am. And to be honest the hospital here is the last place that you want to go with a 4 month old. So there we were at 3am with a very sick and unhappy baby and we didn’t know what to do. It sounds cliché but we were both praying hard at that moment. To cut a long story shorter, Micki is part of a notice board on Facebook for Bulawayo where you can post questions and also list events. So she asked the question if anyone knew any GP’s numbers. A response came back from a lady from the playgroup that Micki sometimes attends with Ella. This was a miricle in itself in that this lady was up at 3am but she gave us our GP’s mobile number and mentioned that she had some child suppositories that may help. We rang our GP who was wonderful and very understanding considering we had woken him up at 3am and he said that we just need to give Ella a suppository and that would bring her temp down. Cue then a middle of the night dash to the lady who had offered the medicine on the notice board. 

Ella’s temperature came down, we took her to our GP first thing the next morning and got some antibiotics. 

So why did I tell you all this? Well If you don’t believe in God you will probably say that all this was coincidence. But I believe God was there looking after us at that point when we needed him the most. For someone to be up at 3am in the morning and offer us the right medicine before we rang our GP, and then for our GP to tell us that we needed that specific medicine to sort out Ella’s temperature is amazing evidence of God’s provision and care. 

So wherever you are at this very moment, whether you believe in God or not, know that He has your back in the small things and the big things. 

Be blessed. 

The Sant family. 

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Lily Update!!

LilyTo all who have been supporting and praying for Lily over the past few days, we can’t thank you all enough!  After finishing her Anti-Malaria tablets, (which was a mission in itself to get down her as they were actual tablets that had the foulest taste to them) she seems to be on the mend now.  Her temperature has gone back to normal and she is back to her energetic, bouncy, smiley self.

Thank you all so much again for your support! It really has meant so much to know we have had people standing beside us during this time.🙂

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Quick Prayer!!!

This wk has kicked off a bit of a difficult one so far! Monday, lily lives being back with all her friends and teachers from pre-school as they have put on a Fun Club this wk during the holidays! She came back so excited and full of beans! Tues she was wide awake at 3 am and refused to go back to sleep! Eventually at 6am we got some breakfast to which she felt sick but soon recovered and was able to head to 2nd day of fun club! Around 4pm, she started with a high temperature and very tired! So we gave her some paracetamol and tried to get her to sleep! No luck!! She managed some food and then got into bed! From about 12:30 onwards, Micki was up with her all through the night trying to bring down a very high fever which was accompanied by chills and sickness! We were able to get into the Dr’s first thing Wed morning and found out she has Malaria!!!!!!!! She is currently on medication for the nxt 48hrs and seems to be improving!

Please keep her in your prayers!

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Hello

Well hello there friends and family. We are now home and settled. Well actually we have had a very busy couple of weeks. We got home on Thursday 30th July and then three days later Nate’s best friend came over to Zim and we went off on Safari and then off to the mighty Victoria Falls. Then we went to the motopos and had an amazing experience stalking Rhino. 

Anyway we are all back to normal now as Lily is back at school for a holiday club, Nate is back at work and Micki is on maternity leave till September. However she still goes in to the Sandra Jones Centre every so often. 

Ella is adjusting to Zim life very well and is growing up very quickly already. 

At the moment we are just transitioning into Spring and our days are getting quite warm. But the nights are chilly to say the least. 

Please keep us in your prayers. 

Love Nathan, Micki, Lily & Ella

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In The Begining…….

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…….. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” ~ Genesis 1:1a & 2:2

How beautiful and wonderful is our creator God! As we are writing this, we are busy looking out over our balcony, through green trees and dried grass, at a quite and peaceful watering hole situated in the middle of a private reserve. To the left of us is a chalet and to the right open space

Spending time with God!

Spending time with God!

with a railway line dividing us from Hwange National Game park! We have both taken a much needed relaxing and

Peace and relaxation!

Peace and relaxation!

refreshing break here in God’s beautiful creation. We have both been quite busy the last few months and not taken much time out to just be with God! So as example given by our God the creator, we have rested on the seventh day (or more than just seven to be accurate).

Hwange has become one of our favourite and most special places over the year we have been in Zimbabwe. So much so that so far this year, we have been here 3 times! To be in God’s creation and marvel at all around us with the added excitement of seeing animals of all sorts, is just an amazing feeling.

Pride!

Pride!

About a week after we finished our Kids Holiday Club, both of us, each separately though, came for a few days to Hwange. Nathan came with a few friends to give them a bit of a break before starting work again. And Micki came with Debbie, her kids, a dear friend from Australia and an American

Leopard

Leopard

volunteer who has been helping at the Centre for almost a year now and become a great friend to Micki too. During this adventure we all managed to see 3 Hyenas, 9 Lions, 1 Leopard, a Cheetah (which ended up chasing a Waterbuck), we also saw Elephants, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Zebra, Kudu and many more. As Nathan always says “another hard day in Africa”!!

Cheetah

Cheetah

As amazing as this all sounds, we were really busy with our various ministries too……

 

Nathan has been busy over the last few weeks. He has been helping to get some ministry projects off the ground at the Baptist Church. The youth ministry has been revamped. We will hopefully have “The Cave” up and running soon(as I write this, I am hoping that the youth and their director have started painting the room today). This is going to be the main youth office as well as a drop I centre for our youth. To start with we are only going to be open 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 13:00 -17:00. Monday will be a homework and general drop in afternoon where young people can come and A. Do their homework and B. Talk about any issues that are affecting them. Wednesday is going to be the homework club for an hour and then the rest of the session will be a bible study which will help them go deeper into the topic of the previous Sunday’s message. Friday will be an event that we are calling “The Cave Unplugged”. This is going to be our youth club type event in which we will play a game or two, have an acoustic worship session and then a word given by an outside speaker. The Cave is closed on Tuesdays because that is the day that we have our planning meeting with the youth leadership and also when the youth leadership and the worship team have their discipleship sessions. Things that are very important when it comes to leading a ministry. The Cave is also closed Thursdays because this is the afternoon that we will be doing our schools ministry. We will (hopefully) be going into one of our local High schools and running a club, talking about issues that are affecting them whether it be alcohol, drugs, relationships, bullying etc. as well as these we are still going strong with our youth Service every Sunday evening. The attendance is growing and every week we seem to have someone new turning up. We have had to extend our service by an extra half an hour because we were struggling to get all the content in, as well as the small group time which is an incredibly invaluable part of our Sunday service.

Aside from these Nathan has recently taken the youth leadership on a retreat out in the Matopos (A national park close to Bulawayo). The camp is run by the Salvation Army and they run all sorts of programs including a leadership team building one. This was an opportunity for the team to spend time together and to bond so that we would be able to be more effective in our Youth ministry. We had an outstanding time doing the exercises (trust fall, vertical spiders web, rope swing and 14ft wall of death) and also doing some canoeing and zip lining. I think the best thing though was sitting around the campfire at night just chatting and spending time with one another in the African wilderness.

I love my work!

I love my work!

Micki has been busy at the Centre with various tasks from fundraising and organizing and helping Volunteers to “Time with Jesus” lessons at her old primary school. Last term we were working with 12 year olds on Self-esteem and Bullying

Hard day at work!

Hard day at work!

matters as well as Monday Mornings, spending time with 6 and 7 year olds and teaching them various stories from the Bible and having a worship session before they start their week of school.

This term we are continuing Monday mornings but are now working with 11 year olds, on self-esteem and Bullying! Exciting but daunting topics.

At the Centre we have had our water tested and as some of you know water is a bit of a problem in this part of the world. Ideally you have to buy water or water filters to get any clean drinking water. Well the Centre’s water, as we have been told, is a high risk and if it was even a fraction higher, we would be told to shut our water down. Which means chaos! So we are in hue he process of sorting out water filters which will cost us around $2000 (US) and to top all that, we are due to pay our next installment of payments for the Hotel we now call home in the next week but have only just paid off February’s installment.

Please join us in prayer for these two major needs within Sandra Jones Centre’s! We would really appreciate it. If you wish to see more of what’s happening at the Sandra Jones Centre each week, check out their blogs via http://www.sandrajonescentre.org

Daddy Cuddles

Daddy Cuddles

On a different note…..We have recently realized how quickly time flies. Lily has now moved into a big girls bed. So

Lily's Princess Bedroom

Lily’s Princess Bedroom

mommy and daddy, have been re-decorating her room. Now we can get her out of bed in the mornings. Lily is doing really well at school.. Her speech is coming on so well and can even sing the alphabet…. However not sure how much se realizes what she’s actually doing? She has made great friends both at school and at the Centre and is doing amazing with her swimming lessons. Just last week we were told that’s he can float on her back for a while all by herself. However, she has definitely turned into a water baby as we can’t get her out the pool very easily, nor the bath. And just to continue with the mommy and daddy bragging, Lily’s potty trained (been a few months now but realized we didn’t update that back them).

Milo is still loving living here too. He’s very much classed as a pampered pooch here in Zim as he sleeps indoors still but he loves the space he has to run around in and has a very bouncy playmate.

In closing, we would like to let you know of 2 new page on our website. We have a “Prayer” page where you can join us in prayer through various needs and we have a “Sponsor” page where if you feel you would like to support us you can find more information there.

“Clap your hands all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. How awesome is The Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth!”

 

Fun in the Sun!

Fun in the Sun!

Lily & Hayley

Lily & Hayley

 

Joshie & Lily

Joshie & Lily

 

Two Cuties!!

Two Cuties!!

Finance Managers Assistant

Finance Managers Assistant

Fun in the Pool!

Fun in the Pool!

 

 

 

 

 

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Gotta Move!!!!

WOW!!!

WOW!!!

In Action!

In Action!

Over the past 2 weeks our church has been bustling with around 500 kids as we held a Kids Holiday Club.  The theme of the weeks was “Gotta Move ~ Keeping in Step with the Spirit”.  Teaching the children the Fruit of the SpiritGalatians 5:22-23 and how to walk with God and keep steadfast in your faith. In each week the kids loved every part of the Club and the team of leaders we had were fantastic.  We had kids coming from various different walks of life.  We had many from different children’s homes, kids from the church and children from surrounding areas.  We even had children coming from miles away to join us so we were reaching kids from all over and right where they were at.

Each day we had a time of praise and worship, followed by a Small group Bible Study where we looked at topics as follows:

  1.  His Grace, Our Obedience ~ Genesis 6:9
  2. His Word, Our Commitment ~ Joshua 1:8
  3. His Son, Our Response ~ John 1:1
  4. His Forgiveness, Our Repentance ~ Luke 15:18
  5. His Spirit, our Trust ~ John 14:1-16

    Memory Verse

    Memory Verse

We then offered every child a sandwich, biscuit and piece of fruit. Many of these children would come from homes who don’t have much so every way we can bless these children we did.  We then went onto various games that they took part in. Games such as water balloon races, water buckets and sponges, Double-dutch skipping, Dodge ball,

Water Games

Water Games

Parachute games etc.  This was then followed by more worship and a final teaching time with the memorising of our day’s memory verse. The 1st week we had roughly 210, 5-8 years old  (Grades 1-3) which saw a lot of chaos and tons of fun and excitement.  Then the 2nd week we had over 250 kids aged 9-12 years (Grades 4-7) which surprising was a calm but fun and exciting week. These kids were willing to listen, ask questions and get involved in everything.  As big as the group was, they were such a wonderful group…..

 

 

Ms Dube!

Ms Dube!

Ms Dube teaching us Memory Verse

Ms Dube teaching us Memory Verse

Memory Verse

Memory Verse

 

 

Lily Dancing

Lily Dancing

230 Kids & Counting

230 Kids & Counting

Our God is so BIG....

Our God is so BIG….

 

Leaders were amazing!

Leaders were amazing!

Worship Team!

Worship Team!

Dancer in the making!

Dancer in the making!

Caught in Action

Caught in Action

Our God is so Big, So Strong and So Mighty

Our God is so Big, So Strong and So Mighty

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Ups and Downs!

Happy Easter

Since we last wrote, we have had some down days but praise the Lord, we have had a lot of up days to counteract.  To start with, 3 weeks ago, on her way to work one morning, Micki had quite a bad accident which completely wrote of her mom’s car.  She had just pulled off from the robots

Front of Car!

Front of Car!

(traffic lights) and started down the road when she noticed a friend broken down on the side of the road, however just before he was able to pull over, she saw that the car her friend was standing by was not the broken down vehicle but in-fact it was the twin cab in front of her in the middle of the road broken down.  However, it was far to

Drivers side!

Drivers side!

late, even though she was fairly slow, the impact was sever as you can see by the pictures.  To say that God was in this situation from start to finish is completely an understatement.  The fact that the whole thing was an accident waiting to happen and just so happened to her was one thing as it was school run and rush hour so it could have been a car full of kids etc. It also happened to be in her mom’s car (as hers was in the garage for a service) was a blessing in disguise.  Her car is made of plastic on the front and Esme’s was metal. The garage said if she was in her

car, she would have had the engine on her lap and the front of the car squashed into her.  Thank you Father for your protection!  Michelle also didn’t have any passengers in the car and there was no one in the other car.  Micki walked away a little shaken but not one bruise or pain! To say God is good and amazing its just to little to say when praising Him for his protection and love! To God be all the glory!

Look what I made!

Look what I made!

Let the hunt begin!

Let the hunt begin!

On a brighter note now though, last week was end of term for all the schools here and Lily had her last day on Thursday where we got to join her for a Easter Egg hunt which she absolutely loved.  Lily has been doing so well at school and loving every minute of it.  We received her end of term report card which was glowing in every way.  One thing in particular mentioned was how she has made so many friends and is very caring towards other children…. that’s our girl!!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter Egg Hunt!

Micki is really excited, as are we all, that on 4th May (Marc’s birthday) , Esme (Micki’s mom) will be taking the exciting and blessed step of being Baptised! Pics up as soon as it happens.

 

 

 

The Entrance to The Cave!

The Entrance to The Cave!

Half way clean!

Half way clean!

Nate has been working on turning one of the store rooms at the Baptist Church into a youth room (see pics) It has just been emptied and now awaits some maintenance (plastering, roof repairs, ceiling repairs etc.). It’s quite a sizable room within which He will be able (With the best youth leadership in the world) a place for youth after school to do homework,bible studies and discipleship classes. It will also be a place where young people will just be able to come and chill out. It is a very exciting project,

As well as this the schools work is developing at a very fast rate. We have been out to three high schools this term, and in some cases the kids have begged us to come back. So all in all it is exciting times in the youth work of Bulawayo Baptist.

Tennyson 1

Tennyson 1

Tennyson 3

Tennyson 3

Tennyson 2

Tennyson 2

 

 

As we are writing this, we are currently on Day 3 of 10, of the Church’s Kids Holiday Club which has reached 210 kids so far coming through our doors.  Look back soon for more updates about how it all went but here’s a little taster of what’s happening so far…………

Lily praying!

Lily praying!

Lily chilling with her bestie

Lily chilling with her bestie

1st Week of Kids Club

1st Week of Kids Club

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Another tough day in Zimbabwe!

As much as we work hard, we do have the amazing blessing of so many adventures we can take on the weekends! After all the wonderful rains we have been having, many of our dams have been filled up to the point of spilling! The dam that we normal go fishing at has gone from 4% full to 35% full and in total it’s come up vertically 56 ft. So we went for a family trip out on Saturday to see this amazing increase! While we were there we had to do some fishing. Sadly, the only thing we all caught was a sun tan/burn. Not one single bite all day! However we had a great tour guide on the way home!20140319-185509.jpg

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To see the water come up so much was such a reminder of how much God loves us and how he provides our every need! The country was dry and barren! And when the first rains hit the ground, the earth transformed from browns and greys to beautiful shades of green and flamboyant arrays of flowers! As the rains continued, we saw more and more growth, and the animals all around are no long skin and bones with all the grass around for them to eat! Our water cuts have stopped in most places as well which is a great relief for all of us (especially at the Centre)! How awesome is our God…. Jehovah Jirah! Thank you Father!

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So where did 2013 go??????

With love from Zimbabwe

With love from Zimbabwe

Our Africa Girl!

Our Africa Girl!

Our Beautiful Home

Our Beautiful Home

 Greetings and Happy New Year from Zimbabwe!!

Our little Monkey!

Our little Monkey!

Princess upon her Steed

Princess upon her Steed

Yes we know it’s nearly the end of February!!! But life in Zim has been majorly busy over the past couple of months.

To be honest it has been a bit of a roller coaster what with one thing and another!Micki had been extremely busy organising and running Christmas at the

King Herod

King Herod

Inn. This was where the whole Sandra Jones Centre was turned into  Bethlehem for two days. There were

all sorts of things going on. There was King Herod sat on his throne with his loyal soldiers standing next to him. There were Roman soldiers teaching the children how to dress, march and sword fight. All over the gardens there were bible characters telling

Mary & Joseph

Mary & Joseph

there story, Mary and Joseph, The woman at the well, Zaccheaus was up a tree and Tax collectors roaming around taxing people. We had Mary and Martha’s kitchen selling food and drinks, there was Joseph and his carpentry stand, we had Jeremiah’s pottery barn and there was even a

Mary and Joseph

Mary and Joseph

petting zoo with rabbits, sheep and little puppies.  At the end of each day we had a carols by candlelight and nativity story acted out by the children of the centre, plus a few ringers. We even had Mary and Joseph coming in on a real donkey!

The event went really well and raised nearly $2000 for the centre which helped pay the majority of the staff wages.

Nathan has been busy at Church with the youth, preaching on Sunday evenings (a picture of our worship sessions is attached). At the start of December we had one of our Discipleship Now conferences which went really well. The young people stayed in groups of about 8 at host families houses around the city. The church was where we had our services and teaching. There were about 50 young people that turned up and they are desperate to know when our next one is going to be. We also managed to get into one of the government schools and do a service with their boarders. We are so grateful to God for the way it happened as we just turned up to speak to the deputy head. She informed us that we would have to write our intentions down and come and see the headmaster(being two weeks before the end of term). Luckily as we went down to the headmaster’s office we were ushered straight in. We explained what we wanted to do and he was all for it. So the following week we did an afternoon service for them. They loved it! There is a picture attached!Image

Above is Northlea School, Below is one of our youth services at Bulawayo Baptist

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There are also exciting developments with our youth ministry and Scripture Union here in Bulawayo. We may be able to go into schools under their umbrella and contribute to their schools work programmes.

As for family life we were fortunate enough to have friends (the Froggatts) over for Christmas. We spent Christmas and New year here in Bulawayo and then went up to Victoria falls and on safari in Hwange national park. These were really lovely and attached are some Pictures of the falls and our Safari experience.

The Froggatt Family!!

The Froggatt Family!!

After all the galavanting around Zimbabwe we said goodbye to the Froggatts as we sent them back to the cold of the UK. This time Loz went back after having spent 4 months in the mad house with us.

Lily has started preschool and loves it. She goes from 7:15 to 11am and gets to play and do arts and crafts. she has even had to have a little motorbike to ride around with the other children. She is also doing swimming lesson’s which she is getting really good at and loving every minute of it.

First day of Pre-School

First day of Pre-School

First Day of Pre-School

First Day of Pre-School

Within the next couple of weeks we are all flying down to Jo’burg as Marc (Micki’s dad) is going to have another operation on his eye. He is hopefully going to have the gel removed from the back of his eye (which was in to hold the retina in place) and also have a small cataract removed and a new lens put in. If this is successful he can have another Op at a later date to sort out his eye muscle.

So thats it, you are all pretty much up to date!

Thank you so much for your prayers and support! We can’t believe that it is nearly a year since we came out here.  With having your support, we are able to carry out the amazing work God is doing here at The Baptist Church and The Sandra Jones Centre.  So thank you all so much!

Shepherds at the Stable

Shepherds at the Stable

Jeremiah's Bakery

Jeremiah’s Bakery

Blind man at the gate

Blind man at the gate

Little Soldiers

Little Soldiers

Our Baby Jesus

Our Baby Jesus

Our Wise Men

Our Wise Men

Our Wonderful Actors

Our Wonderful Actors

Everyone Enjoyed!!

Everyone Enjoyed!!

Crown Making Station

Crown Making Station

Tax Collectors

Our beautiful Angels

Our beautiful Angels

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Happy New Year from Zim!

We want to wish all of you a very Happy and Blessed 2014! This year has been amazing for us with the Move but sad in many ways too! But God has been strong with us through each up and down and we want to praise him for all he has blessed us with! The verse stands more true as each day goes by…… “For I know the plans, I have for you declares The Lord, plans to prosper and not to harm, to give you hope and a future” – Jerm 29:11. May our hearts and lives praise you Lord more and more in 2014!

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