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Dear Kingdom Family,
I trust you are all well.Just an update from us the Erwee’s
Firstly, it’s been a while since we updated something and for good reason.
As you know I am pregnant and currently in my last trimester…We recently received news from our OBGYN that due to my health situation I would need to go on bed rest and take it easy….Due to the fact that the hospital is quite a distance from where we reside, we would need to be closer to the hospital as the time approaches.So with that being said we will be closing during the Christmas holidays until the New Year and our staff will also be on a well -deserved break. Please note that the office will be closed during this time. We will not be taking in any visitors until further notice. We have our trusted managers in place seeing to the necessary until our return.
We have been crazy busy here on the land, Albert and the staff have been hard at work over the past few months with maintenance and restoring a lot of the damage to the buildings. We had an outbreak of a virus recently which has affected our livestock so we have had to move quickly and efficiently which in itself is a process. Next year we will be purchasing new livestock as we grow in faith.
Our farm is doing great although we are still in urgent need of sweet water and patiently await a solar system so we can have clean drinking water here. We have already begun digging foundations for more water towers that will supply sufficient water to all our crops, gardens and livestock.. this is a move of faith so please pray with us! However we would like to thank the Heartbeat of Heaven donor who supported us financially with our irrigation system because of your kind donation our orchards are receiving some water and therefore are doing well. Thank you!
Due to limited funds currently we are trying to come up with some creative ideas to bless our children and families as well as our staff for Christmas. If you would like to make a kind donation towards this, it would be so much appreciated. We will keep you updated with regards to this with pics and posts as we draw closer to the time.
Also, we are excited to announce the incredible changes that will be taking place here next year…This year we focused a lot on restoration and maintenance which was of great importance and still is…We lost a lot of trees due to a lack of water, some buildings needed to be restored due to heavy damage and we have had a major problem concerning termites which affected our dormitories tremendously!Albert and the staff have already done so much with regards to maintenance, and look forward to showing you our before and after pics.2019 we believe will be a year of transformation… A lot of changes will be made as we move towards the vision God has given us as Heartbeat of Heaven.So stay tuned for this!
An update on our families, children and babies…
All our families were recently individually assessed in their homes and because of the new program we put into place we were able to get a very clear idea on their personal needs. Sister Chrissie our head nurse who assessed the families with us made herself available to go and assist with medical check- ups..Two of our beneficiaries are bed ridden and therefore cannot move and due to this haven’t had a wash for quite sometime…So she has assisted them with baths while we helped with new toiletries and fresh clothing.
Our children are also doing very well since some of them have been placed with their families. These families have committed to walking a journey with us in seeing our children thrive and benefit from our child support program where we are involved in all aspects especially with regards to their schools where we get weekly updates and monthly reports on their progress.
Our babies are also doing so well on the baby feeding program as we have already released another five babies who have completed the program and are in perfect health. We have just taken on five new babies this month and look forward to seeing their progress too.
We have also begun reaching out to the troubled youth in our area which began with some youth we caught stealing and causing trouble, we felt the Lord speak to us about walking a journey with them and calling out the gold in them. They have begun joining us in the morning for devotion and will be assisting us on the farm. Through this we have felt lead to begin a youth program that will meet this problem in the community and see a change made as our youth transform their lives through encountering Jesus and demonstrating His love.
With regards to worship, for us this is a lifestyle we lead and demonstrate to all our staff…We have begun discipleship training and look forward to the various workshops that will take place next year as well as our Worship school which will begin in May 2019 where we will be hosting various guest speakers…
We have already begun the planning phase of turning one of our houses into a studio where we look forward to recording new songs with our students. If you would like to sponsor a student and would like to know more concerning this feel free to email us.
We have some volunteers coming in over the New year and look forward to introducing them all to you and what they will be doing here…
Please keep us in prayer as there is still so much work to be done and with limited funds there is only so much we can do. So we are going to be running a couple of fund raisers. Next year we look forward to our Rooted In Africa| Rooted In Love Arts and Crafts project which will focus on self –sustainability as well Foundations For Farming which focuses on sustainable farming.
Lastly, We were hoping to reach all our donors individually with a personal note to say thank you for all your support as we believe in building Kingdom relationships and networking with other ministries so we reached out to obtain your details so that we could create a database but were informed from HFTN UK that there Is a strict data protection law and would like to honour that …so if you would like for us to get in touch with you and would like us to send you a personal note of thanks please feel free to PM us your details so that we can do so.
We began here in June 2018 and have already seen God do the impossible. Although it has not been easy we are so grateful for the opportunity to take ownership of this incredible gift of a blessing and to be entrusted by God to be good stewards of the dream He has entrusted us with. We look forward to 2019 and believe that it is going to be a very blessed year for us all!
From our hearts to yours…We thank you!Love,Al, Mel, Jadon, Arabella, Jadon and Josua.Heartbeat of Heaven.