Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The leadership at the Eastleigh Community Centre is working through a midterm review of the five year strategic plan for its sustainable community development programs. Along with identifying the gaps and new opportunities arising, it was a wonderful opportunity to deepen our connection with the centre's board of directors and our colleagues.
Please hold the ECC in your prayers as we seek God's direction and discernment for the next chapter of ministry in Eastleigh.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
... That was a little surprising.
While the refugee women of Noor have been off these last two weeks for the final days of Ramadan and the celebration of the Muslim holiday Eid, our friend Patrick has been busy firing thousands of beads which the women had made and glazed, during the past two months.
Along with the local glazes, we are experimenting with test glazes purchased from the United Kingdom. The ladies are trying to broaden their palette of colours and designs. One of our favourites is "sea speckle blue". We can't wait to see what the new beads look like within Noor's new creations.
Friday, September 18, 2009
On Thursday afternoon, the Refugee Children's Club met to sing together, play games, and discuss the importance of how we use our hands. Nelius, the head teacher from our Iftin English literacy program, came as the guest speaker to talk to the children about conflict resolution. Over the past month, their teacher has needed to address fighting amongst some of the students in the new refugee class. The 17 students span from ages 8 to 16 years old. None of them have attended school before and they speak very little English or KiSwahili.
Nelius had the children trace each other's hands, and then together think of ways that they use their hands to help one another and the ways their hands can be used to tear each other down. The whole group shared about the sources of conflict between them and discussed better ways of building peace rather than fighting. Please continue to pray for these children as they work together to build better patterns of living in community.
Global Connections' leadership visiting
with Nelius at the Eastleigh Community Centre
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The Green team is doing very well this year, in yesterday's match with the Reds (The team of Emma's buddy Mary), the game ended in a 4-4 tie with a nail biting final goal by the Reds in the last seconds of the game. Emma and her friends are having a great time -- as are the proud fans in the stands!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Aaron, Phares, Zahra, Rhoda and the first six community facilitators being training for the Self Help Group program.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Please keep this initiative in your prayers. There are many obstacles yet to overcome. We pray especially for our friend Reuben who has been an incredible help in reaching out to the young men in the community.
Also in pray: Please remember Erica and our colleague, A., as they travel each day this week, and next, to a crisis management conference in Karen.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Ava with her teacher Mrs. Dianah