Greetings from Sunny Africa!
We are getting back into life here in Namibia. We had been away for over
6 months. Suzanne and Fara arrived back in January and John in February.
It was a long time to be away and that always makes it hard to come
back. We all miss our first granddaughter, Nanette, and our kids. It
was nice to be able to see Sarah, Jonny and Ben almost every day when we
were in Madison. But it is good to be home and to get back to the work
God has called us to here. I am still hunting for things like ink
cartridges for my printer and getting my office set up. I am making
lists of all the things I need to do to get Community Hope School
registered a establish a welfare org. here to be the owner of the
school. We are putting together a local board of directors here as we
launch these ministries. It is a lot of administrative work that needs
to be done. I still need to send out more newsletters to new supporters
to raise the rest of our budget for the school for 2005.
Community Hope School
I will not leave you as orphans,
Suzanne is at the school every day. It is located
in one of the poorest areas of Windhoek. She teaches our 10 grade one
students and works with the teachers helping them with their curriculum
development. She is very busy with all there is to do with managing a
school. Our teachers, Archie Beukes and Sofia Elago are doing a great
job. The children are having breakthroughs and learning quickly. They
took the kids swimming on Friday. Some kids had never been before. We
are learning that teaching these Orphans and other vulnerable children
(OVC) in our school is different from teaching children who have had
good families. The childrenís needs are greater in many ways. Keep us in
Our classrooms are bright and cheery and the children all look so good
in their new school uniforms at their new desks. We are providing 2
meals a day for them and they all have a hunger to learn. I will be
writing a profile of each child as the year goes on so you can pray for
their individual needs.