Greetings to All,
The nights and mornings are still very cold, but the days warm up nicely. Love the cool weather.
To explain some of the pictures below:
Staci Kennedy and Liss Schmallenberg are voluteers arriving in June and staying with us until August. Staci is married to John, who is in the Air Force and they are stationed in Germany. She took a liking to our three cows and someday wants one of her own…. not sure what John thinks of that.
Lissa is from Austria but is now in the process of finishing her last year of college in Italy. She will become a teacher and has given help to our orphans with their studies as has Staci.
Both girls are fantastic volunteers, and we hope they someday return to Sunrise.
Note the picture of eggs gathered in one day. We now have around 40 chickens (called kukus in Swahili) and lots of eggs. We sell some and most go to the children and staff. The villagers believe our eggs are the best ever and want as many as they can get. Thus, we believe we will buy more chickens and go into the business of egg selling.
This avocado tree is in my yard at my house. It produced at least 400 fruit this year. Picking the avocados are Hosea and Elia, our only 7th graders, who will be off in January to attend secondary school and board probably in Mbeya, a town about 5 hours from Njombe. They are excellent students, Elia is number one in his class and Hosea number 4. Elia came to us when he was 10 years old and had never been in school. He is driven in his studies and wants to be a professor at a university. I have no doubt he will be just that provided his sponsors in Ohio continue to support him. I am sure they will as they met Elia a few years ago and fell in love with his smile.
The last picture is of Rhonda and Richard’s house being built. They are the new missionaries who will now manage Sunrise though I remain the director. Richard is a pastor, and they are from the U.S.. In the background you will see the finished workshop. (Now we wait for purchasing the machinery needed to teach carpentry, welding, solar power, electricity and computers.)
Blessings to all,
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