Colin & I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your love and prayer support throughout the year, and also to wish you all a joyful Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour and Lord.
Here at the Ark we have celebrated Jesus’ birth with the local village people by performing a Christmas Cantata for them, which to our thinking was a huge success. Over 8000 people came. We ran eight performances over four days, and still the village people wanted more. The Ark people are tired, but it was well worth the effort. Seeds were sown, so now we pray that God’s Spirit will draw the hearts of the people that are hungry for him.
Once again, Bev was busy with costumes for the Cantata – altering existing ones as necessary, and also making some new ones. Then for each performance she was working with other aunties dressing and undressing the actors. Colin had to reassemble the rustic stable which is made out of tree branches and papyrus stems – and then helping with handing out the gift boxes provided by Samaritans Purse International Relief.
Our attention is now drawn to the Christmas Day celebrations at the Ark. Christmas trees have been erected, and tinsel hung around the walls. The wrapping of gifts has been completed and the special food has been ordered. Excited children are running in all directions, while aunties & teachers are trying to engage the children in the holiday program activities. Me-thinks it’s not a lot different to what happens at this time in other parts of the world.
There has been an upsurge of abandoned children coming to Noah’s Ark at this time of the year – mainly boys this time. There was also a 7 or 8 year old girl with disabilities – whether natural or because of abuse is hard to tell. Lilly was seriously malnourished, weighing only 7.9kg on arrival. She could not be fed normally, so had to be tube fed. Praise God that with loving care over about 4 weeks, there has been steady recovery in her condition.
By now most people know that Colin & I are coming home to NZ for a sabbatical, but for those that don’t know we’ll be landing in Auckland on the 25th of January. We will be staying with various members of our family before arriving in Hawkes Bay on the 6th February where we will be staying until near the end of that month. We are looking forward to be amongst our family and friends again.
Due to lack of time we are unable to organise some pictures for this blog – ‘sorry, sorry’ – as they say in Uganda.
Blessings to you all,
Colin & Bev Winters