Lolly and CC etc. We did have a great time doing this.
Hope you get all the pictures etc. ok. Let us know. E/S Bullock
SUNNY Greetings from Turkey!!
After some VERY BUSY time in Zimbabwe we are finally able to slow down a little (we are back to work on the ‘Ladies European Tour’) and write some of our happenings with photographs.
Firstly, we would like to say a GREAT BIG ‘THANK-YOU’ TO EACH OF YOU once again for all of your very kind help with the GREAT work that has been done in Zimbabwe!
Each of these Children were an ABSOLUTE ‘joy’ to be with, their gratitude, their excitement and their WONDERFUL Spirits can NEVER be forgotten!!
In just one such instance during our visit to Muzuribani (most northern point of Zimbabwe) where thousands had congregated, all in the hopes of their Children and the Orphans receiving some books & food, we formed a line where the Children would come with their siblings to receive their allocation of books, pens, Article of Faith Cards, sweets, socks and food…within that line came a single little Girl on her own (7 years old), as thin as could be, in her hands she carried her small metal bowl in the hopes of receiving some food that day…in exchange she received her books etc. and a 10kg (22 pound) bag of mealie-meal which would feed her for 40 days!! What work could be any greater than this?!
In the bush it is ALWAYS FUN to stop on the roadside and to give to whomever is walking there, the BEST part by far is then driving away and watching as they literally run and jump for joy at what they have received…It is SO FUN!!
Most of the groups of Children sang and danced in appreciation for what they had received.
An eye camp ALWAYS humbles us, seeing each of those patients rely solely on full-time assistance of another (and have usually done so for MANY years) helps us to realign our gratitude and accountability in continuing to make such surgeries available for ALL in need!!
WE LOVE ZIMBABWE for SO MANY reasons, however the main reason would have to be the incredible generosity of the people…they have little to give, yet they give you their happiness…they have almost NOTHING, yet they are SO HAPPY!
...They give you their smiles…EVERYONE has one with them!
...They give you their hearts…so caring, kind and grateful!
...They give you their laughter…laughter is a way of life!
...They give you their chatter and inclusion into their hearts…although you might be a complete stranger, they will share with you as though you had been Friends forever!
...And they especially share with you their love & respect towards God, whom they REALLY believe is watching over them, listening to them and answering their every Prayer!
We have felt absolutely BLESSED to have had this opportunity to serve our people, their gracious and humble mannerisms in ‘receiving’ is a great reminder to us of that which we have ALWAYS known, yet often times have forgotten.
There were MANY instances where photography was inappropriate…however here are a few pictures sharing in some of ‘their moments of joy’…enjoy…
I ALWAYS TELL LOLLY & CC TO ONLY BRING INTO THE TRUCK THAT WHICH YOU ARE PREPARED TO GIVE AWAY
…INCLUDING THEIR LUNCH!!
IT WAS AMAZING…WITH THE DUST AND ALL!!!
CLOTHING, BOOKS, AND NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR ALL!!
SOME CLOTHES, A TOY, CANDY & A BOOK TO BRING LITERACY INTO THEIR YOUNG LIVES!
…A BIBLE, PAPER & PENS WERE GIVEN TO EACH CHILD
…AFTER A FIVE MINUTE SURGERY, THE FOLLOWING DAY MARIA COULD SEE!! AN ABSOLUTE MIRACLE!
JUST WAITING FOR THE BUS’ IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BUSH,
WE WERE ABLE TO STOP AND GIVE THIS UMBUYA (GRANDMOTHER) SOME READING GLASSES AND A BIBLE
SHE WAS SO, SO HAPPY!!!!
AT OUR ‘HIGHLANDS WARD’ CHAPEL…LOCAL CHILDREN FROM THE NEIGHBOURHOOD FILLING UP CONTAINERS OF WATER EACH MORNING TO CARRY HOME