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South Africa
My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna and Angelee and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. A year and a half later, our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! This blog has been a place where I have been able to journal my journey through loss, hope and choosing to live a life rich in love.

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24 November 2010

So very Thankful

I had the BEST day today ... just in time to get into the true spirit of what Thanksgiving is all about. I had the privilege of being part of giving back to those who so desperately need to receive God's blessings, and I can honestly say that we are the richer for it! As a church family we have been supporting a local farm school in our community. It is a little school tucked away out of every ones notice, but boy-oh-boy is God pouring out His love on these precious children. These precious children come from very poor families who have so little, but God is ever mindful of those in need and He led us to this little school almost 2 years ago. We have been working with them to upgrade practical areas in the school and also just to spend time with the kids once every second week planting seeds of truth into their hearts. Today we organized a mini sports-day and Christmas party for them. Just take a look at these precious faces. Aren't they beautiful!!!
 So we kicked off the morning with some running races and 3 legged races. They absolutely LOVED it!
Even the principle (in the orange top), teachers and volunteers got involved ... much to the delight and cheering of the kids. 
For the children, a total highlight were these chocolate medals that some of the moms from our church made. They were so proud of them! 
It almost broke my heart to see the appreciation of such a small little gift. 
Another highlight for us was to send off the graduating grade 7 students into high school with back packs filled with all the stationary they will need for next year. We also included a Bible and goal notepad so that they can keep setting goals for themselves as they enter high school. They were just bowled over by this gift.
Once again, their humble appreciation spoke such volumes to my heart. Imagine being so thankful over a practical gift like that.  
The best moment for me was being able to pray over these precious ones. Their hearts are so open to the Lord. We are so grateful to be working with a principle who currently is not even paid to do what she does. She does it out of her love for these children and her love for the Lord!
We also were able to bless the teachers with a little something for all their hard work. 
And in return we were blessed with the singing and dancing of the ones we came out to love. (It's so true what my mom has always taught me ... "you can never out-give God!").
After all the fun and celebration we handed out hotdogs, juices, crisps and lolypops to each of the children and teachers. 
I will never forget the beautiful faces of these thankful children ...
And these amazing teachers and helpers who sacrifice so much to sow good seeds into these little ones lives.
We are so very blessed. There is nothing like taking a few hours out to give back into areas of need in your community to really get in touch with God's heart. 
Happy Thanksgiving to you at this precious time of the year.
All my love,
Janine xxx


EJN said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, what sweet teachers and children. The Lord bless you and them.

Traci66 said...

Happy Friday to you too. Have a great weekend.

Kate said...

Your page is absolutely beautiful and inspiring! I found you on Mama to 4 Blessings blog hop! I hope you can follow me back at http://loveiseverywhere.blogspot.com/

Peace & love

Tiffany Christie said...

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Lisa said...

Janine, how blessed you are to have this experience! What an amazing thing to be involved with. Thank you for posting pictures - it's lovely to see and read about.

Adeye said...

Oh my gosh, Jan, you have no idea what those gorgeous pics did to my heart. I wanted to reach out and grab those little angels. How beautiful they are! What a sweet thing you guys did for them. They will never forget it. I look at them and realize (once again) how spoiled we are in this country.

I love you soooooo much.