On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to Swaziland to live at Project Canaan. I hope to update my blog on Saturday mornings and share, as honestly as I can, the highs and lows of our life in Africa. We are living on a farm in a remote part of this tiny Kingdom and are serving the community as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of the nation. The 365 day count down started on June 1st, 2011, but the real journey begins now. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, October 15, 2016
All in all, this was a good week.
This week started with an anonymous donor offering to put up
a $50,000 US match for our urgent fundraising drive to bring water from the
top. The challenge was for five days with hopes to reach our goal of $200,000 (the
first 25% of the funds needed to bring water from the top of the mountain) so
that we can move full speed ahead in building the wier (see last weeks blog for
details).I am THRILLED to
announce that we have raised $178,405 US ($230,782 CDN) so far and
pray that people will continue to give and the balance of it will come in the
next few days.Even more
exciting is that 221 individual people
invested in the project and bought piping that will run down our mountain.The project will begin on Monday!
In addition to that good news, we received a new
little boy on Wednesday welcoming our 140th child to Project Canaan
(!!).This little guy turns
2-years-old tomorrow and his mother abandoned him with a neighbor before she
ran to South Africa and the “alleged” father denies paternity. The police and
social welfare are still doing further investigation, but for now we are
working on his nutrition (he is severely malnourished) and he is settling in
nicely with all of his 41 2-year-old brothers and sisters living at the toddler
Face blocked to protect his identity.
This week we celebrate three birthdays.Glory and Titus turned 3-years-old and
today John turns 4-years-old.Each
and every child gets their own birthday cake on their birthdays, with the
exception of our 7 sets of twins who share a cake.When a child turns three, they get a big stuffed animal to
sleep with. When they turn four, they get a book bag (back pack) for school.When they turn five, they get a
handmade quilt for their bed.They
also get to go to the boma (tall wooden sticks at the Oasis playground) and
choose their own measuring pole that they will be measured on at each
birthday.We work hard to make
every child feel special, loved and to be raised in their own identity in
Christ, not an identity as an “abandoned child”.
Happy 3rd birthday Glory!
Happy 3rd birthday Titus!
4-year-old Grace got her very own swing(s) so that
she can be strapped in and swing with the rest of the children and she also
received leg braces (think Forest Gump) that will help her walk on her own. BUT
already, this little girl who we were told would never sit, walk or see, is
sitting, walking and seeing!One
of the “perks of the job” is seeing miracles each and every day.
Yesterday we welcomed my cousin Kim and her husband
Joe along with their friends Carol and Barry from BC, Canada. Kim is our North
American Sales Director for Khutsala and she is the one who is responsible for
our beautiful new Khutsala Artisans website.Be sure to check it out for your gift giving needs at www.khutsala.com.I can’t tell you how nice it is to have family here
after going through several very hard months personally.
Ian’s knee is healing, slowly.He is now using only one cane and the
swelling is also slowing going down.His body tells him when he does too much in a day or doesn’t have his
leg up enough, which saves me from having to tell him J.
All in all, this has been a good week, and I am SO
happy to be able to say that.
Live from Swaziland … heading down to eat birthday
cake with John!