Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Blessings

Some of our Swazi friends have given abundantly during this Christmas season. From a preschool party, to gifts for all the children, and even hosting a celebration at a nearby game park, they have acted upon their love for the children we care for!

Here are some of the highlights from our Christmas party at Mlilwane, one of Swaziland's game parks. Our friends and long-time supporters of New Life Homes, the Kellys and the Youngs, hosted this party and did an amazing job! They even made it relaxing for us!

The kids went on a hike though the bush, where we encountered blesbok, nyala, impala, warthogs, wildebeest, and monkeys.

Despite the cold weather, Bhuti Tom decided to demonstrate how much fun it would be to swim in the river. No wonder the kids are laughing!

I think Tommy was a little concerned about crocs, don't you? 

Phumlani has a close (too close?) encounter with a warthog.

After walking back to the lodge, the families organized games for the kids and even the housemothers were encouraged to participate. In this game, the moms blew up their balloons until they popped. You can feel the anticipation!

The kids were treated to lunch, cake, and ice cream. Some of the little ones had a hard time keeping up with the drips, and used the excess as a hair conditioning treatment.

We wrapped up the day with personalized gifts for EACH of the 39 children. Can you imagine shopping for 39 different kids? These friends really blessed everyone in a BIG way.

When God gives, he always gives abundantly!

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1

Praying that you and your families also experience the abundance God promises.

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