Friday, March 27, 2015

Christmas in March!

 

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Hello Buttershaw Baptist Church in England!  Thank you so much for your lovingly painted Santas and reindeer and Christmas cards!  Due to a postal strike, they didn’t arrive until late January I think it was, and I didn’t arrive til February!  Then it took me awhile to decide when to give them out and then I just decided, today is the day!  They loved them and didn’t care at all that it wasn’t Christmas time!  Sharing was tricky but good for them to negotiate!  Thank you so much for thinking of us!

I’ve just added all the photos I took here – hopefully most of your kids will catch a glimpse of their artwork.  Most were too blurry to post, there was a lot of cute boys in motion!

PS:  I did give these out about two weeks ago, just slow on my post!

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Day of the Tree

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Today is the International Day of the Tree!  Our children’s center director, Pastor Adolfo, planned a little teaching and celebration time for all our center kids.

We gathered in the church to hear a brief lesson on planting and caring for trees and plants.  Then everyone raced to their respective dorms to plant their own new trees!

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The kids loved it!

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Professional tampers at work here!

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Nicely protected for a little while, while it grows!

We finished by eating bananas, which grow on trees.  But not the tree we planted in our dorm which is an orange tree.  But it fit the theme anyway.  If I’d known ahead of time what type of tree we were getting, I would have bought oranges!

How will you celebrate the Day of the Tree?  Remember the wise proverb that says, “The best day to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best day – today!”

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Felipe was inspired to plant his own “tree” – a plant he found by the basketball court and brought home to plant!

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My boys were eager to show Senor Adolfo the plants they planted about two weeks ago!  Some of them might grow into something!

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We’re being trees!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

So full of life!

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My amazing boys don’t care of it’s hot or cold, if they’re dripping with sweat or with rain – they are full of life and energy and it must be spent! 

And they love futball – soccer to us Americans.

I love watching them play.  I love watching them, period. 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

New Cute-Patoots!

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Can these boys be ANY cuter? 

They all arrived in my dorm while I was in the US.  Only one, Filipe, in the bottom right, is new to the center.  The other three were all in the Transition House and have now transitioned to me!

They are a handful and a privilege at the same time.  Please join me in praying for these sweet boys to feel at home, to know the love of their Father and for me to wisely know how to pour into them.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wonderful Visitors!

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I had the most wonderful surprises this week.  THREE of my old – and older! – boys stopped by to visit me, all of which I hadn’t seen in a couple years. 

Francisco came to see me with his baby son who is named in my honor – Lurio!  SO sweet! He has been living in South Africa. Francisco and Pedro were best friends when they both lived in the center.

Nandino – yes, about a foot taller than me, he is seriously leaning in this photo – popped round for a visit.

And Rafino stopped by today.  He has moved back here to Maputo after he and his brothers moved north while his oldest brother studied to be a doctor.  His brother is a doctor now and working in our local hospital.  They have all moved back and care for their elderly father.

Please keep these young men in your prayers.  Life is not easy in Mozambique – the unemployment rate is very high and corruption to find jobs is rampant.  Please pray for their futures and all that God has for them will be theirs!

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Something about that 12 year anniversary (which honestly, they don’t even know about!) has them coming home for a visit!  What a blessing!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Puzzling!

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I love puzzles!  I seem to have passed that on to many of my boys, for they often choose a puzzle when they come in to play.  Felizardo was particularly proud of putting together the Solar System puzzle. 

Floor puzzles are the best.  I brought back two of them in my luggage, even though they are big and heavy..

The Solar System puzzle will feature in our little unit study on space coming up in the next month or two.  Feel free to chime in if you have any ideas on teaching Space concepts to younguns who’ve not been exposed to much (like science museums for example!).

Monday, February 23, 2015

One or two years–or TWELVE!

I’ve been here in Mozambique twelve years today!  Wowza!  How did that happen?

(This photo is actually from nine years ago – I don’t have any older ones at hand. But I did wear that skirt over the weekend!)

When I prepared to come work with Iris Ministries in Zimpeto in 2003, I had in my heart that I wanted to spend “a year of my life, maybe two” working with orphaned, abandoned and abused children.  Well those precious children captured my heart and haven’t yet let go so I am still here!

And while they are here with us precisely because they are orphaned, abandoned or abused – or something is not right in their home setting – to me, they are basically just precious children.  Whom I have the privilege of loving on, pouring into, praying over, believing for, hoping for . . . with a generous sprinkling of tearing my hair out over thrown in for good measure!CD group cropped

(I am wearing that same skirt as I type this – this photo was from 2007.  Maybe time for some new clothes??)

I wonder how many little boys have passed thru my dorm in the last 12 years?  Sometime I will have to try and figure that out, I haven’t kept a running list or anything.  I would guess hundreds.  Some for a few months, some still live here – one is coming to visit me this very morning with his girlfriend and one year old baby who is named in my honor!  (I wish he would have waited to have a baby but they don’t all listen to my advice to wait until they are 25 and have a job and home to get married and have kids!!)

Each one of these boys is created by God for a purpose and is uniquely gifted for their part in this world.  I hope to see in them who they are and help nurture that into fruition. 

That isn’t easy with, on average, 30+ of them at one time, the precious ages of 4-8.  This remains my greatest challenge and frustration, how to parent them when there are simply so many.  I’m not trying to pretend things are perfect or easy – far from it.  But it remains my hope and goal to be used by God in their little lives to lay a foundation of raising them into the young men God created them to be.

Thank you so much to each and every one of you who has supported me in this adventure these 12 years.  Whether it is through monthly support, one-time or occasional giving, prayers, encouraging words and scripture verses, creative ideas, visits, care packages, a listening ear, a kind comment – all of it serves to provide for me to be here in tangible and intangible ways.  Without you, none of this would be possible!

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(I wore this skirt this weekend too!  That’s it, I’m going shopping!)

Much love,

Mana Laura

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Why yes, in theory, I do still have a blog!

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And a few dozen gorgeous boys ready to be written about and shared with all of you kind readers!

These were banners of their handprints they had made with recent, amazing, visitors, Lisa, Jo and Jo and their three sons.  Ladies, you’ll be happy to know the banners are still intact and look lively and happy in their rooms!

As I am now back home in Mozambique with my boys, and settling back into routines, I will be sure and get back into writing, keeping you informed of our little adventures here in Zimpeto. 

I must add, the offer still stands – why not visit us and join us in our adventures?!

Love, Mana Laura

Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas is Coming!

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Christmas is coming friends and we’ve been busy getting ready to celebrate with all the kids in the center!  I’m getting things organized for my 34 gorgeous little bundles.  They are so delighted with everything they get, it is easy to bless them!

Would you like to participate in making their day special?  You can sponsor one of my cutie pies for their Christmas gift with a donation of $20.

This year, we’ve been so blessed with donations of enough clothes and shoes (and a few things I’ve bought and tucked away throughout the year) that we are all set for their new outfit!  Praise God for generous people!

So your gift of $20 would bless them with a special Christmas gift bag of goodies as well as some Dorm Gifts (skateboards, soccer balls, mini badminton, etc). 

If you would like to sponsor one of my boys, you can leave a comment here, or email me at Lauraleighanderson@hotmail.com or contact me on facebook.  I will send you a photo of your special little guy!

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You can give in one of three ways:  1.  Send a check payable to Laura Anderson to: Laura Anderson, PO Box 734, Roseburg, OR 97470.  2. Via the Paypal link on this blog on the right hand side.  3.  For tax deductible credit, you can make a check payable to Faith Fellowship and mail it to: Laura Anderson, PO Box 734, Roseburg, OR  97470.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Merry Christmas! 

Mana Laura and her darling boys!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

A little gift goes a long way!

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We just had three lovely ladies and their three cool teenage sons here from England.  Because of their sons’ ages, they wanted to adopt our dorm.  While they spent time in all the areas of the ministry, we were the blessed focus of their attention!

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I don’t have photos of all the things they did but I do have some.  They left a leaving gift of a bag for each boy – and they didn’t forget even one! – a sure way to a little boys’ heart, a plastic bag of goodies with his name on it!

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They also came prepared with precut triangles to make bunting for the boys’ rooms.  Each boy got to paint his hands and then put his handprints on two triangles, then they sewed the whole thing together.  The boys were delighted!  (now to get them up high enough on the walls they can’t be pulled down by mischievous hands!).  This had gone along with a  teaching they had prepared teaching the boys, “you are special” and uniquely created.

Thanks so much Jo and Jo and Lisa and Noah and Jonti and Jacob!  You were a wonderful blessing with your gifts, supplies, your hearts and love and energy!