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In our last newsletter I shared my feelings about Bestman. Bestman is currently the oldest boy in the house. I thought that he had just graduated high school..but while I was there in December I learned that he is just now entering his final year. I learned so much about him and am so thankful. He continues to amaze me with his very precious spirit, servant heart and overall intelligence.
Bestman lost both of his parents at a very young age. His mother passed away when he was 2 leaving no memory for him. There were 7 children in all, with Bestman being the 2nd youngest. His youngest brother, Eric, is also at the orphanage. Two of his older siblings passed away as children and his oldest siblings are married. None of his older siblings can afford to raise he and Eric. They tried. But Bestman was without shoes, money for school and often was without food. He spoke to me of his oldest brother with a soft tone of sadness. I know that he feels like his brother could have done more and not given up, but at the same time Bestman knows that God ordered his steps. He is so thankful to be at the orphanage where he is so well cared for, and where hope breathes. I love that through this painful life he has had to live, he has more love than anything else. He is just precious.
This past year the chicken project was a success, and continues to be. The kids have raised their own chickens and as a result have eaten well. Praise Jesus! Their crops did well also and so these projects are continuing with slight improvements being made as necessary. Fatima, our orphanage director (and fearless leader overall) has recently implemented a peanut butter project. The middle aged kids are making peanut butter. I did not get to see this process or taste it...but I am so excited. It is just one more way for them to have proteins when they need them. I learned about this on my last day in Zim which is why I don't know more details...but as soon as Fatima shares the plan with me I will share it with you. I'm just so proud of them for being smart, pro-active and making wise investments...(peanuts don't grow for free)... and that the children are learning such valuable skills. I really believe this group of kids could lead the world, well.
Happy New Year to our precious BFGO friends, donors and prayer warriors. We couldn't serve the Kingdom in this manner if it weren't for you.
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