Links have identified a partner who shares the vision of changing lives and transforming their communities. Steven saw Pamoza as the means of achieving that and we at Bunches shared his vision. Together, we set out a plan in order to achieve that goal. We are now some way along that path. Ultimately Pamoza will be self funding, we just planted the seeds for them to grow. Clearly there are people who are benefitting: the recipients from the pig project and the people who are housed within Pamoza and earn a living because of its existence. The real number of lives being changed extends far beyond what we see when we visit. The vision and plan is coming together and this will provide a template for others to learn from and take to other communities.- Will Hibbert, Bunches (bunches.co.uk
On behalf of Pamoza Christian Centre I would like to thank Links International for partnering with us to accomplish a number of projects and goals.
A. Land: You started by supporting us to purchase 2 acres more of land where the project is now standing.
B. Piggery Project: Links has sponsored and helped us in purchasing four seed pigs, construction of a caretaker house that is good and decent accommodation for 9 family members, and the construction of a permanent pig house that can accommodate 32 pigs at one go that multiplied to nineteen in stock after we had already given pigs to eight households. (Meanwhile funding has already been approved for the construction of a second caretaker house by Links)
C. Poultry Project:
We thank God for the positive response by Links that they have supported the poultry project in the following way: Links has sponsored us in constructing two permanent 12m x 6m houses, feed to the time they will start laying eggs and helped in purchasing 400 day old layer chicks and feed. We plan to establish multiple supportive projects such as: constructing 3 more chicken houses, two broilers, constructing 2 fish ponds and developing a lay training centre and accommodation for local free range chickens which resists diseases.Update:
We are also pleased to report that the solar electricity has been installed at Pamoza Christian Centre and the houses are now ready for the chickens. People are also coming for training and conducting seminars. As they do that, we will be providing food for sale and at the same time creating a market for our farm products.
– Steven Chisale, Pamoza Christian Centre
Would you like to help us provide more for the Pamoza Project? Email us HERE.
The ‘Marriage Encounter’ covers similar topics as is used in the seminars.
Married couples are invited usually for two days to come away from their homes to a guest house, hotel or other facility.
Here they will be away from the toils and worries of everyday life and can concentrate on the marriage and their partner, and what God is saying.
The format of the ‘Encounter’ is for the couples to hear a seminar before going away together to a private place where they can talk together.
To help with this talking they are given questions to answer individually before discussing them with their partner.
Couples will also be given instruction on how to communicate clearly and how we use our words, tone of voice and our body language.
A typical programme for the Marriage Encounter is as follows:
- Who the teachers are
- Testimonies of changed marriages
- Format of ‘Marriage Encounter’ explained
- Lectures and working together using dialogue
- A need for honesty, gently expressed without harshness
- Commitment to God and to our marriage
- Write down why you came and what you want from the ‘encounter’
- The history of a relationship
- Dialogue: Statement of intent
- Identity and self image
- Gender gap
- Feedback from Day 1
- Marriage is for life
- Being Committed
- Sexual relationship
- Prayer of commitment and communion
- Feedback and questions
- Has the ‘Encounter’ met your expectations
- Disclaimer and continuance
Malawian bee update
Approaching a hive of 50,000 busy bees, with only a hat, head mosquito net, and some rubber gloves, to take their honey is a “sobering moment”, as I know the workers will give their lives to protect their Queen-bee.
Yet I know that if Mfumu Chapsinja does not see how honey can be safely harvested with what is available locally, the new beekeeping project will fail to catch on. Very important because each hive can save a struggling family from poverty as it can be produce an annual salary’s worth of honey!
I also know that the workers should, with my smoking twisted straw taper, think more of the fire risk than me, if I hold my nerve and move slowly.
Lifting the lid of the hive, you see just what “hive of activity means” and expecting the sharp pains of stings from the bees on my arms and buzzing all around. But none come, protection seems to surround me like the sun’s rays.
It seems an age but the honey is harvested, and the Chief says he will make more for his village, as he has seen for himself how it can be done, and it’s safer at night.
Job done, back home thankful and full of joy. God gives “good gifts” not what harms us.
We were recently sent this encouraging report from one of our partners in India, and we wanted to share it with you.
Greetings and thanks for your prayers.
We held a Youth Camp at our training centre from 4th June evening till 8th June Lunch time. It was such a joy to see youth braving the heat and humidity and packing the training centre’s every inch of land, sleeping on simple mattresses on the ground, eating the hot and spicy food, participating from 5.00. a.m. till 9.00 p.m.
We had 160 participants registered with us and local participants were also in very good number. When we counted locals then our number touched 202, which was the first time we had this many young and some young at heart at one time at our training centre. Each one of them participated in discussion, debate, dance, songs, painting, quizzes, drama etc. Each winning team was encouraged with a trophy.
This bunch of youth went back with the vision to reach their neighbourhoods and villages and cities. Each one of them dedicated their lives for the Kingdom.
We had a mixed group of people; we had one young doctor, a few mechanical engineers, advocates, teachers, students from various streams. This Youth Camp represented different states of India; Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Delhi, Uttra Khand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
Please continue to pray for these Youth.
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Our work is not just about today’s adults – we strongly believe that looking after future generations will lead to enduring transformation.
To this end, we like to encourage youth work in our communities, subject to youth workers being on our trips.
If this is something you have a heart for, please do get in touch. It’s an area of our work that we’d love to develop further.
Every community needs well equipped leaders. We believe that our involvement should fade away as leaders are developed within our partner communities.
Transferring leadership skills is as important as any other area of our work and we’re delighted to see this transformation with each passing trip.
Where people have a particular skill or willingness to learn and are clearly motivated to help themselves out of poverty, we can guide them into a new career. We’ve trained carpenters and seamstresses amongst other specialities.
This training is often linked in to other support and micro-finance loans are also made available to suitable candidates.
If you have a particular skill that you would like to share with our communities, please do get in touch.
The challenges facing our communities are often interlinked and complex. Sometimes we see other things that we can help with and this is particularly the case when on a trip. We’ve even been known to join in with local celebrations!
This flexibility underpins our ethos and we love to know that we can respond.