As you guy know our friends from Repairer Of The Breach sponsored our PAF xmas party. Lloyd just sent us a little report. Enjoy your read and merry xmas again!
“Christmas is a time of sharing. Family members and friends gather from far and wide to celebrate and reunite.
We in Chinkonono village were not left out of the festivities. Just like others around the world we gathered together to eat, sing and pray. It was indeed a wonderful time to see all members of the village assemble in the spirit of oneness.
This special christmas was made possible by PAF and our partners from ROTB. They donated money earlier on already for sewing machines and fabrics gave PAF money to purchase food stuff for the event. From the funds we were able to buy three bags of rice, two bags of maize meal, a bag of flour, 10 goats, 10 chickens and also some snacks for children.
It was a big day. Food was prepared by PAF and 248 people were fed. But it was not only feasting. We also used the event to educate the village on what Planting A Future was doing
- raising fruit trees seedlings for homes, schools and clinics.
- providing tailoring skills to people through the PAF-ROTB tailoring project.
- providing school sponsorship for hard working pupils from needy families
- sourcing for donations, information and advice from wellwishers, friends and donors for installing boreholes, libraries, schools
- encouraging the community through practical interventions and teach them new new ideas such as preserving fruits and vegetables by sun drying and solving problems like damming streams.
It was also an oppportunity to foster love and understanding among community members. Love without borders and love your neighbour as you love yourself were the themes. A pastor from the SDA Church preached a sermon from the book of Nehemiah on service to others Nehemiah 13 vs 14, psalms 133 vs 1 on brotherhood.
There was so much food that everyone ate to his or her full and even managed to carry some food to their homes. We also had two bags of rice and a bag of maize meal left. These were donated to four old widows living on their own.
This was a big miracle for the village as nothing of its kind has ever happened. There was so much gratitude from the village to PAF and ROTB for feeding and bringing the village together.
It was indeed a Christmas.”