CHRISTMAS IN KENYA

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There are so many ways to bless the children and Mamas of Bura and surrounding villages this Christmas!

For many of them, the following items are only a dream!

*Some of our Mamas desperately need new gardening tools as they have worn theirs out! Their desire to grow food for their families can be made possible including teaching them, re. the benefits of nutritious crops. Seedlings will be made available for them to get started!

*You might like to send a gift to sponsor a double dug garden for a family, to provide the family with nourishing vegetables all year.

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*Or you may be interested in sponsoring a chicken project for a family in need. This would provide food but also some extra income for their many needs.

*If you are interested in sponsoring a child’s education in a local school, we can help you provide that to a needy child.

*We are half way through building our second home for orphan children and you can help sponsor furnishings such as a child’s bedding, bed, help furnish the kitchen with utensils, or furntiture for their new home. Even a lamp for the children to study by, would be gratefully received.

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*You might want to take part in helping to build a home!! For update photos of these projects, please see our Heartbeat Ministries Facebook page.

*We are also building a very large water pan to collect rain water for everyday use as well as for irrigation for the farm. Become a partner with us for this great project, with either a one time gift or a monthly support to keep the project flowing.

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*You may also help to sponsor a biogas heating structure for one of our orphan children’s homes to give them cooking heat at a fraction of the cost!

Whatever is in your heart to do for these little ones and their families in need, we are able to give you the opportunity.

All gifts over $10.00 are tax deductible and we will receipt you to the address you include with your gift.

Please see donation buttons on the right if you would like to be a part of Heartbeat’s Christmas in Kenya!

We wish each of you a most Blessed and Joyous Christmas and prosperous New Year!! / Heartbeat Team

Christmas Coffee House

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Hi everyone!

Welcome to our 2nd annual Christmas Coffee House! Held on Dec. 19th at 252 Cobequid Road (Across from Tims) There will be coffee and hot chocolate and you are welcome to bring a donation of canned food that will go towards the Metro Food Bank. We welcome all of you to participate with a song, an instrument, or a favourite Christmas story. However, we ask you to make sure any performance you plan on doing is audience appropriate (keep it classy..) please and thanks. Also feel free to invite your friends. Ages 14+ are welcome.

Please send us a post if you plan to participate so that we can include you on the program. Thanks and see you on the 19th!!

If you have any questions feel free to ask!

*Door prizes
*Yummy treats
*Lots of music, fun & good cheer!

Friday, December 19at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

252 Cobequid Road, Lower Sackville

Soaking

Wednesday evening soaking at the Passey’s home will be postponed for the rest of the summer, and will resume in September. Enjoy the beautiful weather and soak up the Sonshine.

International Leaders School Of Ministry

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Location:
Bethel Church Halifax

5406 Roome St, Halifax, NS B3K 5K7

When:
May 21st – 25th 2014
Begins Wednesday May 21st @ 7:00 PM
Ends Sunday Evening May 25th @ 9:00 PM

Speakers:
Jeremy & Connie Sinnott (CTF International Trainers)
Lillian Brown (CTF Canadian National Coordinator)
Dan Slade (PIH International Coordinator)

Registration:
$300 / person (includes Lunch and Dinner Thursday to Sunday)
Online Registration begins March 1, 2014: http://boc-hfx.ca/page9.html

We look forward to seeing all those who are interested at this amazing training event

Farm Update

Here are some recent photos of the children’s home. This home is built on a foundation of love. So many of you have supported this project with your prayers, support, encouragement and perseverance. We are so grateful to see God’s fruit from our Heartbeat community.

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New Sign!

We are so grateful for everyone’s continuing support. As you could see our farm sign had seen better days, and often times people would not be able to find our farm. But not anymore, we have a new bright sign! Sharing God’s love with the people of Bura.

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Tuk-tuk’s and Fences

What do Tuk-tuk’s and fences have to do with each other? And what is a Tuk-tuk? God has most recently provided our Kenyan farm with a Tuk-tuk (an Auto Rickshaw). We will be using this to move supplies to and around the farm, before we were carrying things by hand, wheelbarrow or bike. Check out our new ride!

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DSCN2324And what about those fences? After one mamas group made their keyhole gardens they were having issues with chickens eating their vegetables. So Heartbeat partnered with the group, they worked at our farm and ten mamas received fencing for their hard work.

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Welcome to Sechu

We love living in Bura and the more Heartbeat grows the more communities we are able to reach. About a 30 minute walk from the Heartbeat Farm is a village called Sechu. This village is filled with hard working people who are extremely hospitable, when we visit our Sechu family most often they will not let us go home without sitting down for a cup of chai and maybe a plate of Githeri (a common meal made of beans and maize).

Here are some of our mamas who are part of our organic farming groups.

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Our farming practices can turn soil that looks like this…DSCN1254

…into this! A garden blooming with kale, tomatoes, cilantro and chilli.

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IMG_0600Our team comes to Sechu to show group members how they can use any materials on their land to build vibrant gardens, chemical free. Using any type of soil and recycled materials including compost and grey waterIMG_0778

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When a member builds their garden Heartbeat Farms provides the group member with a variety of seedings from our nursery. IMG_0784

One garden can feed a family of five for up to three years. Often group members will share their yield with many homes in their community.

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Around the Farm

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We love getting updates from our farm in Kenya and we thought you would too. Here are photos of our  children’s home with its new doors and windows. Thank you for your donations and prayers. Your supports make homes like this possible.

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We have more have more crops filling our farm. Kale is one of the staple foods of a Kenyan diet. The more crops the more our farm can  support local feeding programs.

 

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The water tank is full! This is a great way to use recycled water to maintain our crops and increase  yield.

 

 

 

 

The team is planting endless amounts of watermelons now that we have the water.

 

 

 

Oliver and the team are working on the farms first tractor chicken coop. Its a a way to raise chickens where they can be moved around the farm to control weeds and bugs, while being protected from wild animals. Its also a easy way to fertilize the farm.