Updated: Apr 18, 2021
During April, even with all the holidays, the African Blessings Farm has been a hive of activity with many projects either commencing or nearing completion.
Above: The Children on their Easter Egg Hunt
"Easter weekend was a memorable weekend at the farm with all the Farm and Village residents attending a Church service in the morning, where all had time to reflect on the past year, the love and sacrifice that has been needed to endure these troubling times and the ultimate love that God has for His creations."
The service was followed by a big family lunch at the conference center where fellowship between families was enjoyed and children’s laughter resonated cheerfully in the background. It was a beautiful day. One of the highlights was, of course, the highly anticipated Easter Egg hunt.
A big thank you from all the staff at African Blessings to Lakeside Academy for contributing to the Easter Eggs for the children. For many of them this was their very first Easter Egg hunt and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. It did not go unnoticed that some of the children might even have a future in the 100m sprint division!
The charity continues to assist local communities with their food garden projects, recently with one just outside Rayton and another closer to Cullinan. Food garden experts from African Blessings answered a call to help a previously homeless and marginalised community at Eagles Crest near Rayton, to begin planting their own fresh and healthy crops at the lowest cost possible by using only what is already on the land. We left with the first veggie patch prepared, planted up, watered and covered with God’s blanket. It was a rewarding outcome. We will check -in with them again next month to see how the gardens are progressing.
New ground was broken on the farm this month with the commencement of the sports field’s earth works. The sports field is located in the center of the Jochebed Children’s Village and will form part of a well- rounded education program, including exposure to sports and recreation coaching for all the children at the early learning center.
African Blessings hosted its very first wedding and baby shower in April which were both a great success. A heart-felt congratulations goes out to Themba and Thobeka, who chose to spend their special day with us. We were blessed with absolutely perfect weather for an outside ceremony and we could not have asked for better. The festivities carried on after the ceremony in the Chapel venue, which was exquisitely decorated with an all- white dance floor, 100’s of roses and a very happy bride and groom!
In amongst all the celebrations and new milestones, we would like to take a moment to pay tribute to Maddie, one of our rescue dogs who sadly passed away this month. Maddie was a loyal companion to many of the staff and the anglers who frequent the farm. Her big brown eyes, perky ears and endless love will be dearly missed by everyone at African Blessings and those who knew her.
Last, but not least, a very big thank you to those who continue to sponsor African Blessings. Without your continued support the projects above which bring relief and joy into many people and animals’ lives would not be possible.