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Thursday, January 14, 2010

A little piece of Runcorn comes to River of Life...

We were immensely blessed in the first week of January to welcome a team from St Bertelines Church and Primary School in Norton, near Runcorn (which is near Liverpool). Musumba John, the vicar, Julie, the headteacher, Nicki, Rob, Josh and Sarah Beaney were the A-Team, and their passion and commitment was wonderful to see! They had spent the autumn term fundraising for the White Eagles with their very own 'St Bert's Build a Bog' campaign, and were able to see/smell for themselves the pit latrines that the new washrooms will replace. They also brought with them a fine collection of football shirts (a lot of Liverpool shirts - so there'll no doubt be a few more fans singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' in the coming years), games, toys, and clothes to bless the children with.

But perhaps their single biggest contribution was themselves. They threw themselves into serving the children of Nyendo and Masaka with such energy. They ran a holiday club for about 90 children all week - children from Nazareth Children's Home, River of Life Sunday School including the White Eagles and a lot of local children. With art, crafts, games, parachutes, balls, balloons and all the rest they absolutely thrilled the children. Mzee Rob's 'Mary Poppins' bag deserves a special mention - but I'll leave the rest to put in this story...

Credit where credit's due - I'll give the last word to some of the staff who were so blessed to work with the team:
"They were generous givers to everyone - even if they were tired, they still gave of themselves fully and had the joy of the Lord all the time... they showed a lot of love to everyone - we can learn from this and ask God to give us more of His love!"

We hope very much that this will be the start of something very exciting as we build a link with St Bertelines!

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