Christmas now seems a distant memory but it is good to reflect on the love and care we have from those we support and so I share with you part of Sr Hilda’s Christmas letter to all who support the work of Emerald Hill School:
“Christmas is the time of year when we recall that God sent his only son to serve and not to be served. He restored love and service to the centre of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that his example will continue to bring people together to give the best of themselves in the service of others. Christmas is a time to reflect and be thankful for all we have and you are always on my list of blessings. This message comes filled with thanksgiving and love. May your hearts be filled with joy and hope as you celebrate the birth of our Saviour.”
Our support to the school extended beyond the girls school fees to provide extra funds helping towards the cost of under pinning some collapsing walls, painting the hostels and providing food for students. You may recall that a year ago Fr Brian returned to Zimbabwe in time for the baptism of over 20 students and today as I write he is attending the confirmation of 22 students at Emerald Hill so we can be assured that our Faith is alive and well’ and spreading there! Below are some confirmation candidates pictured with the Bishop.
Sr Hilda emailed again this week and told me the country is experiencing drought with the January rains having failed to arrive. This is the time for the best rains so crops are wilting and harvest likely to be poor. Prices are rising in the shops in part due to the new administration which is yet to really make its presence felt in the country.Included with the email were letters from the girls we support which are reproduced below.
It was also good too to have news today from Pedro Arrupe centre at Musami where the resident teacher has been making strides in improving life for the young people 5 of whom passed the entrance test for Emerald Hill school to enter Form 1 and so benefit from more specialist education for hearing impaired children than it is currently possible to offer at the mainstream mission school at Musami. Some of the children participated in the Mutoko primary school version of the Paralympics as well as the Danhiko games where they achieved an impressive collection of medals. A Christmas treat for all residents was given at Juru village resort where they enjoyed seeing the wild animals, playing on the bouncy castle and using the swimming pool. Our support is.as always, much appreciated.
Having found that I am unable to get out much to fund raise I have been pleased to do several ‘special commissions’ for people and this has reminded me that many of you may not know I can personalise any card or gift. Recent work has included teddy bears with a child’s name and date of birth embroidered on the bears T shirt, mugs with the name and illustration/ message of the purchaser’s choice written on them, cross stitched cards for special occasions and much more. A donation plus the cost of the item goes to Lym Zim funds and I take nothing for the item or my work so why not call me to arrange that ‘unique’ gift or pop into the school room at Lyme one Sunday and tell me your ideas.
Our financial starts again on 1/4/18 so a very good time to join the Lym Zim draw. If you would like to know more about Lym Zim do please give me a call on 01297 443796 or pick up a leaflet from St Mary’s RC Church, Lyme Road, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5BE