Dear friends of Jehovah Jireh Haven,

Suddenly we find ourselves tumbling towards the end of another busy, busy year. It’s time to bring ourselves together, to unwind and put into perspective all that has gone on in 2016. JJH has had to contend with ongoing issues but has also had wonderful visits and donations from our dear friends, both here and afar. We have enjoyed seeing you all and look forward to more visits in the near future.

I will just give a brief rundown of what has kept us smiling this year.

We all helped celebrate Candice and Eugene’s wedding in April. It was a very beautiful occasion and we felt privileged to be part of it. The bride was beautiful as were her bridesmaids and flower girls.
Vanessa flew with Precious to Cape Town where she was admitted to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital for a thorough examination. She was fitted with a stoma and is now having regular kidney and bladder checks. Unfortunately nothing can be done to her legs to make her life easier. She now has a padded stool on wheels which does help her mobility on smooth ground.

The Apostolic Choir gave a stunning peformance in the Kenton Methodist Church and kindly donated the offerings from this evening to JJH.

St Steven’s School from Australia included an extended weekend at JJH as part of their sport tour to the Eastern Cape. During this time they put down paving and made a lovely netball court. They also put their hand to tiling and contributed to the upgrade of the boys’ and girls’ bathrooms in the main house.

The upgrade of the kitchen was completed, including a new fridge and freezer.

Students from Rhodes

This year the JJH Educational Project Society at Rhodes enrolled 70 members. Their twice weekly visits to JJH are so appreciated. The children get super excited when they know it’s a ‘student’ day.

Some of the children continue to be involved in the Youth Group and choir at the church.

We are proud of Tarryn who has been made a prefect for her final year at school.

The Preschool

The little on-site preschool has had another really good year. Nyrocco is a wonderful, dedicated teacher, full of good ideas and her classroom is always a joy to visit. She finished the year with a little concert including dressing the children in the traditional nativity outfits. She then awarded the seven children going to Grade R with their ‘graduation’ certificates. It was a memorable afternoon for all. We extend huge thanks to Nyrocco.

Above: A group of happy, little angels at the start of their end-of-year concert.

We also thank Candice and JenniLee for the great work they have done as house mothers. The children in their care are given all the motherly attention one would expect.

Vanessa is a pillar of strength in the home. She and the women on the staff do their best to keep the home clean and to give the special children the extra attention they need.

We have so enjoyed the visits from many of you. Thank you for including the Eastern Cape in your itinery as you pass through Africa. Your invovlement in JJH is appreciated in every single way. Thanks too to all the locals who have popped in throughout the year, bringing clothes and food, giving parties, donations and time. Every single bit is appreciated.

How can we express our appreciation for Molly and Neels except to thank God for all the love and care and joy they give to every child.

May you all enjoy a blessed and peaceful Christmas wherever you are and whoever you’re with. We look forward to an even stronger, more promising 2017.

With love and best wishes

The JJH committee.