The raffle will be drawn on 19th December 2020 at 12 noon. Please follow the link to buy tickets. Remember to tick the box to allow your details to be shared with Ellie, and DON’T GIFT AID!! Thank you for your support!
Al donations to Peacemakers are greatly appreciated, but unfortunately only UK entrants are eligible to win raffle prizes at this time.
st Prize – £150 cash!
2nd Prize – An 8″ round cake, baked and decorated by Ruth!
3rd Prize – A luxury hair brush from Hair By Carley, a homemade luxury, festive scented, double wick candle, and a £20 ‘The Restaurant choice’ Gift Card!
4th Prize – A beautiful box of 6 delicious cupcakes from Piped Blooms!
1 Ticket: £5
5 Tickets: £20 (1 Free Ticket / £4 Each)
10 Tickets: £35 (3 Free Tickets / £3.50 Each)
20 Tickets: £65 (7 Free Tickets / £3.25 Each)
40 Tickets: £100 (20 Free Tickets / £2.50 Each)
Christmas is approaching and I wanted to do something nice for a local charity as I know how tough things are in this current climate!
I immediately thought of Peacemakers International. Peacemakers Charity has been a big part of my life ever since I was about 10! I used to get involved at their fundraising charity events in the summers by helping out on the stalls selling beautiful ornaments and small accessories that people in Kenya had made to help us raise money for their communities. My Dad, has also been a huge part of the charity, volunteering for them for years helping out with the computer/website side of things. He also refurbished old computers so they could be sent out to Kenya to help children and adults study and learn and give them a better chance of earning money and finding work! Sadly my Dad passed away earlier this year and so I really wanted to do this raffle for him as well as Peacemakers, as they have lost such an important volunteer who supported the charity in more ways than one!
Since speaking to Brenda (The lovely lady who runs this amazing charity) about wanting to raise funds for Peacemakers by holding a raffle, she informed me that things in Kenya had been really bad lately! Due to heavy storms and large amounts of rainfall, the roof on the main community building has collapsed along with the balcony. She told me that to repair this it would cost around £1700. This is why £1700 is my goal!
I hope to go out to Kenya next year (something I’ve been wanting to do since I was about 10) to help the community in anyway I can. If you fancy doing something like this as well, let me know as I know all the help they can get is massively appreciated!
Thank you for supporting myself and Peacemakers International! Good luck! x
1962 - 2020
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of one of our Peacemakers’ Team. Rob served the non profit making Christian charity with his great technical skills in computers, showing prayerful commitment, always edged with love and compassion.
My late husband Dennis and I have known Rob since he was an adult single man who attended the church that Dennis was Pastor of in Stevenage. Unfortunately Rob had an inherited genetic illness that was beginning to show itself physically. It was a progressive disease and over time his health would decline. He met and fell in love with Ruth and they decided to get married. Together they made their commitment before God to love “for better, for worse, till death parts us”, and we had the privilege of marrying them and witnessing their love and commitment to each other throughout their married life.
Along came three children Tom, Becky and Ellie and they moved into a bungalow to accommodate Rob’s increasing disabilities more easily. As Rob was getting weaker his faith was getting stronger and he wanted to serve the Lord more. Dennis invited him on one of his mission trips to Norway and Rob was soon found to be a man of prayer and faith. It reminds me of that song we sing “when I am weak Lord, you are my strength” and this showed very much in Rob as a husband, father and co-worker. He was a wonderful disciple of Jesus Christ, he was blessed with the love that Jesus loved His Church with, unconditional, sacrificial love. Jesus gave His life for us, He was selfless, as was Rob. I never heard a word of complaint from Rob about his situation, just words of love and encouragement. His prayer times always revealed words of wisdom from the Lord which he so lovingly shared with us.
He would loved to have come to Kenya with me and they would loved to have met him. Indirectly, through his intuitive prayers and practical aid in the form of computers and computer training, he has changed so many Kenyan lives and he still remains part of the mission.
On their 25th wedding anniversary, by chance I just happened to be visiting Rob, and Ruth said to me, “Brenda can you remember what you were doing 25 years ago today?” I thought for a moment and said “yes I was marrying you”, “that’s right”, and then Ruth took Rob’s hand and said “we love each other more today than we did 25 years ago”. “When we are weak, God is our strength”, He is sufficient.
Because of the restrictions upon us all through the coronavirus crisis, we are unable to attend his funeral, which I know, out of love and respect for Rob, many of you would love to have been there. I can tell you that Ruth is allowed just 10 people, which will obviously be taken up with her and Rob’s closest family. The Committal Service is booked at Harwood Park Crematorium for Wednesday 15th April at 2.45p.m. Please put that time aside to join with the family in spirit in remembering and committing Rob to the Lord.
The Lord has prepared a place at His table for Rob. Rest in Peace dear Brother in Christ.
Brenda, Christine and all the Peacemakers Team
May the God of Hope fill you with Joy and Peace this Christmas.
‘Hope’ is the joyful expectation that something Good will happen.
Humanly speaking, it’s not surprising that the ‘Hope’ in us seems to be gradually disappearing into a depressive, fearful state, when you witness the strife and turmoil all around us today.
‘Who can we Trust?’
We are in the season of ‘Goodwill to all men’ bringing and exchanging gifts with one another. We remember and celebrate the Birth of Jesus; let us too receive from Jesus the gifts he brings to us of Love, Joy and Peace. This releases us from all the fears consuming this world.
Merry Christmas Everyone and a Blessed New Year from Brenda and all the Peacemakers. Thank you for being a part of changing lives in Kenya.
Christmas bulletin from Kenya:
We are sending our prayers and wishes for a wonderful Christmas over there (in the UK).
Here the searing daytime sun belies the approaching nightly torrents. This rainy season is now predicted to last to the end of December. I spend restless nights listening to the incessant downpours. Remember, most of the house has a tin roof and the noise is deafening; the raucous chorus of the jubilant frogs in unison with the dogs howling at the lightning flashes. You can almost imagine you are on board a ship in a stormy sea… The gutters can hardly cope with the roof water gushing down; the water tanks fill to overflow.
We have been waking up to flooded areas, spending hours mopping up and scooping the soil back up the slope. We have been hacking out extra channels and planning digging more slow-down ponds. The Kenyans call the rain “Blessings”, of course! We did not have any rain in March this year but this November season has made up for it! For us, it hopefully means a good harvest is ahead.
We had a wedding in between the showers… thank God for helping us. From 4 am we were re-erecting tents, decorating everywhere and we managed to get everything done in time. It was great to see Isaac’s photography team Siera having the contract for the photos.
This time, the actual marriage took place in our thatched building and the reception down in the garden. The caterers cooked all night. Typical wedding fare includes beef stew, “mukimo” (mashed potatoes, yellow maize and greens, chapati and rice with grated carrots.
We have also hosted three graduation parties.
We thank God that a group of ladies and a few gents from our community want to start the Peacemakers Outside Catering Team. We already have a growing market in catering for groups and we need to do more by enlisting a full team. We are praying how to go ahead with repairs to the kitchen and extra equipment. As we begin to have guests to stay in the house, it will be all the more necessary for me to have a qualified hospitality / housekeeper employee as I find myself stretched in many directions to present a quality service.
Our nearest neighbour Mama Eric has been longing to start it but has been caring up until last week for the mother of the late Patrick Kavungura, one of the original Kenya Peacemakers. Mama Kavungura passed on at the age of 94 years; we attended the burial on December 4th. According to custom, most people travel to the mortuary to view the body then return to the homestead for the burial in the garden of the home.
The youth dig the grave at dawn the same morning and return the soil at a spectacular speed after the committal.
We have now planned to start new registration of members in January 2020 with a nominated committee. We had a marvellous Prayer time where the Lord really spoke to us all about forgetting the former things (Isaiah 43) and marching forward, finally reaching our hope and future (Jeremiah 29;11).
I am looking forward to stepping back a little to see the Kenyans organise and manage more. The new committee will plan regular activities including the start of a Bible Teaching base, monitor the Youth projects for tree planting, poultry and livestock. We will revive our Craft projects and extend training activities for nutrition and health. We plan to do a lot more marketing of our accommodation and facilities. We have seen how God has taken us on a journey to where we are now and are excited for the next stage.
Our real needs at the moment are to get the greenhouse up and running for planting more sensitive seedlings like avocado and macadamia and rotating to capsicums again but by constructing soil tunnels as the soil we have has wilt. We would be getting new soil from Mt Kenya Forest. This will be another Youth project, along with the poultry rearing. At the moment, there are hundreds of idle school leavers around, without funds for further education and few opportunities for any employment. We also need to make
money from the B&B business and catering. Our profits return to the vulnerable. We really have to see God getting all the glory when we see this place prospering. Here are some of the rooms for you to stay.
We are all thankful for your wonderful support. The students continue to be able to attend school because of regular gifts. The Terrington Ladies have been stars in contributions for beans for the Disabled children, and lovely knitted jumpers, the Swansea Ladies the same. Thanks to Lifewell for money for food distribution for needy families this Christmas and the Orphans’ Party. Thanks to the Taylor Davids for moving us so far forward with water projects. Thanks again to the Beadles who have enabled us to help so many people. Thank you for all your gifts and prayers.
Much love from all the team here and from my new addition of a Cardigan corgi, Evie (AMAZING, I know)
Happy Christmas from Kenya!