Past Updates from Belinda

Belinda’s Update Letter

29 November 2010

Dear Friends
Just a quick note to say thank you for all your prayers and support. The football and netball tournament we had on Saturday went really well. 8 Netball and 6 football teams took part in the games and a number of people from the community came to see the games and hear the word. What a great opportunity it was for us to preach the gospel of Christ and see so many willing hearts to receive Him. We give all the praise to the Lord for we know that apart from Him we can do nothing.
In the next couple of weeks I will send Caitie some pictures to upload onto the Ruvheneko Trust website for you see and give a more detailed report of events. Do watch this space.
But for now it’s back to greenhouse work as we prepare to transplant our first crop on the 14th of December, how exciting!!!!!
Exhausted in the flesh but Energized in Christ
Belinda

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Belinda’s Update Letter

3 November 2010

Dear friends
I cannot believe how time flies by, it’s as if the day has 12 hours instead of 24. It must be how busy I have been for the last couple of weeks. It has been up and down and down and up from one place to another I feel like I live in a bus, the joys of serving the Lord 🙂
I must say that all the busyness is slowly paying off bit by bit and I really excited to tell you that for the first time ever Ruvheneko Trust will have its first monthly youth activity. We will be having a football and netball tournament on the last Saturday of November. There are 6 football and 6 netball teams that will take part and all form my village and others near by. I will be secretly rooting for the Dhibha football and netball team (The Home Rules)
This tournament will be our platform to present the gospel message and I have 5 people working with me on that, one of them being my brother and other 4 being youths from my church. We are all excited by humbled by the task. We are so small but our God is SO big. The tournament will also boost moral for the teams as we have indicated the desire to start a league there next year after the rainy season when there is no work in the fields, talk about advertising.
However, with all of Gods work, prayer is as vital as anything and I kindly ask that you pray for the following points:
1. That in everything we do we will Glorify God and God alone.
2. For open hearts to the gospel and that God will plant a seed in the hearts of the community to get to know his word more.
3. For the youths from church who will share their testimonies
4. So that it does not rain on Saturday the 27th of November
5. For all the planning and preparations and teams involved with ground preparations
6. For the finances to be in place for food for players, prizes, t shirts etc
7. That there will be no injuries
8. For me and my brother as we share the gospel message
Wow this is exciting and I am encouraged by 1 Corinthians 9:23
“I do all this for the sake of the gospel that I may share in its blessings”
Much love
Belinda

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Belinda’s Update Letter

15 October 2010

Dear friend
Firstly let me confess that I am guilty of facebook stalking today. I walked into the internet café and told myself you have 30 mins to stalk away, if must say its pretty liberating moving from profile to profile and for just 30 mins you have escaped your world and you see a glimpse of some one else’s. You realize that someone has a birthday, or there is a wedding to attend, a baby to be born, friends just hanging out, the funny pictures to see, people falling in and out of love and so much more, and for a moment I utter the words, “Thank you Lord for Facebook”
It is always such a joy to write to you because I know that you get to see my world and be a part of it. So many great things have happened in the last couple of weeks, the highlight being Caitie, Andy and Zach coming to Zimbabwe to encourage me and help me with the work here. Not only was I encouraged but I was also challenged in so many ways. Our day typically involved remedial reading lessons in the morning and sports ministry in the afternoon. We would spend the whole day at the school and return home at the end of the day to enjoy some sadza and stew and relax by relax I mean plan the assemblies, do some washing and even throw in go looking for the cows and bring them home. My motto during the planning was “wing it and swing it”. I saw Gods hand in all of it because He turned a loaf of bread and some fish into baskets and baskets of leftovers. Caitie, Andy, Zach, Lovemore (my brother), Tito and Dinga (known to us as the idle boys) gave their all to the work before them and endured the scorching sun in one of the hottest places in Zimbabwe so that Christ’s love could be proclaimed. Just as 7 people we were in adequate but with God we became left over loaves of bread and fish. What a glorious experience.
God has opened so many doors in my life and has ministered to me in so many ways. Don’t get me wrong it’s not always hunky dory in my land, there are days when I am so frustrated and discouraged but the Lord always has His ways. Please could you pray for the following:
1. Of late I have realized the need to have other people in my village to work with because I feel like such a lone ranger. Please could you pray that I find people to work with.
2. I am thinking of starting a monthly support group for the youths in my village so please pray for wisdom and receptive hearts because as we all know, “a prophet is not welcome in his home town”
3. The sports ministry we did in the school got people really excited, so there maybe a possibility of starting a small football league in the village, the teams are there but I just need to get approval from the Zimbabwe football association for some reason.
4. Offices to work from, there is this building strategically placed in the township, it used to be a bank so it has some space for offices and the banking hall can be used for support group, bible lessons you name it. Please pray that we get the space for a reasonable price and the money to pay the rent. The building belongs to Old Mutual is so I went there yesterday and well lets just say it was bit discouraging because they gave me 1001 reasons as to why I could not get the building and I have one reason as to why I can: Jesus
5. Greenhouse project. The green house construction is almost finished, what’s left is to install the other equipment and prepare for planting. And like all business ventures there is always fear of the unknown. Please pray for favor.
6. Land. The chief in my village are considering finding some land for Ruvheneko Trust to use. They still need to decide where possible land is available and if they all agree to give it to us or sell it to us. Please pray for that as well.
7. School fees assistance. We are looking into the possibility of helping some children with school fees assistance. Please pray for open doors in this area.
8. Last but not least please pray for me and Caitie. With Caitie having been here and actually seeing what’s going on and our power pow wows, we have so much work ahead of us, so many dreams and only God can give us the strength to move on.
This is being such a big email I guess I reached the end of the page
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Yours in Christ
Belinda

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Belinda’s Update Letter

29 July 2010

Dear friends
Let me start by saying what a joy it is to always write to you. It has been a while since i last wrote to you all, so let me make up for lost time and give you a 10 paged letter (if only my fingers were willing to cooperate).It has been a busy school term for me and i have thoroughly enjoyed teaching and the experience has opened my eyes to so much more. Before i started teaching i did not realize just a lot of rural kids in Sanyati particularly cannot read, and its difficult for the teachers to teach them because they hardly have the resources and just too many kids to teach as many as 45 in one class so if you ever want to come out and help out, put simply: YOU ARE MOST WELCOME.There were times when i had to literally pull myself out of bed because of fatigue, but it all paid off plus i finished a week ealier than expected, so that means i have one month and two weeks to relax, refresh, plan and do other things as well. I will give myself until sunday
to relax a bit before i get down to serious business on the greenhouse project. My dad is helping me out with the the greenhouse work, he did the plans and everything (what a relief it is to have someone to tell you what to do, sometimes it wears me out to be my own boss, so i salute my dad for a job well done).
To date the trust account has recieved 1338 USD for the project. We will use this to intially begin the work and by faith a some more funding will come in (Talk about walking on water!!!!)
My dad with my approval decided that we build in phases that way it’s not too big for us to manage initially. The first phase is 308 square meters and this has a carrying capacity of 1280 plantlets with a spacing of 0.3m.
I am super excited about the whole project. Thank you all for your support yesterday, today and tomorrow and for all your prayers.
Apart from the green house i am also thinking about taking a short course on learning some skills on how to effectively teach people to read. There are a couple of organisations i read about that offer these short courses. They train trainers of trainers (TOT) so that means what i learned i could also train other youths in my area who want to help out, i am yet to decide where, when and how. Please could you pray for me in this area, i would really appreciate it.
Well enough about service for now. Zimbabwe is so sunny these days its a shame that its sun goes to waste without anyone to sit in the sun and work on their tan. If you ever feel the urge to get a little brown this is the place to be, like seriously plus we always throw in a glass of African beer for you. I once read that if you have not been to Zimbabwe you have not yet seen the world 🙂 Where did i read that, oh i remember it was in my diary:)
Well guys and girls i miss you all and send my love
In Christ
Belinda

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Belinda’s Update Letter

27 May 2010

Dear friends

It is always a joy to write to you all. This time around my update is more of a request than anything else. Before I present my plea I though it best to highlight the vision that Ruvheneko Trust has.
“Our vision is to see a Ruvheneko center built in rural Sanyati that will provide biblical and sound discipleship to the young people as well as skills training to empower them to be self sustainable as well as continue to support school and churches in and around rural Zimbabwe.”  (You can check out the full project proposal at https://ruvhenekotrust.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/project-proposal.pdf )
With this in mind the Trust has come up with an income generating project to support the vision. Funds currently received are being used to sustain the school work and household needs. Therefore assistance will be needed to boost this project. Below is an overview of the income generating project.
Overview: The production of hybrid tomatoes for the year 2010- 2011
Project area will be Sanyati
Project hectrage will be a quarter hectare
Proposed planting time will be August 2010
Hybrid tomatoes are grown throughout the year. These tomatoes are harvested continuously for a period of six months guaranteeing a constant cash flow for those six months.
Average harvest for a quarter hectare over a period of six months is 45tonnes
Average price for tomatoes in Zimbabwe is about 30c (USD) per kg
Potential market for the crop will be a boarding school in Sanyati, a hospital, vendors, shops and individuals who mostly buy produce from the nearest town which is 90km away. The proposed budget proved difficult to paste to yahoo from word so i attached the word document.
I know that it’s a lot especially when I consider the short notice for a project aimed to start in August, but I guess that’s what faith is all about. I took my first leap of faith when I came back to Zimbabwe and I ask you to take the second leap of faith with me as we prepare to go to greater heights. The money generated by this project will be used to secure land for the trust and support t the school work, other projects like these and even provide allowances for volunteers.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email and also many thanks for your prayers and support, they really go a long way.
Yours in Christ
Belinda

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Belinda’s Update Letter

April 2010

Dear friends
What a joy it is to write to you all. As I write this update I am filled with both excitement and fear. I reflect on where I have come from and look at were I am going, I cannot help but be anxious, a bit afraid and excited. In my last update i told you guys about the primary school I would be working with during the school term. Well it looks like those days are slowly coming into the picture. I head out to Sanyati next week Friday to do something I never though I would do ever: teach remidal English, start a christian club and work on school linking. I managed to purchase 90 English textbooks for the school that I can also use but still need to buy stationary(lots of it) for the christian club and photocopy worksheets. Remidal English, well that’s a breeze, starting a christian club, now that’s a challenge. The other day I read this missionary quotes book that said most people make life changing decisions about their faith before they turn 15, and
to think that I would play a part in that just sent this mixed array of feelings all through my body. Please pray for me that I will be an example to the kids I meet in all areas of my life and that the club my effectively and efficiently proclaim Jesus as Lord, friend, savior and all those good characteristics He has and nothing less. Please also pray for provision in all aspects of this work and that I may cast all my fears to Him. “`I am ready to go and live in a hut, get bitten by bugs and wear a long skirt”, put simply by some American who was interviewed about missions in Africa.
Thank you all for your support and prayers
Yours in Christ
Belinda

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Belinda’s Update Letter

3 February 2010

Dear friends
What a joy it is to write to you all again. The last couple of weeks have been quite busy for me and filled with constanat journeys from A to B and B to A and so on. However, i rejioce in the fact that i do not labor in vain, for in everything i have seen God at work and have learnt a lot. One lesson well learnt which makes me smile when i think of it occured just yesterday.

A couple of weeks ago i boarded a Zupco bus into town. So here in Zim change is a major problem, that is 50c, 20c and so on. Those coins are really hard to come by for sure and ironically it cost 50c to get to town on these buses. So i paid with a dollar bill and as usual they did not have any change. If i were Bill Gates i would have gladly said,
“Keep the change sir”
Then again if i were Bill Gates what would i be doing in a public bus, but thats besides the point. So me being me i insisted that i needed that 50c for my return trip, and the conductor being the changeless conductor insisted that he did not have any change. So there was this insisting and resisting to give up 50c that went on and on and on until this bright light shone blinding the conductor and a voice from heaven saying,
“Conductor conductor why do you persecute her, just write on her ticket 50c change and she can use it on her return trip in whichever Zupco bus she catches”
Well at least that was solved, until yesterday. Yesterday i decided to wait at the bus stop for one of the Zupco buses so that i could use my ticket. After a long 30 min wait the bus finally arrived, and i boarded it with full confidence not knowing that this particular conductor of this particular bus would refuse my ticket. What followed i never anticipated in a million years. It was of those situations both parties involved think, wait let me word it right, both parties know that they are right. We argued all the way into town and all the way back to original place that bus picked me up, and left me, a good 2 hour and 30 mins of shouting, scream, stating my constitutional rights, accusing, defending my pride and honour, and refusing to give in and simply pay 50c.
Lesson learnt: Sometimes you just have to let go, even if it means leaving behind 50c.
This made me realise how i still hold onto personal grudges, rivalries, arguments and family conflicts which are at times are petty and small and only worth 50c. This eventually results in me being too proud, damaging relationships and slowing down any possible progress by 2 hours and 30 mins. This made me relate to Abram and Lot in Gen 13, and how things could have turned out diferently.

I always start writing my letters with the aim of updating on Ruvheneko Trust, but it always takes another turn, thats for sure, as the Spirit leads, as the Spirit leads Whoop whoop!!!!
Anyway back to the basics here is a brief run through of events that have been and are yet to come:
1. I just returned from a full council meeting with the 18 councillsors of the Sanyati Rural District telling them what i intented to do in their area, and things are taking shape. The rural district council really wants us to work in their area which is a positive. So that means a lot of work to do and a lot of people to help. Land wise i still have to apply for land with the council, but one of my dads friends showed me this piece of land which belongs to someone who might be selling it and its the perfect location and size, i fell in love with it. So i will have to contact the owner and hear what he has to say. So there are two birds i am killing with one stone, and one will have to die 🙂
2. Secondly managed to open an account for the trust, here are the details:
Ruvheneko Trust
Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe Branch
Account number: (hidden)
Its kind of ironic that the branch is Robert Mugabe.
3. Last year for christmas we had a minuture operation chrisstmas child for the kids at the farm i teach sunday school. It all went well and what a joy it was to do something like that for them, we even had to birthday cakes and kids sang happy birthday Jesus, it was strange and new to them but such a blessing as well. Those same kids are now so eager to learn more about Jesus, i am sure its the cake that motivated them, but am praying that the Spirit will do the same. Check out https://ruvhenekotrust.wordpress.com/photos/ or ruvheneko trust supporters facebook page for the pictures
4. Towards the end of February i will be going to Kenya to join Andy and the students for the 10 day outreach, something i look forwad because i will learn a lot. Howener, it is my desire to do something for one of the schools i identified in sanyati that needs assistance so that they dont lose hope in the trust. I was thinking sports equipment or textbooks depending on the cost. So any assistance you could give would be greatly appreciated. I will email you more info on the school or you can check out the website for the school info.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this elephant email and I miss you all
Much love
Belinda

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03 January 2010

Project proposal completed!

View it here in pdf format:

project proposal

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A Letter from Belinda

24 November 2009

I once read that when you write an article it has to be like a mini skirt, long enough to cover the essentials but short enough to retain interest. But since I am in Zimbabwe and mini skirts are not a common sight, I will stick to what I know best, hard core long skirts that cover everything and if tight enough may retain interest.

A number of things have moved pretty well this side which includes the following:
1. The arrival of 100 day old chicks to initiate the chicken project. It is amazing how the chickens are growing, not one has died despite the constant power cuts and cold weather. I expect to receive the remaining 100 after Christmas. It’s my prayer that this project will expand and hopefully be able to meet the running costs of the trust and help in others projects.
2. We have assisted our first church with building material. When I first went there to talk to them about possible funding, I found a small congregation working hard to build a church. They had been able to cast the foundation, but now thanks to your support their church stands proudly at window level.
3. Inspired by the work of Samaritans purse, I decided to have a small scale operation Christmas child of my own. The funds I received will be used to buy Christmas presents for 23 children I teach Sunday school at the satellite church at my aunt’s farm. Although these kids live in Harare they too face many difficulties. Depending on the cost the presents will consist of exercise books, pens, pencils, rulers, tooth brush, toothpaste, candy, soap and a wash cloth. I am also planning on throwing a party for them; no need to worry it will strictly be alcohol free (lol).
The registration is just a few steps away. The funds to pay the lawyer are in place and begin the process. A number of board members have been identified and the project proposal is almost done. It would be wonderful if you could pray about the board member, so that I pick ones who share the same vision. I have given myself until the end of this year to pray about it before I make a final decision and then register in January 2010 (a lot of things are happening in 2010, the world cup and the registration of the trust).
Thank you all for your support and prayers, you help make all of this happen.
Yours in Christ and Christ in me
Belinda