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3 days ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and Praise - August 13, 2018

Well, the Lord must want to finish what He started here. We just received all our passports back with 3-year visas!! 🎉 This is such a blessing as there is more and more talk of the government not giving out as many volunteer visas now. Thanks to all who were praying for us! We are beyond grateful and excited for what’s ahead! #MerryfieldVillage
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1 week ago

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Partnership is very important to @oasisfmza. Thank you @juliejames225 and @stemjam for partnering with us on behalf of Merryfield village, a children's village that is going to impact our community greatly. For more information contact www.merryfieldvillage.com
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2 months ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and Praise - June 5, 2018

Thank you for praying for the arrival of Sydney Symes, one of our US board members daughter. She is with us this week, and we are excited that she is here and gets to meet our team, kids, and spend some time learning more about MV. She already has jumped right in to help and serve Siphiwe* over the past weekend. (See pics)

We would also appreciate your prayers for a trip to Plettenberg Bay this week to meet with a social worker, attend more meetings and meet with two of our board members to finalize some paperwork.

Please be in prayer for us as we finalize our plans for our trip back to the states on June 14. This may be the last time we get a chance to post while we are stateside as we have a hectic schedule hitting six states while there. Also, pray for us as we work on an MV promotional video that we will share in meetings while we are stateside.

We really would appreciate your prayers for the Lord to guide our time while we are stateside. We have many meetings we will be attending and need to make the most of our time while we are there for five weeks.
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3 months ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and Praise - May 29, 2018

We are excited that we are headed back to the US from June 14 - July 19. God is so good to have provided this opportunity for us. We look forward to seeing so many of you who have sponsored and prayed for us. Can’t wait to update each of you on the exciting things the Lord continues to do here in South Africa. We will be in NC, VA, TN, AL, TX and hopefully CA as well if time permits.

We also want to give a big thank you to Claudia, who has interned with us the last five months and will be leaving on Friday, June 1. She has been such a light and a joy to work with these last months, and she will be missed immensely by all of us. When we took *Kelly into emergency care, she jumped right in and helped out so much. He will miss her as we all will. Thank you for giving your time and blessing us with your heart of gold, Claudia, we look forward to seeing you in the states and whenever the Lord brings you back to South Africa. You have so much love in your heart for the less fortunate, thanks for sharing it with us and so many other ministries you blessed while you were here.

We also ask for prayers as one of our US board member’s daughter, Sidney Symes, as she will be flying in on Thursday to join us for a week. Please pray for her safety and that she will be blessed by seeing all the Lord is doing here, meet our team and have some genuinely South African experiences.

Exam time is upon our kids right here before we return to the states. Please be in prayer for them as this is a very stressful time, especially for matrics here in South Africa.

Also, we want to be able to send more detailed updates than we can here on FB to our prayer warriors via e-mail. If you aren't on our e-mail blasts, please send us a private message with your e-mail address so we can add you to the list. So many exciting things are happening that we need to update you all on.

This calling would not be possible without each of your prayers, support, and donations. We love you all and can’t wait to see some of you while we are stateside.
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4 months ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and Praise - April 24, 2018

We had an amazing four days at the COTN conference spending the weekend with Tich and Joan Smith (founders of LIV Village), getting fed the word, deepening relationships and getting so many questions answered. We are so excited about them mentoring us through this whole process and are so grateful for their precious friendship and encouragement. Having the same heart immediately binds you together in the Lord.

We were also blessed to spend time with our board member, Douglas Baartman and his wife, Edith. How wonderful it was to take the LIV tour together as it allowed them to get a more accurate picture of village life and ministry. It was such a benefit spending quality time with them talking through all that God has in store for MV in the days ahead.

Praise - all SIX horses are settling in well together. This is a definite answer to prayer.

Big thank you to our intern, Claudia, for holding down the fort with our kids while we were gone and for our team members, Cobus and Tertius, for taking and picking us up from the airport. We are so thankful for you guys.

Busy week, sorting out questions in regards to our farm contract with our CA and working on visa renewal items as well. We have to get all that in order in the next two weeks. We would appreciate your prayers. This is always a season we have to put everything in the Lord's hands and trust for another three-year visa. Please pray especially, as this will be the first year that Preston has to apply for his visa on his own, as he is 18 years old now. We had a situation with some other missionary friends where the three of them obtained their visas, but their 18-year-old did not receive his. We appreciate your prayers where all of this is concerned. We trust the Lord‘s will in all this.

We love you guys and are excited about all God is doing. Thank you for partnering with us and for helping some of the more than 5 million orphans in South Africa. We covet your prayers.
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4 months ago

Merryfield Village

April 17 - Praise and Prayer

Busy week this week with lots of meetings.

We have been blessed again by being given two more horses this past week for horse therapy. Pray the horses all settle in well together. We have been blessed with a free place to board them and also were blessed with a donor who will be paying for the new horses feed and vet visits. It makes our hearts soar to see the community giving and seeing the kids from town being helped by MV’s horse therapy. We now have six horses.

Merryfield Village is now officially a trust! This adds extra protection to our non-profit here in South Africa.

You prayed, and God answered. We had a donation come in from the U.S. which is allowing us to leave for Durban this Thursday through Sunday. We were invited to spend the weekend with Tich and Joan Smith, the founders of LIV Village, and attend the COTN Conference. We are looking forward to this trip so much to talk further about our partnership with them.

Please pray for wisdom as we will be interviewing our first house parents on May 5.

We want to praise the Lord for the amazing team He has given us. We have been so blessed to walk this journey with some of the most incredible and mature Christian people who have a deep passion for God, and who have compassionate hearts for orphans and those in need. We are humbled to work with you all.

In between meetings, we are working on updating our website as our team has grown so quickly and trying to get everyone added to the site.

Thank you prayer warriors and for those who listen to that still small voice to give into this ministry that is much bigger than what we can do on our own. God is able and keeps showing Himself...we are blessed!
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4 months ago

Merryfield Village

April 9 - Prayer and Praise

We had a wonderful meeting with one of our volunteers who has been discipling a couple she feels would be perfect house parents. She has set up a meeting the first week in May for us to interview the couple who will be applying for the position with Merryfield. Please pray for wisdom in this meeting.

Big thank you to our intern, Jaclyn Bouma, for her servant's heart these past two months with us. She has helped with our children, volunteered at Victory4All foster homes, the recycling project, local schools and other children's homes in the area. She has been such a blessing to us and so many different ministries in the area. We applaud her giving heart and her arms of love. She will be missed as she heads back to the U.S.

A big official Merryfield welcome to Cindy Yosh, who has been helping with our therapy horses for a couple of months now and has officially joined our equine team. She has graciously allowed her beautiful thoroughbred horse to join our other Merryfield horses. Big thank you to Cindy, for allowing us to use her horse for horse therapy and outrides. The horses are settling in well together as MV now has four horses. Welcome to the Merryfield team Kalula.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege to serve children here in South Africa. We can’t do it without your prayers and donations. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us. We love and appreciate each one of you.
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5 months ago

Merryfield Village

Praise and Prayer - March 26, 2018

EXCITING NEWS!

We have so many praises after our amazing, God-appointed time at LIV Village this past week. The meetings were beneficial and enlightening. With so many God connections; it’s hard to count. We don’t have space or time to mention them all, but after our 4-hour meeting with Joan Smith, one of the founders, the most exciting news we can share is that LIV Village has offered all of its resources and experiences to help Merryfield Village in any and every way it can. In the days ahead we will begin to unpack and unravel what all this connection means for us as a ministry. To think God would allow us this privilege to walk alongside Tich and Joan and the LIV staff to learn, share experiences and glean from their expertise is priceless. We are so grateful to the Father for the perfect timing of our visit with them. We look forward to a glorious journey together!

The next big prayer request is that they requested pictures of the property we currently made an offer on to pass on to a business that they will be meeting with this week. Please pray for favor in this and all the connections that could come out of this meeting and what it could mean for both LIV and Merryfield.

We had such a fantastic time with LIV’s Equine Therapist, Donna. After hearing the amazing stories of breakthrough that she is encountering with her horses and the children that she works with, she offered to come down and do some training and share her experience with our Equine Manager. As if that wasn’t enough, she also blessed Merryfield with a beautiful leather saddle with tack to go with it! We were overjoyed, as we had been praying for another saddle, and through their generosity, we now have one. God is so good. He sees our needs and meets them in the most incredible ways.

Also, we have been invited to go back to Durban again next month for a church conference and stay with the founders to continue our conversations on partnering, etc. Please pray for the finances to make this trip. We know if it’s God’s will, He will make a way.

Please also be in prayer for Siphewe*, as there are more talks today with our social worker as to the best placement for him right now. Please pray for wisdom for what is in the best interest of this precious boy.

Thank you for partnering with us. We can not do it without your monthly and one-time donations and your constant prayer support.

*name has been changed for privacy
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5 months ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and Praise - March 19, 2018

Praise - We have made an offer on a beautiful farm that we feel ticks all the boxes, and more, of what we had prayed for Merryfield Village. Looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store.

Please pray for us as we leave for Durban this Wednesday - Saturday to visit LIV Village and also meet with the founders, Tich and Joan Smith. Please pray for us to get all our questions answered and to have the conversations the Holy Spirit wants us to have. Also for our children, interns, and team members to be covered in prayer while we are away.

Prayers for MV as we forward our business plan for a potential donor that contacted us.

Thank you for partnering with us, we can’t do it without your financial help and your prayers!
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5 months ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and Praise - March 12

Busy week, so this will be quick. Pray for us as we have several important meetings this week. Today, we meet with *Siphewe’s social worker again as he is still in our care. We also have another meeting with our real estate agent today to prepare for a meeting on Wednesday that we'll have with the owners of the farm.

Tomorrow we have another important meeting at 10 am. Please pray for wisdom.

We are also preparing our itinerary and questions for our trip to LIV Village next week. We also may be adding another meeting to our trip that we will hear about early next week.

Blessings to you all. We can’t do this without your financial and prayer support. Thanks for joining us on this journey. We appreciate and love you all!
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