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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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We want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone for their support and encouragement throughout 2018. We could not be here helping children and others without your continued financial and prayer backing. We would like to share a few highlights for 2018 on how the Lord used us all this year in South Africa.

Early this year we took in a 5-year old boy, *Siphiwe, that had been abandoned on the streets. We were able to provide a safe home for him for about four weeks until a relative was able to be located. We continued to have him most weekends and was able to take him to church with us for months to be a support to him. Your donations helped us provide him with much-needed food, clothing, and shelter.

Also, we continue to foster our two girls, Bella* & Mia*, and it’s hard to believe we’ve known them over 2 1/2 years now. They continue to develop into wonderful Christian girls. They are such a blessing to our family.

While Merryfield cares for children and continues to share the vision the Lord has laid on our hearts for the Village, we also look for opportunities to help other ministries launch or move forward in their calling. Because of your generosity, Merryfield Village was able to help launch a Christian radio station, Oasis FM, in Jeffreys Bay. We also helped launch another local ministry, Silo Ministries, that helps the poor through skills and agricultural training, health and medical, counseling, and micro-financing. It's our heart to partner with like-minded people and organizations. Another recent partnership is with our new Church in Somerset West. They had a desire to care for unwanted babies and again, through your financial support, MV was able to help them convert their garage into an apartment to be able to take in the very first baby. Because of your generous support, *Jacob was taken into care this week. There are too many other things to list that you all are helping with here in this area, including supporting evangelists, counselors, and funeral expenses for the less fortunate, etc.

We are blessed that you are helping us show the love of Christ to so many. If you are still looking for somewhere to make an end of year donation, please consider clicking the donate button.

Please continue to pray for the offer we made on the three cottage property. If we can get that, we can help so many more unwanted babies that are sitting in the hospital waiting for loving homes.

Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Steve & Julie

*names changed
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3 months ago

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Pray for MV this morning, 7AM Eastern, as the real estate agent goes to the owner of the property to discuss our offer. These cottages would be perfect for taking in those babies sitting in the hospital right now. Thank you for your support & encouragement. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Merryfield Village

Fall 2018 Update
To all our supporters,

We wanted to give everyone an update on where we are right now. To preface all this, we wanted to share a portion of a devotional and this is what it said in part.

“No one is ever a fool for trusting the Lord and choosing the way of the Spirit. Like Ruth, always choose right; choose the way of the Spirit and not that which seems right, practical and sensible in the sight of man.“

What the Lord has been doing, since we returned from the US a few months ago…simply put, is amazing! We have an exciting update, and one that requires a bit of change, but we are only being faithful to follow the voice of the Lord. Many times it doesn’t make sense to those on the outside, but to us, it seems scarier not to follow that still small voice when he calls us. Even when there were moments when it didn’t seem to make sense to us, we’ve chosen to lay down our desires to follow Him. For the past few months, it’s been tough to be in the waiting, but we have seen the hand of God in the timing of many things coming to fruition and falling into place which has been astounding to watch. Two days before we returned to S. Africa in July, we had a prophecy spoken over us by a pastor of some friends of ours in VA. We had visited their church and when the Lord gave him this word for us, he had never met us before and didn’t know anything about us, but what He spoke over us was clearly from the Lord. Some of it was for the future and didn’t make sense to us at the time, but we received that word and looked forward to seeing how the Lord would work it all out. Looking back now, we have literally watched that word unfold before our eyes since July. We wish we had the time to tell you all the whole story, but we don’t in this e-mail. After much prayer, this is what we are feeling led to do.

We have been introduced to a pastor and his wife at a different church and we will be relocating to that area so we can partner with them because they have our same heart for orphans. We were introduced to them through our mutual friends after they moved there from Jeffreys Bay. Our friends introduced us because they knew we all had the same heart. After visiting several times, we felt our prayers were being answered and felt that we had come home and we feel so blessed to be a part of such a supportive church in Somerset West, New Generation (New Gen) - Liberty Church. Merryfield was blessed to help them finish their baby haven and they have just been approved to take in a premature baby. Glen (the pastor) told us that there are currently 12 babies sitting at the hospital waiting for homes. While this is heartbreaking, we are so excited to be connected and to be under the covering of a supportive church who shares our same vision to take in even more orphans. They have such a passion for the hurting and the less fortunate, as we do.

The other exciting news is that we were shown a property by a developer friend that has 3 cottages on it that would be perfect for MV to take in more children. This property is so unique and we will be able to house up to 18 babies/children. It has already been zoned to add another 10+ dwellings to increase the number of children we can take in, in the future. We also were introduced to another gentleman by another friend at a different children’s village, who will be helping us in the startup phase of Merryfield who has experience working with the government there. MV business will be set up to help MV become self-sustaining, therefore freeing us up to not have to spend the majority of our time fundraising but to be hands-on where our giftings are.

Also, In talking with some other dear friends in Port Elizabeth, who run an orphanage there, they also gave us the name of a very prominent attorney, who advocates for orphans, and when asked where she is located, we were told she is in that area as well! She will be able to assist MV in advocating for our children in care. All these connections just came together within the last couple of months and we are still blown away by it all.

We ask that you lift up this property. This is a huge step of faith for us and we are trusting God for the finances. We just made an offer in faith, so we are asking you to pray for favor for us. We have an investor that would like to partner with us, but we will need extra funds to get everything off the ground and to pay the new house mothers and to provide for each child’s needs who comes through MV in this new endeavor. We have not had an opportunity of this magnitude since we moved here.

Thank you so much for praying for us and partnering with us. We could not do this without you. We are so excited about all the things that are happening and to actually see MV’s heart to serve even more children coming to fruition. It’s been our heart's desire to be able to help in a more tangible way and now we are seeing the answer to our prayers.

Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers, we will keep you all updated.
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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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6 months ago

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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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7 months 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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9 months ago

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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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