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2 days 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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1 week 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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3 weeks 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 Merryfield Village is now officially, in association with LIV Village. In the days ahead we will begin to unpack and unravel what all this partnership 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Merryfield Village

Please continue to pray for *Siphewe as he is still with us. It was a long day of meeting with the social worker, going to the police station twice and looking for the parents. Child Protection Services has stepped in and they are in the process of writing up a case. We are approved Safety and Emergency parents and are able to keep him for as long as we need to until the courts decide what needs to happen long term and what is in the child’s best interest. We have a meeting set up tomorrow morning to find out more answers.

Please continue to pray for us, having another meeting with the property owner.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Thank you for investing in these kids, we can’t do it with out you.

*name changed to protect his identity
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2 months ago

Merryfield Village

Pray for this little guy who is adjusting to being in our care for this weekend and possibly the foreseeable future. Such a sad situation, so please pray he feels the love of our Father through our family. Thanks for all you do to help us offer a loving home to these children. We can’t do it without you. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and Praise - Feb 26

Another busy week getting final information on the property we are pursuing. Be in prayer for us as it looks like by the end of the week, we will be meeting with our agent and attorneys to draw up a contract on a VERY special property the Lord has shown us. Please pray for us in this important decision.

Also pray for us as we are heading to LIV Village the middle of next month to meet with each of their departments to get a better idea of how things run there and for us to learn and glean from their expertise, as they are doing amazing things for orphans in this country.

Pray for our horses as we move them to a new piece of land that has been offered to us for free. This was delayed as Hope had to have stitches in her eyelid and couldn’t be moved for several weeks. She is healing up nicely now and can be moved. Thankful for Tertius, our Equine Manager, who over the last several months, despite not having our property yet, continues to reach out and offer horse therapy to several different children in the community, we have helped 7 children now. Way to go Tertius for working so hard in your area and being such a blessing to so many.

Also, thankful for our team who have been working tirelessly on their budgets for their specific areas of MV. Looks like we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Please continue to pray against any attacks as we know we don’t fight against flesh and blood. Praising the Lord for his provision and for allowing us to get the funds we need to go and visit LIV Village. Thanks for joining us in this amazing calling God has on our lives. It’s a joy to share the journey with you all.
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2 months ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and praise - Feb 20

We have had wonderful meetings over the last week. The first was with a ministry we are partnering with to visit their foster home and talk with their social worker. She was a huge help in answering our questions, offer advice and passing along their manuals for training house mothers, etc. This connection will be a blessing for us when setting up our cottages at MV so we can take in more children.

We were out looking at a potential property yesterday that has plenty of water, which is the primary concern now considering South Africa is in the worst drought in recorded history. It has everything and more of what we need, plus a going concern (active hydroponics business), so please pray for wisdom as we go through this process.

We also met with a Christian businessman yesterday who has mentioned a potential for a partnership. Pray for wisdom and guidance as we talk further about this exciting endeavor.

Our interns have been busy learning about MV and working with other ministries here who need more hands when staff members need a break. What a blessing they have been while serving here.

Another 3 1/2 hour meeting took place this past week, connecting with a family who also has the heart for purchasing a farm and ministering to those who are in need in the community. God continues to network us with people who have the same kingdom mindedness.

Please continue to remember us as we work on budgets with our team members, for a significant meeting this week.

Thank you so much for being on this journey with us. We are pressed on every side, and we covet your prayers now more than ever, as the enemy hates what we are doing here. We feel we are closer and closer to breakthrough. Thank you for your continuous prayers, we need them more than ever to stay the course and to stay strong in our faith during these challenging but exciting days.
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2 months ago

Merryfield Village

Feb 12 - Merryfield Prayer and Praise

We received another call out of the blue from two gentlemen here who have our same heart and passion and who run a ministry here in Jeffrey’s Bay. They had heard from two different people that they should contact us. We had an amazing God meeting. We took some of our team members to visit their ministry on Wednesday. We are looking forward to seeing how the Lord works this out to partner together as they have the same Kingdom mindset in which we strive to live out.

We just received another call this morning from a business owner (who we met last week) in a nearby area that feels that the Lord may be leading him to partner with us. We are excited as we have a meeting set up on Friday to talk further to see what the Lord is up to.

We have had a busy couple of weeks with several meetings each day and more meetings this week. Please pray for wisdom and discernment for us in each of these.

Also, we have a very important meeting in the next week, and our team is busy putting together budgets for each of their areas. Pray for wisdom as we pull all this together for the meeting next week.

Thank you for partnering with us, we can’t do it without you. You are always in our prayers.
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