News -This is Why After-School Meals Are So Important

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Dear Friends, 

You may not be aware that in some parts of Africa, Horizon serves hot and nutritious meals to many of our sponsored kids every day after school.

 One of the children who benefits from this important service is an 8-year-old girl named Palesa.   June reduced photo

Palesa lives with her grandma and three brothers in Matipane Village, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

She is enrolled as a student at Femane Primary School where she is in the third grade.  Her favorite subject is learning the Sepedi language.  She also loves to read, watch television, and play netball.

Palesa and her three brothers lived with their father until his death earlier this year.  Their mother left the family some time ago, and no one knows where she is or how to contact her.

 Like so many other aging African grandparents, Palesa’s grandmother is unable to adequately provide for her grandchildren.  She has taken on the unexpected task of being responsible for raising them at a time in her life when her health is declining and she is unable to earn a living.

Social Security, and other related government benefits for the elderly, are almost non-existent in Africa.  Grown children usually care for their aging parents.

The AIDS pandemic and related diseases, however, have claimed a generation, saddling aging grandparents with the challenge of caring for their grandchildren.

This is why after-school meals are so important to the ongoing health of Palema, her brothers, and hundreds of other kids like them.

Unfortunately, these daily meals are quite expensive and aren’t covered by child sponsorship donations.

In South Africa, where these hot and nutritious meals are served through our Orphan Drop-in Centers, the food portion of our child sponsorship budget covers breakfasts and meals on weekends.

 Palema’s main and most important meal of the day, then, is the one served at the Matipane Orphan Drop-in Center Monday through Friday where she and other kids gather for worship, Bible study, homework tutoring, and sports.

While our Horizon partners in Africa grow many of the fresh vegetables that are served in these meals, the meat and other parts of the meal have to be purchased.

In order to continue providing these meals for Palema and other kids like her through the end of the year, we need to receive an additional $10,000 beyond our anticipated funding sources.

Will you prayerfully consider how God would have you respond?

Your gift of $10, $25, $50, $100, or more will be used to continue blessing hundreds of Horizon-sponsored kids with great food and good health for months to come.

Thankfully yours, on behalf of Palema and others, 

 Bob only in blue ink mini sginature 

Bob Pearson

Founder and President

Horizon International

P.S. Adri van der Merwe, Horizon Thusanang’s Orphan Care Coordinator in Limpopo Province, South Africa is in urgent need of your prayers for God’s healing.  She has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, is undergoing extensive chemotherapy in a Pretoria hospital, and is quite ill.  

 

 

News -Funding Zambian Partner Salaries

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Dear Friends,

One of the most challenging tasks in orphan care ministry is finding the funding needed for African partner salaries.

This is particularly true for our team on the ground in the country of Zambia. 

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Horizon Zambia has a GREAT team.  

Let me introduce them to you.

The leaders of the team are Moses and Cecelia Sakala.

Moses and Cecelia are passionate about what they do.  They and their team are responsible for “creating a world of hope” through approximately 400 orphaned Zambian kids.

While the Sakalas coordinate the ministries of the entire team, they personally direct two Children’s Clubs through churches in Garden and Kalingalinga Compounds in the capital city of Lusaka.

Derrick and Mercy Banda are the Project Managers in Chongwe District, approximately 35 miles southeast of Lusaka.  They and their team of volunteers care for approximately 200 orphans through Children’s Clubs in ten Chongwe churches.

Joshua and Jessie Sachipita direct the orphan care ministries for 100 kids in Lusaka’s Chaisa and Chazanga Compounds.

Rounding out the team is Oscar Ndao, Jr.  Oscar leads three Children’s Clubs through congregations in Lusaka’s Chainda, Kalikiliki, and John Laing Compounds.

Together, this team is doing an AWESOME job.

Through their faithfulness, these 400 sponsored kids are being fed, clothed, and educated.

Tremendous breakthroughs are occurring as a result of their efforts.

BaptismFor instance, last August, 58 sponsored kids were baptized in a Horizon Bible Camp as they publically stated that they are followers of Jesus Christ.

Another incredible first is the awarding of full-ride Horizon scholarships to two graduates of Horizon Zambia’s orphan sponsorship ministry.

Ruth Banda and Annastasia Sekeleti are completing their first year of studies at APEX Medical University in Lusaka.laptop girls

In order to continue the AMAZING ministry of Horizon Zambia, however, we must find new and sustainable funding sources for each of our Zambian partners.

The first thing we need to do is raise $15,000 to wipe out the indebtedness that currently exists in our Zambian partner salary accounts.

Your gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more can help us to do just this. 

We also need others to join the dedicated team of donors who faithfully help to underwrite Zambian partner salaries with their monthly gifts.

Would you prayerfully consider making a monthly donation to support the salary of the Sakalas, the Bandas, the Sachipitas, or Oscar Ndao?

If you feel led to do this, please write the name and monthly amount on the enclosed Response Form and return it in the Orange Envelope.

Grateful for all that you do,

 Bob only in blue ink mini sginature 

Bob Pearson

Founder and President

Horizon International

P.S. Thank you for your wonderful response to last month’s Emergency Appeal for Tsholotsho District, Zambia.  Within a week of the mailing, we received almost $17,000 with more coming in daily.

 

 

News -Chongwe Staff Residence Furnishings

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Dear Friends,

It has been said that “the secret to success in life is to be ready for opportunity when it comes.”1

Significant opportunities are knocking on Horizon’s door as we develop our Strategic Plan for the next five years, and begin to implement Horizon Version 5.0—5,000 sponsored kids in the next 2 to 4 years.

Part of this growth will take place in the country of Zambia where Horizon Zambia has a great leadership team on the ground, an incredible network of pastors and churches through which they work, and a stellar track record of caring for orphans.

Horizon currently sponsors 400 kids in Zambia.  58 of these were baptized last August at Horizon Zambia’s Adventure Camp. The number of sponsored Zambian kids will soon mushroom to 1,000 and beyond.

To prepare for this dramatic growth, we need to furnish the new Staff Residence on the grounds of the National Orphan Ministry Center in Chongwe District, Zambia.

Several years ago, we raised $18,000 to enable Horizon Zambia to purchase 50 acres of land on hills overlooking a river in Chongwe District.

Our dream is to turn this property into an orphan resource center—a place where kids can live who have nowhere to go, where orphans can learn job skills, where food can be grown and raised to enrich food parcels, where kids can come for Summer Camp.

The land has been fenced; a caretaker’s cottage has been erected; and a Staff Residence has been built.

Now, we need YOUR help to furnish the Staff Residence.

Joining the dynamic Horizon Zambia team is a couple named Callen and Lucy Silwamba.  The Silwambas and their three children will soon move into the Staff Residence to assume their responsibilities of managing the Orphan Ministry Center.

To date, we have received funding to purchase for the kitchen a gas stove, deep freezer, refrigerator, microwave oven, and some large pots.

Following is a list of what is yet needed:

                        Item                                                    Number                      Cost Per Item

                        Double Bed                                          1                                $490

                        Double Mattress                                   1                                $250

                        Single Bed                                           6                                $245

                        Single Mattress                                    6                                $120

                        Bedsheets                                          12                               $30

                        Blankets                                            12                                $60

                        Duvets (Bedspreads)                          12                                $100

                        Chest of Drawers                                 4                                $180

                        Dressing Table/Mirror                           4                                $180

                        Sofa Set                                             1                                 $1,455

                        Dining Room Set (10-Seater)               1                                 $975

                        Kitchen Unit                                       1                                  $1,095

                        Plates                                                36                                $20

                        Cups                                                 36                                $6

                        Cutlery Set                                        3                                  $110

                        Pans                                                 4                                  $30

                        Chef Dishes                                       4                                 $85

                                                           

           

The total that we need is $11,845 (USD) to fully furnish the Staff Residence.

The Residence will not only house the Silwambas, but will serve as a meeting location for Horizon Zambia leaders and a place to entertain visiting Horizon GO Teams from the United States.

Perhaps you and your family could fund a particular item with your tax refund.

Maybe your church’s women’s group could do a fundraiser to finance a specific need.

Whatever you feel led by God to donate will help us to get ready for the opportunities that are on the way.

Grateful for you,

 Bob only in blue ink mini sginature 

Bob Pearson

Founder and President

Horizon International

1Benjamin Disraeli, former United Kingdom Prime Minister.

 

 

News -Help Needed for Flood Victims in Zimbabwe

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Dear Friends,

Seldom do you receive a letter from Horizon because of an EMERGENCY.  This is an exception.

The Bulawayo/Matabeleland region of Zimbabwe, where Horizon sponsors 180 orphans through the ministry of ALICK and VIDAH PHIRI, has received persistent and heavy rain storms since just after Christmas.

A few days ago, a cyclone named Dieno swept through the area from the Indian Ocean.

The storm caused massive destruction to properties, roads, and bridges.

Particularly hard hit was Tsholotsho District approximately sixty kilometers west of Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe.

The Phiris and their team of volunteers facilitate the ministries of two Children’s Clubs through two Baptist congregations—the Sawudweni and Pakamani Baptist Churches.

Pastor John Moyo of Sawudweni and Pastor Kizito Ndlodu of Pakamani report that many of the 65 sponsored kids and their caregivers are fortunate to be alive as flash floods swept through these low lying areas. inspect home after flood

Many were marooned on tall ant hills and other high vantage points until they were rescued by Zimbabwean Air Force helicopters which the government dispatched to the area.

While none of our sponsored children were injured and all are now safe, one caregiver, an aging grandmother, drowned because she wasn’t rescued in time.

Our children and their caregivers lost their homes, blankets, clothes, crops, livestock, school uniforms and books, mosquito nets, and medication—basically, everything they own.

Horizon’s chicken farm in Tsholotsho was destroyed and all the chickens were lost to the ravaging waters.

Our sponsored kids lost their personal flocks of chickens and herds of goats which have been built over the years from contributions given through our Gift Catalog.

The Sawudweni Baptist Church lost its roof and the Pakamani Church was flooded by several feet of water.  Several school buildings where our orphans attend also collapsed.

after flood   Our Tshlotsho kids and their caregivers are now HOMELESS.  They need food, drinking  water, clothing, blankets, shelter, medication,  and  mosquito nets.  Later, they will need  school uniforms, books, and school supplies. 

  Eventually, we need to rebuild the Tsholotsho chicken farm and restock orphan flocks and  herds so that our kids will have sustainable  food sources.

  Our affected kids and their caregivers are currently staying on the grounds of the Tsholotsho  District Hospital.

  The Zimbabwean government is currently facing a currency crisis and is unable to help with humanitarian aid. 

  March 1, we wired $2,500 to help with food and water.

  Our Children’s Reserve Fund, however, is in dire need of being replenished due to financing another humanitarian disaster earlier this year in Kasese District, Uganda.

We will soon need additional funding beyond the initial survival dollars that have been sent to help rebuild the lives of these orphans and their caregivers.

Will you pray right now and ask God how you can respond to this opportunity?

Your love gift to the Children’s Reserve Fund of $10, $25, $50, $100, or whatever the Lord lays on your heart to give, will help Horizon and the Phiris to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this crisis.

Grateful for God, the Phiris, our Tsholotsho children, and you,

 Bob only in blue ink mini sginature 

Bob Pearson

Founder and President

Horizon International

 

 

 

News -Sweater Weather

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Dear Friends,

Do you have a favorite sweater?

One you aren’t willing to retire, even though some of its color has faded? 

Even though its seams now sag, stretched way beyond its original form from days too numerous to mention being pulled on and off your body? 

Even though your loved ones have hinted, strongly suggested, and threatened to buy you a replacement as you walk with it proudly displayed through the men’s department at Macy’s or JC Penney’s?

Mine is a dark blue Cambridge Classic that I’ve had since the mid-1980s.  Sure, it hangs, sags, looks frumpy, and probably wouldn’t be accepted by the good people at my local Goodwill Drop-off Center!

That sweater and I, however, have shared lots of epic history.

I’ll never forget the time a golfer approached me on the 7th hole of the Long Beach Recreational Golf Course in Long Beach, California.

Excuse me,” he said with a sense of awe in his voice.   “Did you play in the Masters Tournament?

For a moment, frozen in time, I was transported to my own version of Fantasy Island.  After all, I’ve been known to hit a golf ball occasionally….

Okay, so I’ve broken Clubhouse windows and had to yell “Fore” to the golfers on neighboring fairways just enough to establish a local reputation. 

By now, you might be wondering why anyone on the planet could possibly associate me with the PGA’s prestigious national Masters Tournament?

It’s the sweater.

The signature insignia on the front says it all: Classic Golf Masters Tournament: North Devon Championship!

You and I can make a similar impact statement in the life of an African orphan by purchasing a brand new sweater for a kid who doesn’t have one.

For $9.20, you can bring warmth to a child on those cold wintry days when the wind makes it feel more chilly than the actual reading on an outdoor thermometer.

Imagine the positive impression you can make in the life of a child every time he or she puts on the sweater that you have made possible!

The warm feelings generated by an awareness that someone in the world cares.  The sense of belonging that lets them know that they matter, that they are somebody, that they are loved.

This is the kind of signature impact that I want to create in this world!  How about you?

One sweater will cost $9.20.  Most of us can afford this.

Three sweaters will run $27.60.  $46 will purchase 5.  $92 will secure 10.

If you really want to make a Masters Tournament Championship statement, a $460 donation will buy 50 sweaters!

Every sweater Horizon is able to purchase will create a legacy of love in some rural village or urban township that few in America will ever visit.

Join me, won’t you?  One of these sweaters may actually be worn by a future president of an African nation.  Or, an African Billy Graham!

Yours, for making epic history,

 Bob only in blue ink mini sginature 

Bob Pearson

Founder and President

Horizon International

P.S. Join us at Horizon’s annual Golf Scramble in Indianapolis this coming May 15.  You may just see my Masters Tournament sweater.  After all, I need all the help I can get!

 

 

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