89 year old BJ knits up a storm!

BJ from Michigan Knitting Beanies

BJ from Michigan Knitting Beanies

Meet BJ from Michigan. She is 89 years old and has been very ill. She has only been out of ICU for two weeks, but when she heard about the 15,000 orphans who needed warm hats she got right to work. She has made more than 100+ hats in less than two weeks! Amazing grace how sweet the sound. What a gift she is to the world and to the children of Swaziland.

Thank you to all of you who are knitting, crocheting and praying for these children.

We now have 20 states, 3 provinces and 8 countries involved. We are praying for you all as you do this wonderful work.

~Janine

“O God, from my youth You have taught me, and I still proclaim Your wondrous deeds.
So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim Your might to another generation,
Your power to all those to come.”
(Psalm 71:17-18)

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2009 Charity Golf Tournament

IMG_golfmarathon01On October 20 in Alpharetta, Georgia brave golfers will hit the course to play 100 holes of golf. The 2009 Heart for Africa Golf Marathon hosted at Alpharetta Athletic Club – West will be the third year of this amazing fund raiser. In the past two years, the golfers have raised almost $400,000 to help benefit the work of Heart for Africa.

This year you can be a part of the fun. We need team captains and players. A team captain is responsible for recruiting a team of 4 to play in the tournament. Each player will raise $2,000 in donations and play 100 holes of golf on the day of the marathon.

To learn how you can join in the fun, either as a golfer, donor, or marathon-day volunteer, send an email to golf@heartforafrica.org or call (678) 566-1589.

If you would like to make a donation to a golfer, click here and complete the form. Be sure to include the golfer’s name in the comments field of the form. This will ensure that the golfer gets credit for your donation. Thank you for supporting Heart for Africa.

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Ring in the New Year in Africa

2010The New Year holiday is a time to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the upcoming year.  It’s a time to celebrate with friends and family the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one.  It’s a time to make resolutions that will, in all likelihood, be broken in the coming weeks.

This year, the team at Heart for Africa is excited to start a new tradition.  We will kick off the new year in Kenya and Swaziland and we hope you will be a part of this new tradition.  We still have space available for both trips.

Kenya
December 26 – January 5

The Kenya group will serve at Tumaini and Strong Tower children’s homes located in the Naivasha area, just northwest of Nairobi.  During the trip, the team will spend time with the children at the homes, work on light construction projects, and garden at the home and in the community.  The trip also includes a one day safari at Lake Nakuru Game Reserve.

The cost of the trip is $3,250 departing from JFK International Airport in New York.  To register, click here and pick the home you where you would like to serve.  You can reserve your spot with a $500 deposit.

Swaziland
December 26 – January 5

The Swaziland team will serve at all three of Heart for Africa’s partner homes.  Like the Kenya team, you will select your preference home in the registration process.  The projects will vary from home to home, but you will certainly spend time in the gardens.  The work may also include construction, working with babies and toddlers, helping prepare meals, and gardening in the communities around the homes.  This trip includes a one day safari at the Hlane Game Reserve.

The cost of the trip is $3,650 departing from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.  To register, click here and pick the home you where you would like to serve.  You can reserve your spot with a $500 deposit.

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An Update from The Beanie Machine

People from all over the country and around the world have joined The Beanie Machine and are knitting beanies for the 15,000 children that will participate in Celebrate Litsemba – 2010.  We are receiving wonderful feedback from people that are working on this project.  Below is a great email from Donna Bailey from New Mexico.

The New Mexico Beanie Team

The New Mexico Beanie Team

My daughter Stephanie went to Swaziland with Heart for Africa in July, and she hasn’t stopped talking about her trip.  Since I became a grandmother, I’ve wanted to learn how to knit and crochet.  I didn’t note on the form how many I plan to knit since I’m learning. I ordered two DVDs on “how to” and I’m going to Sue Kizer’s house here in Artesia tomorrow night where we’re having a class on how to make the hats.  I lived in Artesia for 10 years in the past and I’m visiting here this week. I had open heart surgery 13 weeks ago to replace my aortic valve, so I’ve been sidelined from a lot of  normal activity. Being a part of the beanie project allows me to be a part of the ministry that has touched my daughter’s heart, and helps me feel not quite so useless during this recovery phase of my life. I’m hoping I might encourage some women in my town of Eastland to be a part too!  Thanks!  Donna
PS –  As of last week I could make a single chain that would reach from Texas to New Mexico!  I’ve figured out how to make several new stitches since I ordered the videos.  I’m practicing every day because I want to create something beautiful for some of God’s beautiful children!

Thank you to everyone around the world that is working on beanies. If you want to get involved, go here to learn more about The Beanie Machine.

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