Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Pemba Center

Located on the beautiful Wimbi Beach, it's sometimes hard to reconcile the extreme natural beauty with the extreme poverty living right next door, but this is where Heidi Baker has been based since 2004 and is quickly developing into a large center. This is the location of the Holy Given Missions School held biannually in June and October.

Consisting of 2 properties, it is home to 240 children, 160 student pastors, 30 long term missionaries and horses!

Center 1 is housing for the long term missionaries and all the student pastors.

Center 2 houses all the kids, and a primary school serving the community is located at the top of the land. The Bible School has 6 classrooms, and a big-top tent serves as the church. All the administrative offices are here, as well as Holy Given student and vistor accomodation.

A widows program is run for widows and abandoned women in order to teach them some skills. There is a large vegetable garden which they are responsible for and where they grow enough to feed the center and their homes. Sewing classes are also given and women make simple african bags and capalanas to sell to visitors as an extra source of income.

The Pemba center is equipped to welcome large numbers of visitors in a specially built compound. There are weekly evangelism outreaches and medical missions to nearby Mieze. Visitors are welcome to do arts and crafts or play games with the children, as there are no specific activities set out. You will have to bring your own materials for any crafts and a good imagination!

There is electricity, and soon there will be running water too.

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