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Spring Newsletter 2021

Spring Newsletter 2021

On behalf of the children, we would like to thank all of you for your contributions to Heart for Children made this year. Despite difficult circumstances due to Covid 19 we were able to keep up the assistance to all the children that we have committed to. May God bless you richly for your faithful donations!

We, that is, me, Annette and Philip Nicholson, recently visited the safe house “Share Tears and Grow” here in Pretoria that receives sponsorship from Heart for Children.

 Above are a few pictures of the children currently in the care of Jochi Maidi, the house mother. Although Jochi only has space for about 12 children, she now has between 18 and 20 children in her care. This is due to the growing number of children that are being left homeless due to, amongst other reasons, Covid and/or the Covid-related delays at the courts. We discussed the possibility of trying to find funding for a bigger place for Jochi. We thank God that she herself has recovered fully from Covid 19.

We also noticed that there is a need for educational and durable toys such as Duplo or Mega, wooden block box sets, colouring books (&pens/crayons) and puzzles; these would challenge the children’s imagination and stimulate their skills in engineering and eye- and hand coordination. We would appreciate donations from our donors in this regard, whether it is 2nd hand toys in good condition or a financial donation. It would be great if we could surprise each of our homes with a parcel of good toys like that.

This time of the year, for the benefit of all our orphans and abandoned children, we are selling the Flowers of South Africa 2022 Calendar. How wonderful to celebrate Spring 2021: the flowers are here! It is the A4 format calendar that opens to the big A3 format. This seems to be the size preferred by most people. We believe it is always an ideal gift. We are asking for a donation of R170 per calendar. Please use the bank account of Heart for Children to make payment: Heart for Children, FNB Cheque 62215969116 (The code for FNB internet banking is 250655)

 Please let us know, if you, or perhaps just even someone you know, would like to order some of these calendars from Heart for Children? Many thanks for your support. You can send us your orders by e-mail to: henrypool7@outlook.com

Note that due to circumstances, we have not been able to broadcast a program from Crystal Cathedral Ministries (CCMSA) for some time. However, we will resume our broadcasts as soon as possible. We are still getting a surprising number of views! It will soon be available again on our CMMSA page, here: https://breadonthewater.co.za/

We very much appreciate those of you who still contribute to CCMSA to keep these broadcasts going. This also helps us greatly in keeping our office costs for Heart for Children to the bare minimum.

Wishing you God’s richest blessings!


Henry and Annette Pool



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Please help Heart for Children!

Please help Heart for Children!

Please take a few minutes of your time to watch the video. Like many other charities at this time of Covid 19 restrictions, Heart for Children is also battling with lower-than-expected income. For the time being, we have therefore put our plans that we had at the beginning of the year, on hold. We all hope that things will improve as soon as the economy picks up some steam again. Please keep our children in your hearts and prayers so that we will not have to cut our help to any of the foster homes and safe houses that we are currently supporting. You can make a contribution to the less privileged children of South Africa to: Heart for Children, FNB Cheque acc. no. 62215969116, branch 252-445, or for internet banking use 250-655. Please mention your first name and contact number in your reference.

People who visit ‘Bread on the Water’ from overseas can also make a donation to Heart for Children via our parent organization in the Netherlands. If you are willing to help the less privileged children in South Africa you can just visit the Dutch website: hartvoorkinderen.nl. by clicking on the link below. Please mention ‘My Bread on the Water’ in your reference.


Every little bit helps! Many thanks for any contribution you can afford to give. Wishing you God’s richest blessings!!


Henry and Annette Pool



Autumn 2021

Autumn 2021

Dear friend,

It is soon Easter and if ever I heard a song that stirred my soul to realize again the importance of Easter, it must be this one: https://breadonthewater.co.za/2021/03/26/easter-song/

Indeed, the lyrics do carry the most powerful message the world has ever heard!

My own favorite Easter story is of course the one where Jesus appeared to the two men from Emmaus. It brought me to a point where I looked at the Scriptures that Jesus must have been referring to, in Luke 24:27.

See here: https://breadonthewater.co.za/2019/04/15/easter/

As a man of science, and since I first attended an exhibition in 1977, I have always been interested in the Shroud of Turin – said to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Indeed, I wrote something about the Shroud here:


I was surprised to hear that in the light of the pandemic they are apparently planning an exhibition of the Shroud on television on Holy Saturday, i.e. 3/4/2021. This is really something: exhibitions of the Shroud are normally very, very scarce. I quote from Msgr. Nosiligia, Wednesday 3/3/2021:

“In these troubled times we need to nurture and communicate our hope. And for us believers the most effective way to increase the hope of the whole world is through common prayer, by kneeling before the Lord. For this reason, we celebrate also on Holy Saturday, the day of silence, before the tomb of the Lord but also of the expectation of his resurrection, a special liturgy in front of the Shroud that reminds us of this event, the living center of our faith and our hope.’ More about this here: https://www.shroud.com/latebrak.htm

Irrespective of whether you believe the Shroud is real or not, you must agree with the bishop’s sentiments. Indeed, if there is anything I hope we have learned from the Corona crisis, it is our dependence on God for health! In this respect I should also mention that it seems many of us are even suffering from some form of depression now because of all the restrictions on church and family gatherings. Let us all kneel and pray that we will soon be free from the scourge of this disease.

Crystal Cathedral Ministries SA (CCMSA) is broadcasting a special Easter service via the internet. Dr. Schuller’s message centers around John 11:25 where Jesus said: “He who lives and believes in me shall never die’.  It is the video on top of our CCMSA page. Please click on the link below:


If you missed the testimony from Immaculee Ilibagiza on how she miraculously escaped the Rwandan genocide, you must watch the video just below our Easter service!

Many thanks to each one of you who continue to support Crystal Cathedral Ministries SA with your tithes and donations. May God bless you richly.

Like many other charities at this time of Covid 19, Heart for Children is also battling with lower-than-expected income. For the time being, we have therefore put our plans that we had at the beginning of the year, on hold. I am sure that things will improve as soon as the economy picks up some steam again. In the meantime, as an extra income for Heart for Children, Annette and Adele will make greeting cards (birthday, thank-you, Xmas, sympathy, etc.) and linen shopping bags, on order. See pictures at the far end of this news letter. All proceeds will go to Heart for Children. If you are interested in ordering this from us, please contact Annette at:  annette.pool@gmail.com

Every little bit helps!

We wish you a very blessed Easter and Passover. If you are going on holiday, please travel safely! Please do stay safe and healthy by taking the necessary precautions for Covid 19.

Henry (0836297690) and Annette (0834696875)




Please help Heart for Children!

Summer 2021

First, we whish you a prosperous and healthy 2021!

If you had not yet read my thoughts for Christmas 2020, you can click on this link: Christmas message

I am sure that our prayers for health this year are more important than ever before, as the Corona virus is lurking nearer and nearer around us. Most of you have heard of someone near you that is affected by the disease. Let us all please adhere to the rules and let us all pray for the right kind of medicine and that a vaccine will be available soon. Sadly, we heard from Port Shepstone that one of the relief workers at the Rehoboth Children’s village has passed on, due to Covid 19. May we also request your urgent prayers for Jochi Maidi, who is the mother of the safe house in Nelmapius. She has tested positive and she is now in isolation.

Many thanks!

The Children of the “Share tears and grow’” safe home in Nelmapius, led by Jochi Maidi , showing the presents they received this year from Heart for Children.

You will recall that in our last  newsletter we mentioned the problem of children reaching the age 18. Unless they are full time students, they must leave the foster or safe homes that they are currently living in. In fact, we have such a situation right now in several homes, including the safe house of Jochi Maidi.

The dream of Annette and myself is for Heart for Children to establish a new young adult’s home similar to the Houses of Hope from echo. However, I am sure you will understand that for this we would need a lot of money and the time to raise it. In the meantime, we are sitting with an immediate need that has to be addressed. We will therefore investigate if our children can be placed in one of the Houses of Hope where they can get support in a similar type of family set up as what they were used to. Our idea is to try and join hands with  echo and sponsor Houses of Hope with a small amount of money each month where these young adults can be placed. This sponsorship can then be discontinued if the young adult leaves the home. May we ask for your (extra) help for this? If you share our concern for these children, and if you would like to make a (or an extra) monthly donation for this, in the reference for payment, please mention: your name + the word “young adult”. Thanks!

We want to thank you for your wonderful support in the past and, again, we wish you God’s richest blessings for the year ahead.

Spring 2020

Spring 2020


Spring is here!

Well, no doubt 2020 turned out to be quite something different than what most of us had expected at the beginning, I am sure. The latest figures for Corona are still looking good, so let us pray that it stays that way. Just to be sure, please: let us still be careful and take the necessary precautions when going out. Especially, I would avoid crowded places such as shops and malls and spaces that are not well ventilated. For those of you interested: Whether a place is well ventilated or not can be easily monitored with a simple CO2 meter. Perhaps, investing in a meter like that is a good idea for churches, malls, shops, etc.

You will recall that due to the COVID 19  crisis, we had agreed to hand out R2000 extra help for each of the (20) safe homes and foster homes currently supported by Heart for Children / Hart Voor Kinderen.

In addition to this, we also made contributions totaling R20000 for food parcels that were distributed to families in need by Home-from-Home (CapeTown), Rehoboth (PortShepstone) and Victory4All (Humansdorp), respectively. Note the attached pictures! Many thanks to all of you who made this possible; a special word of thanks to Laurence, John and Dan!  

Wishing you all God’s richest blessings:

Henry and Annette Pool 

Henry:     +27 (0) 836297690, henrypool7@gmail.com

Annette: + 27 (0) 834696875, annette.pool@gmail.com

Where do the youth go when they turn 18?

The Children’s legislative framework only provides for the care of a child up to the age of 18. This means that a safe house/ foster home/orphanage only qualifies for financial support for a foster/orphaned child until they turn 18. It also means that foster homes and/or orphanages can only provide a home for a child until they turn 18 After turning 18, a child is on his/her own. An extension is only possible if the child is still studying. The intention is that such a youth should receive the support of a family. Most often, the only home such a youth knows is the foster home/orphanage with the consequence that the youth lands up in the streets.  

Heart for Children believes that the care for youth from foster homes/orphanages should continue after they turn 18. A good concept of such care is that of Echo Youth on the move. See here:  


They have established several houses across the country where youth between the ages of 18 and 24 can find a home and the necessary care. Heart for Children would love to establish a house on the same concept to provide a home to youth. What do you think? We will keep you updated on this new and visionary project that we want to embark on! 


As promised, we are running some of the classic services from the Crystal Cathedral with sermons from the late Dr. R.H. Schuller. His sermons seem particularly applicable now, during this time of Corona. Did you see: Tough times never last, tough people do? Turn to our CCMSA page on the website,


and take some time off from the rest of the world for you to realize what possibilities God has in store for you!

 If you were blessed by any if the services, or if you want to help us with the care for our orphans and/or abandoned / abused  children, please make a donation!


Children are the most vulnerable during the work stoppages due to Covid 19 crisis! Malnutrition is a real problem now.

Spring 2019

Spring 2019



Every day I looked at my puzzle, I became strangely aware, that, just like my puzzle was not yet finished, so God’s Creation is also not yet finished. Jesus came into the picture 2000 years ago to show us what God is really like: God is Love and Grace. He gave His own life for us and at that point we all became a part of his Picture, for sure! Each one of us has a role to play, no matter how big or small.

Indeed, love is the source of our enthusiasm, optimism and creativity. Yes, there are still many more people to be born, and yes, there are still many more things to find out and laws to understand. I remember that whenever I was able to finish one of the 80(!) animals in my puzzle, I became so excited noticing how the pieces all fitted together enabling me to see all the details… Then I thought: that is how it is in the Big Puzzle of Life: sometimes we get a glimpse of the part that we all played in God’s Creation and how we fit into the big picture. As the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 13:12: ‘For now we see only [a reflection] as in a mirror [dimly], but then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known’.

On one occasion, when we visited the safe home for children in Nelmapius (Pretoria) that Heart for Children is  supporting, I was moved to tears by the love of the children shown to us after we had brought each child a ‘lucky’ packet. I felt privileged that we are able to help Jochi there with a steady income now for her home. God is doing His work in all 21 homes sponsored by you in South Africa and the Netherlands through Heart for Children! Many thanks to each one of you for being a piece in the Big Puzzle of Life

The earth and everything in it belongs to the Lord! (Ps. 24:1)

Note that there are 8 foster homes in the Jeffreys Bay /Humansdorp area that receive regular monthly aid from Heart for Children. They are all run by Victory4All, see https://victory4all.com/what-we-do/foster-homes/.

You will understand that all the homes must comply to a certain minimum standard laid down by government and the authorities. Unfortunately, the foster home in Koraal str. 7, Jeffreys Bay, needs urgent repairs and if we don’t get the money for this, it might have to be closed. That would be a pity. We received a quotation for the work that needs to be done and it comes to R279000. I know this sounds like an awful lot, but I know and trust God that we will raise this amount.

Realizing the problem at an earlier stage, both Heart for Children and Victory4All have already saved up some funds. I also know and trust God that Heart for Children will again get a firm contribution this year from the MyMostBeautiful.com baby competition. This means that altogether we probably already have ca. 25% of what we need!

So now for the remaining 75%: First and foremost, I am asking you and everyone who reads this newsletter, if you can help us? That would be great. Any donation, no matter how great or small will be much appreciated. With your (extra) donation, please mention your name with Koraal7 in the reference line. Many thanks!

We have already approached the Dischem Foundation and we will also approach other businesses in this regard to hear if they can help us with this project. We are also asking all our supporters again if they are aware of any businesses that can help us? Please let us know.