Ok, I know, it has been a while. We try to write on here every few days, but oh man has this past week been busy! Who knew that 45 kids was going to be a lot of work right??
Yeah, I guess we should have seen it coming.
Anyhow, we are doing good, loving being back in our home here in Ethiopia, back with all the people we love, and are really enjoying getting to know all these kids a little better each day. They are truly treasures from God, each of them a beautiful creation of His, and we thank him every day for putting us in their lives. Today I want to share a whole bunch of different things with you, (not quite a hundred, but it feels like it!). Lord knows it has been way to long since I have written.
We have been hard at work getting in touch with sponsors back in the states, both on the Forever Family and Orphan Prevention Family side of things, letting everyone know some more details about their sponsor family, and helping to let people know what they can expect to hear from us in the future. To be sure there are a lot of administrative things to be handled, and we are chipping away at them little by little. (If you are sponsoring an orphan prevention family and have not heard from us, you will soon!)
We are still praying for funds to come in to help us purchase a computer for each house, so far we have raised enough for three computers, we want to ask that you stand with us and pray that these resources come in soon. We want to see each of these children able to get the education they deserve.
On that same note, we are still in need of funds to cover the monthly expense of hiring three new tutors for after school support. The total we need for each tutor is only $180 per month. (not bad when you consider all the good they can do in helping these kids get up to speed.)
On another note you should really check out all the new items we are selling on the Bring Love In Store, lots of new things just in time for Christmas.
Um.. Let’s see, what else can I update you on…
Orphan Sunday went well, we were excited to hear reports from all over America from people who stood up and shared about Bring Love In and how we are creating new families from widows and orphans over here. That was an encouragement for sure! We saw several new sponsors sign up for the Orphan Prevention Sponsorships in the coming days as well and that was really neat. We now have 25 of the 50 sponsor families take care of!
Here is the deal though, when we went out looking for families in our area who live on less than $25 per month who could come into our orphan prevention program, we had 200 families sign up. Meaning that we have a long way to go, and our goal is nothing short of taking care of every single one of these families (and more!) So please help us spread the word, help these families who are right on the edge of loosing their kids, to keep them home, where they belong!
Ok. I think that is all I have to say for now.
No wait, one more thing. Something that I could not get out of my head when I was laying in bed last night staring at the ceiling.
What I mean is this, the concept of pairing widows and orphans, and creating new families, it all sounds great and wonderful, and is the perfect little sound byte that spreads like a virus, yet at the same time, on the ground, here in Ethiopia, here with these kids, and these mothers, these new families, it is working great! We are blessed beyond words to see these kids attaching to their mothers, and moving right into the routine of being a family. It is wonderful!
Today we were going through the children’s files, organizing them all and making sure everything was there and we read of the most devastating stories, children who were abandoned, mothers and fathers who had passed away, just gut wrenching stuff that these kids have lived through. Yet they are home now. And it is good!
Thanks for being on this journey with us, I know that so many of you support who we have never even spoken with yet, we hope to meet all of you one day, and to thank you for your part in what these kids now have.
I hope to have more time soon to sit down and write about the lessons we are learning, today however this simple post will have to suffice.
One last thing that I want to leave you with, at our getaway with the kids one of the older girls wrote this note and stood up to read it for Thomas and our family. My heart just about melted on the floor right there.