Saturday, August 29, 2009
An estimated 150 million children live on the streets of the world today.
Taking each other by the hand, the chain they would build could wrap around the equator three times.
If I was to speak their names one every second, it would take me three and a half years.
Children who have not had a chance!
Children who have been robbed of their childhood.
Children sold by their parents.
Children who have no choice but to work, beg or steal in order to survive.
Children who have never known a loving, caring and protected environment.
Each one of these 150 million kid’s was someones child, with their own name and a story.
Each one of these DEEPLY and PASSIONATELY LOVED by the Father!!!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I ordered it and when it arrived, I read it within one day - - - not because I've got so much time to read - but because it was absolutely AMAZING (somehow you find the time to do the things you really want to do, right?!)!!!!
It describes the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on an orphanage in China in the 1930s or so.
The orphans that just before had been beggars, outcasts and homeless, were caught up into the invisible (yet VERY real) world and experienced exactly all the things the Bible talks about as REALITIES - visions of heaven, angels, satan, hell and the end of the age.
It is DEEPLY compelling - I can only HIGHLY recommend it!!! If nothing else, it will boost your love for God and passion to see people that don't know God come to know him!!!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Mom says that Shayden will most likely get it too...
We had a HUGE thunderstorm last night in the middle of the night - I thought it was pretty awesome.
Bye for now and good night!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Since I'm not sure if most people actually read the stories in the links, I thought of posting one here. Remember, this was written by a (then) 19-year-old American girl (without medical training) living in Uganda.
She now has 13 girls living in her little house and caring/feeding another 400 orphans through a sponsorship program.
Have a look at the sidebar website AMAZIMA!
Yesterday a sweet little girl named Rita came to my house with two teeth that had been completely eaten through by a cavity and were almost completely rotted away. The holes looked like they were starting to get infected and the nerve was exposed; I cant imagine how much pain she was in.
I took her to the dentist, and they said they were closed. The dentist was in a hurry to leave and wouldn't help me, but he said I could use his things and do it myself.
Of course I was terrified, but I was more scared to think about the teeth not being removed immediately; they looked so painful.
I gave her a shot to numb her mouth, waited about ten minutes, tried to sterilize these tweezer things with a match and dug out what was remaining of her poor little teeth. I don't think she could feel it, but my heart hurt for her.
I took her back home, made her a hot bath and some soup. Then she had ice cream and slept in my bed under a big blanket. As i tucked the covers in around her and kissed her head she looked up at me with these big, wondering eyes.
Unbelievable as it is, she was SOOO happy. She told me that this was the best day of her life, even though her mouth hurt. She said that she would get her teeth pulled every day if she could stay with someone like me. And that made my heart hurt even more.
There are so many children out there that don't feel loved on a daily basis. So many children that don't have a person to hold their hand or rub their back when they are scared and in pain. So many children who don't have the simple pleasures of taking a warm bath or sleeping under a blanket. I would move all of them, ALL of them into my house if I could.
I wish I could love them all. I wish more people cared enough that they also wanted to love them all.
Sometimes I just can't even believe how blessed I am. I have always been loved, always been cared for, always been warm and well-fed. Its frustrating sometimes, but mostly its just motivating. Sometimes I feel so tired, and then something like this happens and I am reminded that I can give a child the best night of her life simply by naking her soup and kissing her forehead. Simply by love her.
Sometimes I feel so tired that I think if I give away any more of myself I may actually be empty. And then I remember, It is only in giving away the love given to me by the Father that I am ever actually full. And so I keep going because of Rita. Because kissing her forehead and saying 'I love you" actually did change the world for that little girl. Because maybe through my hands she can get just a glimpse of a fraction of the love her Maker has for her. There is nothing better.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
What a contrast - the life of our Kylie (and other children) and the children you will be reading about.
I BEG you to take 10-15 minutes to read not only this post, but also Grace's story, or Rita's story, or the Scabies Family, part 1, the Scabies Family, part 2, or Sarah's story, or Sumini's story and Amazima, the Truth.
These are written by a now 20-year-old American girl. POWERFUL!!!
To say that I have been deeply compelled is an understatement.
I have been balling my eyes out over the misery of these children.
And I will do something about it.
I have been begging God for years now to allow me to do SOMETHING for the orphans.
Besides taking Shayden into our family, I have been feeling quite strongly from God that NOW is the time to pursue my life-long dream of ministering to the orphans - in Africa, to begin with.
I am still in prayer about the details, but I know that I will be taking a trip to Africa next year. YAY!!!!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
And in the background you can see a part of a slide that Shayden has recently received from an overseas family member - THANk YOU!!!
Das ist die Puppenfamilie, Mutter - nur ein Teil deines Geschenks
more gifts from Germany - what a spoiled little girl!
...and Shayden LOVED the special card Kylie received from an aunt in Germany - it went down the slide more than once :)
After dinner, we went around the table with each family member affirming Kylie, telling her what we like about her, what qualities they see in her etc. You should have seen the expressions on her face - from growing about 2 inches with pride to tears running down her cheeks cuz she was so touched - - - she sure was devouring all the love poured out on her - oh, the power of words!
We love you sooooooooooo much, Kylie!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mix equal parts of self-raising flour and salt
Add water until you have a pasty, not too thick consistency
Divide into different small containers and add food colouring.
The kids - or you - can (finger-) paint onto cardboard - and then pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds or more, depending on thickness of "puff paint" = GREAT FUN!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Jeremie made a slideshow with mostly different photos - and music - I'll post that, too, when I get to it.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Funny thing is that I can just imagine the almost 6-year-old plan her wedding - she sure knows what she wants, just give her a few years - - - her whole party has actually already been planned out for weeks now, games, guests and food.