Sunday, April 20, 2014

FIRE UPDATE - AND EASTER SERVICE BLESSINGS

Wayjay - spent the entire day Saturday cleaning the bathroom and this shower.
Please notice her t-shirt.
Mark 12:  29-31"
 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]There is no commandment greater than these.”
PASTOR SASHA 
STOPPED FOR THE ONE 
IN FRONT OF HIM
When we got word of the fire at Tanya and Dabu's, we attempted to get some help to get things out of their home.  The fire was out, the damage done, the work to follow would be overwhelming.  We made a call at 6pm to our Country Director - no answer - he was in church; made a call to our country partner John Wright - he answered as he was just walking into church.  He gave the message to the pastor - we need help at Tanya and Dabu's.

Pastor Sasha was immediately active with the message and he gathered six strong men and put them into his van to head to Tanya and Dabu's - where they lifted things out of the house.  NOW, LET'S PUT THIS IN CONTEXT...

1. Senior Pastor - leaves church at BEGINNING OF MAJOR GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE - CHURCH FULL!
2. He pulls six men to go with him, dressed for church - they go and pull things from a smoke filled very black dirt soot filled home.  After some time they head back to church.
3. The family they came to help DO NOT ATTEND HIS CHURCH.

WE PRAISE GOD FOR THIS SERVANT LEADERSHIP!
The Hands and Feet of Jesus Evident.

Jayne - LAMb's Master Trainer and Coordinator
"Training others to clean black smoke soot!"
Nasta from Mercy Foundation - working out on the drive way - cleaning away!
We had 13 people hard at work all day on Saturday.
There goest my 85 year old mother - could not stop her from helping too...all day!
Saving this piano was a major 8 hour clean up.  Lynn is here doing the last
of the clean up on the keys that were BLACK..but look with the help of
LOTS OF ELBOW WORK - this piano looks almost good as new!

EASTER SERVICE IN TOKMOK

OUR DAYSPRING GIRLS AT THE EASTER SERVICE WITH A LITTLE
STORY OF EASTER.

MINISTRY PARTNER - ANDRE FROM STRONG TOWER
Brought lots of kids from the families he works with - and they too did
a skit for the service - very moving!
Each little one from STRONG TOWER  ministry was precious
performing the Easter Story.



After the service there was a great PLOF lunch - but the best of all was to
see Victor there on his bicycle - he rode all the way in for the church
service.

THAT IS A CLEAR DEMONSTRATION OF
HOW THE IMPACT OF MINISTRY CONTINUES EVEN WHEN
KIDS LEAVE AND MOVE HOME!

Victor is the child who lives on the long journey down the railroad tracks - you have seen that picture many times on John and Julie's blog.

The service was full of wonderful reminders that INDEED HE IS RISEN!








Friday, April 18, 2014

HELP DESPERATELY NEEDED


WE ARE ASKING FOR HELP!!!!!
FIRE DESTROYS FAMILY BELONGINGS


DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN

TANYA AND DABU good friends and ministry partners to all our team members here in Kyrgyzstan -  had a fire in their home today.  Everything is in ruins.  We are asking for help - the situation with their fire is so complicated.  Help is desperately needed.

They were preparing to leave for their daughters wedding next Friday - wedding clothing ruined, wedding gifts ruined, all their furniture ruined, clothing gone.  Shattered dreams, shattered hopes and shattered joy for the upcoming days of wedding events.

SEVERAL WEEKS AGO - ALONG THE RIVER FOR A PICNIC
Most Kygyzstan families do not have EXTRAS - and this family has always been frugal - careful and have worked hard to sustain their family.  There are no extras - no reserve - no insurance here in this country - just the devastation left from this fire.  This fire - started by a plugged in hair dryer and has almost devastated them.  

YET WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN BRING BACK HOPE - FAITH IN OTHERS AND EVEN JOY AMIDST THEIR SHATTERED DREAMS.

The fire was a smoldering fire - as the windows and doors were all closed tight in the house - the fire could not get oxygen to go into flames. When we arrived - there were red hot coals all over the floor.




  • They have two daughters one little one 14 years old and the older one to be married soon.
  • Both work at Mercy Foundation - Christian Charity here in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan.
  • Dabu has been a key helper for us for years - driving us, managing different renovations, etc.
  • Tanya often serves with us at the senior home, in translating conversations and working as a manager of some of our activities.
  • Both Tanya and Dabu are our partners in ministry activities and we want to help them.

WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP - WE SELDOM PLEAD THIS WAY - BUT WE ARE PLEADING NOW TO ALL OUR SPONSORS.

YOU CAN DONATE ON THE BLOG - JUST CLICK THE DONATE BUTTON AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

STORIES OF RESTORATION

STORY OF GRACE AND MERCY

After the fall of the USSR, our dear friend here - Hymonot was stranded in Krygyzstan.  You see he was a MIG jet fighter pilot - training here.  Upon the fall, he could not leave for various reasons and circumstances. Hymonot is from Ethiopia.  

HYMONOT AND DENARA
Years of struggling followed along with marrying his gracious and kind wife - Denara, raising five children and grieving for a sixth who was immigrated to the USA from Ethiopia.  His story is one of restoration and hope.  Yet the struggles have been immense - culture, finding meaningful work, respect of persons, country revolutions, ethnic judgement, on and on.

Daughter - Stephanie.

Son's - Abel and Samuel.
Daughter - Annette.
David, Jayne, Lynn and I took the family to dinner - shashleke of course!
Years of separation from his family in Ethiopia, Hymonot was able to return for a two month visit just two years ago - seeing his mother for the first time since he left for Kyrgyzstan before 1991.  She was heard wailing with tears for her returned son - saying that now she can leave this world knowing they will once again be reunited in their true residence - Heaven.  His journey to Ethiopia was a dream that he never could imagine to come true - yet through a donor, this all was made possible for him.  The grace and mercy is evident in so many ways in this family we dearly love.

Only a few months ago this family - who for years was living in a one room of an apartment - was blessed beyond their imagination for hope.  A home was offered to them to live in.  This home represents months and years of prayer - to have a place for their children to pray - room to spread out as a family and peace that comes to a mothers heart to be able to serve her children well in a home.  We visited them there - and were overjoyed to see the blessings of God our Father to this family.  

Yes, restoration is here and showing up daily in the lives of many.  Children becoming sons and daughters, families being restored and youth being given hope.....yes hope and dignity are stories we see coming forth in Kyrgyzstan.  

As Lynn continues to remind us  - we can see the mud - or we can see the beauty.  We choose to see and believe in the beauty!

THANK YOU SPONSORS - BECAUSE YOU ARE THE FOUNDATION TO RESTORATION!

NOT JUST RESTORATION - BUT ROOTS!





Monday, April 14, 2014

UKRAINE - NEVER FAR FROM OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS

A COUNTRY UNDER SEIGE
PLEASE PRAY FOR UKRAINE

We are back in Kyrgyzstan - yet the vivid reminder of the recent events in Kiev are all too sobering.  Ukraine is not yet settled.  Please pray for the country and the wonderful people of Ukraine.

video

As events continue to unfold in Ukraine - we must remain faithful to what we can do.  That is to pray with faith and to know that He is in control.

THANK YOU ALL.

Friday, April 11, 2014

FROM UKRAINE TO KYRGYZSTAN

GREAT NEWS

RUSLAN IS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL
SURGERY  WAS A SUCCESS AND HEALING 
CONTINUES


Ruslan is leaving the hospital today - and he is pleased with his Samaritans Feet shoes he received at Chui Orphanage during our shoe delivery to all the children and staff from the orphanage. His mother thanks everyone for their support for her son's surgery, medications and hospital stay.  Little Ruslan will be returning to the orphanage and we ask for your continued prayers for him and his mother.

THANK YOU SPONSOR!

MORE NEWS
FROM KIEV, UKRAINE

  • Worked with ILDC staff for week - strategic plan review and update in light of present situation in Ukraine.  Support and encouragement to continue serving - the team is focused and forward thinking.  Please continue to pray for Ukraine.  Things are not settled here.
  • Strengthening Family Conference starts today here in Kiev.  We will have almost 200 parents attend this adoption and foster care conference.  Our team is sharing five different breakout sessions and doing individual consultations with parents.  
    • Lynn - helping parents work through the different stressors and anger - "Stress and Anger Management" -  issues they face in light of the different realities they are experiencing today.
    • Ruby - working in two breakouts with parents in the area of "Adolescents and Psychological Trauma"
    • Jayne and David - "Talking about a Child's Difficult Past", and "Regathering Your Children"

WHAT IS NEXT? 
NEXT STOP TOKMOK, KYRGYZSTAN
Heading back to Kyrgyzstan on Sunday
with Mom, Pastor David and Jayne
  • More sewing lessons by Mom
  • Serving the disabled with new sheets and pillow cases - Mom's next focus with the youth sewing
  • Training prospective foster parents 
  • Trauma training for all the staff from an orphanage 
  • Helping families who are in crisis 
  • IUCA support and board meeting 
  • Working with a team of leaders in and adjoining country 
  • Serving in Mongolia - helping the focus on permanency for children 
  • Completing the organization activities for the fall conference for Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) Without Orphans
  • Preparing for the next shoe delivery by Samaritans Feet - gearing up to serve over 700 people with brand new shoes; washing of the feet and prayer for their needs
  • Working with local authorities to get the local foster parent program up and going
And don't forget - we just want to encourage and continue developing our Dayspring children and Jeremiah youth!
    • Hiring a full time person to work with Jeremiah youth
    • Make plans for our youth to have a restful and fun event with all the staff
    • Renovations in our new Jeremiah Steps apartment
    • Renovations at Dayspring
    • Prepare for summer
THANK YOU SPONSORS
YOU ARE SERVING IN MANY WAYS ALONG SIDE OF US EACH AND EVERY DAY!

RELIEVING SUFFERING AND BRINGING JOY!




Monday, April 7, 2014

BUTTON BUTTON, WHO'S GOT THE BUTTON


LIFE SKILLS FOR DAYSPRING GIRLS

Sewing is the theme of ministry time in Kyrgyzstan - having mom here to inspire and teach!
Might not seem like much, but let's remember this is a group of little girls learning to be a family!

So, here is the story.  The girls are growing fast and they need school clothing and they were growing out of things - uniforms of white blouses and black pants or skirts.  So with the girls growing out of their clothing, Olga decided it was time to do inventory do hand-me-downs and repairs.  So - girls bring out your blouses, pants and skirts. 

Everyone try on things - exchange what fits others to them and take inventory of shortages and mending needs.  

As for the blouses, exchanges and oh my.....no buttons.  Well, Olga went out and bought 1,000 buttons - YOU HEARD RIGHT - 1,000 buttons for white shirts.  And the girls were set down to make the needed repairs....buttons to be sewn on.  However, they have a great number of buttons for the future!

What a wonderful sight!  You just gotta be proud!




Saturday, April 5, 2014

CHICKENS, EGGS AND AN OUTHOUSE




MIGHT NOT LOOK LIKE MUCH TO YOU

BUT THIS IS A LEARNING TIME FOR OUR 
JEREMIAH YOUTH

CHICKENS, EGGS
LAUNDRY OUT ON LINE

AND OUR BOYS DID THIS THEMSELVES!
REMEMBER THE STORY?

Lynn and Ruby "Boys you don't need a new outhouse, you have a perfectly good indoor bathroom."
Boys "We do - we don't like the indoor one."
Lynn and Ruby "Well you will need to figure something out,"
Boys "LOOK WHAT WE MADE!"

OH HAPPY DAY
LIFE SKILLS IF YOU ARE GOING TO LIVE IN A VILLAGE SOME DAY!
NOT BAD, EH?


NEXT?  OFF TO UKRAINE TOMORROW AM....
 - FOR A WEEK.  We will be working for one full week with our team there - ILDC - Ukraine.  Then a conference 
on Saturday and Sunday before we head back to Kyrgyzstan on Sunday afternoon.  Back in Kyrgyzstan on the 14th.Pastor David and Jayne will be joining us in Ukraine - and heading to Kyrgyzstan with us on Sunday.