Wednesday, June 3, 2015

RELATIONSHIPS, RESTORATION AND ROOTING - JEREMIAH AND DAYSPRING IN MAY

MAY  
THE MONTH BLOOMING WITH A FUTURE AND HOPE
FOR YOUTH
AT 
JEREMIAH HOUSE 
AND 
DAYSPRING

Omerbek and Nikor

MAY REPORT FROM KYRGYZSTAN - OLGA, writes:

The month of May has flown by very quickly, because it was very rich in different events. The school year ends. The children handed over the books, to finish essays and preparing for exams during this month. Living together in the same house, the children exhibited qualities, which were not visible. I would like to share a few situations.

Janybek became very friendly with the youth of the Church "Temple of God." He went to other churches sometimes, but Janybek has changed a lot during this month. He tries not to miss the youth ministry and Sunday, going to the mountains for a night of prayer and wants to go to summer camp. He always walks in high spirit. Janybek loves to play with Mark and sometimes behaves like a small child. Very pleased that he is becoming more open and cheerful.

Omurbek had an opportunity to spend time in Bishkek with his friends. Kostya gave him money to go. Omurbek returned the money to Kostya the next day and said, that he decided not to go with friends. Of course, the question: "Why?" Omurbek explained, that his friends drink, smoke, swear, and he was not interested in being in this atmosphere. 

Conscious, independent and the right choice!

We had a guest from Chui boarding school. His name is Nikifor. He is 17 years old and he finishes 9th grade. We invited him to show the house. He will live in the Jeremiah house.   Coming to Jeremiah House is a choice!  Children welcomed him very well. Mark shared his fruit ice, Jenya brought biscuits. Omurbek warmed up food and sat down to eat with Nikifor. 

We know that Omurbek does not like to communicate with strangers. But he spoke with Nikifor all the way from the orphanage and during the dinner time. We were surprised and happy for Omurbek! Nikifor wants to live with us.

MORE PICS FROM MAY REPORT:

CRAFT TIME AT DAYSPRING

DASHA MAKING PIES AT DAYSPRING

JENYA MAKING PIES AT DAYSPRING - LEARNING TO
COOK - LIFE SKILLS IN ACTION!

JEREMIAH AND DAYSPRING "HANGING" OUT

DASHA WITH CRAFT TIME AT DAYSPRING


DAYSPRING YOUTH LEARNING TO SERVE
DAYSPRING YOUTH WENT TO PAINT THE NEW FENCE FOR ANYA'S MOM
(Anya was reunited with her mother about one year ago - and we continue supporting and encouraging
this reunification...all is GOOD!) 

LIVING IN A FAMILY - MEANS SHARING IN THE WORK TOO!



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MIRACLES DO HAPPEN

MIRACLES
IN
Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

Dasha Then and Now
A little of her story..

Dasha came to Dayspring as our first child.  She is a beautiful little girl, goes to school, is good in math and is continuously happy and kind to everyone.

When she arrived, she was forbidden to go to school, as she had two holes in her heart.  She also was seeing triple due to an eye problem.  Stepping forward for her surgery was Ed Dickson - with Loads of Love.  And later stepping forward for her was a dear Canadian donor family allowing this eye surgery, and yet another to be her monthly sponsor.

Dasha has flourished.  She is in school (two years behind due to starting so late) and looking forward to "jumping" ahead a year in the next school year.  

Our team has worked hard to ensure she can have a permanent family and we now have all paperwork done and in place to make this happen. 

Our first adoption from Dayspring happened in December 2014.  And NOW - yes we are looking for adoption #2.  Dasha is a child who will join a family and be their delight with her humor, kindness and willingness to serve.  If all goes well, we will see Dasha into her adoptive family this summer or fall.

We know she is prayed for EVERYDAY by our team and our dear Canadian family who loves the work of Dayspring and the lives of the little children growing there.  We just ask you continue to pray for the right plans for this wonderful little treasure!

DEAR SPONSORS - THANK YOU - 
THIS IS YOUR STORY TOO!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SERVING IS NOT JUST FOR ADULTS

Age is Just a Number

James 1:27 gives a command to care for widows and orphans in their distress… and that is not limited to adults.! 


Check out our Jeremiah and Dayspring youth learning to serve!

Babushka Valentina THINKS she is 80 years old.  Here is her story...


Her name is Valentina.  She was an orphan.  When she was about to be hired for a job, she had no passport, birth record or papers.  The potential employer took her to the passport office and said, "We need a passport for her, I want to hire her."

After some discussion, "How old are you?" - "I don't know."  etc.

The employer said - let's just guess and they decided she looked to be about 22 years old, and they decided her birthday would be April 13th (the day they were at the office) , and year of birth would be 1935.  A passport was made for her with this information, making her legal to work, etc.  

Valentina lost her husband 15 years ago.  She has lived in the same apartment for over 50 years, raised two sons. One son has passed away, she lost her sister six months ago and the other son is distant and seldom part of her life.  He lives in Siberia.

Babushka Valentina is alone - sits day after day with no company, no activities.  She told Olga and Kosta that she had never celebrated a birthday in her life.  Well, this was about to change.  

The team of kids from Dayspring and Jeremiah house had started to visit her recently and they decided to make her a birthday party!  She told us that this day was such a joy for her.   And as a special treat, we took her to Shashleke the next day - filling a little plastic bag after dinner with some wonderful Shashlekek beef and lamb chunks as we had way too many cooked (sound like a plan?).  :)

You see the important part of this story is about the kids - learning to serve in their own country to those in need and without hope.  

THE RESULTS?  Omerbeck, said, "I can come and wash windows for you!"  Sveta said, "I can come on Saturdays and help with things and just visit with you, would that be okay?"  YES!!!!!!  All the kids love Valentina and she loves them... relationships building.

Blessed to see serving in action - building sustainable ideas, activities and change.

Thank you Sponsors!
This is what you are helping to create - a James 1:27 movement!

And perhaps the most blessed moment of all - Genia praying a blessing over Babushka Valentina


video



Monday, April 20, 2015

DAYSPRING AND JEREMIAH HOUSE IMPROVEMENTS - MAKING CHANGES FOR THE HEART

"Why are you doing this for us?"
WE CARE ABOUT YOU
You are all treasures!

JEREMIAH HOUSE - NEW ENTRANCE
And their little dog!

JEREMIAH HOUSE LOOKING OUT
NEW ENTRANCE

JEREMIAH KIDS
'Soon the big kids will move to the big house and the little kids will move to the little house."
EVERYONE IS ECSTATIC ABOUT THE CHANGES.

THE OLD WALS WILL BE REPAIRED AND REPAINTED
NEW PAINT THAT CAN BE WASHED!

DOORS WILL BE BE TAKEN OFF AND ARCHES MADE
OPENING UP THE SPACE TO FEEL LARGER
AND MORE COMFORTABLE

OLD DREARY WALLS TO BE REPAIRED AND REPAINTED

ALL NEW LAMINATE FLOORS TO BE ADDED

EVEN FLOORS - LAMINATE WILL REPLACE THESE VERY "RICKETY" ONES

BRIGHT PAINT, HAPPY COLORS AND ALL OUR LITTLE CHILDREN
AT HOME AND HAPPY

JEREMIAH HOUSE FROM OUTSIDE
WITH JEREMIAH HOUSE NEW VAN!

THANK YOU SPONSOR FOR THIS AMAZING AMAZING GIFT TO OUR DAYSPRING AND JEREMIAH CHILDREN

We are so excited to see the joy of caring touch the hearts of these wonderful children.

Just in time for summer enjoyment!

TOMORROW NIGHT?  A SHASHLEKE PARTY FOR THE CHILDREN AND HELPERS!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WHEN EVIL LURKS IN THE SHADOWS

MAKE YOUR PLANS 
 BUT BE PREPARED FOR A CHANGE IN DIRECTION
FOR THEM - I DO NOT POST THEIR PICTURES
There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t experience some change in direction.  We make plans, dream dreams and even believe we are solid in the way we will go for this day.  We work with vulnerable youth, hear their promises, their commitment and then we see the struggles they face when they go out into the world.

We have just walked through such a challenge.  Three beautiful little ladies – all 15 years of age and all from a “hard place.”  They want freedom, yet protection.  They seek nurturing and kindness, but settle for exploitation.  They have dreams that are grand and hopes that are pure.  Yet their paths are hindered by a world waiting for them to expose them to dirt and grime.

Such is the case of many orphans – graduating from the orphanage at a tender age of 14 – put into tech schools with little to no supervision in the dorms, and no skills to cope with the new freedoms they are feelings and wanting desperately to have.  And sometimes there is a caring adult waiting in the shadows – praying and hoping for new ideas to turn them around and point them to the light!

I remember a beautiful story from a friend of mine who lives in the USA.  She had a daughter that turned to prostitution and her message was the same – over and over to her.  “You are a treasure and you are loved deeply.  You are always welcome home.  We love you.”  The pain the mother must have endured for months and even years.  Yet the little prodigal daughter returned.  Why?  Was it because the mother was relentless in her love, in her message and in her understanding of how direction changes daily? 

Yes, the direction of this little one as this mother experienced - is to bring us hope ourselves.  The plans being made, the dreams being tossed aside – still can lead to a change in direction even for these little 15 years olds we treasure and love.


So we must be relentless and show them they are precious, they have a purpose and a hope and it is not for destruction.  It is for a purpose so grand that ALL THEIR DREAMS WILL BE FULFILLED.

AND THIS IS THE REASON JEREMIAH 29:11 EXISTS

THANK YOU FOR CARING AND PRAYING