The LAMb retreat -- a true Kyrgyz style shasleke evening!
There has been too much time that has passed - so much has happened since our last post.
Then we had the LAMb retreat. It was held at our cottage on Round Lake just outside of Havelock, Ontario. It was a time of planning for the future - of visiting our vision and mission. We praised God for what He has done and what is to come. We are all excited about the future and are just waiting for what God has in store for our team.
Lynn and I were in Ukraine with our partner and friend Judy Rycus. We had a board meeting for ILDC - Ukraine. It was very good. Our team there is working hard to make a difference.
Judy received some very deserved rewards for her contribution to Child Welfare in Ukraine. Judy is one of the co-authors of the Field Guide to Child Welfare. It is fully translated into Russian and has been widly distributed in Ukraine as well as in Kyrgyzstan. In fact we are printing 1500 more copies for distribution right now. There are four books - so figure that out - 1500 X 4. WOW! That is a lot of printing.
Ruby is heading there alone. There is much to do...training child welfare leaders, getting the new papers signed for Dayspring with the NEW Tokmok mayor, the NEW department in charge of the placement of children in our city and hopefully ending the long journey of bringing children to Dayspring. The government changed, city leadership changed and that changed everything for us too. Don't you just love bureauracy?
So much more to do as well - the journey to find Slavik will continue. (See the blot from the Wrights for the full story. actofkindness.blogspot.com) Slavik was sold to work and sent to Kazakhastan. He had previously lived at the Tokmok Home in Tokmok - a Mercy Foundation orphanage. He then went to his grandmothers, who had a stroke and sent him to live with relatives. It seems he was sold to a person for about $20. He is 11. OUr team know him well. We cannot just accept this - we MUST do all we can to bring him back to Kyrgyzstan and care for him. Pray please for Slavik.
Heading out to our dear seniors, visiting the Iskra home for disabled men, visiting an orphanage and checingk on countless others. The days will go all too fast.
Then off to Siberia for a conference/dialogue on Child Welfare. We will be there with the Department of Justice from the US, our partners at IHS, Ron Hughes and Judy Rycus and with several other invited guests from APSAC. We are hoping that the sharing of ideas, we can be of service to our Russian colleagues. This dialogue is an invitation to share our work - our practices and our hopes for the future - A WORLD WITHOUT ORPHANS.
AND GEARING UP FOR A TEAM IN THE SPRING....ARE YOU INTERESTED? LET US KNOW WE NEED YOU TO JOIN US AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!