THE WORD TODAY WAS THAT THE GAS WOULD BE TURNED ON TODAY
a delightful 14 year old boy. Dayspring's newest resident....soon to be our first Jeremiah House child.
View out of our window...
Today was bright and sunny - but bitterly cold. Please keep the dear people of Kyrgyzstan in your prayers. We have central heating here - water radiators with the city sending the water. However, even here in our apartment the rads are working at a very minimum level. We can keep warm by bundling up in layers. Yet, others do not have central heating, depend on electric heat (which has been on the rotating grid for on and off), or gas heaters. You cannot cook as most cook here with gas, you cannot get warm. Lots of sickness and lots of very serious situations. I have the flu - but that is nothing considering what others are suffering.
And as of this moment..
However and on a very happy note, the Christmas Jesus parties are being planned. We delivered the funds from the pie in the face challenge (over $8000 was raised for this great challenge!) to Lepta Plus yesterday for them to start purchasing all the items for the children. There is great excitement about this. Watch the blog for some updates on this event started by our LAMb team members, John and Julie Wright. This event is modeled after the McJoyful Christmas in Ukraine (started by Ed Dickson) conducted by Loads of Love.
And a little more updates - news:
1. Purchased the basics for the Jeremiah Drop-in-center today. Tomorrow will get everything set up for full use. We are ordering bunk beds as well. Vlady will do the necessary repairs there tomorrow.
2. Yesterday, Omerbeck was missing. Costa got a call from school that he did not show up. What to do? First call the social services. Then attempt to get him on his cell phone......no answer. And a short time later he arrived home. Seems he got talking to friends and was going to be late for school, so decided he would be better off not to attend and get scolded. So? he went home. Now that at first might seem strange or even frustrating. We read it differently. Omerbeck feels safe at home. Praise God! However, Costa did have a discussion of the importance of going to school and not losing track of time.
3. Second scare of the day - Madlin's (our child advocate) son David did not arrive home from school and he was not answering his phone either. Panic, tears and a search was started. David was found playing with some other boys in the beautiful winter snow. He too lost track of time and just did not hear his cell phone.
SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY WAS JUST A GREAT DAY FOR BOYS TO PLAY IN THE SNOW WITH THEIR FRIENDS!!!
4. Children at Dayspring are all down with colds and flu...no school for the girls. Tomorrow we will start to make plans for how we are going to spend Christmas holidays together. We know we will be inviting their families in for the celebrations. Very exciting.
And we will be sitting with the girls and talking about how they can serve others - what they can do to show love and compassion for those in need. We will make a plan and carry it out. We will report this fully in a blog.
Costa has been working with the girls on what they can present to the seniors and to the disabled at Christmas - they will be singing. So wonderful to see them getting this wonderful event all planned - the way they will present a blessing. I am thinking we need to go caroling some to some of our seniors who are shut in this bitter winter .....more later on this...
Blessings to you all...
Remember someone who needs you, someone who has been lonely, forgotten or even just overlooked. Make a difference, and make it your commitment to do at least one random act of kindness each and every day.