LEAVING AND SAYING GOOD BYE
Today we had the wonderful pleasure of having brunch with Hymonot, Denara and the children....getting to meet Samuel for the first time. What an adorable little 3 month old little guy.
Hymanot and Denara are a very special couple to us. Hymanot has served us for many years in various ways - driving our Dayspring children to school, being our friend, interpreter and often just serving by helping us as needed.
Just one more picture of Samuel because I have so many and cannot resist.
JEREMIAH HOUSE UPDATE TODAY
STAFF MOVED IN TODAY!
Well, we had to make some major changes today to JH. We had to drill a new water well - 10 meters down. They put this well under the house - can you imagine drilling a 10 meter well under the house? Well they did and in the process got our very dry area under the house turned into a like. This is where they were going to put the NEW water pump. Their comment when asked about the lake? "Don't worry it will go into the ground soon."
OKAY THIS IS KYRGYZSTAN AND THEY DO THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENT HERE AND WE WILL TRY NOT TO BE ETHNOCENTRIC.
VISITORS FROM BISHKEK
Later in the afternoon we had two visitors from Bishkek. Victoria and Anton came to Tokmok to see and hear about Jeremiah Project and Dayspring Project. We gave them the tour and came back to our apartment to hear their dream. SO VERY EXCITING. Anton is completing University in Lithuania and wants to start a transition program for graduating youth in Bishkek. We talked and talked and clearly could see how his work and the work of LAMb could fit together for the youth we have that might want to go into Bishkek and learn and/or work.
We gave them lots of translated reading - materials we use in our work and have translated with our partners. Life Skills, Field Guide to Child Welfare, Wounded Children Healing Homes, and Telling the Truth. They were so excited to get these resources - just spreading the word a little more.
And think about this.....another team that really "gets it." Anton said, "we can't just go into the orphanages and see kids, we need to provide some help for them and I believe we can get businesses to help kids learn and grow." Anton and Victoria are committed to this.
HEY! REMEMBER WE BELIEVE
KYRYGZSTAN WITHOUT ORPHANS
We were so excited to end our day with 21 different friends. We sat and said good bye - joined together for a meal and were once again reminded that we are a team. ...working for the good of the ones in need.
We laughed, played games and ate.
And of course took that final picture....
ON A MORE SOMBER NOTE
We have a meeting scheduled tomorrow after our staff meeting. A family our team has worked with for some time is in deep trouble. We were notified by the school of the children doing very poorly, missing lots of school and concerns they might not be getting any supervision or support from adults. The school went to their apartment and it appeared there was no one living there.
Tomorrow we will make some critical decisions as we have asked several of our team to join us for a discussion of possibilities.