SHE IS 8 YEARS OLD
SHE NEEDS A SAFE PLACE
THEY ATTEMPT TO RESCUE HER
MOTHER STEPS UP
FIGHTING "TOOTH AND NAIL"
This is likely a strange post. We were asked to receive a little 8 year old girl today at Dayspring for one month. After hearing about her, we were concerned the one month meant she would later head to an orphanage after the month. Sure enough that was their plan.
WELL, our commitment is that if a child crosses our doors and we accept them into Dayspring, we will not permit that child to go to an orphanage and our commitment is to find permanence with a family for the child if at all possible.
Understanding more about her and her needs, we agreed to receive her ONLY if she would be staying with us and we could work toward reunification with her parents. AGREED.
Then when they went to bring her to us - mother stepped up and stopped everything. She fought "tooth and nail" for her child. SS said they would be back with authorities to bring her to us. And as strange as this seems - we are excited to work with this mother. She is motivated. Reunification takes guts - change takes guts and this mom stepped up to defend her family.
We might not receive her as a result - but we are praying to have an opportunity to work with this mom and to help bring in services and change that will alleviate the situation that brought SS in. Mom seems totally motivated! Pray with us for an amazing result of hope and healing.
We have two new team members - Kathy and Lyall Hallick and they are with Ruby in Ukraine. Kathy presented at the conference on Emotional First Aide and Lyall has been doing training in the are of services to persons with disabilities. In this country as in many other developing countries, services to children with disabilities are almost non-existent. We are on a new journey in this area - hoping to make a difference. Our first training here in Kiev opened many eyes to what can be done in the evolution of change.
Lyall is now in Kherson conducting training for a group of about 50 persons - hungry for ideas and hope for change in services and commitment for resources for those children and adults with disabilities. Let's pray for the doors to open for us to move forward to make a difference. Thursday we will meet with government leadership to explore some next steps.
Ukraine to Kyrgyzstan and Back
When we brought Costa and Olga to Kyrgyzstan - the plan for for an indefinite amount of time, but for reasons that were mostly political, the time in Kyrgyzstan was only three years for them. They had to move back to Ukraine and we did not know what that meant for us as part of our team. Costa and Olga joined our team back in 2004! Well, they are a permanent part of our team - no matter where they are or what they are doing. Here they are in Kherson with Kathy and Lyall - they were in Kiev with Ruby as well - serving as they do. Solid, forever, is this team!
Kyrgyzstan for Christmas for Lynn and Ruby
We will be spending the rest of December and most all of January in Kyrgyzstan with our youth at Dayspring and Jeremiah 29:11. Much is planned - stay tuned to the blessings of loving those who were once alone.
SO BLESSED - THE LAMb Team