Sunday, March 17, 2019

lets brighten up her day

Today we heard from Auxana .. many will know her from over the years from here on the blog.  She is the single mom that we helped to put the roof on the barn she had built herself, as well as bringing her coal for the winter. 

She has had a very difficult winter.   she had some problems with her leg that required medical help.  she ended up using all he money for treatment and for the last month they have not had anything to eat but her seed potatoes. She had felt ashamed to call and ask for help.  But now with no food left in the house and no potatoes left to replant she finally opened up to Sergey when he called her to check in .  He did get a bit of food to her right away. tomorrow we would like get a bit more food for her as well as potatoes and hire a tractor to plow her garden. 

It seems like every day I am sharing a new need, but that is life here in Kyrgyzstan after a long winter .  We are so thankful to everyone who has an invested interest in those we support.     If anyone feels to reach out to Auxana , we will be going at 8:00 pm eastern time to do some shopping, and any donations that come in for her we will put to use to brighten up her day and remind her that she is special. 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Return to The Farm

We had a nice visit to the farm yesterday.  On the way in we passed the playground that was installed by our sponsors a couple years ago .. it continues to be well used . 

On the farm we did a little walk around , The green houses doing well, the fish are ready to start eating soon.  I think l will look into making a smoker for them. 
We have two new calves on the farm , and three more on the way .  

Aigoola and Alina put on a beautiful lunch for us .   It was nice to sit with everyone at the lunch table .. We went for a walk through the poultry barn with Mirlan.  He was happy to tell us that they all made it through the winter .  They did all look great . 

Over at the mens home they have been busy working on the new showers for the men there, There are 5 showers that we would like to put in.  The cost of the shower room is $500 each .  We have been able to sponsor 2 of them so far, and with those funds they have completed 2 rooms and have put the new floor in the third.  

This will be an on going project that as funds come in we will continue , If anyone would like to take on renovating a shower room, the cost is $500. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

so why the picture of goosey

Last night I shared an urgent post about an expecting mom in need of emergency surgery , Friends here had raised $400 and there was $800 needed .  Well as soon as I posted , donations began to come in.  during your day, my night we were able to raise $675 to help her.

So why the picture of Goosey and her babies ? you might ask ...

The Farm  had sold her babies, and the money just came in , and it will be enough to cover the rest of the operation .   

Thank you everyone who has made this possible.  We will meet with them in a few hours to transfer the funds ..

urgent need

Well we arrived safe and sound , now we are spending a couple days with Bekah and the Bishkek peps, then will head to Tokmok.  There are always lots of needs that we find when we arrive, some of them are more urgent then others . 

I just got a request for help from a friend , A family in their group is in trouble ,  It is a mother and father with 2 kids, and the mother is seven months pregnant.  She has developed a hernia and needs it operated on right away.  They will do a c-section then put in a dissolving net.  The operation
n itself is free, but the netting and other supplies for before during and after the operation are costly .  It is about $1200 for the operation .  The friends in the group have raised $400 ( which is a very large some for a small group to come up with here ) this leaves them with an urgent need for $800.   

It left longer, both the mother and the baby will be at risk, the safest time to operate is NOW! that means that the best time for us to act is also NOW.   If you read this and feel let to help in any way , please use the pay pal or Canada helps link on the top right side of the blog, or contact me right away on FB or my email at  

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Almost ready to go

Image may contain: 2 people, people smilingWell our time in the west draws to an end.  We have had a very full schedule, We have visited 13 different states and provinces, shared the work 12 different times at churches and service clubs, traveled to the homes of and met with about 75 different  sponsors and friends, and met with two teams that had been in Kyrgyzstan this fall. We got to spend time with the family here,  four generations for Christmas and family gatherings .

  Our return to Kyrgyzstan this spring we are looking forward to reconnecting with our kids and those we work with .  Our son Benjamin and his wife Rachel ( who is our book keeper ) and their two boys Jonah and Eli will be coming to join us this spring.  We have also started to get bookings for the guest house and yurts. We will be staying until the end of June this year to help with the first weeding on the farm , then will be returning to Canada for a couple months .  We are starting plans now for a trip north , Sudbury, Espanola, North Bay, Winnipeg, and Cloud Minnesota  are in our sights. Stay tuned for more details.

Our bags almost packed with just a few more last minute items then we are on our way Monday with a stop at the Kabota tractor dealer to pick up parts for the tractor, a stop at the accountant to complete our taxes, then a stop at the seniors home for a final visit with Julies dad a supper with Benjamin, who is driving us,  before we head for the airport .
We are looking forward to the adventure ahead of us , and invite you to follow along the journey ...

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A little update .

Time again for an update.  

Julie and I had a wonderful blessed trip around southern Ontario and the eastern states, We had the opportunity to share 7 different occasions, 12 different states, and dozens of visits with friends and supporters.  We were so blessed and encouraged along the way.  We have 3 more speaking engagements then we are on our way back to KG in just three short weeks.   

One of our bigger needs right now is a family that we have been asked to help with.  Mother and father, three kids and one more on the way are in hospital right now after the burning of their home.  We have provided some finances right away for food and diapers, but we know that they will need so much more.  We are hoping that others will come on board as well to help.  It is too soon to tell what is going to bee the best approach here. We will start by getting them out of the hospital. 

Here is a happy girl! she was one of the kids that had her eyes checked by one of our teams in the fall .  now she has new glasses .  Misha is back to the farm for the winter, and that's when we found that he had a mouth full of cavities, so we have started getting his pain taken care of as well. 

This is a nice photo of Aigoola with some of the girls on the farm .

When Bekah was home for Christmas, Julie and Emma did a little shopping for this little cutey. 

We had a donation for the Children's treatment center.  They got new knives for the kitchen,  some photo albums for the kids and some medical supplies.   

If you look up at the top right of the blog you will see that we are coming along with the truck fund.  We have just $500 to go here on our goal, and our Hunter truck is almost finished and ready to go up for sale.  The old truck we have decided to bless someone with .. it would be worth more to him then what we could sell it for, so we are happy that it will go to good use ..

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

New shower at the mens home

 They have been working hard at the mens home. The first of 5 showers have been completed.   The shower has not functional at all, but now has new water pipes, new electrical,new heating , along with a new hot water. and the walls have been tiled.  This will be the shower for aprox. 50 men .  The total cost of the shower room was $500.  If you would like to help us do more of these shower rooms, we still have 4 more sections that could use your help. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

First week on the road

We have been having an incredible trip through the US.  we broke free of the snow by the third day of travel.   Great turn out at AP church in Cincinnati.   

It was great to see Vladic there . He is attending school in Cincinnati this year, 

We have been traveling only a short ways between stops, I think the average is
 2 1/2 hours , then we stop and meet up with friends and sponsors 

 We feel so blessed and are reminded how big a roll all of you play in what is going on in Kyrgyzstan.  It has been extra special for us to meat up with so many of the kids from Kyrgyzstan like Charlie above .. we had the honor of being his first baby sitter more then 10 years ago.

In Alabama we got to meet up with more friends.  I think the last time we saw them was about 6 years ago at a Cracker Barrel as well. the picture below is the last visit. 

We are settled at Destin Florida.  We have spoken Saturday night and Sunday morning , and will be concluding the message on Tuesday night at New life Church in Miramar beach .  

 Along the way we have been blessed to see that the fundraising thermometer for the truck is climbing .  We are up to $6000 and just a thousand to go.   As soon as we get the old truck and hunter sold we will be ready to buy the new truck. 

Vlad is renting a truck again this week , it may be his last time 😁. He will be doing a delivery of food to three orphanages as well and some more wood deliveries, and some supplies to the farm.   I will have some pictures soon . 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

On the road again

 This morning we were in Patrolia to bring some updates about the work in Kyrgyzstan as well as share the video Lisa Rodgers made about Short term missions .  

 We shared about the need for a new truck, and we were blessed by a special offering taken up to help with this .. As soon as we know the totals, I will up date the blog and let you know where we are with the progress. 

Pictures came in today from the party at the mens home .  What a great time was had 

 As well they have started the renovations on the new shower rooms. There are 5 total , but we will start with one.  it will have all new plumbing heating water heater and electrical , then new tiles 


We are on our way south now,  We will be visiting friends and sponsors  along the way. Here are a few locations were we will be sharing,  we would love to see you if you are in the area  

Wed 23... 7:00  Ambassadors Point Cincinnati 
                                      8290 Batavia Rd. Cincinnati,
Sat 26....7:00     New life Church 
                                      178 N. Geronimo St., Miramar Beach, FL

We will be holding up in Florida for 5 days and looking forward to attending New life on Sun morning at 10:30, then back again Tuesday night at 7:00  

Wed Feb 6... 6:00    New Bethesda Baptist Church                                              (supper and service)
                                  9019 NEW BETHESDA RD. MECHANICSVILLE, VA 23116

Sun Feb 10....11:00    Scipio Community Church 
                      3434 State Route 34 Scipio Center, NY, 13147

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Despite the cold !

Despite the cold, work on the farm continues. the green house has rotating crops so that something is always being harvested, something is always being weeded and watered, and something is always being planted.   It is so awesome that we are able to produce such high quality crops year round.  

This section is being prepared for a new planting of lettuce and spinach 

The plants above are what we are harvesting right now, and the ones bellow will be ready to harvest in another few weeks. 

We were blessed today when Sergey sent some clothes and baby supplies out to the farm for Alina and Nurperi.   The calf is doing well, and now its time for him to start sharing his milk with the farm.  By milking her at the same time, we will be able to increase her milk production. 

We have had more people contacting us for coal.  I could probably give another 100 tones if we had it.  Some very serious, almost dangerous situations have come up when coal is needed right away.  We have started to dip into the farm supply now,  so soon we will have to address this and buy some more coal. 

 A few things that we have in the works,  I shared a couple days ago about our plan to sell some vehicles  and get a new truck.  This will allow us to keep the yurts and mountain ranch  busy in the summer as well as produce deliveries and coal deliveries in the fall and winter. 

Currently Vlad and one of our friends is looking into bio digesters.  this would help to break down the cow and chicken poop into better soil, as well we may be able to heat the green house with out coal.