Saturday, April 12, 2008

Too much to say !!!

Sometimes when I don't post for a few days, it is not because I don't have anything to say....It's because I have too much to say......I guess I just want to yell at someone ...but not sure who.
Some things take a while to process... I am going to tell a story I have told before...
When the disabled babies reach a certain age, after loving and supporting them for years , they must leave the baby houses .They are often moved to homes for the disabled adults. We take those that are the most tender and the most vulnerable, in need of the most love and support and bring them to this !
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No this was not filmed in the thirties or even the early sixties. It was filmed last week. Fortunately the tenacity of the workers from Possibilities International will not let the story end here .We went to visit this home and to bring McJoyful Christmas to them. For obvious reasons, we could not take them out, but we did manage to have a little fun. We had a team of musicians bused in and I set up in the corner making french toast for 150 of the ladies and kids. Then Julie and the girls went around to the ones that are in their rooms or behind lock and key. There are over 250 people in all. A few years ago they would lose as many as a couple dozen over the winter as there was no heat. We were able to raise enough money to bring heat to about half of the rooms, and by rotating them to keep warm, there have been no deaths from exposure since then. PI. has workers there that not only bring food, but they bring hope. They have set up a classroom where they not only teach life skills, they teach how to read and write , they teach how to do the most incredible crafts, and most of all they teach these precious children of God that they are loved... The amazing thing is that as this begins to work its way into their hearts, the healing begins. They have had ladies deemed as dangerous awaken to the love of God and receive clarity of mind... What has been done is just a drop in the bucket.... so much more needs to be done. There is only one worker for every 30 people.... except for the caged section.... they get two workers that work 24 hour shifts. .....

Now think about this..... there is only one small water tap outside that trickles for only 3 or 4 hours a day..... and no one knows when those times might be. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to keep things clean...... don't the workers have enough to worry about?
Even the director spends his own very small salary to help support these children and ladies.
Currently there are about 15 children sponsored here through PI. This small amount has been the life blood of this institution.... it is equal to the entire operating budget for all 250 people.
They are thinking that this spring they might be able to by them all slippers ....... some times it is the simple dreams that bring us to the reality of a situation. Maybe one day they will get their flip flops.... maybe one day they will get a secure water supply.... Maybe they some day they will have enough care givers..... Maybe one day....... where do your Simple dreams begin?

6 comments:

Maria said...

John I am so moved. How can I and my friends help -- purchase shoes? collect funds? What can we do? I can't sit by and do nothing ...
Maria
mblatham@charter.net

sammyweltenpi said...

Sam Welten Executive Director of Possibilities International here....Great job John. I am heading there in a couple weeks.... and Maria my dream is to build a network of average people that when partnering together can do incredible things. Feel free to stay in contact with John or myself and lets do something wild for the Kingdom. Anybody else want to join the band of wild brothers and sisters?
Feel free to email me at
sammyweltenpi@possibilitiesinternational.com

Lehmans said...

well Sam..when you get your sImple dreams website up as quickly as possible up..we will support financially at least enough for two kids or for the water supply..whichever the need, as much as we can financially, that is.
to John..my heart was weeping as I read this..when we think we have so much and yet others have NOTHING..makes our problems seem small in comparison..love to all.

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Marshaka said...

my heart is with you John, wish i was there with you to help, simple dreams is going to be a rocket, hope im on it

Shelley and Brian said...

Wow! We take so much for granted!I will be staying tuned to see how we could help. So please keep us posted.