In the spring of 2003, Julie and I made our first trip into Central Asia. We saw and experienced things that we had heard of, but did not necessary believe. This began what has become more than just an interest, but a passion. Ever since then we have made regular trips into the region, and worked in Canada to bring awareness for those that we have met and worked with. We have had the privilege of building friendships with some of the most incredible people you could ever imagine. People that have put everything on the line to care for the hurting, helpless, and the lost... people who are prepared to step out with or without the financial backing, prepared to do the job because it needs to be done...I have watched and seen the fruits this type of commitment can produce.... A Year ago we assisted with the creation of a child sponsorship program in Central Asia and Guatemala as a way to provide some support to many of the kids that our friends have been caring for... This trip while here with our daughters , we have had a chance to evaluate ... if only in our own minds... the impact that this program has made..... What we have found is that with the economic conditions now being faced, this program has become a life line to the kids... It not only provides supplemental food, but also medical supplies, cleaning supplies, clothing and other necessary items for the kids. Sponsorship money also brings the kids on outings ... things that they would otherwise never experience... It hires teachers and provides uniforms and school supplies, it builds activity rooms for disabled kids and provides them with opportunity to make beautiful crafts.. it gives us on going contact with the children.by someone that knows them by name... someone that can take the time to show them that they are special...that they are individual. The impact of this program is more then I can adequately describe. In fact it is such a vital link that we felt that it really needs to have a lot more attention payed to it. People need to know just what kind of impact they are making... and they need to know that there are still thousands of children and families ,and maybe one day even Seniors that could be impacted through the sponsorship program. We felt so strong about this, that we have been preparing a proposal for Possibilities International that include us taking a key role in solidifying and even expanding this ministry. As we were preparing to contact Sam (PI. Executive director) to discuss this, I received an email from him asking if I would consider accepting the position of "Possibilities International Child Sponsorship Director" . The very position God had laid on our hearts. So it is with great excitement that I have excepted this call. Over the next few months I will be raising our own on going support , so that we can keep our attention focused on building and expanding the impact that is being made. So like those wonder full examples that God has placed before me, I am prepared to do the job.... because it needs to be done.
As this story unfolds, you will find updates here as well as on the PI Blog and the PI Web Sight