Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Christmas these kids will never forget


Sometimes things happen out of the blue , or unexpectantly , and it is not until a few weeks later when we realise the impact of what we have done... You are likely asking ... what are you talking about.... The original LaJoy Christmas Challenge was to see a special Christmas for two of the orphanages... then when you guys rose to the challenge with 3 days to go , a special day for another larger orphanage was added to the challenge..... " A lot can happen in three days" ...
Last week there was a very difficult situation at one of the orphanages... the kids were playing in the trees, and one of the boys got tangled in a rope and died in front of his friends and his brother.... This has been a very traumatic experience for everyone at the orphanage. Now more then ever, these kids ... and the workers, need to know that someone cares about them... that there is value to their lives... and what better . At the same time as they were dealing with this, another family of kids were uprooted from their orphanage when their paper work was found to not be in order... They landed at the door of Sergey and Anya..... where they will stay until they are able to get things worked out.
These gave the extra hands needed to pull of the most incredible Christmas party that many of these orphans will have ever had... The night started with a concert put on by the kids from the village orphanage... they began with some break dancing to get the kids in the mood, then the girls did some traditional dancing... something that is a real treat in Central Asia.. After the dancing there was a play depicting the Christmas storey... then before the refreshments, the big event.. the presents .....
At a time of the year when finances are already stretched, and when the news is screaming recession, and financial doom.....You guys have made a sacrifice, and brought Hope and dignity to the lost and hurting in this world... On behalf of my family here in Canada and my family and friends in Central Asia, I want to thank you and to wish you a very Merry Christmas ... May God open the windows of heaven and pour out such blessings that you can not even contain them.













Stay tuned ... January 6 , 62 kids from two orphanages and others dear to our friends will have the experience of a life time when they will be traveling into the capital city to go to the Circus, then out for Hamburger and fries and more presents as they celebrate.. a McJoyfull Christmas...

3 comments:

Maria said...

There are no words to contain my incredible feelings at all that is contained in this message: prayer, pain, love, hope, happiness, pride, care -- Jesus all wrapped up in one moment. Thanks, John and family for sharing these.

Cindy LaJoy said...

Thanks John, wonderful photos and makes me wish I was there in person. This was the next best thing. I have posted a few on our blog. I appreciate the opportunity to be involved, and am grateful to you for having such an amazing team established who could pull this off.

Can't wait for pics of Stage 2!

Merry Christmas to you, Julie and your entire family.

Cindy and The Boys

Bob; Carrie DeLille said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Amir (Isaac) looks so very happy. Oh pray with us that he will soon be home and that next Christmas he'll be here with his new family!!