Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Last week a couple of the kids went back to their families , and two new kids arrived. Talk about a change in the pecking order. This orphanage has gone from a quiet peaceful place to a hostile, volatile environment. Regularly , the kids physicaly and emotionally beat each other up.
.... please take a few minutes and pray for these poor children.
Monday, April 28, 2008
I finally got my head far enough above water to get back to you. Dropping 2+ weeks out of my usual schedule takes a little time for recovery. Maybe it shouldn't be that way, but I'm afraid I live in North America...so far.
At least I have had time to reflect. And the more I do, the more I appreciate everything you guys did for me. We were taken care of every step of the way...from being picked up at the airport on arrival to "personal representation" trying to board the flight out of Xxxxx, when we got ourselves into a bit of trouble. That only showed me how much trouble we could have gotten into if we had tried to make to trip without all the inside help.
Everything inbetween was everything I could have hoped for. Challenging, fascinating, rewarding... I was surprised at how immediately we were well accepted and how easy it was to communicate through our translators. The workshops were full on unknowns and surprises but always rewarding. There was so much good energy.
It would be hard to pick out a highlight. The two weeks was a series of highlights. Even our layovers in Moscow turned out to be an adventure, hanging out with the homeless/countryless there. If I were to go back, and I hope I do, I would most of all want to go back to the village. I still wonder how Nastia (not at all sure of my spellings) is doing. We hung out together on the trip to the mountains. There are also a lot of faces I remember from the workshops that I would like to see again.
Special thanx to John's family including Emma and Becca who went out of their way to make me feel welcome and help out wherever they could. I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your adventure.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Happy Easter... That's right . Today is Easter here in Central Asia. We had a great day at church. We love it when they sing songs that we recognize. Here is one of them that you might know. Nellie is the worship leader.
After the service we had a time of fellowship ...The piloff was excellent and being Easter, there were all kinds of yummy breads. If you look you might recognize this bus from earlier posts. We have a hired a 16 passanger bus here rather then buying a car. Every Sunday we have it do a run around town to pick up those that live too far to walk. Usually we get to the church after the bus arrives, and we leave before it . I was wondering what kind of responce the bus was getting. Well, today we watched it load up.... what a sight... first on the bus were a dozen kids from the town Orphanage... then 5 or 6 from the Bible college.... 5 or 6 more I did not know... Then Ira, "Sergei "?, no Ira,.... oh yes, of course, Ira, came running with friends and kids... about 8 more .... Oh, then two more families I don't know... about 8 more and finally they managed to get the door shut ...
Oh ... here come 7 or eight more ..... any one doing the math ..... watch this if you don't believe me.......
We are now wondering if all three bus runs are this full!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Even Issar got in on the fun... I don't know how often this family gets out together,... if ever, but they sure had fun tonight. Then it was out for supper....Shashleek...Lugman...Montey...paninie...you name it we had it... Then to top off the night, we had the waitress turn out the lights and bring out a cake with candles and we all sang Happy Birthday... This is not a custom they have here, in fact the restaurant has never done this before. Then, if that was not enough, Bekah had prepared presents for all the kids. She made a card full of photos of this beautiful family from over the years. Iagula (mom ) sat at the end of the table and grinned the whole night... She was so blessed and thanked Bekah for her work. ...we talked with the kids about their new house and what they would like to do when they start living there..." we would like a cow, a donkey and a cart, sheep, chickens ducks a rabbit... white... but not to eat!!! and a turkey......Well this is the family that we have been getting sponsors for farm animals.... We are just dying to tell them how fantastic people have been... I think we will do that in a couple weeks when Sam (PI) gets here They are going to have one incredible little farm..... wait till you see that video...I can just hear Sam "It's going to be a freak show.... Go a head and sing Old McDonald now E-I-E-Oh Baby"
So Now you know the rest of the story.
The week before we left Canada, I had removed the insurance off the cars....they didn't... I moved the phone to basic.... they did not. I bought extended insurance for when our regular insurance ran out... they took the money, but now are trying not to cover...Thats 3 for 3...Incompitence is alive and well..... I think I posted a long time ago that If I assume people to be incompetent, I will never be dissapointed . With that In mind, I don't know why I expected any different...
I paid the bill and less then 10 min. the phone was re- connected...further more, I type this post on High speed internet... something that Bell Canada can not offer me at home..... Things are strange here, they do appear disorganized at times, But you know what.. Some of our customer services in Canada have a long way to go to catch up.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
First we went out for lunch and had shashlik. They ate as much as they could..... They found out later that they shouldn't have eaten as much.... They ALL threw up at least once throughout the day. After lunch we went to Flamingo. We got onto "Kamikaze", we were thinking how much fun the kids would have on it...... we found another thing out.... 95% of the kids were scared out of their minds and would never go on there again.
Overall it was a very fun day!!! Thank you so much CMHA for making this day possible!
-from Bekah and Emma-
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Julie & John Wright
2141 4th line R.R.#3
Canada K0L 2V0
(Our friend Cal will look after it from there)
Dairy Cow and calf $692.50 ....
(Bekah will pay the first $200 if someone would like to help her with this .)
Older calf alone $180.05
Medium size lamb $41.55
Small size lamb $13.85
1 month old Rabbit $2.00
Full size rabbit $8.31
Donkey and cart $500
This is Bekah here - This is really important to me. I do not have enough money to do this on my own ... that is why I would like your help . Thank you.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Q. "will you take 500 sum for it ?" A. "yes of course " what they really mean is "you dummy I only asked for 450 in the first place."
Q." is that North ?".. A "yes of course"..... think for a minute and re ask Q. "is that South?" A. "yes of course" what they really men is "Stop bothering me as I am trying to drive"
Q. "Can I please have two ?" A. "Yes of course" what they really mean to say is "I will give you three of the most expensive ones that I have
Q "Do you know Era ?" A. "Vlady?" Q "no Era" A "do you mean Natasha" Q "NO ERA"...... A "OH Era... Yes of course!" What they really mean to say.... "Why didn't you say Era in the first place?
Q."Did you have a good weekend ?" A. "Yes of course" What they really mean to say ..." My wife is sick, my kids are in an orphanage , I worked all weekend with my back out, and I have not eaten for 2 days..... but thank you for asking!"
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
We also had opportunity to visit with Nickolai today as well. He was so happy to see us. He is no longer stuck in bed, but has movement back in his legs... he even walked out to the car with us. We had a good heart to heart talk with him. He understands that we are just the blessed ones to get to see him, but others around the world have sent us by faith and that there is a whole community behind him.... Not that long ago... he was feeling all alone and forgotten.... Today we discussed what possible planes God has for him now... He has decided that he will be around another 30 years.....
Tonight the girls have gone out to the village they are planing a trip with 15 of the older kids to the big flamingo amusement park in the capital city on Saturday... They have the transportation and translators in place.... Now they are working on snacks and drinks...they are trying to convince us that the best way to finish the day would be Pizza and Pop at the Metro Bar and Grill .... Julie and I stayed back to try to get unpacked from last week.... so Julie is asleep and I am blogging..... maybe tomorrow.....
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
.... and we went for Canadian food at the Metro... Tomorrow we will get up early and go to the market to buy shoes for the baby orphanage , then deliver them in the afternoon along with some current photo's of some of the kids that have found their forever families in the past year. There are a few little ones that we are looking forward to visiting there. and maybe take a few photos for their Mama's .
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
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 !
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?
Friday, April 11, 2008
We had a great time and accomplished a lot .I see that the posts I made from Xxxx did not make it onto the blog, I was hoping that they were not blocked. I will update with some photos and stories over the next couple of days. We did manage to get in a couple days sight seeing to one of the ancient cities. We even stayed in a hotel that was over 150 years old. Saw lots of the culture, learned a few new words, and even made it out of the country without incident.