Wednesday, April 29, 2009
But even there, a smile never to far away... you jst need to work for it a little .
so You love this city and you love these streets.
Ev'ry child out playing by its own front door,
ev'ry baby laying on the bedroom floor.
Ev'ry dreamer dreaming in their dead-end job,
ev'ry driver driving through the rush-hour mob.
I feel it in my spirit, feel it in my bones,
You're gonna send revival, bring 'em all back home.
I can hear that thunder in the distance,
like a train on the edge of the town,
I can feel the brooding of Your Spirit,
lay your burdens down, lay your burdens down.
From the preacher preaching when the well is dry,
to the lost soul reaching for a higher high.
From the young man working through his hopes and fears
to the widow walking through the vale of tears.
Ev'ry man and woman ev'ry old and young,
ev'ry father's daughter, ev'ry mother's son.
I feel it in my spirit, feel it in my bones,
You're gonna send revival, bring 'em all back home.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tonight I went for "Tea" at Mesha's house... ... For those of you who don't know Mesha, he Timed out of one of the orphanages that we support, and he has been fortunate enough to have a wonderful sponsor that is eager to help him out.... His friend is another young orphan that was living with his Uncle.... he was going to school and working... he then had an accident at work and cut off the end of his finger. The uncle gave him money for medical bills, but when he could not work and did not got to school for the week, his uncle recalled the loan... un able to pay, the uncle took his documents and kicked him out of the house... he now lives with Mesha...
The house is very clean and tidy, and I even snooped around and found no sign of other substance issues.. they are living on one side of a small house.. apart from bad neighbours, it is a very nice spot and in a good area of town....the problem is that it is not a separated apartment, but they each have two rooms of one house, so there is no separation from the neighbour. I spoke with the land lord, and she is not thrilled with the other renters either, and likes Mesha...the other people have given their notice and will be leaving in three weeks... we reached an agreement that I would rent the other side of the house so if Mesha thought he had problems with his last neighbour then look out...lol... kidding aside, I got it for $25 a month fully furnished.... and with it comes all the gardens and out buildings as well.... A small price to pay to secure a quiet safe house for Mesha.. he has also agreed to over see and maintain both so that it can be used as a temporary safe bed if we need it... something that seems to be in big demand here.... We also discussed future plans with Mesha... since we got to town, he has done very well in school, and is now eagerly working toward going to college in the capital city... It was so good to see a spark in his eye, and an excitement knowing that he had a chance at a brighter future... Knowing that someone has taken a personal interest in him has made all the difference to him....
I just got a call from Jengish... he is the proud new owner of a horse... not that he wanted a horse, but that is all the man had to pay him after running into his truck.... so Jengish is on horse back now.... humm I wonder If we can park our horse in the compound at the foundation..... hummmm
Monday, April 27, 2009
I try to update regularly on the blog... I try to show the world the power of "HOPE" As I see love written in the hearts of hose around me, I try to share it with all of you.... One day you all wrote back... it truly was a love letter FROM the world... between emails and blog comments, My Girl received birthday greetings from almost 100 blog readers from all over the world.... what more do I need to say!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I had the farm 5 with me all day today... at 12:00 they headed off to the Central Asian church, and I went out for lunch with Almos and his family... They are a wonderful young couple and have a beautiful family... They have both had incredibly tough childhoods, and both have over come , with kind gentle spirits...
After lunch, we went out to the village for a donkey ride, and then fishing up in the mountains... after dark, we went back to Aigola's house and had a wonderful visit........ At supper it was evident that it was a long day.. Sibera wanted to say grace... we bowed our heads, and She started loud and clear... then her voice started to get quieter and quieter, then all of a sudden she started snorring... I thought she was kidding at fist, she can be a real ham, but when we all started to laugh so hard I sides hurt, it was evident that it was not intentional... it was kind of the same reaction I got from Jengish last Sunday when at 9:30 at night when I was ready to head for town, his head hit the steering wheal, and then he looked up at me and said.." I can't keep up with you".... I don't know what it is with young people these days...
Today was the day tat my original ticket had me leaving ... the reality of that hit me when I made coffee this morning, and used the last spoonful of Tim Horton's coffee.... I may be a bit of a bear for the next couple days... either that or I won't be so hard to keep up with..... Hummmm I did see that Red Bull is now for sale at the market!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This morning I headed early out to the village to talk to the family of the little boy with the cleft pallet.. We have a place for him for his operation on Monday morning.. Their is a slight hitch ... they have this understanding that my faith group eats them , and sells them for body parts, and when they except help from us they will automatically become the same faith as us... So I brought one of our friend with us as a translator to talk to them... She is Dungan, and I also gave them the phone number of Isar ( our Bus Driver) , and he has agree to talk to them as well... he has watched us for many years now, and will help us to convince them to do what is right for the son... I brought them a couple books from the Dr that are in Russian, and explain the entire operation.... I guess ow it is a wait and see.... If I don't here from them in the next couple days, I will try to find someone in their own community to help as well...
The rest of the day was a fun one. We had 22 of us pile into the bus and head to the capital city... I had Angola's family as well as our US friends, and Sergei and family, Acel and family, and a bunch of kids from the English class I took them to a production of Oklahoma at the Hope academy in the capital city... Hope academy is the school that all the diplomats and foreigners here send their kids to... It was an incredible production...
everyone had a great time, then we went out to an Uzbek restaurant for supper after the show. We are home now, and it is 8:00 and feels like midnight.... I will try to get a second wind... I have the farm family and Benson here tonight..I will put on a movie, maybe Lord of the Rings 1,2,&3, make them some popcorn, and go to bed....
Tomorrow we are going for a donkey cart ride into the mountains to go fishing with Torat...My brother is always showing photo's on his blog of his 4 wheeler on his fishing adventures... A can't wait to see how tomorrow turns out... it can go either way...
Friday, April 24, 2009
We brought Ice cream for everyone, and packages of pastry, apples, socks and candy...
Here is our friend that is newly up and around out of his wheel chair... he was dancing to the music that Larisa's Family sang for them
Not to be out done, this man threw down his crutches and began to dance .... 278 men watched as he took his first steps
I seem to have hit the ground running...... I think we have heard that before somewhere. There is no such thing as settling or relaxing here. Only a constant knowledge that there are so many people whose lives that have been touched here, and how much work there is to be done. This morning I was met at the airport by many friends new and old. At 5am and with many hugs and smiles my baggage was claimed and safely placed into the waiting vans.
Quickly we stopped to empty the van of the 200 plus pounds of "stuff". What kind of stuff? A little of this and a little of that.. I am sure our "stuff" will be the subject of upcoming posts. Maybe not chronilogically. But WE will try our best to keep up to date.
Then.............off to the Bazaar. This is a photographers dream come true. The sights are vibrant and alive with colors at the bazaar. Turn one way and there are brilliant bright blues and reds, turn another and watch the tents swaying in the breeze. Everywhere are people haggling for the best price, and people wanting to help carry your treasures (for a price that is as this is their trade). I think most heightened though were the scents. The bakery, the fruits (pineapples, bananas, apples) But One that was simply amazing to me was the spices. This seemed to evoke all the senses. And made fore some good photos too. This was a swift trip but productive. Bananas and apples by the kilogram (37 pounds of bananas, 20 pounds of apples) even 450 dipers we purchased... All very much appreciated when given to their recipients.
Lunch was a bit of an adventure. Chinese food in Central Asia, the menu written in Russian, with a local translator.. A bit hilarious when placing an order. I think (notice I use that term loosely) I think we had several different Beef platters, a few chicken platters and one mutton platter delivered. Of which we shared family style over some rice (reese in Russian).
Then off to of all things a concert! Put on by friends we met on our first trip . Vladik (my super cutey .. I could not stop hugging him and he is just always all smiles) was in the concert put on by the school children. Traditional dancing, a reading of the traditional poem Manas. What better way to see and experience the heritage of Central Asia.
Then about two hours to collect thoughts and kind of decompress and off for dinner with friends. Lagman~~~ One of my favorite local dishes. I am simply going to have to learn how to cook this dish...
Ooof and now I am frantically trying to get some photos to you all before I pass out for 6 hours and get up and start the next round.
Wow just isn't enough... and neither are words. so the pictures may do Central Asia a bit of justice.