Thursday, July 07, 2011

Updates and heart aches





I was talking to Emma a few hours ago. She had spent the day with Sergey and Anya today. They were traveling around checking up on the different projects that we are involved with . One of the stops brought them to a small village where we help with a young boy we knew from one of the orphanages. The orphanage closed, so he went to live with his Grandmother. Today when they stopped in to see him. he was not there .. they did some asking around and found out some terrible news.. From what we can gather, the Grandmother had a stroke, and our young friend went to live with relatives that were drinkers... They decided to sell him to a family that took him to Kazakhstan to work for them.. He was sold for 100 som..thats about $2.25 . What do you do with that ? We are now trying to get any information we can about where he was taken and any information we might be able to use to find him, but there is not a good history with cooperation from the Kazakh government, and this is a common thing. As soon as we can find any thing, we will figure out what to do next, but we can't just leave him there... This is only one of the on going difficulties that Emma has been stumbling across in the last couple weeks .. It is very hard for her.. she has a strong sense of social Justice, and that is what drives her, but it is also what will be such a burden for her at times like this..I will be honest , it has been a difficult time financially as well. We have been back for one month now and are at the end of the one years budget, and we just don't have the funds to continue to support many of the little needs that are being brought to her attention. Please pray for the resources for her to continue to be our hands and feet .

I just received this update from Sergey and Anya about another matter ...
---- Original Message ----
From: Bajenov Sergey
To: Sunmasterjohn@aol.comSent: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 12:17 am
Subject: From Sergey

Hello dear John.
We hope what you all OK.Yesterday I was in the baby hospital and bought baby food. Anara ( doctor) phone for me and ask about baby food 3 days they found one new baby boy. This boy have a nervous problem. I send for you check what I spend for baby food ( from our budget). I’m sorry what not ask you before about can I buy or not, but I feel what we can’t wait. John if you can find some sponsors who every time can give money to buy a baby food for that newbabys. Is will be grate. I never pray about this but now I will pray. When I and Arthur bring baby food and open door in the room where boy was he was cry and was not only just he and many flies. I start take off from packet the baby food but Arthur start take off fly from baby face. I can believe what in that time happen with me. Arthur did more important thing what I did L. And baby not stop cry , I start speak with baby and stroke. He start quietly and nurse was with us too and I told to her what he need some speak with him. I not saw Anara because she did documents for that new baby.When we back to home with Arthur from hospital I told to him “Thank you what you did today “ he said “ No problem, it is easy”
And yesterday we was in parents dacha. Dad very happy what Azyz help to him. Today Kumushay and Alymbek will back from Ysykul-Lake camp.
Bless you John and all your family. And we hope what you all OK.
From big family.


I do have a bit of money left in my budget for the food relief for the Baby hospital, so Emma has given that to them today to reimburse the food, but this will leave us with enough for just one more big food purchase. I guess I have been a little slack for the last couple weeks.. and I should be doing a better job at sharing the needs and concerns.

Here is what I am going to do .. If there is anyone or any project that you have been following and would like an update on, someone I might have missed, email me of leave a comment, and I will do a follow up story on them.
As well we are back on the road bringing updates to our many sponsors.. if you are in the Espanola area, give Jody a call, we would love to see you the weekend of the 16th 17th . We will be speaking at the Lighthouse in Espanola on the morning of the 17th.
We will be at the PAOC missions fest on the morning of the 23rd in Cobourg Ontario, then we will be heading that night to the Detroit direction... if you are in that area and would like us to stop by, let us know. Mid week we will be in Minnesota, and then by the next weekend we will be in Kansas before heading back to Ontario... If you are anywhere on rout, let us know and we will see what we can arrange to personally stop and bring updates .

1 comment:

Nathan, Amanda, Violet, Anara, and Edison said...

Wow, I was trying to find Slavic's story to share and I found this post and the map. I know that I had read the beginning of the post at some point but I completely missed the announcement of your tour and the map - this is not abnormal because I often get pulled away mid-read. I am so thankful we were still able to spend time with you guys!