Saturday, October 14, 2017
I was reminded today of a post from a long time ago . It was about Anguish. David Wilkerson spoke about anguish and where has it gone in our circles today ..
Here is what reminded me.
I was walking past a friend working in the fields and stopped for a short visit. I knew he had a new baby at home so I asked him how his baby was doing, "She is stable now and home" was his response.. So I asked if she had been sick, He told me that she had a hernia that had ruptured and she was in the hospital. She needs an operation , and is home now and stable , which is good since it gives him time to get some crops in and sold so she can have the operation. I asked when they would like to operate, he then said that they want to operate right away when he gets the money..
Instantly what I felt was ANGUISH.. can you imagine as a father walking out of the hospital with your baby knowing that she needs an operation right away but you do not have the means to cover it and will have to wait. I could wait for myself ok, but not my kids.
I pressed a bit and asked how much the operation would be .. I found out that the operation and after care will be about 8000 som, about $160. We normally have a policy that when people come to us to ask for help, we find the sponsor first , then will advance the funds, but today was different. I felt prompted to go ask him, he did not come to me, he was busy working in the fields to meet the need, he is also a friend in need, that should not make a difference in who we help, but it does !
I had the money in my pocket ( the exact amount ) so I gave him the money right there. Vlad turned to me as we continued on our way and said " That was easy " In a way yes it was , and at the same time my heart is still breaking for what this family is going through. The money in my pocket was designated for coal, so now I will have to figure out how to replace it, but a very small sacrifice on my part. but what lingers on is ANGUISH. Anguish for this friend and the stress his family must be going through, Anguish for so many like him that we pass each day with out stopping to hear their story, but mostly Anguish for those in this world who have become so complacent that they have forgotten what it is to feel anguish for another.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Those who are following the blog will see that I am way behind on posting. I usually do the blog in the morning as the evening internet is very slow. The last couple weeks we have had guests at the farm and I am the breakfast cook. Theses guests were such incredible hard workers that we were hard at it all day every day . The work that they got done, and the hearts and lives that they were able to touch is more then I could ever begin to share or explain in one blog post.
Today I will post a bunch of pictures and over the next week or so I will go into more detail of some of the highlights .
|Nuric up early picking and preparing produce to can|
|this team brought with it sponsorship money from both New Bethesda and Espanola , a couple days ago I went past and there were so many kids on every piece that one kid was even riding in the garbage bin.|
|some of our local shepherds playing a game of Kukbadu for the team and a group of Bekah's students|
|the first work day the guys built this great set of stairs down into the cellar|
|we brout supplies to a womens rehab centre in IsyKol so had a chance to stop and see the lake , a couple even went for a quick dip.|
|Dance party at Sammy's first birthday|
|a load of coal delivered to the womens rehab center|
|getting ready for seniors day , preparing food hampers including honey at each seat. expecting 100, made 125 portions and had 123 guests arrive|
|Kamalla serving coffee in the cafe after a long days work|
|Tim and Nuric with the pumpkins we brough in the day the team arrived|
|I think Anne and Miles fit right in|
|enjoying an evening in the cafe|
|new windows, soffit and fascia doors and outside cement on walls, the kashar is looking good|
|we gave a pair of ducks and their young to the womens rehab center .. one of the women was having a moment .. they were so blessed|
|we made about 150 litres of pickled peppers. Kurt was the bottle stuffer|
|a wonderful couple , up at the yurts|
|giving out food packages after the dinner.|
|enjoying the yurt|
|thank you Espanola and new Bethesda for the furniture and decorations|
|we brought a large food delivery and bananas to the baby orphanage, as well we bought them a gas powered and electric leaf blower to help keep the playground clean|
|Beksoltan up on the roof as they put up a new chimney|
|Tim the eagle hunter|
|harvesting more beets .. over a ton this day|
|the girls are working on a coffee bean mural at he cafe|
|out bowling with the farm kids|
|the new sign|
|another lovely couple|
|new doors on the coal shed|
|more supplies to the rehab center|
|the team visited the baby hospital to see it finished . Sponsored the floor and the dry wall, and even did all the mudding the joints|
|Kamala got a nice one|
|a happy camper at the seniors day|
|Bekah with her students at the Burana tower|
|the barn all cleaned u and painted, ready for the animals to return from the mountain|
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
It's that time of year again.
This afternoon some of the boys unloaded about 6 tons of coal to start off the winter season.
At this time of year so many face an un certainty of what the winter will have in store. All you have to do is look at the mountains and you see winter is on the way. Every morning when you look out the snow cap is a little lower down the mountain until it finally reaches the Valley.
At the farm that translates into an influx of kids who's summer work is ending, and need in for the winter, but it means so much more to many of the families that we support. More than just food or clothing, they face a great need with heating.
Un able to heat their homes families begin to consider all options, even bringing their children to orphanages. Every year between the farm and the families that we help out, we use about 40 tons of coal.
We deliver it to a few different depots and then from their provide for families in need throughout the winter. Over 100 people will be kept warm and in some cases kept alive through this coal program.
Thank you to every one who donates to this need. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks and see the impact that this is having on families in need.