Thursday, May 10, 2018

A great opportunity for Vladic

Many of you know Sergey and Anya and their oldest son Vladic.   A couple years ago the grade level he was in at his old school here in Tokmok did not have enough students so he was going to have to find another school... and that he did.  He was excepted into the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy with an incredible scholarship.  Vlad has been doing great.  In fact he has been invited back for one more year .
"We have also been very delighted with Vlad’s progress this year and are very proud of all of his accomplishments.  We would be honored to have him return in the fall and continue his studies at CHCA"

The total cost of of a years tuition and expenses is over $20 000 for the year .  Vlad have received a scholarship that will cover all but $2800 US.  and then he will need flights and Visa.  This will bring his total that he must raise up to $4000 US.    He needs to  confirm and have his tuition in to the school by June 15.   If you would be interested in helping with this in hole or in part please let me know at  or in box me on facebook.  

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Photo update

It has been a very busy few weeks here .  Unfortunately I have become a little behind on our the blog here , so today I will do a little photo update to get back on track 

we had a few fishing trips with the teams.  

Up at the ranch we started the balcony  

happy birthday Logan

working on the outdoor kitchen

started planting the gardens 

many picnics at the yurts .. this day was the men from the mens home 

great day at the yurts with many friends from the community 

cooking fish for a big feast 

the deck is being varnished 

we built a small veggie stand for Dustan to sell veggies this summer 

roof is on 

time for a picnic with team and neighbors 

more fishing 

putting more windows into the hospital

Tom inspecting the new windows 

the gardens are coming up 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On Assignment !

We are preparing for a long distance trip to some of the more remote places that we have been supporting.   Our friend Dave and another guest will be arriving in a few weeks and they will be helping us by visiting two orphanages and two rehabilitation centers and several families along the way. 

It is a very long drive through the remote mountain regions, and is difficult for us to make the trip, so Dave has agreed to make the trip for us.   He will be bringing supplies such as Honey, Vitamins nurses uniforms and clothes. As well he will take each of them shopping for food and cleaning supplies that they need.  How much we will be able to deliver will depend on you !    Dave will cover the transportation costs, and we have the honey and vitamins and things from the farm.  What ever donations come in from the blog towards the food drop will be divided up between the stops.   

I have to say how much of a blessing it is for us when teams come.  Not only do they help out and bring needed  resources , what they bring the most is encouragement and it remind us that we are not alone.  That will be the purpose of this trip.  It will be such a blessing for those that will be visited to not just receive the support but have it personally delivered .  

Last fall while visiting  the women's rehab center with the team from Espanola 

Please help us to bless those along the way .  It is our goal to raise $2500 toward this Assignment. 

Monday, April 09, 2018

The first couple days of the MN team

We have been having a great time with the team from MN.  Saturday and Sunday were spent in and out of Tokmok at the bazaar to shop for the kids spring clothes and a lunch out with friends,  We also did a lot of shopping for products for us to give out during the Amazin Grace.  Of course we did make it to the animal Bazaar and got a few good deals along the way .  Today Julie and I are at the apartment. We are making lunch for the team as they are out delivering food.    Here are a few photos along the way. 

two of the four new mountain bikes that the team bought the kids on the farm 

one of the sellers at the animal bazaar really wanted  her picture with the team 

great deals on three chickens and an incubator 

packing bags for the Grace
on the starting 

first detour.  getting potatoes to plant for Auxana

 Sammy got some new clothes and a new high chair .. 

Beautiful day up at the Kashar 

The boys are hard at work filling in the foundation ready to put in a patio.

Tony and Caleb checking out their yurt 

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

getting ready for teams

Yesterday we had the opportunity to share some of the work on the farm with the Local Rotary club.  I am always encouraged when I see the great work that they do around the world. 

The roof is finished front and back, and now we are ready to start putting in new windows and doors .  I need to raise $800 and then we will be able to get this done . 

 At the farm we are working on an outdoor cooking center that will have two large kazans and a bbq pit.

The kids will be taking turns going up to the kashar every day to care for the animals and take them out into the mountains .  We thought it would be great to get them some mountain bikes for the 3 km trek each day .   We found this first one for just $80.  We would like to have 3 more for them.

As we are getting ready for several teams over the next couple months, Marat is busy working on some of his paintings to sell in the gift shop.. He really is getting very good. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

On to the next phase..

We can do this .. that was the feeling I had when we first arrived at this burned out house.  If you have not been following, this is the home of the parents and grandmother of a friend of Jengishes .  She is living in Russia and contacted us to see if we could help.  

We have now completes the second half of the roof and ready to start inside.  Its great to have this done as they are now calling for a week of rain.   

Next up is to start the windows and the doors.   this will be about $100 each. we have one sponsored already and will need $900 more then we will do this .  It is such a blessing to see this come together and slowly hope being restored .  

we got the deck varnished at the yurts   Everything made it through the winter with out any trouble 

we made this center in the eating area to scrape plated and sort garbage .. it will make everyone's  job a little easier and more organized 

We have started raising Brown Brahma chickens .  We bought a rooster and eight hens.  They are beautiful and very friendly.  An average chicken here is worth about 300 som and a Brahma  hen sells for about 1300 som. 

the incubator is fully automated and computer controlled with temperature and humidity as well as turning the eggs every two hours .

we have gotten a start at planting in the fields by putting in long low hoop houses 

We are enjoying the daily coffee break at the cafe.  Its a great time to visit with the kids. Everyone loves the time , it helps them to feel special and is a great motivator .