A Father to the Fatherless
|Hope for the future is what the sign says on the wall behind Baktagul as she receives her nurses diploma.|
Over the next couple months we need to really focus on our scholarship program .
I heard somewhere recently " when you are just surviving, you can't dream " If you stop for a moment and let that sink in. The people that we work with, even just surviving can be a reach for them. But we are just so excited and encouraged when we see the changes in our kids as they move past survival and settle in and actually start living .. we see them begin to dream .. They dream of a future.. they dream of an education, they dream of one day having a drivers licence , they dream of one day getting a good job. And in all this dreaming that they are doing it is as if God is breathing a fresh breath of life into each of them. I know that He says that a " people with out a vision will parish, " so it only makes seance that as our kids begin to live they will begin to dream , or is it the other way around .. as they dream they begin to live. I am really not sure but what I do know is that we are facing this incredible awakening on the farm right now, Dreams of taking Petagodgy, Art collage, psychology major, automotive electronics. two others would like to take tourism, and one in I.T. We have three that would like to begin the 6 week intensive course to get their drivers licence. and the list goes on. We have one boy that is exceptionally gifted and would like to go to a private school rather then the village school, ( and we agree) We possibly have a new boy coming to the farm soon, and we will need to get him ready for school as well.
The last few months our coworkers have worked hard to get all the kids documents ready and their registries in place so that they can begin the school process. this has actually added up to quite an expense.
When I do a quick calculation, I think that we need about $15000 over the summer to ensure them all a place in school this fall. But what a place to be in .. a farm full of kids that are dreaming . As they each think and pray about their futures I am reminded that our assignment is not tied to our resources, but the resources ARE tied to our assignment . These are Gods kids whom he has placed with us for safe keeping .. now we just wait upon Him to move on the hearts of his people to bring the resources.
As I was starting to formulate this post I got a message from a friend who would like to start the ball rolling with a $250 scholarship donation for fathers day ... what a blessing , and what a great idea .. I wonder how much more would come into a scholarship fund in honer of all the fathers out there.
Please consider how you might be able to help with this and at the same time please pass this along to others that you think might be interested.