We were especially blessed to spend time with and stay with Logan and his family . He is always such an inspiration .
Friday, September 29, 2023
Thursday, September 21, 2023
I had shared about Nicks desire to pay off his student loans so that he can continue his education . he is trying to raise $2700. We have had sponsors for $450 of that and Nick has raised $250 himself , so that leaves him with $2000 to go if there is anyone that would like to help with this. We have so many other needs right now, so I will not keep bringing this one up, I will leave this one here and just trust that this bulls on someone's heart...Thank you for considering ,
Monday, September 11, 2023
(Where it should have been in the first place.)
Sunday, September 10, 2023
Coal is the primary heat source in Kyrgyzstan .. If you live in town that has a central heating system , it is a little better, but since that source is coal heated , the price of heating will simply be passed along. But what ever you do you can't get away from coal .
To give you an idea though .. did you know that in the US today the average person consumes 3.4 tons of coal a year , not per family, but per person, and more if you drive an electric car. We are trying to support with 1 ton of coal ... PER FAMILY. The cost to do that will now be $110 CDN . not sure what it will be by winter. the average family uses about 2 tons but if wee can get them started and take the edge off , and if we have the resources mid winter we can go back and possibly help those in the worst shape .
The other way to combat the rising costs and the pollution is by making the houses more energy efficient, things like fixing or replacing the broken and missing windows, adding insulation in the ceilings and maybe even putting proper doors that fit tight . This will not eliminate the need for coal but it will reduce it .. We can do this as well, but our problem is that we could heat five families homes for a year for the same money . But I have had people interested and ask about this , so if there is anyone that would like to help winterise a home , it would be about $600 CDN for a ton of coal and the resources to do the work .
Tuesday, September 05, 2023
As you know we are preparing to give out coal in the next few weeks.
This is the coal barn. It should be full by now so that we can purchase the coal at the cheaper prices and so that we can get it bagged up and ready so that the boys are free to help us with the deliveries . I was going to do a thermometer on the side of the blog to show how well we are doing , but hopefully I can just show you some photos of the barn as it fells up .. We did have a sponsor send in money for 2 families last week .. The cost of heating for a family will $80 on average , or one ton of coal. This is just one more area that you can help make a real difference in the lives of those in need.
Friday, September 01, 2023
( Last year we did not get it done before we left and came home to a foot of snow and our patio was berried .)
Its like watching the sand in an hour glass, and when it reaches them it will instantly throw them into a cold freeze for a few months , and many simply will not survive . I think of the question asked in Psalms " I look to the mountains, where does my help come from ? " I am sure many of the less fortunate ask the same question every day .. where will my help come from ? We know the answer to that .. The same verse tells us that "Help will come from the Lord" . That is the message that we are able to share with the hundreds of families that we help through the winter.. The help is not from us, but through us , and through so many of you who help . HELP is FROM the Lord. God just uses You and Me to deliver the help. Maybe that is why it is so impactful ..