Thursday, May 31, 2012

MILESTONE - BENCHMARKS - GRANDCHILDREN - STANDING PROUD

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TODAY IS ONE OF THOSE DAYS

Sometimes you just feel good.    
 Grandchildren do this for us.  One granddaughter in Indiana in University another graduating this week from high school (SEE THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR MEMORIES OF HER).  Four grandchildren in Brazil, growing and learning, a lovely young granddaughter in California who taught us to use Facebook, a grandson who now has become a father and given all of us our first great grandchild and a grandson in BC who awaits his day to walk the graduation aisle in just three years.

NOT TO FORGET
our little granddaughters in Kyrgyzstan at Dayspring.

WE FEEL BLESSED AND FOREVER FAVORED

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DAYSPRING UPDATE - CHILDREN AND SENIORS BLESS EACH OTHER







DAYSPRING CHILDREN 
VISITING THE HOMELESS SENIORS

When we are not on the ground, we ask our staff to visit our dear Kemin Senior Home at least once a week.  Zukrah, our Assistant Country Director has been faithful and dedicated to visit and as well, take children from Dayspring along with her for the visit.  

The seniors love to see the children and the children love to go.  This is such a blessing to both.  These pictures show our children and our seniors in those happy moments.

GOOD JOB ZUKRAH AND TEAM!!!!!  WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!

HERE IS THE EMAIL FROM ZUKRAH...ABOUT THE VISIT....
"Today I took 4 girls from dayspring and we visited Seniors at Kemin, They are doing good, now there have 35 seniors and two more coming at end of week know Tanya director of seniors home working on there documents to move them to kemin. 

We learnned 5 songs and with actions we showed them, it was very interesting they love this, and ask us next times to show again the same, our girls promised them to come next times with concert. I borrow camera and takes pictures I attach some pictures for you. 

 (WE NEED TO GET HER A CAMERA!)





Monday, May 28, 2012

DASHS ON THE WAY TO RECOVERY AND BEING HEALTHY


DASHA IS HEALING AND BEING A STRONG LITTLE GIRL

Word from our team on the ground in Kyrgyzstan is good.  Dasha is in her room and now healing from her surgery to fix the holes in her heart - something she was born with.  Little Dasha was forbidden to go to school, play or do other things healthy children do naturally.  This surgery is to change that.  She really wants to learn, go to school and be included in things other children her age can do. 

We are so thankful to Ed Dickson for sponsoring this surgery for her.  It would not have happened without this sponsorship.  ED - WE THAN GOD FOR YOU AND SALUTE YOU AS WE THANK YOU AND THOSE THAT SPONSOR YOUR GREAT WORK.

DASHA IS ON THE WAY TO HEALTH.

The LAMb Team


Saturday, May 26, 2012

I REFUSE - WILL YOU JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO REFUSE?

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I REFUSE
A message that touches the heart!

We have a team that refuses to turn away.  Although we cannot do everything we want and even feel we need to do, we can stop for the one in front of us.  We will continue to:

1.  Do training and consultation to those wanting to help families and children.
2.  Take food to the hungry.
3.  Work with key leadership to find new and creative ways to get children out of orphanages and into families.
4.  Help families adopt.
5.  Ensure education is available to children who have been forgotten and lost within the crisis of a situation they had nothing to do with.
6.  See a child through an operation that just might make a huge difference in their lives.
7.  Visit the elderly in their time of distress.
8.  Bring all we can to the disabled to return hope and dignity to their lives.
9.  Help create systems that attend to the needs of children and families.
10.  Share the love of Christ with all - through actions, words and deeds.

THE LAMb Team

UPDATE ON DASHA - SURGERY OVER!!!!



Dasha on the left!

SURGERY IS OVER

We talked to our LAMb Team on the ground just a short while ago -  in Kyrgyzstan and the report is good.  4 hours of surgery and now at this time Dasha is in the intensive care unit - expected to be there for just one day and then on to the room for recovery.  Madlin is with her every day and we have a nurse there as well.  She is well cared for.

This little girl has never been to school - doctors orders!  She wants to go with the other girls and we pray this is a turn around for her.  We know she will need tutoring and additional help to catch up.  We are committed to doing what we can to make this happen.

In the process of this wait our team has been in contact with her mother and was able to get both her mother and father to agree to go to the hospital to see her before her surgery.  We pray we might continue this visitation and build on the visits for a healthy relationship.  Little Dasha deserves her family and we pray her family will come to deserve her.  Zukrah (out staff/team member from KG) took mom and dad to the hospital and spent the day there with them.  Again - our team is a committed family focused team.

We honor the teams work and commitment to the goals of Dayspring - permanency with a family for all children we are entrusted with.

We look forward to bright and healthy future for Dasha.  Please continue to pray for her.

The LAMb Team 

Friday, May 25, 2012

HOPE, ALASKSA FOR LARISSA AND TANYA



TANYA SERVING AT THE TB HOSPITAL


LARISSA SERVING AT TB HOSPITAL

LARISSA AND TANYA WILL GO TO ALASKA TO LEARN SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION FOR KYRGYZSTAN

We are so pleased to announce a great opportunity for Larissa and Tanya - our staff and team members from Kyrgyzstan.  We have completed an agreement with HOPE (www.hopealaska.org) in Anchorage, Alaska to bring two of our team members over for a learning opportunity.  Hope Alaska is an amazing organization in which our team will learn and then return to Kyrgyzstan to teach others and to demonstrate new skills and knowledge.

We are thrilled to be sending Larissa and Tanya to Alaska this September for this opportunity.  They will be staying there for three months, learning and practicing/working.  Once they return Hope will send two experts over to Kyrgyzstan and follow them in their work within Kyrgyzstan - to continue the coaching and transfer of new skills.

LAMb International is excited to have this partnership with Hope.  It is our desire to continue building skilled teams in Kyrgyzstan in the area of working with disabled persons.  We know our ISKRA MEN'S HOME will benefit greatly, as will many other organizations where Larissa and Tanya will be serving.  They have served again and again - hour upon hour in KG - now the opportunity to bring new energy and knowledge has been given them.  They are humbled and so excited to be heading for this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn.

YOU CAN HELP US BUILD SUSTAINABILITY IN KYRGYZSTAN - JUST ASK US HOW...

Here is a cut from the HOPE website:


Hope Community Resources (Hope) is a non-profit organization that provides community supports throughout the State of Alaska to over 1,200 families and individuals who experience disabilities. Currently, Hope is the only agency to provide services on a state-wide basis through regional offices that are located in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, Dillingham, Kodiak, Juneau, Ketchikan, Seward, Barrow and the Kenai Peninsula. Based in these communities, Hope also serves the outlying areas and numerous villages surrounding each region.      

Who We Serve

The people who choose Hope supports range in age from infancy to the elderly; are of varied and diverse ethnic background; and experience mild to severe disabilities.  Each person is individual and unique in the supports they need and request.  Because of this, Hope focuses service planning on the individual and not on a standard "menu" of supports.  Each person's plan is customized to meet their specific needs and dreams.

Approximately 28% of Hope's support recipients are Alaskan Native.  This proves to be challenging with the language barriers and the vastness of the state; however, Hope has accepted this challenge through its expansion of regional offices, subsistence supports and cultural awareness.

Keeping families together in the community of their choice is a major component of Hope's mission.

Why Choose Hope?

Hope is here to assist individuals in achieving their dreams.  Hope operates under principles that reflect the highest values centered on those who choose our community supports.  These values have and will continue to be the driving force behind Hope's support system of person-centeredness and consumer control.

Hope believes families and individuals should have control over their lives.  By giving them choice in living environments, personalized supports, employment opportunities and other support options, they can exercise that control.  Hope promotes a concerted advocacy for the rights of people who experience a disability.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

HEART SURGERY FOR DASHA SCHEDULED

Dasha and Randy - this April!

DASHA DARLING

Dear Friends,

Please pray for our little Dasha.  As you know she was born with two holes in her heart.  She is in hospital and they have now finally scheduled her surgery.  It is to be done on this Saturday.  She is such a little child and not super strong.  This heart condition has held her back from so many things, like going to school, playing with other children, etc.

We pray for a good report and for a new beginning for her.  She wants to go to school so much.  Just think - she is eight years old and has NEVER gone to school.

Please, please pray for Dasha.

Thank you - the LAMb Team

Saturday, May 19, 2012

CHANGE CAN BE SCARY - UKRAINE WITHOUT ORPHANS MEANS CHANGE

CHANGE CAN BE SCARY AS ORPHANAGES CLOSE
YET, THE PAST DOES NOT EQUAL THE FUTURE!

Each hat represents a part of change - fears and actions.  When change occurs - such as a movement like Ukraine Without Orphans - people begin to look at their personal losses - potential and real.  Each of these leaders want to help Orphanage staff transition and manage the change.  They did a skit to demonstrate how them might be a helper in reducing fears and vulnerabilities as orphanage close.  It was an awesome demonstration.

THIS WAS A CAKE FOR 200 AND IT WAS AWESOME
UKRAINE WITHOUT ORPHANS


FINAL CLOSING ACTIVITY
We set off a "house" that was built through the conference, solid and ready for launch - representing our team - heading out into Ukraine to make a difference.  Lovely symbolic event of what everyone has committed to.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

LETS BUILD FAMILIES - NOT ORPHANAGES

FAMILIES NOT OPRHANAGES
The conference ends today - with over 150 leaders heading to all parts of Ukraine with ideas of how they might strengthen the movement to get children into families.

One amazing key-note from the director of One Hope spoke about his concerns and disappointments about all about the work being done in the orphanages.  He identified how so much help has come into Ukraine to renovate the orphanages, paint the walls, fix fences, build new structures, buy expensive equipments, etc.  He indicated that people from local government come in and see these improvements and have some common statements, "Wow this is a great place for kids."  They then like to return and bring their "buddies" to see the great work being done in the orphanages.

He goes on to tell of how they have even said - "We need to build more orphanages just like this!"

Oh my - work on buildings does not bring family to a child.  Most especially when they see the western money coming in and helping the structures improve - they see this as the GOOD and miss the hurts, the trauma, the losses, the REAL needs of the children.

He goes on to say, if we could just divert that help and finances to finding families, training those wanting to adopt, supporting them and encouraging adoption we truly would be doing what is GOOD and RIGHT.

We were grieved by this truth.  Putting funds into a building might just be hindering the long term goal of finding families for children.  As right now in Ukraine there are government leaders who just want to build more orphanages.  We MUST correct that message - let's BUILD MORE FAMILIES!


CONFERENCE BANNER
Location:  Baptist Church Conference Center Irperm


Ukraine Without Orphans Banner

One of our sessions - leaders hard at work.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

JEREMIAH HOUSE - SAVING GRADUATES DESTINED FOR FAILURE

SLAVIK IS IN THE MIDDLE - you remember him - sold to work in the fields in Kazakhastan - recently discovered crossing the boarder when coming over to Kyrgyzstan and back to Kaz. without papers - picked up by the boarder police and brought back to Tokmok - now in Chui Orphanage.  Here he is smiling after a great shopping trip to buy some new clothes - a donation from a donor who also cares!

He graduates soon!


MOVING FORWARD TO HELP MORE CHILDREN
Jeremiah House
TOKMOK, KYRGYZSTAN

Each year children are leaving the orphanages never to be heard from again.  The statistics are dim - children being forced into prostitution, drug running, crime and even trafficked.  1/3 of the youth leaving the orphanages after grade nine are successful - that means 2/3 are NOT.  Suicide is high among these youth as well.  (REMEMBER - YOUTH GRADUATE FROM THE ORPHANAGES AFTER GRADE NINE - THEY CAN BE AS YOUNG AS 14 YEARS OF AGE!)

We have so many youth we have worked with over the years who are getting ready to leave the orphanages - youth we want to believe will be successful.  Yet, the resources for them are limited.  They are often just sent to a technical school, where there is no supervision, inferior education and left without supports and encouragement to develop critical life skills. 

We know we cannot SAVE everyone, but we can help by implementing strategies for the government and other NGO's to see that will give them ideas how they too might do SOMETHING for these graduating youth.  Jeremiah House is one of these ideas.  We have the experience to do this.

We need one thing at this time - funds to purchase Jeremiah House.  Capital funding only - we have a sustainable plan for the operations - we have potential staff - we have a church who will come along side of the project - we have committed people who will help in working with not only the youth in residence, but the youth who will drop in to the center.

So how much do we need?  $35,000.  With this we can purchase a home/residence.  We have seen the home - it is perfect for this  - two large apartments that have been put together and made into one large one.  Room for 8 residents - set up for EASY supervision - an office - very large dining room that will seat about 16 (this would be our training center/drop in center) - modern kitchen and bathroom. 

WE JUST NEED THE CAPITAL FOR THE PURCHASE.  AND JUST THINK - YOUTH AGED 14-17 GAIN A FUTURE!

WE BELIEVE!
The LAMb Team!

KHERSON STUDENTS HOPE FOR SERVING




Lynn spent yesterday in Kherson, Ukraine working with 20 students from the Agape Bible College.   They will graduate this year and head into the world to serve. Most of them wanting very much to work in the orphanages and make a difference.  How humbling - these young people understanding and wanting to serve at such a young age.

Just think of the years ahead of them...so many opportunities to touch the lives of children.  We are just humbled that we can serve them as they prepare to serve others.

Thank you AGAPE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE.

THE LAMb Team

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MY HOME - YOUR HOME



MY HOME YOUR HOME
this really has meaning in Kherson

KHERSON, UKRAINE - we were so honored to serve for My Home in Ukraine.  They are a model of what can happen when families work together for the support and encouragement of adoption.  MANY CHILDREN HAVE HOMES AND FAMILIES BECAUSE OF THEM.  And what do they do?


  • RESPITE CARE FOR EACH OTHER
  • MAKE EMERGENCY CALL WHEN CRISIS ARISES IN A FAMILY
  • SEEK AND SUPPORT NEW ADOPTIVE FAMILIES
  • TRAIN AND TEACH ONE ANOTHER
  • ATTEND TRAINING TO CONTINUE DEVELOPING THEIR SKILLS IN WORKING WITH CHILDREN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED TRAUMA
  • SPEND TIME TALKING TO ONE ANOTHER
  • AND MORE....
Our part has been so small.  We have worked with them for two different family retreats - teaching the adults and the children, giving presentations of support ideas at training events for them.  Yet, we hope to do more.  Of course the question is always - "When can we have you back?"  

Let's pray for the fall - to return and continue doing our small part - teaching and equipping.  More and more children moving into a HOME.  Making one more step toward a UKRAINE WITHOUT ORPHANS!

Ephesians 4:12

UKRAINE FLEXIBILITY - JOYFUL!



FLEXIBILITY WITHOUT GRUMBLING
Within hours how things can get exciting and even complicated! After a 12 hour train ride, our staff member in Ukraine picks me up at the train station and lets me know we need to cross the street immediately as the Assistant Dean of the University is waiting to talk to me about bringing training on the topic of Child Sexual Abuse - something denied in the past as every happening here.  Now, they see the need and are desperate for training....

1 hour meeting and plan is made...for September..

Next he says we need to hurry as there are people at the office waiting for me to discuss how we might partner between a German organization and the work they are doing in Ukraine.  1 hour later and we have a plan....training for their staff.

At the door there is the third meeting of the day - several people (nuns) from Belarus who heard about ou work and wanted to come and get information and materials...done.

Finally - we completed a plan for SOS Children's Villages (likely to be changed - remember FLEXIBILITY)  and that is done.

Then, we get a call from a prospective person we might hire to replace our Annya who is on maternity leave.  She can come right away for an interview...

AND ALL THIS BEFORE NOON....NO SHOWER...12 HOURS ON THE TRAIN....AND A DRIVER WAITING FOR ME TO TAKE ME TO A VILLAGE OUTSIDE OF KIEV FOR THE CONFERENCE STARTING TOMORROW.

REJOICING...just hoping Lynn is doing okay in Kherson and that they do bring him back to Kiev as planned - no flexibility needed there!

Ruby in Kiev!

Monday, May 14, 2012

WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE WE WILL FAIL


Our training site - quite nice!


Problem solving during training.




Holding up their special gift - the book by our team member Jayne Schooler.
Wounded Children Healing Homes

"WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE WE WILL FAIL"
words of an adoptive parent in training...


Today was one of those days....off to training and had over 50 people in attendance.  The group - My Home is an organization that works with Christian Adoptive Families in supporting them in many ways.  Training, building, resources, etc.  They are an awesome group.  One of the most important parts of their support is how they bring together the families and encourage them to help one another.

Tonight Ruby takes the 12  hour train back to Kiev - to prepare for an early meeting - looking at more ways to encourage those families who are parenting children who have had some serious trauma in their lives.  Lynn stays in Kherson to work with Agape - and the graduating class from the Bible College.  He will be conducting a full day of training for them.

And what does the rest of the week involve?  Well how about a powerful conference of over 200 people who are looking at new and innovative ways to ensure there is soon to be a UKRAINE WITHOUT ORPHANS.

ILDC is on the move.  Making a difference over and over again.  We are so proud of our staff and the way they are connecting the DOTS OVER AND OVER AGAIN - making a difference through equipping and activating nationals.  Ephesians 4:12.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

KHERSON, UKRAINE - FLEXIBILITY


FLEXIBILITY - DID I SAY FLEXIBILITY?
  1. LEAVE BISHKEK - 4 HOUR FLIGHT - CHECK
  2. SIT IN MOSCOW - 5 HOURS WAITING FOR FLIGHT TO KIEV - CHECK
  3. FLIGHT TO KIEV - 1.25 HOURS - CHECK
  4. WAIT IN KIEV FOR TRAIN TO KHERSON - 3 HOURS - CHECK
  5. TAKE 12 HOUR TRAIN RIDE TO KHERSON - CHECK
  6. WAIT IN KHERSON 4 HOURS BEFORE TRAINING BEGINS - CHECK
  7. TRAINING IN KHERSON FOR 30 LEADERS AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS - 3 HOURS - CHECK
  8. DINNER WITH MY HOME LEADERSHIP - 2 HOURS - CHECK
  9. BED - OH MY....CHECK - TIME TO GO AGAIN...DAY 2 COMING UP
We arrived to have a visitor come to the training site - "Please will you stay one more day and come to the Bible College and teach for the day - we have graduating students and they would so benefit from your teaching before they head out into the world."  Hmmm now that is a hard sell.  Lynn will stay and Ruby will head back to Kiev alone on the 12 hour train.  Lynn will get an overnight car ride to Kiev - after the full day at the Bible College,  CHECK!!!!!!

EPHESIANS 4:12,  we love that we can be available to teach and equip.  What a time such as this.

SERVING IN UKRAINE THIS WEEK,

Lynn and Ruby

AND MORE ASTONISHMENT IN THEIR EYES


Leaders feel the astonishment when ideas are shared and hope is the result of a days discussions.


Trainers and government workers feel the astonishment when they are handed translated "best practice" materials - books to use in their practice:  The Field Guide to Child Welfare, Wounded Children Healing Homes.  Yes, they are astonished.

ASTONISHMENT IN THEIR EYES...


JESSICA'S FAMILY:  Father is now working - with our dear Vlady.  He feels the astonishment each day he can bring food home to his family.  



SO WHAT ARE WE REALLY DOING?

Each day we hear of new ways ILDC - Ukraine can serve the country of Ukraine and even surrounding countries.  As a new and growing organization we have been faithfully delivering training and consultations to anyone wanting to strengthen families and protect children from harm.   This work can be confusing to many - as often people wonder what we do.  Being here once again has reminded us - it is NOT about us DOING anything.  It is about others feeling astonished by the impact of a caring God who has given  them new skills, hope and dignity to continue working toward a better way.  It is about being able to serve and be a conduit of information, hope and methodology to work with hurting children and families who are in crisis.

We are overwhelmed at the stories - they continue to flow.  The mother who was going to disrupt her family and return a child to the orphanage until she came to the Strengthening Family Christian Conference.  The crisis in her family was confronted and she uses new and different strategies to ease the difficult times. 

We see the impact of bringing HOPE and DIGNITY to families going through other difficulties, as relief can be offered in tangible ways - leading to the family being "astonished that God cared enough for them to bring this relief."

ILDC Ukraine and ILDC Kyrgyzstan commits to bringing best practice - evidenced based training and consultation to those working with families.  We commit to showing up and stopping for the one in front of us.  Does it  make a difference?  We will let others make that decision:

  • Asking the village who when to the mountains as an entire village - something they could not do but so wanted to do for years.
  • Asking the men's disabled home if going to the mountain and waterfalls meant anything to them.
  • Asking the gentleman in the wheel chair if it made a difference when he saw a real waterfall and felt the mist on his face after he was carried to the falls - did it make a difference to him to be there and not be looking at a book of pictures of falls?
  • Asking the crisis family if they feel Hope and the presence of God with the job of the father in the family.
  • Asking the social worker who cried in training about wanting to do good things - just not knowing how to help - and walked away encouraged and with renewed commitment to helping.
  • Asking the little girls at Dayspring if they are thankful for a safe and loving family.
  • Asking the local government agencies we work with if new books and materials are appreciated and timely.
  • Asking the local pastors we work with if they have felt encouraged in their daily work and supported by the small little gifts of aide.
  • Asking the teachers, psychologists and others working with families if their new information made a difference and hearing the stories of how they just want more and more and cannot wait for more.
Perhaps most of all asking ourselves - "Do you see astonishment in the eyes of others in recognition of God's provision - God's help - God's timing and a gratefulness in their hearts that messengers have been sent."  Nothing we can do or say can make a difference - it is NOT about us, it is about serving as best we can - carrying forth the message of HOPE and DIGNITY."

Two organizations - staffed with incredible people - doing the best they can - taking forward a message that we can make a difference in our community, in our country and in our world.  We see the impact, we hear the stories and WE BELIEVE - WORKING TOWARD A WORLD WITHOUT ORPHANS and a world that values and respects the elderly and disabled.  

A world trained and equipped:  Ephesians 4:12

Saturday, May 12, 2012

LEAVING OUR LITTLE GIRLS AT DAYSPRING - NEVER EASY













 OUR BEAUTIFUL DAYSPRING FAMILY..
FAMILY BRINGS JOY TO LITTLE GIRLS


WHAT DO YOU DO?
People sometime ask what we do.  We cannot answer that question very well.  We have many hats and many roles in the work we do overseas; we do training, system building, humanitarian aide, development work, preaching, sharing love, attempting to bring HOPE AND DIGNITY to those we meet and yet we do even so much more. 

Two of our registered organizations depend on us to support them and encourage them - The International Leadership and Development Center in Ukraine and the International Learning and Development Center in Kyrgyzstan.  We work with churches, NGO's, International Organizations, Govenment and local citizens to make the world a better place - by strengthening families and ensuring children are protected.  We are passionate about leadership training - activating and equipping people to use their gifts and talents for the glory of God - Ephesians 4:12.

Our motto - "Just show up and stop for the one in front of you."  sometimes frustrates those who do not understand the needs we see each and everyday.  Yet our team understands.

Our team is diverse and very talented in what they do...the Schoolers, the Wrights, the Pitts, the Gebeles, Buchmans, etc.  Each bring a unique role to the team - we sometimes stand back as their leaders and stand in awe of what they do and achieve.  It humbles us to be called their leader...when in fact each of them are leaders to us.

We cry a lot!  We pray a lot! And we ask for forgiveness a lot.  We ask to be forgiven for when we have passed by and we should not have  - when we were wrapped up in ourselves and missed opportunities.  We want more! The children are hurting....the world is hurting.

But mostly we look for a better world.  A WORLD WITHOUT ORPHANS.  We envision a time when the churches take hold of the responsibility to stand up for the orphans and widows.  We scream for time when complacency is of the past and boldness for helping and sharing is evident in all whom we come in contact with.   Sometimes we are tired of screaming - sometimes tired of pushing forward, but then we remember - the eyes, the smiles, the tears of those we have met.  We remember the cry of the orphan, the widow and know we cannot stop - for each day - each moment - someone is lost - and each day - each moment we have a chance to meet that one - to share a word of encouragement and to know they got it!  They have it!  HOPE AND DIGNITY! 

So, what do we do?  Maybe you can tell US. .....or better yet - MAYBE YOU CAN SHOW US!   

Friday, May 11, 2012

TEAM IS HOME AND WE LEAVE TOMORROW


DAYSPRING PLAYGROUND IN THE MAKING


They delivered a truck load of supplies, steel, etc.


The Welder - with a warning from the welder below - stay back there might be raw wires.



So we gals just had a great time while the playground was being made.


They told us this would eventually be a slide...guess there are not "ready made" items in KG...
Oh for PlaySchool!


And we played with rabbits that John was taking to three girls


Bryan the engineer - inspects the wires - OH MY!


Hmmm - we are getting the picture - but there is so much to go - a slide, swing set.  


Bryan and Lynn wondering what the plan is.


And we continued to play - Melody and I just colored the sidewalk.


We are seeing it!

 When things are not quite level.....jump...to push it into the ground more.
Josia was our first jumper.....but we needed some more "umph."....

thus Andy took a turn!

Well, the set did  not get fully assembled, however the cement was poured to hold the frame and the rest will continue next week.  Stay tuned - they really did say the Dayspring Children would have a playground...

AND AFTER THE WONDERFUL DAY BUILDING A PLAYGROUND WE HEADED TO SHALEKE WITH THE TEAM 

FAREWELL TIME.



The time with the team was awesome and they left so many good memories for children, seniors and for the disabled.  We cannot ever know the full impact of a team pouring love and blessings into their lives.  But, I am certain HOPE AND DIGNITY was delivered to many.

THANK YOU TEAM - YOU BLESSED MANY

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