Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Actually a mule!
What a delight - 11 beautiful children - joined together by our two
Acel and Talant had three little girls.
Costa and Olga have one little girl and one little boy (4 years old).
Can you imagine what it will be like for him to be living with all these
Acel - heavy heart - but joy for what she has given. She will be
For over two years now, Acel and Talant have been our Resource Family for Dayspring. For more than a year in the beginning - there were no children in Dayspring, but that changed last Fall, with the arrival of our first child. Since then we have received six little girls into the family.
Acel and Talant parented these children from the day they started arriving. They have nurtured them, loved them and essentially made a difference in their lives - bringing safety and security. When they decided it was now time to focus on their family, it was a difficult moment for all. What could we do for the children at Dayspring? How would we best serve the children with them leaving. It was through these questions that Costa and Olga came into the picture.
We worked with Costa and Olga for four years - know them well and love them dearly. We asked the question - and they responded eagerly with a YES! They arrived into Tokmok just over a week ago. During the past week, it has been a carefully orchestrated transition. We have had meetings, dinners, parties, and even an overnight retreat. All this was to help the children get to know the new Resource Family and to see the connection between the families. On Friday - Costa and Olga officially became our Resource Family. And on Saturday we finalized our transition with a time with the children all together to give everyone a chance to see we are all still connected.
Acel and Talent are staying in Tokmok for one year - as Talant said, this is to be a bridge for the children. Starting in September, they will spend one weekend a month with the children and of course be visiting from time to time as well.
For each of you - our supporters - please pray for this new Resource Family. They have lots of ideas, lots of hopes and dreams. Olga and Costa had a family meeting with the children on Sunday - they created a schedule together. Seven little girls - each girl gets a day to be mother's helper (building life skills), on Thursday evening, there will be a family Bible Study, on Sunday evening - they will have Family Meetings.
Teaching, nurturing and growing our little girls continues.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
MOM TO MOM
Getting to know you...getting to know you...
The resort was awesome - didn't know anything like this existed in Kyrgyzstan!
Great place for team building. Girls were so excited.
Ruby led games for the children - so much fun was going on,
we had all the children around the resort joining in.
JUST ONE OVERNIGHT - BUT WE PACKED IT FULL!
Bekah was a winner with the little ones!
Lake Isa Kul is amazing - gentle salt water inland lake.
Here is a little jump for joy.
Well, we are on the SILK ROAD AND THEY DID RIDE
THROUGH ON CAMELS!
This guy was on our beach!
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
WE WEIGHED THE OPTIONS...
SHE TOLD THE STORY...
So how would you feel when you have only designated funds in your bank account and someone tells you there is a little boy - 4 years old that just said, "I am going to die because I cannot go to the hospital?" AND IT ONLY TAKES $267 more than what was paid already to go to the hospital and have the life saving surgery.
Yesterday we were invited out to dinner with Valady and his wife Dr. Tatiana - both of them servants of God who help us imensely. Dr. Tatiana goes to the senior home for us and checks in on the seniors, has gone to Dayspring and checked in on Dasha and is always asking how she can help us. Vlady does repairs for us in some of the most dire conditions, visits our dear friends at the dump and serves with a generous heart.
Having dinner tonight was at their request and something we really have looked forward to. Within about 5 minutes of sitting down, Dr. Tatiana said she too was looking forward to this evening. Yet one hour before she closed her office, a woman came and told her the story:
She has a 4 year old son who desperately needs life saving surgery on his heart. She has sold everything (even her cell phone link to everyone) possible to raise the needed almost $4000 for the surgery - yet she was short $267. She had visited every church, every friend and family member. She has asked strangers to help. She paid the hospital all but the $267 and the hospital refused to do the surgery without full payment. She was desperate and her son knew the desperation, and would tell people, " I am going to die because I cannot go to the hospital."
Dr. Tatiana said this was so depressing for her. She did not know what to do, so she called the Doctor in charge of the surgery. And she was given the same answer - "We will do the surgery ONLY when she has ALL the money." The mother was desperate and feeling hopeless and worthless.
What do you do? We have tied up designated funds! There are rules and punishments for doing it wrong. Somewhere there needed to be another pocket with something in it....Oh Lord let it be. Dig, weight the options. We did.
We are leaving tomorrow for Lake Isakul. We will have with us all the Dayspring children, all our Kyrgyzstan staff and their families. It is our overnight staff team building retreat. But we encountered one BIG PROBLEM in taking our team to the Lake overnight. We would be leaving Dayspring house unattended and be leaving a big dog without someone to care for her. This is the new dog to Dayspring - a big fluffy one - brought to Dayspring by the new family - Costa and Olga.
However, quickly a solution was found. Hiring two men from Iskra Home for Disabled Men - to come and stay overnight at Dayspring keeping the dog and the house cared for. Might see simple to you reading, but remember these are men who have essentially been deemed as incompetent and cast away. Over the years we have seen just the opposite.
In fact as we speak, Eldar is off at a camp where he was invited to preach everyday while there. He is truly our resident prayer warrior and mighty man of God.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
is a hit with these two children - 9 and 8 years old.
Lynn was delivering the messengers to seniors who has asked for them when we were in Kyrgyzstan in the spring - two of our little girls decided they wanted to listen.
They asked if they could have a messenger for their own use to listen to.
Monday, July 23, 2012
MANY GOALS TODAY
TRANSITION NEW TEAM MEMBERS
First - Stop
Pick up 90 Watermelons - 818kg or aboutr 2,000 #'s of melons for delivery. Cost? Under $100 US.
Second - Challenge
Load 90 watermelons in bus and still get in all the people!
Third - Stop and Serve - Iksra Men's Home
Fourth - Hard Work Deserves a Rest
This is the brand new sensory/relaxation room being made for the men at Iskra! Girls thought it was cool!
Fifth - Tell Girls About Renovations in Dining Room
Sixth - Stand in Awe at Changes in Men's Dining Room
Seventh - Watch Walls being Made Beautiful
Eighth - STOP at Kemin Senior Home
Girls greet the director with their love!
And of course serve - by giving - more watermelons to the seniors.
Ninth - and hugs
Tenth - a performance.
MIGHT WE SAY TODAY ENDED WITH A PERFECT 10!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
BLESSED TO HAVE THE VAN - FINALLY FOR OUR DAYSPRING LITTLE GIRLS
Our van is a real blessing - a 1991 VW Diesel van - with fairly low mileage. Not necessarily real pretty, or without scratches and dents, but for sure it is a much needed vehicle for getting our Dayspring family around.
What we did not know - was that the tires were in dire need of changing. Our Dayspring father asked for a quick solution to what he immediately saw as a safety concern when driving around our terrible roads in the Tokmok area. The tires were needing completely changed. Between baldness, tires being different kinds and different sizes; he noted the van is leaning on one side because of this - you can see the result in the tire above as it has worn in the inner side more than the outer..however this tire is almost bald.
We MUST CHANGE THE TIRES - ALL FOUR. We need help in doing this - we need your support. $400 will do the job. Hit the donate button and bring our van up to safety specs.
The LAMb Team
Coming through Customs and Immigration!
Olga, Zenia - Mark on the far right
Mark and Zenia in Isar's van ready to head to their new home!
AND HOURS AND HOURS LATER AFTER
FIGURING OUT WHERE TO PUT THE FIVE STAMPS
THE DOG WAS RELEASED FROM THE CARGO HOLD
APPROVED BY THE VET AND CUSTOMS
HER NAME? "GEDA"
Today Costa, Olga, children and dog arrived from Ukraine. Costa is our new Country Director, replacing Natasha who moved to Germany. Olga will be our Residential Director. Both have worked for us for years and we are very excited they have agreed to move here and become part of our Kyrgyzstan team.
Tonight we will all gather at Dayspring for a Pizza Party and introductions. All the team, lots of children and hopefully a time for just getting acquainted. No pressure!
TOMORROW: We will begin the transition phase of our time here - Costa and Olga will join us to be introduced to some of our partners in the area, more time at Dayspring and planning.
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