Sunday, October 4, 2009

Walking down the street

This evening, David and I took our first walk in the city. We walked down a beautiful sidewalk, trees on both sides and centered in the middle of a major street. We love to walk there. And tonight it was so very special. As we walked, we ran into people we know. All of the people have been touched by the work of LAMb and a partnering organization. What a joy!

We were met by a young 19 year old whose just two short years ago was living in an orphanage with her brothers and sisters. Now through the touch of others, she is a student studying at a trade school in our city.

Just a few steps down the sidewalk, two children came running. We call them "Jessica's family" because a young social worker named Jessica, who visited here last March was deeply touched by their needs, which are overwhelming. We made plans to visit them on Monday.

About ten minutes later, a young couple with a baby came into view and it was a young couple that we knew before marriage, attended their wedding and now met their beautiful baby girl. What a joy it was to see them and connect.

As we were completing our walk, we met another 13 year old young man whose life has been deeply touched and changed. Once in the orphanage with his brothers and sisters, he and his entire family have been restored.

When we left him, we were impacted the fact the course of many of these young people is now changed...what appeared to be helpless situations have become hopeful because of the love and support of so many people back home. Thank you...

Tomorrow night...pictures from a very moving evening we just returned from....

3 comments:

LAMb International said...

Beautiful!

Hilary Marquis said...

Sending hugs to you both!

Julie and John Wright said...

I just love going for a walk here... My Kyrgyz daughter gets anoyed... she says I know more people here then she does.....I have come to realize that the valley is small, and that makes the impact that you guys are having so much greater... As I have made my rounds over the last couple weeks, EVERYONE has asked me where my friends David and Jayne are... To quote a friend of mine..."The HOPE of your return is what sustains them when you are gone".... It is great to have you back.... blessings