Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What Can One Do with Hundreds of Hours?

What can one do with hundreds of hours? If one would ask Lori Pummill  of Lebanon, Ohio, that question, she would humbly reply, "make afghans for orphans."

After we arrived home last June from Krygyzstan, I had the privlege of meeting Lori. She contacted me with one question in mind. "Is there something I can do for the work in Krygzstan? I make afghans."  Immediately I thought of our Dayspring Foster Family Resource Center, the new foster family home to be opened in a few months.http://www.dayspringfamilycenter.blogspot.com/

Lori came to me with a history of giving as she crocheted afghans for the local crisis pregnancy center. Leaving them well supplied, she looked for another pathway to give and heard of our work overseas. On Saturday, Lori stopped by our home to leave the incredible gift of afghans for the children of Dayspring. I asked her then how many hours did she think she had in making these gifts for Dayspring? "Hundreds, probably,"she quietly responded. She also told me five more will be making their way to an orphanage in India in the next two weeks.

             Lori is surrounded by the afghans she made for Dayspring. 

Little did Lori realize that her openness and caring would touch the lives of children around the world.  Thank you, Lori! We can't wait for you to see the pictures of the children who will be warmed and loved by your generosity.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Passion Comes Before Vision - The Shelter Launches Orphan Care Ministry

David and I have had the privilege of being a part of four dynamic churches throughout our 35 years in the role of the senior pastoral family. Since we now spent alot of time overseas, we have stepped back from that position and attend, support and love the people of The Shelter Community Church of the Nazarene in Dayton, Ohio. This church came out of the West Carrollton church where we last pastored as a restart and God is doing amazing things there. It is an inner city church, which focuses its ministry on recovery.

Last week was an historic day for them as they stepped out to officially launch their orphan care ministry- The Lamplighter Orphan Care Ministry of The Shelter Community Church. Their first project will be walking alongside our family foster home in Krygyzstan. http://www.dayspringfamilycenter.blogspot.com/    They are dreaming of much more in the days to come.

Passion comes before vision and it will take time to listen to God as how to best full the vision of this exciting new ministry. They are first beginning this new step with an 8 week study of the book, The Hole in the Gospel. They are also partnering with other churches in this journey who have had experience in orphan care ministry.

Here is the story....