Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Many Have Asked – How Can We Help?

In the last several days, a number of friends have emailed us or sent facebook messages with the same question. How can we help?

One of the most effective ways is to watch our blog, and those of LAMb and the Wrights as they post humanitarian needs almost every day. The needs here are overwhelming. We know that we cannot meet them all and trust and pray we are paying attention to what God wants us to do.

If God speaks to you about a need, go to the Canada Helps button on the right, click it and it will walk you through the process. Put in the memo specifically where you would like your gift to go. (i.e. senior’s home, invalid home, Dayspring)

Current emergency needs on John’s Bloghttp://www.actofkindness.blogspot.com

1. Renovation for a woman attempting to survive – micro financing

2. New floor for invalid home (scroll down on John's blog for the story)

3. Renovation for a widow whose husband died and 40 days later her apartment burned

 This elderly woman's apartment burned forty days after the death of her husband.
She is living with friends for now.  LAMb team was made aware of this situation and is moving in to help.  Funds are needs for renovation costs of about $1,700.  About $500 still is needed.

These are just three emergency needs of many.

Ongoing needs from (Lynn and Ruby) LAMb blog: http://lambinternational.blogspot.com

1. Dayspring Family Life Resource Center – family type foster home opening in two weeks

2. Needs at Kemin’s senior home

3. Financing of training material in both Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan

4. Many needs around sustainable funding for projects

5. MAD Money - making a difference as the need arises

A need we learned of today:

Today, David and I sat down with the vice president of the new university in Tokmok founded by Mercy Foundation. It is the International University of Central Asia. In the midst of our conversation, we learned that many of the students at the university are on scholarship – without sponsors. In other words, the university allows a student to come in spite of his inability to pay. As Dr. Clark said to us today, “ How can I turn down a worthy student for a life changing education because he has no money.”

This has put a tremendous financial strain on this unique university. If IUCA was not here, these young people from neighboring villages would never have the opportunity to further their education and look forward to a brighter future. Sponsors for students are desperately needed.

We are committed to IUCA. We teach there. We know many of the students by name and their story. We don’t know at this point, what we will do with what we learned about today….but something.

Amina and Aihan represent the dynamic young people of IUCA. Aihan will be spending the summer with Ruby's sister and brother-in-law in Ohio and working at a McDonalds. This is a great opportunity for her and for all of us.

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