It is amazing to us that we can feel so much at home in a place so far away, with a people whose language we don't understand...but for us, arriving here is like arriving home. We love the people of this country.
With such a short time to be here, we rested a short time after our arrival and then set out. Our first stop of the trip was to Dayspring. It was the first time I was able to meet the girls. David met most of them last spring. They were all getting home from school. We walked into a peace-filled, but busy after school household and it wasn't long before they had their homework assignments out and seeking help.
After meeting all of the girls except Christina, who was still at school, I was again reminded that God sent these special little ones, out of all the other little girls in orphanages to Dayspring and under the wing of LAMb. What a responsibility and a privilege for us to be involved in the lives of these precious little girls. We are planning a special dinner next week with them...we have been told that pizza would be good!
After meeting the girls, we had another mission - to deliver an incredible gift to a young man at IUCA University. We first met Vitaliy in the fall of 2008. We learned that he had a dream to go to the university, but didn't even have enough for the $100 admission fee. In David's pocket that Sunday morning was a gift from friends of ours in Lebanon, Linda and Daryll. It was more than he needed to begin. We told him to go get his clothes and took him back to Tokmok and dropped off at the university.
Now, five years later, Vitaliy is graduating as an IT specialist with a BA. The problem is that this soon to be employed computer student didn't even own his own laptop. Just weeks before we left, we were given another gift - enough to buy him a new computer and to pay this semester's tuition. (Thank you Steve and Cindy) How very exciting for us as we gave him the gift, but nothing compared to the excitement he expressed when he received his new computer and awesome backpack computer pack. He graduates in spring and has a promised job waiting for him in IT.
The last two days, we have been training in Bishkek at the SOS Children's Village. We are working this week.with caregivers who manage the teen residences.
Saturday is planned as a tourist day to Bishkek and Sunday we leave for a four day trip to an orphanage about six hours from us. We will be working with their staff on the same material we have been teaching this week. Please pray with us that God will enable us to provide resources and support to these orphanage caregivers so far away from all that they really need.
The Journey Continues.....