Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Help for Congolese children

"All Blessings partnered with a Congolese orphanage/NGO (non-government organization) in August of this year after the NGO founders approached us.  The NGO is registered nationally and has orphan aid programs in multiple cities around the country.  They primarily provide food and education to orphans or street kids.  In January of this year they decided to open this orphanage based on a strong need in the area for an orphanage.  Between January and April of this year 58 children came into care - too many children for them to support.  The NGO founders happened to know one of our translators who told them we are both an adoption agency and humanitarian aid organization.  They asked if we could help them with medicine and food and possibly place a few truly orphaned children with families.  After a few meetings, doing some background research, and having our attorney meet with them many times to make sure they were a reputable organization, we provided a few items the children needed  - shoes, clothes, food, and medicine.

About this time the dysentery outbreak started, killing 33 of the 52 children at the orphanage in about a 2 week period.

To help with the remaining children as well as to make preparations for the children who will certainly come to live in the orphanage in the future, All Blessings International is raising money to make some simple, life-giving changes.  Visit the ABI blog for a detailed outline of the plan.

To donate any amount of money visit the rally.org page here.

"Orphans at home and around the world can share our rich inheritance. They can run into the arms of Jesus and be transformed from orphans into sons and daughters.
We are not all called to adopt these children into our families. But we are all called to look at them, even though it makes our eyes burn, and be willing to let their needs disrupt our lives."
p146 Carried Safely Home

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Children's Hope Chest is an organization serving children and families in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

To hear about the project, watch a video here.
To read more about the area, visit the CHC website here.
To sponsor a child, go here.

This is caring for widows and orphans.
This is the front-end work and I hope we don't forget how important it is.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Three Years

January 4, 2010

January 4, 2011

 January 4, 2012

January 4, 2013

Sunday, December 02, 2012

The End.

Wow.  What a ride.  
And now the time has come for us to formally submit the paperwork to withdraw from the El Salvador program.  Seven years later...

There's not much to say, but it feels worth documenting.  
All I can think about now is the people who held our hands for years, and years, and years.  Somehow it was a beautiful time.  So this doesn't feel like a sad ending, just simply the end.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This season of the year is special.  The timing of events has me celebrating mother's day, our wedding anniversary, and the first day we ever heard about the boys all within a few weeks of each other.  There's something beautiful about the days coming together in the way that they do.

"I cannot go back to where I was before.  In most parts of most days, I am like any other mother with her children.  But adoption has expanded my relationships and my world.  It has changed the shape of my heart, stretching it through vulnerability and difficulty- and also through joy.  Adoption has made me uncomfortable.  It has made me anxious and sad.  But it also has made me overflow with gratitude and love.  And it has drawn me near to God."  -K Wong

I cannot go back to where I was before.