Sunday, May 27, 2018

trying to get caught up from a busy spring.

Well I guess it is time for another catch up post.  Once again I have managed to fall a couple weeks behind .    My last post was about Vladic wishing to go to school in the US for another year.  Unfortunately we have not had much response to that need and he is down to the wire if he is going to get an appointment in time for his visa to return .    

The last guests to the farm blessed the boys with a new ping pong table .  This is such a great hit with them . 

Often in the village there is no water, some times for days .  So we have decided to put in a back up water source and an extra toilet and shower so that when there is no water the farm still will have a working washroom .    We have almost finished the outside and they are working on the tiles in the shower now.

each of the last teams brought with them nurses uniforms .  It has been like Christmas everywhere we go.  They are all so excited, and even showing us the last uniforms they got from us at a Christmas party about 5 years ago.  Orphanages, hospitals , clinics and the seniors home have all been blessed 

Baktagul received her diploma for Nurses collage.  This is an exciting event for her.  She is preparing to go to Turkey to work in a hotel there as soon as her visa comes through 

last week we butchered a cow and then delivered meat around the valley to  orphanages and to the seniors home 

the kashar has really started to come together.  It would be hard to recognize .  New windows walls floors 

the biggest change was the balcony 

its a great place to hang out for the boys 

the front hall has been converted into a shared kitchen for the yurt dwellers as well as the kashar.

here is what it looked like when we started 

In the living room there was no window so we put one in and did some paint and wallpapering 

We have had several parties and celebrations there in the last few weeks .  It is a great place for guests 

As the kids are all finishing up their school year they are looking towards the fall and where they will be going  We have about 8 kids from the farm that we need to pay tuition for as well as living expenses.   we also have other  kids not on the farm that we assist as well .  I will start posting some of their stories  as we try to raise their  tuition's.   With living expenses we will be looking for about $15 000 over the next couple of months. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A great opportunity for Vladic

Many of you know Sergey and Anya and their oldest son Vladic.   A couple years ago the grade level he was in at his old school here in Tokmok did not have enough students so he was going to have to find another school... and that he did.  He was excepted into the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy with an incredible scholarship.  Vlad has been doing great.  In fact he has been invited back for one more year .
"We have also been very delighted with Vlad’s progress this year and are very proud of all of his accomplishments.  We would be honored to have him return in the fall and continue his studies at CHCA"

The total cost of of a years tuition and expenses is over $20 000 for the year .  Vlad have received a scholarship that will cover all but $2800 US.  and then he will need flights and Visa.  This will bring his total that he must raise up to $4000 US.    He needs to  confirm and have his tuition in to the school by June 15.   If you would be interested in helping with this in hole or in part please let me know at  or in box me on facebook.  

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Photo update

It has been a very busy few weeks here .  Unfortunately I have become a little behind on our the blog here , so today I will do a little photo update to get back on track 

we had a few fishing trips with the teams.  

Up at the ranch we started the balcony  

happy birthday Logan

working on the outdoor kitchen

started planting the gardens 

many picnics at the yurts .. this day was the men from the mens home 

great day at the yurts with many friends from the community 

cooking fish for a big feast 

the deck is being varnished 

we built a small veggie stand for Dustan to sell veggies this summer 

roof is on 

time for a picnic with team and neighbors 

more fishing 

putting more windows into the hospital

Tom inspecting the new windows 

the gardens are coming up 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On Assignment !

We are preparing for a long distance trip to some of the more remote places that we have been supporting.   Our friend Dave and another guest will be arriving in a few weeks and they will be helping us by visiting two orphanages and two rehabilitation centers and several families along the way. 

It is a very long drive through the remote mountain regions, and is difficult for us to make the trip, so Dave has agreed to make the trip for us.   He will be bringing supplies such as Honey, Vitamins nurses uniforms and clothes. As well he will take each of them shopping for food and cleaning supplies that they need.  How much we will be able to deliver will depend on you !    Dave will cover the transportation costs, and we have the honey and vitamins and things from the farm.  What ever donations come in from the blog towards the food drop will be divided up between the stops.   

I have to say how much of a blessing it is for us when teams come.  Not only do they help out and bring needed  resources , what they bring the most is encouragement and it remind us that we are not alone.  That will be the purpose of this trip.  It will be such a blessing for those that will be visited to not just receive the support but have it personally delivered .  

Last fall while visiting  the women's rehab center with the team from Espanola 

Please help us to bless those along the way .  It is our goal to raise $2500 toward this Assignment. 

Monday, April 09, 2018

The first couple days of the MN team

We have been having a great time with the team from MN.  Saturday and Sunday were spent in and out of Tokmok at the bazaar to shop for the kids spring clothes and a lunch out with friends,  We also did a lot of shopping for products for us to give out during the Amazin Grace.  Of course we did make it to the animal Bazaar and got a few good deals along the way .  Today Julie and I are at the apartment. We are making lunch for the team as they are out delivering food.    Here are a few photos along the way. 

two of the four new mountain bikes that the team bought the kids on the farm 

one of the sellers at the animal bazaar really wanted  her picture with the team 

great deals on three chickens and an incubator 

packing bags for the Grace
on the starting 

first detour.  getting potatoes to plant for Auxana

 Sammy got some new clothes and a new high chair .. 

Beautiful day up at the Kashar 

The boys are hard at work filling in the foundation ready to put in a patio.

Tony and Caleb checking out their yurt