Saturday, January 20, 2018

Global Orphan Care

I love this picture of Sammy seen here investigating the Buk-choy.  I would be doing the same thing if I was there, checking out the roots.   


We have started planting and re potting plants for the spring now. . Aigula is getting a break from the cold, and getting her hands into the dirt as she repots strawberry shoots 



here is a nice morning harvest of lettuce, spinach and radishes 


We continue to provide food hampers to those in need.  This batch of food is heading to a lady in our village who had a bad fall and is off work right now .  I am blessed that we are able to do things like this now with out always having to come back to sponsors each and every time.  We have a small budget designated that allows us to act quickly in situations like this. 


Something that we have never had in our budget is training courses for Julie and I or the rest of our workers for that matter.   

Many of you will know David and Jayne Schooler.  The last several years they have been working with    Back2Back doing trauma competent caregiver training. 
There are very few couples that are as well equipped to teach such a course, and for us there is the added benefit of  them having a deep understanding , knowledge and even an existing relationship with many of the kids that we work with. This insight will bring a relativity for us that I do not believe we could find anywhere else.   

I have shared, and even joked about the situations that we face on the farm especially, and many of you have joined in our amusement. When we put aside all the joking and are serious for a moment, it is almost overwhelming the responsibility that God has given us for the well being and development of these kids.  We are charged with the responsibility of meeting these kids where they are and then walk with them into a future with out pain and trauma.  We need to learn to Do that .




We are thrilled to have Vlad on the farm and this Youth worker position is one of his key responsibilities now.  Although we have been blessed with an incredible farm with over the top produce and food production, that is NOT who and what we are.  Our number one responsibility has to remain the kids.

If you know me you know that I am the last person that would be interested in going to a training if was for any other purpose, but this is too important to pass on.  Please consider helping us with this

Someone has covered our conference fees, we have a place to stay while in Cincinnati. We have had donations enough  to cover parking in Toronto and part of our ticket costs.  This will leave us about $500 short on the flights. The flights have begun going up daily as we get closer, so a couple days ago I went ahead and booked the flights.    We, buy faith are going .   Any help would be appreciated .

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

training opportunity

Julie and I have an opportunity to attend a training for caregivers dealing with kids who have experienced trauma .  This would include almost ever kid that we come into contact with.  What makes it even more special is that two of the key presenters are David and Jayne Schooler who we have worked with in Kyrgyzstan.  They have a heart for KG and for the kids that we work with.  We will have a special opportunity to discuss with them ways that this training will directly relate to the work we do as they have seen from first hand experience.  


I post this for two reasons..

 1. some of you may be interested in attending yourselves, and 

2. this was not in any way in our expected budget, and we are looking for some help to make it possible.  

We believe that by attending we will gain valuable information that will help us, and those we work with better serve the kids that we help.  Julie and I are looking for $1000 to help us make this possible. If you would like to help us out, please use the link on the right side of the page. 


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Welcome Aiden

Aiden was born this afternoon .. Emma and baby both doing great .. OH and so is Jengish 

born at 12:42  7lbs even 


They were blessed to not only have such a wonderful hospital like the PRHC, but to have their charge nurse be a long time supporter of the work that they do in Kyrgyzstan.. I love the way God had his hand on everything .. right down to Bekah being here for the birth before she heads back to Kyrgyzstan late tomorrow night .   . Thank you to all who have been praying . 

Monday, January 08, 2018

More coal needed soon .

With 220 000 lbs of of coal to start with , what I thought was almost impossible has happened .  We  are running out and will not have enough to make it through the winter.   We have simply given out too much .  But it is hard to not provide coal when it is so cold out and the needs are there.  


We have enough coal to last about 2 more weeks , that is IF we stop giving it to people coming in need !

not really something I want to do.  We would like to get another 2 or three loads ( about $800 to $1000 )to make it through the winter .   Please let us know if you are able to help with this .


here is a video of some of the coal that we delivered so far this winter.


In the green house , floting over the fish we have the next batch of seedlings sprouting ,  

BokChoy 

Red Lettuce

starting new tomatoes 

Spinach is ready for harvest 

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Home for the holidays


So happy to have some of the boys home for the holidays . Denis has been working in the city and staying to help his mom .  Marat is doing great in Art school and is home on weekends and holidays 


Nuric is trying a new thing, for a month now he has been working in Kant in a window making plant and living with friends there.  He calls almost every day to keep in touch .. its nice he could come home for a visit over the holidays 


Aiperi is loving that meals on the farm include fresh produce from the green house . 


I got this message from the kids that are at the farm today ... 

"May this year be blessed for you. Seven of us are happy and happy because there is a loving caring parents"



Saturday, December 30, 2017

Once upon a time


Once upon a time there was a family in Minnesota that decided that for family Christmas ,  rather then exchanging gifts with siblings they would like to sponsor a special Christmas day in Kyrgyzstan.

With a donation of $300 and the help of our little Christmas helper Emima , preparations were made for a party with the blind and deaf society.  

For many of the 209 kids that received gifts, this was the highlight of the year ..  

Many get dressed up like little princes and princesses, for the "Grand Ball"   







Once upon a time there was a family in Ohio,  they decided this Christmas they would like to make a lasting difference in someones life.  They heard about a baby we are helping . He is three months old and his mother died during his birth.   His single grandmother is struggling to care for him . 

With a cost of over $50 a month for special formula alone , Without this help this poor baby would not have the future that it has today ..   With the Help of Aiperi, we have been able to reach out to this family on an on going basis. 





Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas celebrations here there and everywhere ..

Many of you have donated to the Christmas celebrations in Kyrgyzstan .. With a special shout out to Caleb and Logan Littlejohn for working so hard to make this day possible. 


bubbles the clown parties at the orphanages 
  We got some Christmas photos from Sergey of some of the kids at the farm.   


And here are few from our family Christmas here in Norwood .  This is the first time in 9 years that we have had everyone together at Christmas time. 





Saturday, December 23, 2017

On the 13th day of Christmas .. crisis situation

For a struggling mom with 5 adopted children life certainly has its ups and downs .  She  has worked so hard to prepare for the winter.

this morning there was a little mishap and her winters hay supply has been lost .    To replace the hay she is going to neeed about $500 if there is anyone that would like to help with this need .  



all thats left of the winters hay 
 
Here is the letter I just received,  

Haloo John . Want ask you a help ... Now Lena has called to me and cried . She has stress. She dont know what to do. She has gone to a market to buy food for Christmas but on this moment Lenas son was at home and has set fire to all hay for the cow... Boy told that he play with fire but didn't think that it happen. she bought hay for all winter and spring ....... She could feed a cow all winter and spring the grass in the field won't appear yet. firefighters have put out fire but hay couldn't have saved unfortunately. Now she hasent food for the cow. She can't buy hay .. she needs about 150 bales hay . It will be best Christmas present for this five adopt children... I think if we are able to help this family together that their Christmas won't be such sad. John please share this story with brothers and sisters I believe that GOD will take care of this family.

1 hay bale costs 170 som. 170 som * 150th hay = 25500 com work to put hay of 600 som. This price on a market in Kemin. It will be convenient and is closer to her on a market to buy. And that she could choose hay.

Friday, December 22, 2017

The celebrations begin

The parties have begun .. orphanages, seniors home and families in need .  It all started yesterday.  Over the next few days I will share some of the pictures here, but to wet your whistles, here is a little sneak preview  







And now the car is loaded up with supplies for the next party .. start tuned 


We just received this update from Slavic .. thank you to those who are helping with this. Hello john how are you?, I'm fine, today I was given clothes and food, thank you very much, I'm very happy with the coming New Year and Christmas!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

On the 12th day of Christmas

This is the last of our 12 days of Christmas gift ideas 

At the ranch we have a building that we have been working on over the summer.  So far it has new windows and doors,  and the outside walls have been repaired.   This we would like to make into an activity center for when we have groups of kids and other guests at the yurts.  The plan is to have a large kitchen and meeting room and a large covered veranda on the side that will have multi purpose eating / work tables. 

The expected cost to finish and furnish the ranch will be around $2500 

if you would like to sponsor all or part of this 12 day gift idea , please us the link below .





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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

On the 11th day of Christmas

Any time of year is a perfect  time to show up at someones home, but some times are more perfect then others.  Christmas when those around you are gearing up for celebration is a time that seems to shine light on  how much you don't have .. it can be a lonely and depressing time of year for many.  What a great way to celebrate Christmas and give to a friend or colleague  .. for just $40 you can sponsor Christmas for a family in need.  They will receive a custom gift box with everything they need.

 

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Here is a little preview for the party tomorrow at the baby orphanage.    This will be almost as exciting as bubbles the clown will be 

 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

On the 10th day of Christmas

Tuition in KG is between $500 to a $1000 for the average university and 2 or three times that for the good ones.   With a good job a student can make about $150 a month over the summer.  That does not leave much for tuition and living.  There are many students out there that think they can pull it off but around this point in the year they are facing having to drop out of school because they can not make their second instalment in their tuition .  It is around now that start to get calls from some pretty desperate kids.  Some times they just need $50 or $60 other times they need a free hundred to continue.  with a Christmas gift donation to our scholarship fund we can give the hope that will carry these students through the year.  If you can’t think of the perfect gift for that hard to shop for, person, why not consider investing in someone’s future .

Monday, December 18, 2017

The 9th day of Christmas

We are so thankful for the out pouring of support for Slavic.  We were able to get him some warm clothes and toiletries and boots.  They will be brought in to the prison tomorrow.   We will be able to do some follow up visits as well to stay in touch with him and hopefully help him begin to turn his life around   GRACE.. 

This brings me to our 9th day gift .. we have identified about 20 other kids that are going into this cold winter with out winter clothes.  We would like to put together similar packs for them, including some coats as well .  The cost of a winter pack is just $40 . Just imagine the joy that would bring to someone with nothing when one of our workers shoes up to their home with new winter clothes ..   This could be the ideal gift for the person who has everything they need. 

Not wanting to embarrass the families I will not show them this time, but I will take you for a little peek inside their one room home for mother and three kids.   Kitchen , living room, dinning room and bed room.  It makes me so blessed for all that we have and for all that we are able to give .. A sponsor told me once "God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others 



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Sunday, December 17, 2017

On the 8th day of Christmas

RUNNING WATER 

Up at the Kashar ( Ranch )  It can be a busy place, and will be getting much busier.   We would like to put in some running water so that we could set up a shower / banya, as well as a kitchen. and eventually an in door toilet. But that,s getting a little ahead of our selves.  Right now we would just like to have a tap at the house and a tap in the barn.  and maybe water for a garden and fruit trees.    The cost of this water project is expected to be around  $800. We will  put in a cistern, then pump threw filters and a UV light so that the water is guaranteed clean ..

Kids from a local orphanage playing Frisbee for the first time. 

One of many meals served at the yurts 

 
entertainment around the fire 



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