Dear Family and Friends, 25 January, 2009
Bibles for each of our children!
Our short-term worker, Sarah, recently heard about a bible society in France who provides a good quality Bible for no charge. Sarah wrote to them describing our orphanage and the number of children that we have here and asked for 50 Bibles. Well, the Bibles arrived last week and we were able to give a Bible to each of our children who are old enough to read.
Most of our children had at least a New Testament but very few of them had a whole Bible of their own. Here are a couple of pictures that show the great joy that it is to have a Bible of your very own.
I was overwhelmed with joy at seeing the joy of our children receiving these Bibles. Our prayer that that the Word of God will be planted even more deeply in each of their hearts.
Visitors from St Louis--
This past week we had a wonderful visit from Pastor Jeff Riddering and Brenden Graczak from my home church, Southgate, in St Louis. This was Jeff's 4th visit to Burkina and Brenden's 1st visit.
Each day was so filled with activity and divine appointments that it is difficult to summarize their trip. But, some of the highlights were visiting their sponsored children in their villages and tearing down and then re-building a house for another of our sponsored children.
Mouniratou is the youngest of 7 children. Her father has died and she is being cared for by her mother. Only 2 of the 7 children are in school. Mouniratou is in the 3rd grade.
Mouni's mother said that without the help of the sponsorship program, she is not sure what she would have done. She said, 'There were days that she thought about leaving all and running away'. But, with the help brought to her through the sponsorship program, she found the courage to stay and to care for her children.
This is a photo of the re-building of a grandmother's house. This grandmother has raised her twin granddaughters since they were 2 years old. This past September their house started falling in during a storm of hard rain and strong winds. They family got safetly out of the house but were no longer able to sleep there.
With lots of help, it took only about 4 hours to tear the old house down and then the next day, we started building a new house out of mud bricks. In the next 4 or 5 days, Grandmother and the twins will be safely re-installed in their new house.
Thanks for your visit, Jeff and Brenden. We love you and
please come back again soon!
Love and blessings to you!