Wednesday, October 24, 2012

E. A. T.

Entertaining Angels Together Program.(E. A. T.) 

Please help Sheltering Wings and Tammy Donahue in Kenya to feed and clothe the street children.   For Tammy's story and for information on how to help, click on the following link:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Our God has made a way--

We are rejoicing in the goodness of the Lord tonight for two of our girls, Phoebe Sawadogo and Delphine Kiendrebeogo, passed the entrance exam are were admitted to a Christian Teachers’ School in Ouagadougou today.  Oh, God is so good! 

Phoebe finished the 10th grade and passed the standardized test called the BEPC this past June.  This is the minimum qualification for a student at the teachers school.   
Delphine passed the BEPC in 2011 and completed the 11th grade this past year. 

Both of the girls have been asking to go to teachers’ school for a couple of years now and the time and the favor of the Lord has come.  They will be attending a school called EFORE which is a private school recognized by the State for primary school teachers.  They will have one year of classroom and theory training and then they will have one year of an internship.  After their second year they will take a final exam to earn their diploma.

The school has dormitory facilities so the girls will live on campus and take their meals from the school cafeteria. 

Another Forever Family

This has been a very special week in that we had the sweet privilege of introducing another of our babies to his new parents.  Josias was born in December, 2010 and he came to live at the orphanage in January, 2011.  He is an adorable baby who is now on his way to Italy to meet the rest of his new family.

We love you Josias and we will miss you but we are also rejoicing in the goodness of the Lord in giving you a forever family!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Searching for a Forever Family

Arnoud was born on Feb 9, 2009.  His mother abandoned him when he was about 7 months old.   

A thorough search was made through the area for Arnoud’s mother but there was no trace of her. 

Since arriving at the orphanage, Arnoud has been diagnosed with cycle cell anemia (SS type).  He is receiving treatment but he does have a serious strain of this hereditary disease.

Otherwise Arnoud’s is a delightful little 3 year old.  He is a pleasant and agreeable little boy who loves to play with the other children.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

A Gift of Bookbags

School started this past Monday (Oct 1st) here in Burkina and our courtyard was full of happy chatter and excited little voices.  There was just a bit of crying from little first graders who were not happy when their mama or papa left them at school.  But throughout the day our time was filled with typical first day of school activities.

Yesterday, something not so typical happened.  Through a gift from the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) we received 300 book bags for the children in our primary and secondary schools.  The book bags were hand made and filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, a ruler and an eraser.

 Chad and Isa Warfel, the MCC country directors in Burkina, made the trip to Yako to assist in the distribution of the book bags. 

Our children are very happy and their parents are even happier!  Thank you, Chad and Isa for this gift and thank you MCC for the great work that you are doing throughout the world.

This is a 7th grade classroom in our new school building.