Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Forever Family for Marie

Our little Marie has captured the heart of each of our baby care-takers, each of our guardians, each of our short-term missionaries and now she has captured the heart of her new mama and papa.  For sure, it was love at first sight!

Marie went first to her papa.  It is unusual for a baby to go first to Papa, but this is Marie and Marie is no ordinary child.  At just 2 ½ years of age, Marie has a mind of her own.  In fact we have lovingly called her the ‘queen of the baby cage’ because for some time now, really it was Marie, not the baby care-takers, who was in charge there. 

After just a bit more paperwork and application for her visa, Marie will be on her way to her new home in Spain with her new parents.

We love you Marie and we miss you but we are so happy for you and for your delightful parents!   

A Forever Family for Ferdie

After processing and then re-processing papers, waiting for responses, interviews with social workers, attorneys and judges, and waiting literally for years. . . . a very special boy, Ferdie, has a very special ‘forever family’.

The whole family, Mom and Dad, two brothers, and one older sister, came to Burkina to meet Ferdie.  Introductions were very sweet and the final processing of papers and getting Ferdie’s visa were practically non-events.

We are so thankful to the Lord for this very special family.  Their hearts were knit together before they even met face-to-face and now they are on a new adventure filled with growth and excitement.

Please pray for Ferdie as he adapts and adjusts to his new family and new home.  Please pray for wisdom for his parents as they invite Ferdie into their world where everything is totally new to him.

Thanks for the diapers!

We have many wonderful visitors to the orphanage and one of these wonderful young women is Becky Verrips.  Becky has been working with us for several months now and came to the orphanage through a ministry called Envision.  Becky is a nurse and through her nursing skills and her heart of love she has impacted each of our babies and each of our staff.
This is Becky!
With 20 babies in the house, the orphanage goes through about 200 diapers a day.  Now that’s a lot of diapers! 

Recently Becky’s aunt, Diane Schipper, sent Becky a package and it was full of hand made diapers for our babies.  They were each one lovingly made out of soft, baby-print flannel and Diane also sent a supply of diaper pins to use with the new diapers.

Our babies say ‘Thank you so much, Diane’!   

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thank you Yako-Trièves!

Once again our friends in France planned and executed an African Soiree to benefit the orphanage.  It was a huge success!
There were many volunteers and a very generous response from their community and more than 130 people came for dinner.  It was an African meal prepared in the huge cauldron shown in the picture and over an open fire.

In mentioning names I know that I will miss some but thank you so much Lucie and Elsa and Guillaume and Natasha and all of the other Yako-Trièves friends!