Saturday, July 28, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Every Orphan's Hope Update
Firstly, we want to ask you to pray for our trip as we meet with and share the gospel with over 150 orphans from August 6 - 10 in a village called "Chongwe". We will feed, clothe, worship with, teach, love, mentor, do crafts with, play with and pray over these kids all week. We will also distribute medical supplies, blankets and bibles to each of them.
The curriculum we cover is has been developed over the last 10 years and is really effective at interactively showing the love God, our sinfulness, His mercy and grace through the Cross of Christ. The best part is its focus on our status as adopted children of the living God.
There will be 22 missionaries on our trip and we need prayer for those that are finishing their fundraising, for blankets and bibles, and for our time there as spiritual warfare can be constant and very visible while on mission there. Please pray that we would be protected from evil and most importantly, that God would give the orphans and translators ears to hear the Good News and hearts to receive the love of Christ.
Also, if are not already doing this, for $27/month you can sponsor and through facebook and Every Orphan's Hope (EOH) in general get updates on your little one. The reason we are asking for this is because (as per below) we just received a new mama and 8 new orphans into our EOH Family. Tthis was the orphan home we built last summer but was then supernaturally attacked by concrete-eating termites before it was delivered by Christ and is now livable. This new family needs sponsors! Additionally, we will also be building the 12th home this summer so hope to be able to rescue 8 new street kids and pair them with a widow and get this new family up and going as soon as we have the sponsors to help. If you can help by sponsoring an orphan, please let us know! You can sign up at everyorphan.org. And please spread the word and tell your friends about your orphan sponsorship and this need through facebook, twitter, work, instagram, book club, etc.
Did you know that EOH started "Orphan Sunday" in the early 2000s, and it is now celebrated worldwide on the first Sunday in November and is being featured on TLC this fall. You can read about Gary's inspiration for Orphan Sunda here. EOH needs approximately 750 additional sponsors to care for its Zambian orphan operations. Wouldn't it be amazing to have this number reduced significantly prior to November 4?! Please pray for this.
Will & Holly, Claire, Lex, Tommy and Saili
PS. If you haven't heard yet, Sue Gruver (Will's mom)'s Brain Tumor (just removed) was Benign! Praise the Lord...
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
What a year it has been! Since January, Holly and I have been back to Africa twice, once with our kids for 4 weeks, with a family trip to Hawaii in between. I have also been around the world 3 times for work this year. My travels have taken me to Bangladesh, Germany, Dubai (2x) Sierra Leone (3x), Cape Town, Paris, London(5x), Sao Paolo, Japan, China, Korea and Guinea (2x).
So, it would be at about this time of year that one would probably want to sit back, put some steaks on the grill and just relax a bit, right? Well, yes, quite honestly that sounds OK. Of course. How great is GOD though? He knows what we need most. And graciously, Holly and I and the kids have been given the opportunity and are now preparing for our next trip in August back to Zambia to continue our work with Orphans there!
So we are getting ready. Getting packed. Medical supplies have been donated by a friend who works at Children's Hospital in Plano. 100s of kites and bibles and blankets and other items have also been received. The team has been trained through monthly teleconference calls. Our team is comprised of Dutch-Canadians, Texans, Oklahomans, Minnesotans and a South African Woman as well!
Please consider praying for our team as we travel and work in Zambia from August 2 - 13. Our family will be in Africa from July 28 - August 23. Here are some photo highlights from the year so far:
Saili with an orphan in Guinea in May 2012
Will with an Orphan in Guinea Africa May 2012
Holly & Will in Hawaii March 2012
Saili and Holly with Orphans in Guinea
Tommy building a power station in Guinea Africa May 2012
Our awesome team in Guinea.
Lex and Will scuba diving in Kauai in March 2012
With mom and dad Anderson in Hawaii
At our favorite Thai restaurant in McKinney in March 2012
At Afternoon Tea in London in April 2012
With Holly in London.
In Sierra Leone in April 2012
At a Chimpanzee Safari in Sierra Leone in 2012
Will and Claire on Chimp Safari
At a power station we built in 2010-2011 and now operate and manage in Sierra Leone.
Learning about iron ore mining in Sierra Leone Africa.
Iron ore everywhere
Saili at work.
Johann sharing the finer points of power generation and high voltage electricity in Sierra Leone.
With the two dudes who really make it all happen - Lex & Tom.
Purchasing 60 acres for USP&E's O&M Lodge and Training Center in May 2012 in Sierra Leone Africa near Katic Village.
Saili at work...
Lex and Tom working hard in Guinea Africa.
Lex and Tom pouring concrete into the wee hours.
Tom and Lex hard at work in Guinea.
Boys with ophans in May 2012 in Guinea Africa.
Lex with baby oraphan "Serge" in Guinea
With dear Mary, Ambrose's sweet daughter in April 2012
In Sierra Leone Africa with Ambrose and Patrick in May 2012.
In Hawaii in 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Please watch this video. This guy is our hero. His parents our example.