Sunday, July 22, 2012

Help Us Build!

Everyone knows we came to Ethiopia to adopt.  But most of you also know that we came here to minister as well.  One of the main ministries we are working with is Bring Love In, which you realize, if you have read this blog at all, has a mission that is dear to our hearts.  If you are just reading about Bring Love In for the first time, click here to learn about their work.

Last week, Natalie and I and the children began organizing Bring Love In's donation room.  This room is the size of a closet and has shelving.  It will hold supplies that will be available to the mothers in charge of Bring Love In's homes.  
 The shelves are full of items like clothing, toiletries,  diapers, formula, bedding, and toys.

In an earlier post I told you about Setota, Bring Love In's first child placed in a home with a mother to love her and take care of her.  Just a few days ago, another 13 children arrived!  These children have been split between two homes.  So Bring Love In now has two full homes.  Here are the beautiful children that now have a family!

When we spoke to Thomas from Bring Love In this week, he informed us that there are already 6 more children coming soon to complete the 3rd home.  Isn't that great?

The office at Bring Love In has a room outside in the back that houses extra donations that they don't have room for inside.  Right now all items are in boxes packed into that tiny room.  We can't even see what's in there to be able to tell you what they still need.  Alan and I would love to have shelves made for that room so it can be organized like the small inside donation room.  Then we'd love to organize it for them before we go back to America. 

It will cost over $600 in American money to accomplish this task.  There's no IKEA here.  You don't just run out and purchase shelving units.  We have to have them custom made for the room out of wood.  They would be sturdy and hold many future donation items and would certainly be a blessing to the ministry. 

We're asking for help!  For the next week we will be taking donations for Bring Love In through the Paypal link on our blog on the left hand side that says, "Donate to Bring Love In".  Click on the button displaying, "Donate". They money raised will go to Bring Love In.  Please consider donating. Many of you have given much already in the way of donations that have been delivered to orphanges and Bring Love In.  However, there is still much to be done.   

"And he said to them, "If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."  And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me." (Mark 9:35-37)

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