Today has been an absolute blessing, again! I started my day exhausted from lack of sleep as usual and then came an email from Ryan that just rejuvenated me. I am so amazed! I sent him the update on our fundraiser last night and he responded with this:
Thanks for all the great news. You (okay God really, but using you :) ) have done such an amazing job sharing about the guys at Kolfe and I couldn't be more grateful. Would you pray about also trying to help raise money to off set the cost of the Bright Futures camp? Gladney loses money on every child that comes, and it is expensive for the families. If we can raise enough money, thus lowering the cost to families, I think we can help a lot more of the older kids get adopted.
Other great news... one of the families told me they will be sending a check for $25000 to Gladney to help with renovations at Kolfe, and a friend who came to adopt earlier let me know that he and a friend will be sending in a check for around $10000 for renovations at Kolfe. Things are happening too fast! :)
Thank you for keeping me up to date with all God is doing through those willing to be used!
I also just got a call from my sister in law Maria who orchestrated the Kolfe Fund Raiser in CA and so far she has $6000 to send to KOLFE. However, she said there are still people sending checks so that is not the final count yet. So far, since we went to Ethiopia in November, the LORD has raised approximately $50,000 for THE FORGOTTEN BOYS AT KOLFE! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!
I pray this will help quickly renovate their campus to make them warm, comfortable in their beds, replace their kitchen and plumbing, broken windows, soccer field restoration and help the Bright Futures Camp to get more of them adopted. This will also help their economy and community as they hire local workers to accomplish all of these projects. This is exactly what they need to happen in Ethiopia. Jobs for the people. However, the most important thing of all, is that I pray each one of the KOLFE boys feel the LOVE OF GOD'S PEOPLE and OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!
To those of you asking how you can still help, especially those going to get your precious children in Ethiopia soon, they can use clothes, socks, toiletries, books, especially great literature or classic books. Books for all ages, maybe your favorite one as a child. Also, if you can give any financial donation, Ryan and Scott Brown will be sure to put it to great use, like the Bright Futures Camp. Jerry and I are praying we can host a camp here in NC some day soon. As soon as we have time to find out all the logistics that is. I know it is very costly and it will take another miracle to accomplish it.
ONE MORE REQUEST: Please pray for us as we step out in faith and pursue the adoption of a precious young lady we met there. She is about 13, she is all alone in the world and for some reason, we have not been able to get her out of our minds. This is going to take another miracle......so stay tuned!! May you all be blessed this day as we see the GOD OF MIRACLES SHOWING HIMSELF TO ALL OF US! Thank you for taking the time out of your very busy lives to follow our blog!! Please keep in touch with us via comments, we love to hear from all of you as well!
In His Timing & Care, With LOVE, Eileen