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 This beautiful little girl was Henry’s foster sister in Liberia.  We were privileged to meet her while we were in Liberia and she is SUCH a sweetheart!  She is in need of prayer — so I wanted to post this link to her mom’s blog for those of you that don’t already know her story: http://deniseinsc.blogspot.com/ 

Joanna and I pray together for her every day.  Jo knows that Ellie lived with Henry in Africa and that Ellie is “her friend” even though they’ve never met.  Jo has such a heart for her friend — she will often come up to me and ask me if Ellie is in the hospital, or how her back is feeling and we stop to pray for her.  Jo’s faith is that of sweet, simple child-like belief that God hears her prayers and will touch her friend’s back.  I can’t wait until they are able to meet each other some day.

Ellie is Joanna’s age.  I can’t imagine being in the position that Ellie’s parents are in as they prepare for her surgery.  My thoughts and prayers are with them as well.  Their faith and trust in the Lord’s sovereignty is inspiring.  They are such an awesome family! 

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My heart is heavy for the situation boiling in Kenya right now… especially since I heard the news of the church being torched, killing those who sought refuge inside.  I knew there was controversy surrounding the recent election, but I didn’t realize until this afternoon how volatile things had become.  It’s sobering to think about how easily it could erupt and how many lives could be affected.  My heart is heavy for those already killed and for the justified fear people are living in.  Many East African countries are dependent on supplies from Kenya and countless people in neighboring countries would be affected by conflict in Kenya.  My heart especially grieves for the children that have been murdered… innocent lives taken by an age-old violence that is never satisfied.  I don’t have time to write more… (Brandi did a good job summarizing on her blog.)  I just needed to say something tonight because it’s heavy on my heart and prayers are needed. 

Please pray for my friend Robin today and her son, Joseph.  Robin just returned from Liberia with Joe and he is scheduled to have open heart surgery today to fix the hole in his heart.  I know their family is both excited and a little worried about this surgery.  Joseph’s entire life will be changed because of the medical intervention he will be receiving today, but it doesn’t make it any easier to think about their eighteen month baby boy going in for open heart surgery.  Please pray for  Joseph today (and for his family!)  

I have a couple of prayer requests today.  But first, I have to tell you that things are much better with Jo… SOMEONE must have felt sorry for her after reading the last post about me being such a terrible mother lately and said a prayer for her!  🙂  Well, it worked and we had a break-through this weekend.  So, thank you whoever you are.   I changed some methods and it encouraged her to step up to a new level of maturity and we are all appreciating peaceable fruit as a result.  Thank God we have the ability to evaluate our lives and change them when necessary!

So on to the prayer requests: please pray for two of the young children waiting to come home to their families from the Acres of Hope orphanage.   They are both special needs children and are very sick right now.  It is crucial for their paperwork to go through quickly so they can come home soon to receive medical care.  Please lift them up in prayer (and their concerned parents and caregivers in Liberia as well.)  The little girl’s name is Mia Grace and the little boy is my friend Robin’s son, Joseph.  Thanks!

I also wanted to share a link to this post on my friend, Lauren’s blog.  Today is American Life League’s Pro-life Memorial Day dedicated to remembering the 48,000,000 babies that have been killed under the banner of pro-choice since 1973.   Once again, the statistics are overwhelming, but this is an opportunity to pray for one of those numbers… a real little baby — please join in prayer that this precious life is spared.

And last, but not least, things have moved very quickly with the “interesting situation” I wrote about a few days ago.  Peter drove to Spokane yesterday and brought Ahmad here. He will be staying with us and working with Peter in the shop.  There is actually a lot more to the story than this simple explanation, but due to privacy issues, I feel I need to limit what I share here.  We would, however, deeply appreciate your prayers as we are seeking God for further direction.  If you would like more of the story to pray specifically, please email me, and I will share it privately. 

It is an incredible opportunity to have a Liberian living with us.  It is fascinating to talk to him.  He remembers life in Liberia before the war and it has been interesting discussing his political, economic and social perspective about the state of his country and what he sees as the key areas that need the most focus.  We’ve discussed what it really takes to re-build a country that has been as devastated and torn apart as Liberia and the importance of building a strong foundation — even though it can take more time and not seem as productive to focus on infrastructure.  Ahmad has been through so much, as has the rest of the country.  He has experienced and seen terrible things — things we can’t even comprehend.  I have read several books about what this country has faced and they have impacted me and stirred my heart to action… but it hits home in such a deep, real way to look across the table and hear this man share the reality of his life.  It is no longer words in a book that I can close when they become too graphic — it is real flesh and blood… and not half-way across the world, but in my living room…   

I have had an interesting conversation going with Julie Redman the last couple days, and she put it so well:  Nothing (in terms of reaching out and helping people) can compare with personal involvement… touching an individual’s life… seeing the results of the destruction and the need for involvement first-hand.  It has impacted us… to say the least.   

And on a very practical level, it is fascinating to learn more about our son’s country and culture and traditions first-hand.  I will ask him the question you asked, Diane.  And if anyone else has any burning questions for him, email me!  It will certainly trigger some more interesting dinner conversation!  And speaking of dinner, I have been grateful for the Liberian recipes on my yahoo group… I used them to get an idea of meals to prepare.  I certainly didn’t think the first Liberian at my table was going to be a full-grown man!  🙂 

Before I share about our wonderful update and pictures of Henry, I wanted to take a moment to ask for prayer for the Borcherts and the heart-wrenching news from Jeff’s meeting with the consular in Liberia this morning.  My heart is so heavy for them…  I am not sure how Charity Alonso’s meeting with the consular went, but please pray for them as well.  I can’t even imagine how difficult it is to be facing what they are and my heart hurts for them.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.  May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.  May He remember all your sacrifices and accept your offerings.

May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  WE WILL SHOUT FOR JOY WHEN YOU ARE VICTORIOUS and will lift up the banner of our God.  May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now I know that the Lord saves his annointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.  Some trust in horses and some in chariots, but we trust in the Name of our God.  They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm!  O Lord, answer us when we call!”  Psalm 20

Please continue to pray for my friend, Charity.  They got an update about the visas for their girls that was not very encouraging and they are facing a difficult situation.  Please join them in prayer.  (I haven’t heard any updates on the other families I posted about a couple days ago, but please continue to pray for them as well.) 

Also, I am excited about passing on the link to a great organization that my friend, Angel, posted about it on her blog (read her post!!– it is longer and more descriptive and will give you a better idea…)  I love the opportunity it presents to invest in someone’s future and REALLY make a difference in their lives.  It is a practical and feasible way to hack at the roots of the problems that create orphans and leave children homeless.   The organization is KIVA and through them you can help fund individual business ventures in developing countries.  You are able to choose who/what you want to invest in and you can stay personally involved (I love the relational aspect of personal sponsorships like this…)

And, speaking of sponsorships, UAHH has only a few more days to find sponsorships for the rest of the kids waiting to be able to go to school in Burkina Faso.  I know I mentioned it before, but I thought I would say something one more time so if you missed it the first time, here’s your opportunity!!  There are about twenty kids left needing sponsors.  These kids REALLY WANT to go to school!!  If you feel led, perhaps you could spread the word to your family and friends.  It would be awesome to see ALL the kids who signed up for sponors get to attend school this year.  Being a teacher, I have such a desire to see kids get the opportunity to learn.  An education is a priceless gift, and in many developing countries means the difference between a life of barely surviving and a life that is able to reach back and help others. 

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