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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

58: film

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Isaiah 58

1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. 3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself ? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” The mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Happy Abe Day!!!

So hard to believe that this happened three years ago today.  We love you so much Abe!

Friday, August 19, 2011

YOU brought HOPE

The following email went out today to give a progress report on Dube Bute!  Tears flow as I am humbled and grateful to have been able to witness this incredible project unfold.

Many of you have given time, talents and resources to bring Hope to the people of Dube Bute.  Thank you seems inadequate.  Watch the video below and see hope coming!

Donor Update: Dube Bute Village

Construction Builds Hope in Dube Bute

August 19, 2011

It has been 8 months since the campaign for Dube Bute first launched. We have exciting news to share with you on the progress of the projects. Construction on the health post, vet post, school blocks, water projects, and access bridge is well underway and all of these projects are getting ever closer to changing the lives of the people in Dube Bute.

Dube Bute July Update from A Glimmer of Hope on Vimeo.

Health Facilities Near Completion

Just around the corner from the school blocks, the health and vet posts are each at advanced stages of construction. The health post is currently undergoing roof work and the vet post, which has been completed through roofing, is just waiting for the painting, glazing and finishing works. The guardhouse, which will protect the health facilities, is also awaiting its final finishing works.

Students Help Build Their Future

At the school compound in the village center, the children are all smiles and laughter as they help construction crews mix cement and carry supplies for their new school blocks. The two school blocks, which will have four classrooms each, are getting closer and closer to completion. With only roofing and finishing works remaining, they should be ready to serve students early in the coming academic year.

Water Construction Continues Despite Rains

While the school and health facilities are clustered in the center of the village, the 17 water projects are dispersed throughout the community. Because the rains are so heavy right now, it is not feasible to dig the hand dug wells without the threat of collapse. Yet progress is still underway as the concrete rings, which will support the wells, are being prepared. The spring protection water schemes are being expertly capped and their distribution points are being constructed. Soon they will be ready to serve the community.

Roads and Bridge Improve Village Access

The roads, which will improve access to and from the village, are well underway and the access bridge is nearing completion. Work crews from the village itself are working very hard to improve these aspects of transportation.
It is incredible to see all of the change that has already occurred in Dube Bute. All of it, every water point, every classroom, every smile of hope for the future, is because of you. We will keep you updated as progress continues to unfold. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for these deserving people.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

because it is OUR problem

I'm sick this morning and therefore having a forced time of being still, no running around for me.  The Lord has met me here.  I watched this video again.  So convicting.  So true.  Watch it and then read THIS BLOG POST!  Are you willing?  Will YOU go??  The giveaway connected to the post has some fantastic items that could pay the ransom for a life in need of rescue.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Court date

We got our court date!!! It is November 1st. We are thrilled to be one step closer. We actually depart Ethiopia on October 1st after our EthiopiaSmile 2. We rest in His perfect timing. Moody may do this trip with one of the kids since we will both meet her in September. We are just happy to be closer to getting our sweet baby girl home!

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Gelila Bekele Call To Action from A Glimmer of Hope on Vimeo.

Love this organization and love this girl.  Both are the real deal.  Still looking for a place to give?  Go here to visit their campaign page to help! CLICK HERE

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


We just had an amazing long weekend in Cabo.  An early 40th bday celebration for me.  I have been looking forward to it for months and the morning before we left, I threw my back out.  Like couldn't get up from the floor for almost 2 hours threw my back out.  I have never experienced pain like that.  My kids were great, doing all they could to help, but it just kept going into spasms every time I tried to move.

Finally Abe's awesome physical therapist walked through the door and saw me on the floor.  She decided that I was most likely the more needy patient and spent time getting me to sit up, massaged my back and eventually got me to my feet!  My neighbors and friends were amazing, bringing me medicine, taking kids, etc to help me feel better.  So the long list of all I needed to do that day to get ready just got pushed aside.

I was going to get on that plane though!!!  I got into a massage therapist and she worked me over to where I could move without terrible pain.  I threw a few things into a suitcase late that night and the next morning we were on our way.  Our friends were very gracious as they waited on me to catch up........I walked like I was about 90 years old. :)

It was all we hoped for.  Relaxing.  Incredible food and lots of it.  Great fellowship.  Much laughter.  Blessed for sure!

(I only had a few pics on my phone, others took more pics.)

In adoption related news......heading to Mexico is a great way to get your mind off of obsessing over court closures and such.......trusting in His timing, not my own.

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