January 28, 2011

Snow, Sponsorship & # update!

Good Friday morning!!

We had over 10 inches of snow from Wednesday to Thursday and the kids have all really enjoyed it!  Well, except for poor Josh who was sick on the couch. Hoping it sticks around a bit so he can get his sledding time in when he is better.

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In my next couple of posts I wanted to share the organizations that we sponsor kids through.  This is not to get shouts or accolades ---just to let you know about some wonderful organizations that need people like you and me to help make a difference in the life of children.

So many times I have had people tell me that they would love to adopt but can’t because of   (fill in the blank). 

Programs like these are wonderful because it will allow you to help a specific child that you can pray for, write to, send care packages to, and love---for a small amount of money—especially in comparison to what we easily spend on temporary pleasures.

So  with that said:

Introducing one of my faves:

Drawn from Water

Quoted from their website:

Mission Statement

The mission of DRAWN FROM WATER is to rescue and provide the best possible future for children who have been deemed “mingi” and sentenced to death by their tribes.


In rural Africa there are three tribes that practice what is called “mingi”, which loosely translates to mean dirty or unclean. There are many ways in which a child may become “mingi”, but once the label has been placed all children suffer the same fate, they must be killed.  But now there is another way, in January of 2009 Lale Labuko an educated man from one of the tribes who practices “mingi” and Yabibal Abebaw worked together with a group of visiting missionaries to start Drawn From Water, an orphanage who’s mission is to take in the children who have been deemed “mingi” and to educate the tribes that these children are a blessing and not a curse. In the three tribes, which practice “mingi”, there are a total of roughly 130,000 people living in hundreds of villages spanning an area totaling hundreds of square miles. It is estimated that more than 1000 children are killed each year because they were “mingi”. Drawn From Water is working to save as many of these children as possible. In the first 12 months 21 children were saved. Our hope is that with God’s help we will be able to reach the tribes with the gospel and ultimately help them see that these children are a blessing and not a curse.

And introducing the little one we began sponsoring from Drawn From Water:

Kulo Dina Age 4

A little about Kulo  (from Drawn from Water’s site)

Kulo Dina is a wonderful little boy who is full of energy, he is always smiling and has in infectious laugh, Kulo enjoys leading the other kids in games. He has been in the orphanage since January 2009 when he was rescued from a village in the Hammer tribe.  Kulo was deemed mingi because his top teeth came in before his bottom teeth but we believe that Kulo like all the other children who were deemed mingi by their tribes are a blessing and not a curse and since coming to live with us he has been nothing but a blessing. This little boy brings great joy to all those who know him. Kulo attends the local elementary school and especially loves getting his uniform on to go to school each day.

Kulo needs more sponsors as does many other children.  Will you please check them out and see if your heart is stirred to help?


And a number update!!

Now we are


  1. Thank you for posting about Drawn From Water. We had the privilege of having Rich and Melissa Lester, who are involved with DFW, come to our church recently and share. Here is a link to Melissa's blog:

    They are now back in Africa with the organization. Our kids take offerings every week for DFW and they pray for them every week.

    I tried to put their button my blog but the isn't working. Can you send it to me?

    Yay for being No. 7!

  2. Thanks for the blog link! I remember having trouble with the button as well. Send me your address and I will send you the code I used!


  3. WOW! i didn't know about "mingi" or Drawn from Waters. THANKS!

    SEVEN???? SEVEN!!!! woo hooo

  4. Seven is the new three! :o)


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