I made an informal New Years resolution to blog more, yet here we are almost two months into 2015, and it feels like ages since I’ve posted words on this space. The silence has partly been because of a season of real struggle to understand God’s purpose in events that have occurred. Partly because my computer has been breaking off and on. Partly because I needed a little while to only share my thoughts and emotions with God and close friends. But now I feel ready to share more on my little corner of the internet.
There are incredible stories of healing in my medical sponsorship treasures that I would like to share.
There are lessons God is teaching me.
There are visions of the future.
There are dreams of expanding my family.
There are moments with Ellie.
There are experiences on the journey of opening the foster home.
There is so much that I desire to write and post, and Lord willing, that will be starting now.
To start it off I would like to update you all on each of The Treasured Ones programs:
Medical Sponsorship– We have had 7 children go through our sponsorship program: 4 children with hydrocephalus have received life saving shunt surgery (just 2 of the 4: Bright & Ronald), and 3 children with orthopedic needs (bowed legs & clubbed feet) have been seen by specialists and are on their way to recovery. I will be sharing more stories of these sweet kiddos soon. Thank you to all those who donated towards their medical costs!
Community Outreach– One of highlight of the last few months for me was giving out wheelchairs through Joni and Friends Wheels for the World. We were fortunate to be able to bless 8 children with pediatric wheelchairs and a bible, but more importantly, the message that their child is not cursed or wicked, but a perfect and beloved child of God. I can’t wait to do another wheelchair outreach soon!
KCH Inclusive School– We opened the expansion of the school in September and welcomed in 30 special needs students to come alongside our 150+ mainstream students, pre school to primary grade 5. We added more special needs teachers to round out the staff at 13. We refurbished and opened the Special Needs Resource Center. We purchased a bus and went out into the community to find more special needs children who have never attended school before. Our school is exploding and everyone is in joyful bliss about it. In the next few months we will be creating IEP (individual education plan) for each child to track progress and figure out how we can help our children in every aspect of their lives- academic, mental, physical, emotional, spiritual. [Sponsors, watch your inbox for an update about your child with tons of cute photos!]
Foster home– Right now we are steps away from being recognized by the Ghanaian government as an official NGO, and then will start the process of licensing our home as a legal foster home for children with special needs. After reevaluating the requirements, and seeing that my current home would not qualify as a foster home due to space regulations, I decided to start looking for a bigger house to rent that would be closer to town, around the corner from the children’s hospital, and would be accessible by wheelchair. I love house hunting and the thought of decorating a new house is exciting! We currently have custody of Shadrach, who is doing well and settled in nicely, and he will move with us once a new house is chosen. Please be praying that God provides the perfect house soon, that our staff of nannies & nurses are hired and trained, and that the future children in our home are kept safe and protected, wherever they currently may be. I can’t wait to soon open our doors to so many treasures, whether they are with us short term, or the rest of their lives.