girchickenThis year has presented me with an inordinate amount of time spent waiting. We’ve been working on some big projects and of course that means I get to go to the Waiting Place.

“The waiting place” is from one of my favorite books by Dr. Seuss book called “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” He wrote:

“You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place…”

This is where I’ve spent a lot of my time in 2019!  I’ve waited for partners to send construction bids from contractors, for board approvals, for funds to come in, for donations, for people to call back about fundraisers, for projects to start, for project reports, or projects to be completed. I spend days, sometimes weeks (im) patiently waiting for photos of smiling children enjoying the projects our donors provide.

That’s a lot of waiting. Then I’m reminded of the reasons for all my waiting… I remember the kids have been waiting a lot longer to have safety and shelter. They’ve been waiting all their life for someone to care that they are lonely and afraid and don’t have a home and can’t go to school. They’ve been waiting for regular meals and shoes for their growing feet and clothes without stains and holes. My vision to helgulugirlsp in some way pushes me to persevere.

Dr. Seuss’s poem captures for me the desperation of the waiting place. But… a few years ago, I came upon an encouraging devotional. It was the May 2nd reading from “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers. From Habakkuk 2:3, he wrote the “Passion of Patience.” For the vision is yet for an appointed time…Though it tarries, wait for it;”

Chambers writes: Patience is not indifference; patience conveys the idea of an immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts. The vision of God is the source of patience, because it imparts moral inspiration…. The proof that we have the vision is from God is that we are reaching out for more than we have grasped….our reach must exceed our grasp.”

With that as a backdrop, I review the year and some of what the wait has produced. Yes, those contractor bids finally came in, the board approved projects, the funds came in, the project got started and finished and we received reports and photos of smiling children. Many times this year!

RECAP OF THE WAITING PLACE!computersmexico

  • CDI/Fred Cornforth funded repairs from the earthquake in Mexico for NPH is in progress;
  •  Two PartyWithPurpose events hosted by Cindy Linda Hanson in Minnesota funded the “Gathering Place, for Mainsprings in Tanzania, it is also in progress.solar
  •   Binu Mathew sent funds and had his company Amgen match funds for the solar water heater for Ashgatheringplacemosaicirvad India, The water heaters are installed.
  •  Lots of donors like Torie Rynning and Dudley Miller ordudleykathy.jpgganized parties to raise funds for the security fence in Tanzania, and now funding is almost completed.
  •  Then… the funds have been sent to Mainsprings in Tanzania for phase one of the toriewell for the new site. Funds are sent, project in process.

 

What’ll we be waiting for next?

St. Teresa’s Orphan Foundation, Tanzania: Phase One of a Clean Water Well

Mainsprings, Tanzania:   3 Green Houses: $7,000 each

MyLifeSpeaks, Haiti: Class room addition $2400 ($1200 raised so far)

You’ve been our partner, waiting right alongside, as our partners invest the funds you invest in providing safety, shelter and sustainability for orphans. There’s so much more to do and you are a part of it all! Thank you for waiting with me!
Please check out our website and if there’s a project you are passionate about helping… please let us know! We’ll help you set up a PartyWithPurpose with your family and friends!

Jan