Dear Orphan Ambassadors, Friends and Supporters,

I hope this short message finds you safe and well.  Doesn’t it feel as if we all have unexpectedly been put on a time out? No one is happy about it, but for the good of all we comply! Thank you for that by the way.

But, there’s no denying I feel a bit like I’ve been sent to my room. Furthermore, I’m in shock. I’m reminded of the shock I felt years ago after being rear ended in my car out of nowhere. A distracted driver came fast over a hill not realizing I was still stopped at the red light. After the impact, I covered my eyes in panic, asking my friend in the front seat if I was bleeding. I forced my eyes open and looked around, there was no blood and we were the only ones sitting in the intersection. What just happened? The driver who rammed us had pulled to the side of the road leaving me in shock, stymied, helpless and fearful.

I feel a bit of shock these days. Suddenly everything is stopped. We can’t see what hit us, but we have to protect ourselves and others. One day we’ll be able to open our eyes and get back to normal, even better than normal I believe. For now, I am engaging my faith, defusing fear. My time is in God’s hands. So, how are you? I hope you have peace today.

So, I’m staying optimistic. Four words are rolling around in my head: BE SAFE AND INNOVATE.

Many companies and individuals are doing just that. We are all responding to being housebound with lots of online school activities… online meetings, online shopping, creative dining out, even church goers lining up in circles in their cars in church parking lots. People will not be stopped! We are really amazingly resilient and it gives me hope.

Be Safe and innovate. With the extra time on my hands, I’ve been researching, strategizing and preparing for ways to safely engage with you. We’re researching a virtual 5K, so stay tuned how you can get out and exercise, while keeping your distance. Angela and I will be doing videos or Vlogs, to enhance our communication. We hope we’ll graduate into small group Facebook Live conversations and maybe a podcast. As a virtual organization, we have a bit of a head start with working from home and at a distance, although we are stumbling about like everyone else figuring out the next best way to stay engaged.  We’ll all find a way! Be Safe and Innovate!

For the Children, Jan

This is what the pandemic’s demise looks like:

“I’m melting, I’m melting! What a world what a world. Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness….” From the Wicked Witch, The Wizard of Oz.