Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Help The Orphans At Amy's Assorted Adventures

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Hello from Amy’s Assorted Adventures. I’m grateful to Mimi for offering me this opportunity.

I am a missionary in Zambia, Africa who faces many adventures of varying degrees nearly every day. Hence the name of my blog. ;)

Five years ago we started out on our greatest adventure to date when we decided that we needed to start an orphanage in rural Zambia. We had been living in Zambia for nearly four years at this time and had seen how desperate the situation for orphans was. Starting our own orphanage was a big step because we were just a simple missionary couple with six kids and no organization backing us. We only had a dream and (of course) God’s backing.

It hasn’t been an easy ride, building and renovating, training staff, taking in very sick and needy babies—losing some of the sickest ones, but it has been so very worth it. When I look around our home and see the babies that have grown up to be preschoolers and now kindergarteners, I know it is so worth it and I feel humbled and blessed that God has put us in this place at this time.

Take Johnny for example: He was born to a mother who suffered from insanity. Sadly, many men took advantage of her condition and she ended up with a child. She couldn’t care for him properly and by the time she passed away, Johnny was in a bad state. He had a severe case of Kwashiorkor (a type of malnutrition) that caused his whole body to swell. It took several days of round the clock feeding with special high calorie milk before he responded but he did so well. Now, he is one of our brightest and most energetic children. He has a future ahead of him that is filled with possibilities. At the moment he wants to be an astronaut. Who knows where God will take him and what he’ll do in his life but I know it is going to be an adventure.

Johnny is actually the inspiration for our latest project. After an episode of petty theft of food from the staff kitchen, we discussed the matter with friends and they suggested that children should have a few things of their own. We’re calling this Christmas project: Every Child Needs Their Own Space. It’s a bit of a mouthful but what it comes down to is that we want the children we are caring for to feel special and unique and not just one of seventeen, fifty or one hundred children but a Child of God.

To help them feel that way, we want to present each of our kids ages 3 and above with their own little toy box this Christmas. We are inviting people to send small toys that we can fill them with. If this is something you would be interested in, you can find more details here, Christmas Comes But Once A Year, and here, Missionary Monday.

If you’d like to learn more about all my adventures in Africa please stop by and pay me a visit at Amy's Assorted Adventures. I love having visitors!

Please hop on over to Amy's blog and help with their Christmas project or donate directly to the orphanage.


Amy said...

What a wonderful post to help children!

blueviolet said...

People do have a more giving nature at this time of year. I hope a lot of people help!

Queenie Jeannie said...

What a great idea! All children should be loved and properly cared for!

slommler said...

I visited their blog and donated. I just heart this project and hope many get involved. I hope she posts pictures of their faces when they receive their boxes.

Amy said...

Happy Thursday to you.. I hope you stop by for Round Robin..

bigguysmama said...

What an amazing way to serve the Lord!!