Partnering with Kore Great Hope Charities

Partnering with Kore Great Hope Charities
Partnering with Kore Great Hope Charities in Korah - Children's Shelter (blue fence) & church is directly across the road.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My bags are packed and I am ready to GO… I mean - UNPACK!

I began this post last week before leaving Canada, and no matter how I tried the blog would not let me post it, technical difficulties… So, here it is, the NEW and REVISED VERSION.

After many full days of crossing off lists, packing, unpacking, rearranging and repacking I can actually say I am ready to go!!  Well… THAT WAS MONDAY. I began with 3 hockey bags full and ended up with 5 bags – almost 400 lbs of donations and mail!! Talk about mail! One and one half bags are full of Brother Sister Friend letters and special notes from 'kids to kids'. It is such a privilege to be able to bring these precious notes and many supplies to the children and families of Korah.

FAST FORWARD TO FRIDAY: When arriving in Korah, I was welcomed by many whom I love and cherish. It is so good to be here and it was a joyous homecoming indeed! To read more and see pictures, please go to the Hope for Korah Facebook page.

All of those heavy, hockey bags are now being unpacked, organized & sorted! Abraham’s guesthouse looks like a disaster zone! There are school uniforms, supplies, gifts, hoodies, baby items, etc. all over his living room! These next few weeks will be very full as we prepare for our family sponsorship kids to start school, set up HFK Kindergarten class, work with our sponsored families and the elderly lepers, assess some new families, and take the next very important steps in our income generation project. We appreciate your prayers – God goes before us and without His guidance and leading, all our efforts are in vain.

There will be many more details and photos to come on our Hope for Korah Facebook page. (When in Ethiopia, I find it easier to use Facebook than this blog so please check there for regular updates.)

Now for a quick update on BABY ABRAHAM… Please keep praying as God continues to work in the circumstances. Right now we are still waiting for crucial doctors’ letters and decisions to be made concerning the critical surgery he needs. Please be praying for these to come quickly and for his health and protection as we continue to wait.

Thank you everyone for the many prayers, encouragements and support. You are a blessing to me and to those who live there!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Precious Little Abraham - Prayer Warriors Needed!!

I would like you to meet Abraham.   He is a precious 2 year old little boy who lives in Korah and is also living with a dangerous heart condition.  Besides this, Abraham has Down Syndrome, which brings numerous other conditions and risks that impact him on a daily basis.  Fortunately, his family is being sponsored through Hope for Korah and over these past few months, with God’s leading and the help of his amazing sponsor, P61 nurses Emily and Kayla, numbers of Great Hope Leaders and his beautiful and courageous mother, he has been daily & weekly, going back and forth between many hospitals, appointments and numerous testing to ascertain what his future may hold.  Without God’s intervention, it does not look good.


 The crucial heart surgery Abraham needs is not available to such a young child in Ethiopia.  A viable option is to bring Abraham, and if possible his mother, to the U.S. on a short-term medical visa to have both the surgery and post-operative care.  Efforts are already being made by his sponsor, to find a hospital and heart surgeon in the U.S. who will perform this crucial surgery pro-bono and there are some surgeons and facilities that are seriously considering this request.

Please pray for God’s continued protection over Abraham’s health, for His guidance in every detail and His provision for healing.  We are so thankful to all those on the ground in Ethiopia who are enduring endless hours of waiting, being re-directed from one place to another and the patience, love and commitment they are pouring into this family.  Please pray for them, as they are in this with both feet and please pray for Yangoosey, his mother. She is a strong, gentle and wonderful woman who loves her son and is bravely raising her three children on her own.  Her complete awareness and understanding of all of Abraham’s health issues is a lot for her to take in and to grasp.  Your prayers for her strength and awareness of God’s presence in their lives are very much appreciated.
Yangoosey & Abraham - August 2011 

If the doors for surgery in the U.S. open up, then in the days ahead there will be opportunities provided for those who would like to donate and help defer the costs involved in actively loving and providing for this little boy.  I will keep you posted and I am looking forward to reuniting with both Abraham and his mother in just a few weeks. I will be arriving in Korah on September 25th and will be keeping everyone updated on Abraham and other happenings, through the Hope for Korah Facebook page. Please be sure to check in or 'like' us, for updates!

"We have put our hope in the living God,
who is the Savior of all people,
and especially of those who believe."
1 Timothy 4:10b

Abraham looking at his own photograph

Nurse Emily caring for Abraham & his mother

Thank you everyone for praying!