Our beloved Thai friends in Bangkok.
With our friend James in Bangkok.
Jaya in a stroller but out of a car seat!
The banner that will be used for an upcoming Hula Hoop camp for 50 of our kids!
Jaya is held gingerly by our staff coordinator, Chinna.
Diamond is the matriarch of our entire organization.
Towards the end of 2013 we were often asked, after all we had been through with Jaya and being home for the year, whether we had any doubts about returning to India as planned in January.
On the contrary, January could not get here soon enough. That feeling of a job left undone was just too much to bear. And in April, when we thought perhaps we might never leave the state again, much less the country or hemisphere, we were so disappointed.
Then it all turned around for Jaya.
Originally, this was said to be a “1-2 year” commitment.
After two years and the job only half-done, it was three more years.
Then we found out we were pregnant and we inserted one year at home.
That adds up to six years of our life committed to India, five of which are on the ground. Three years to go.
We left the U.S. on January 9th, one day after Paige turned 36. Five days in Thailand and a few more days getting settled into a new apartment in the bigger city of Hyderabad, we are now able to start moving forward with our plans and vision for Covenant Children’s Homes 2014:
Solidifying sponsors for ALL 69 of our 5 – 10 children homes (545 children total).
- Empowering and equipping our indigenous staff and pastors to successfully run this program without us (2013 showed we’re making progress, but not there yet).
- Building our partner and advocate base – this undertaking must be a worldwide effort.
- Preparing for a further expansion of children’s homes once these current homes are sponsored.
- Develop the homes in this region of the state, western as opposed to eastern where Ongole is located.
- Continue redeeming childhood for one Indian abandoned or orphaned child at a time.
We will be home in the States later this year to fulfill that which can only be done at home – the face-to-face that partnerships need and deserve.
But until then, we feel privileged and grateful to be here implementing a model of orphan care that will make such an impact for generations.
Thanks for your help and support on every level!