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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Time I dusted off the virtual typewriter

       So its about time I dusted off the virtual typewriter and started blogging again! So here goes..... For those who have read our blog, you know we have adopted two wonderful challenging awesome children from Ukraine. As a direct result of this adoption, we find ourselves increasingly busier; okay insanely busy is more like it. Go Figure! Life has gotten very full for us. So this said, let me catch you up a bit....

       After Monique and I adopted from Ukraine, we knew that this would not be the end when there were so many more children just like Daniel and Lydia who were in need of love and care. Many of you may not realize this but shortly after returning from Ukraine, I accepted a Field Directors Position for Ukraine Orphan Outreach (UOO). UOO is a non-profit 501c3 organization in Northern Colorado formed by adoptive parents and others with a concern for the future of orphaned Ukrainian children and orphans in general. UOO is currently transitioning into a more "on the ground" approach focusing energy and resources into the further development of aged out orphans in Ukraine. So, we are now in the process of creating transitional homes in Ukraine that help aged out orphans learn life skills that support them as they pursue higher education that can give them a degree or trade school education that will give them the best opportunities to get a job. They learn independent living skills, such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and how to wisely take care of property and possessions. The goal is to show them the love of Christ by supporting them in all aspects of their life, just as parents would, making sure they go to medical appointments, provide legal help they might need, encourage them with homework and school attendance and assist them in job searching opportunities and daily devotion. Without these types of intervention from outside organizations the statistics are staggering. Over half of the girls become prostitutes, and over half of the boys turn to crime. Anywhere from ten to fifteen percent commit suicide in the years after graduating from orphanages at Many become addicted to drugs and alcohol. the age of 16 to 18. It is a vicious cycle that can be broken.

          As Field Director, I have been tasked with two primary goals. Over see the building of a transition home and the second to lead groups of like minded individuals to Ukraine to work with orphans. July 19th (2days from now), I will be leading a team of 10 missionaries back to the Donetsk Oblast (region) to help minister love and support to orphans and local church ministries. With the help of UOO, Grace Place Church, CBN (thanks Oksana) and a local pastor in the region, we are now hosting a camp for 50 orphans from very tough backgrounds. It is our desire to minister and show them the love of Christ. It will be a difficult and tiring time but worth it as we reach out to these children in need. During this time, I will also be meeting with government officials to hopefully finalize the legal processes necessary to start our first transitional home in this region. This has been a 12 month process and it is exciting to see things begin to take shape and move forward. I wanted to thank you all for your support and love through this process. Let me incourage you to look inside and see how you can help or affect a child. It is Gods nature and heart to help the orphan, the widow and the stranger. James 1:27(NIV) says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” John 14:18 says “I will not leave you as orphans I will go to you”. So please join me as I travel back to Ukraine.....

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Vision for the Children International