I think sometimes when we hear the news of faraway places, it's hard to care.
I understand. I do the same thing...
But the current news about Ebola and the potential it has to wipe out a whole generation of people in West Africa hits VERY close to home for me... for obvious reasons.
Today I want to introduce you to just a small sampling of my loved ones there and ask you to pray not only for them, but for their country and region.
Ebola isn't just a disease in a far off land... it's a disease that's just miles away from these beautiful people who are in my heart and on my mind every day.
|This sweet little girl on the left is named Cecilia. Her mother was our cook while we|
were in Banta this trip.
Cecelia is a little shy, but has the most beautiful smile.
|Aminata is a beautiful, statuesque young woman who is waiting|
to take her senior secondary school exams and hoping to go on to
university after the Ebola outbreak ends
|Idrissa (Spengy) is one of our sons. He loves Michael Jordon and basketball, |
but because the basketball courts got ruined, he now plays soccer almost every
afternoon. He aspires to be a neurologist AND a pastor.
|Meet Becky - one of the youngest children in the Children's Home.|
She is the sweetest little imp.
|Jeneba is a dear, dear girl that I would sponsor in a second if she wasn't|
already fully sponsored. She is thoughtful, kind, well-spoken and
extremely generous. I adore her.
|This is Marie... who is a ball of energy... and full of laughter.|
I love seeing her because I never know what funny thing she will
say next. Isn't she beautiful?
|Mustapha is a wonderful young man that we met in 2011. He is from a neighboring|
village and is currently studying to take the entrance exam into nursing
school. He has so much potential and we are so excited about his future!
|Adamsay was Kyler's favorite child in the home when we went as a |
family. You name it, she's full of it... laughter, energy, spunk... she's
a powerhouse that is stepping out as an amazing leader amongst her peers.
|This is Capri... a young musician who leads the youth choir, helps with worship|
at church and hopes to pursue a career in music. He is a strong leader.
|This is another of our sons - Alhassan, and his twin sister, Assanata. |
They are both currently needing additional sponsors. They are
such sweet kids...
|This lovely woman on the right is Esther. The last time we visited, Esther|
sewed me a beautiful African dress in less than a week. She is currently
in vocational school studying catering. She is beautiful through and through.
|Isatu is one of the shyest girls in the children's home... but my persistence|
has paid off and I have such a sweet friend in this lovely teen. My parents sponsor
Isatu, which makes me so happy.
|Here is Charles... the self-declared barber in the children's home. He is |
hoping to study accounting after he passes his exams and goes to university.
He has a quiet strength to him... I believe he will accomplish much with his life.
|This is Steve Michael. He had polio as a child and is confined|
to his wheelchair. He lives in a neighboring village and hopes
to be a pastor someday. He is also studying and waiting for the
|And of course, this is Tejan. The boy who started it all for me... my son. My |
treasure. My amazing gift of patience and perseverance and servanthood... I am
SO proud of who he is becoming.