I never, ever cease to not cry when I read John's blog Act of Kindness about the missionary work he and his family are doing in Kyrgyzstan, particularly in the orphanages.
This is a small story he posted the other day. From John's blog:
"There is a new boy at the orphanage today . He spent some time living on the streets after the passing of his parents. There is more to the story, but you get the idea. Life has not been easy for him. He has had to face more in a few short years then most of us will in a life time.. yet he is not BROKEN.... he is PATCHED. After spending the afternoon doing crafts, interacting with the kids he began to loosen up, then Andy sat at the piano and started to play , a little honky tonk , a hymn or two then "Amazing Grace" at which point there was a smile that came over this young boys face filled the room
You would think that language would be a difficult barrier , but when you approach with genuine LOVE, it really does not have to be difficult... in fact maybe what this young boy needed was the security of knowing he did not need to talk, but just be..... Before we left, he did want Andy to take a little message home with him .. he drew this little picture , then told Andy with a little smile "This is me now"
This child...this sweet, sweet boy who has seen and lives a life so filled with heartache that so many of us can hardly fathom living and still breathing...he wanted them to know that now that he was in the sights of the missionaries and their work, he felt his heart wasn't broken anymore, but patched.
How many days have I felt so the same? Knowing my heart has been broken into so many pieces, and yet miraculously, so much more often than not, the patches that God has given to me have just been...well, like I said--miraculous.
Truly, my heart has been patched too, and in life-changing ways.
Matthew's birthday is in 16 days. My sweet boy would be three years old. Watching Luke run around and becoming such a fun and funny little almost two-year old (gasp!), I can't help but wonder how much like his brother he'd be.
What would my Matthew be like?
The birth and death of that little boy changed my life. I've always had a passion to help those who needed it (I wear the title of "Bleeding Heart" proudly), and especially children. I cannot do much to 'parent' Matthew, but in his memory, I can certainly do things to help other children.
Children with broken lives and broken hearts who need our help to patch them.
John Wright and those who help him restore hope for the future for those children. They share love with those children and let them know that broken hearts CAN survive...with the blessings of patches given lovingly by those who care.
Where would any of us be without the 'patches' we've been given?
So my sweet friend Karie at Two Kwik Kwilters has again offered a prize to be raffled and all proceeds will go to the Pie Challenge for Christmas parties for the orphans in Kyrgyzstan. She has offered to make either an awesome iPad/tablet case or an adorable cosmetic/whatever-else-you'd-like-it-to-be bag.
|Some of Karie's creations! The little bag in the front left is the "Cosmetic Bag." It is so cute and versatile!|
|My favorite sample of the "Cosmetic Bag!"|
|iPad/Tablet Cover example!|
|Another BEAUTIFUL iPad/Tablet cover!|
She is talented, talented, talented and the winner will be able to choose what she/he wants and in what fabrics! Fun for you, or an awesome way to score a great Christmas gift AND give love to orphans across the world.
To enter the drawing, please do two things for me. First, just donate $5 to the ChipIn I created. I'll enter your name for once every $5 you donate, and Luke will pick a winner when it's done. If you'd like to donate directly to the Contest page, you can, just be SURE to let me know you have, so I can enter your name in the drawing.
Second, please go to Karie's Facebook page and "Like" her. She is generous beyond belief to so many of my heart's desires, and I'd love to say thank you. Karie is at 125 "Likes" as of the creation of this post. For every "Like" she gets between now and December 5, I will donate an extra dollar. Even if they are likes that are not associated with the drawing! How easy is that? Heck, we could meet the challenge on "Likes" alone!
I know I say this every year, but seriously. Think about what $5 does for you on an average day.
A cup of coffee.
A breakfast at some fast food place.
A Sunday paper for a few weeks.
Or the most amazing thing you can imagine—smiles on the faces of children who feel forgotten and unloved. Joy in knowing you are telling them that they are KNOWN and LOVED.
Priceless, friends. Priceless.
Talk about how cheap it is to patch precious little hearts.
Thank you in advance for your help and support.