Re:Timeline of K2 to Swaziland

Hey all here is the video we used the other day in the Launch of our new project in Ekudzeni, Swaziland!  Fun to see how God works!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4dNk8VHCAg&feature=youtu.be

Check it out!

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Swaziland in SLC

Sunday was an amazing morning!

Truly Amazing.

For Crystal and I, leaving Swaziland in 2010, we thought that God was taking us away from Africa and that we would have to find a way to bring our heart for Swazis into the ministry here at K2.  But on Sunday, God proved that we don’t have to manipulate anything at all – that He is the Architect of the story and His good plan!

Man K2 – you really blew us all away!  We sponsored 74% of the children of Ekudzeni on Sunday morning before the servers shut us down!  How cool that the church of K2 responded so fast that the credit card company could only assume that some kind of scam was going down!

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I was so excited about 74% and a great morning that I was surprised by Crystal’s response.  She and her friend Kristi helped on Sunday with registrations, and while they were excited about the kids who were sponsored, they found their hearts filled with concern and eyes filled with tears over the 53 that don’t have sponsors yet.

Isn’t it amazing – a community that most of us didn’t know about 3 days ago has now been knit deeply into the heart of our church?  Can you believe how quickly God has called us to SERVE and love this church and its children?  I praise God for all He is doing, and I look forward to being at 100% sponsorship of this church carepoint for the children of Ekudzeni.

If you haven’t had a chance to sponsor your child yet, please visit our K2 page on the CHC website at http://www.hopechest.org/community/ekudzeni/sponsor/ and bring hope to a child in Swaziland today.

the tre:ip home

so we’re on the way home … in Addis Ababa now.  our itinerary is fora 42 hour trip if all goes well, from mekelle to salt lake city.  thanks all for praying for us- its been a week rich with experience and relationship and ministry.

we left our friends in mekelle with quite a bit of resource to move forward in their community projects, and hopefully some hope and fresh ideas to do so as well.  most of us are doing pretty well physically, but we’re ready to be home emotionally.  thanks for thinking of us in your prayers.

see you all soon.

Bob’s Obsre:vations

Hello all from Ethiopia-

We visited many “homes” yesterday in the Mekele community.  You can’t really call a 4′ x 8′  room/shanty that sleeps 3, has no toilet or shower, no running water, has one light, has no bed, no sheets, no pillows, no ……. and leaks water when it rains – you just can’t call that a home.  There are tens of thousands of residents in those types of living accommodations here in Mekele where about 215,000 people live.

Can you imagine hundreds of thousands, perhaps a million plus, in the capital city of Addis Ababa where 3M people live and the incredible homelessness and substandard living conditions, unimaginable poverty and …….  It is really unfathomable.  Think for just a moment about the worlds population of 7B people and how many billion – likely 6B plus – that live in these conditions.  We are so blessed and we are so grateful for our new digs for the next 4 nights but are humbled tremendously.

Please continue praying for our health and that we can do God’s will on this trip and to lay the foundation and framework for future exciting and beneficial endeavors with us, with K2, with Bridges of Hope and for all the markets throughout the world that are in such need of help. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” –

Thanks for the continued prayers and God Bless you!!

Bob Seawright

 

Re:port from EDub

When faced with so much genuine need it is hard to not just try and fix it.  So many of the issues we see here could be immediately addressed with the money in our pocket but is that the right thing to do?  We saw that giving just one child something as simple as a ball point pen created a mob scene of kids wanting a pen. Many times we think we are helping when we give something away but in reality we are making things worse.  If we can help a person or even better a community figure out how they can enact change to better themselves than real, sustainable improvement can happen.  This takes a lot of time but this process not only meets the need of the person but also maintains their dignity.

As Americans we are use to everything happening instantly and many times that is how we approach our compassion efforts.  We feel good when we give something away to a person less fortunate but is it about how we feel?  I believe if we were to step back and look at it beyond the immediate situation we would find that the outcome is much different then we intended.

Eric Winter

Thursday aftre:noon from Amy Rose

When my friends who have been on mission trips before said the only thing to plan is for change, I had no idea the extent of it.  We are in another hotel in Mek’ele and everyone seems pleased with the move and at least on the mend if not 100% yet from illness.  We have not done a lot of the teaching that we hoped to do, but you can see God’s love and spirit working in these men at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.  I also feel like God is doing a work to open my eyes to the way the rest of the world lives.

We were very excited to get to do a first CHE lesson with the visually impaired group yesterday.  They wanted to learn about dental care.  I got to help since they were down two team members.  They had a good laugh as I brought around the plastic mouth to demonstrate how to brush your teeth.  They probably thought we were crazy and thinking about it in hindsight, if I had never seen one before, I may have laughed at it as well if someone handed me a giant plastic mouth.

If you have never worked with anyone who has a disability, I highly encourage it.  They are amazing in the fact that other abilities are so much more heightened.  We had the opportunity to visit their homes and they led us from the orphanage where we did training to almost a mile away with twists and turns down roads, through a locked gate, all while holding a conversation.  I can barely walk in tennis shoes, knowing and seeing where I am going without falling.  Three girls live in a shack that used to be a toilette and was cemented over.  The three of them sleep on one “mattress” on the floor together.  They are clean and happy and it looks like their accommodations are better than most of the other visually impaired.  They have a strong desire to be taught something that will allow them to support themselves and you can tell just from our short interactions with them, they are very bright and capable of doing something amazing.  I hope next time I come back, we have found a way to teach them so I can buy the things they have been making to support themselves.

Thanks for all your love, support and prayers.  Amy Rose