Search.Love.Rescue.

I want to take a moment to share with everyone a cause that is very close to my heart.  My friends are organizing a Colombian dinner at the W.T Young campus center on Transylvania’s campus in Lexington Ky.  This dinner is in honor of a boys orphanage  setup to rescue children off the crime-infested streets of Cali’s inner city.  Many of their parents are either dead, on drugs or selling themselves (and the children) into prostitution for money.

The children, once rescued and taken to the orphanage, receive nutritious meals  (as most of them are starving on the streets),  access to education including school supplies and uniforms, clean beds, and shelter for as long as they are with the orphanage.  Many of these things are donated or supplied by Search.Love.Rescue.

The dinner is in hopes of raising money to secure a safe place for the orphanage to protect and shelter the children.  When I was in the states I attended the first dinner and had a wonderful time.  There will be a silent auction with many unique gifts to bid upon for yourself or for someone you want to bless for Christmas.

The food is delicious, authentic Colombian cuisine and the company is always great.  So please consider bringing some friends along and enjoy an evening of good food, good conversation and a good cause.

Please click the following link for more information about my friends’ organization Search.Love.Rescue.

Click Info with Map for directions to the Colombian Dinner Fundraiser.

To simply donate to the cause, if you are willing to help but unable to attend, you may click the ‘Donate’ button on the Search.Love.Rescue site given above.

PLEASE NOTE: THE FIRST TWO PEOPLE TO RESPOND TO THIS POST WILL RECEIVE 2 FREE ADMISSION TICKETS FOR YOU AND A FRIEND TO ATTEND THE FUNDRAISER.  JUST LEAVE A COMMENT THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED AND I WILL EMAIL YOU WITH DETAILS.

Thank you for your consideration and we so appreciate your support!  Many blessings to all.

Rusted Ghosts

The workers are clearing a portion of land for the school’s new trailers which will be the home for the missionaries coming next school year.  It’s going to be sweet, let me tell you!  The location is right on the lagoon; wake up and the ocean will be smiling at you.  According to Pastor Hone they will be building a wall around the front to prevent any spill over from high tide and also adding a dock there.

With the land leveled and the rusted machinery moved around, I decide, out of curiosity, to go for a walk around the perimeter.  I snapped pictures of what was left of the abandoned rusted ghosts along the shoreline of the new trailers.  As I made my way along the break I noticed a large thrown-together wooden cage through the brush.  As I made my way over I noticed something pink tripping around inside.  To my surprise I had stumbled upon a happily snorting pig!  I didn’t know pigs wagged their tails but this one did.  He made me laugh.

There’s a crane here on the island which the Patricks used to clean off the whole area on which our school now sits.  It takes time and effort but this whole island could be cleaned up.  The profile of this same stretch of land looked like this before they cleaned off all the rusted ghosts.

Here’s the new and improved version.

There is hardly any stretch of beach that is without these junked machines.  They could be anything from moving equipment such as backhoes and forklifts to jeeps, tires and boats.

Being so close to the salty ocean water poses a problem for any metals.  If you’ve put two and two together you already realize the potential health hazard.  And kids get scratched by these rusted metals.  They’re just kids wanting to swim, play and have fun.  Some of the things they deal with on a daily basis can be frustrating at best trying to figure out how to keep them protected.  Hopefully one day, as we all are working towards the goal of development on this beautiful island, both the aesthetic and health conditions will improve dramatically.  Because only God knows what the people have to deal with concerning health matters.  I’m not even sure the people know.

A huge link chain that has rusted and corroded together on the shoreline.

This island with its people and children are in God’s sight.  There are so many things that could go wrong that just don’t.  I see miracles everyday it seems…in the simple things.  Then again, there are miracles that happen all around us no matter where we are…we just have to look up and take notice of God’s wonderful love towards us.