Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Why Eastern Europe???

I know for many of you my decision to go to Ukraine seemed to come out of nowhere. The truth is, I have been praying about an opportunity to go to Eastern Europe for several years now and today I would like to share with you a little more about why the orphans there are so heavily on my heart. As you all know, I am in love with Africa. I love the people, the culture, the beauty and if that was all it came down to I could easily picture myself spending the rest of my life in a country like Uganda. My heart is for orphans, you know that too, and there are many orphans in Africa (approximately 50 million) however the African culture by and large values its children. There are countless orphanages across the continent founded by local people or others from around the world who love these children and are doing their best to provide a good home for them. Yes, there will always be children who are still in need and even the best orphanage cannot take the place of a loving family but, for the most part, orphans in Africa are at least receiving adequate care.

That is not the case for orphaned and abandoned children in Eastern Europe who are placed in institutions run by governments who have little to no value for their lives, their wellbeing or their futures. The majority of these children, at best, live out their lives as objects of shame and scorn or, in the worst cases, spend their days tied to their cribs until their spirits cannot hold on any longer. My heart breaks for the children who have no experience of love, no one to hold them when they cry, children who do not know the comfort of a gentle touch.

Last week I was reading the blog of a woman who recently adopted two precious little girls from Ukraine. As an adoptive mother, she got a firsthand look at the conditions her daughters were living in and wrote a very candid post about the children she left behind. As I read what she wrote I felt an even stronger conviction rising up in me that this is where God is sending me. I am praying that God would give me a unique opportunity to love on kids just like the ones she shared about, to work in rooms just like “that room”.

I would like to encourage you to read her post by clicking here. I should warn you that you may very well wish you hadn’t. It will likely cause you great pain however, as much as it hurts, I don’t believe that we are simply called to turn a blind eye to the sorrows of the world…

"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do.
God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act."
Proverbs 24:12

Monday, June 28, 2010

It came!

About two and a half weeks ago I went to Ottawa to drop off my visa application for the Ukraine. I handed over my passport and all the necessary documents along with a self-addressed Xpresspost envelope and was told I could expect to receive my visa in the mail in approximately 10-12 business days. I have to say, at this point my passport is one of my most valued earthly possessions and I was eager to have it back in my possession. Well, look what came in the mail today...

So, it's official now. Five weeks from today I will be on a plane on my way to Ukraine... I can't wait!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Presentation Videos

For those of you who do not live in Montreal or who were simply not able to make it to one of my presentations over the past couple of weeks, I thought I would post my slide show presentations that summarize, in pictures, my four months in Congo/Uganda. So, if you're interested, just click on the videos below...


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

In case you missed it...

In case you missed my presentation on Sunday but want to hear more about my recent trip to Africa, I wanted to let you know that I am having another presentation next Wednesday, June 23rd at 7:15 pm in the community room of my grandmother's co-op. If you want to come and need directions or if you have any other questions contact me at:

Monday, June 7, 2010

Presentation Next Sunday

For those of you who live in the Montreal area, I wanted to let you know that next Sunday I will be having a presentation where I will be sharing in more detail about my time in Africa. So, if you want to hear more stories and see pictures, video, etc. here's what you need to know:

Sunday, June 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
Westview Bible Church - 16789 Pierrefonds Blvd
(corner of Pierrefonds & St. Charles Blvd)

Whether or not you can make it, could you pray for me this week, that God would give me wisdom and discernment as I prepare and that He would receive all the glory... Hope to see some of you there!