Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year and New Shoes!

Ringing in the new year always brings time of reflection as well as time of anticipation. It's hard to believe that it has been 3 1/2 years since I first met those first 11 kids at Kebron.  As we 2013 came to an end, we are now ministering to 67 kids with the potential for more soon!! God is doing a mighty work at Kebron and in the community!

We had a very exciting end to 2013. Children's HopeChest does an end of the year fundraising campaign called Change Their Story. We established the fundraising goal for Kebron to help build a medical and education fund.  Through the month long campaign, we were able to raise $13,405!!! This will go such a long way to help cover unexpected medical expenses with the kids as well as to help cover tutoring, school supplies, etc. 

I also was so blessed to meet a very special little girl named Delaynie. She decided this year to collect shoes for children who didn't have any. Through one of our sponsors, Delaynie became aware of Kebron and decided to collect shoes for the kids there. She was excited at the idea but had no idea how many she would collect. She let her friends and family know of her plans and that evolved into a community effort.  A local news channel even came and did a segment on her!

This is the local ABC station filming Delaynie.

One thing led to another and the shoes just came pouring in!! By the time the holidays were over, she had collected over 600 pairs of shoes!!

Even though I would love to take ALL of the shoes with me to Ethiopia, I just can't.  I am taking 100 pairs with me though and the rest were given to another wonderful ministry that serves children in Haiti. There are over 600 children who will be blessed because of the heart of Delaynie. We could all learn so much from her and having the faith of a child. Thank you, Delaynie!!

I believe that 2014 will hold even greater things for Kebron. I can't wait to see what God does!  I'm hanging on for an incredible ride!!

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