My Life Is Crazy Too is a series of reader submissions. Your life is a story … this is your opportunity to share your stories about life, love, and mommyhood to provide understanding, hope, and compassion in the unique situations each of us face every day. “Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it! I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are. I’ll never quit telling the STORY of your love.” Ps 89:1 If you would like to submit a story to this series, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Today’s crazy guest is Charisa Knight.
This is Charisa’s story …
In working with Project HOPEFUL’s Fig program we have begun a sponsorship style program that provides the following for sponsored children- some of which live at an orphanage in Awassa while others live alone or with family in the community in and around Awassa.
FIG stands for “family in the gap”. We desire our sponsor families to develop a relationship as much as possible with their sponsored children. We would like them to commit to praying for their children and advocating for them. We would love for families to take trips over and see their sponsored child and their families. We want to extend hope and encouragement to children and families.
- clothing and shoes two times a year
- medical checkup twice a year and medication in the case of sickness
- basic hygiene materials three times a year
- food support (formula/milk for children in the center and wheat for children in the community)
- all the necessary school supplies twice a year with school uniform and back bag once a year
- annual recreational trip around Awassa
- annual get together at Ajuuja Center
- sporting goods like balls, soccer shoe and jerseys
- regular prayer with men of God invited from different churches at Awassa
- Christmas and Easter celebrations with staff at Ajuuja and invited guests from the community
God has grown this program in ways that we never would have dreamed or imagined! (just like God isn’t it!!) We currently have over 60 children with FIG families, have purchased over 30 goats for families (with a bunch more waiting to go over!) and are currently fundraising for a surgery for a sweet mom so that she can walk again.
To learn more about our initiatives and see children who still need a FIG family go here: http://forsuchasthese.blogspot.com/2012/11/why-project-hopeful-awassa.html
You can also email us at email@example.com
While Greg, my husband, was there this past October he met this woman:
Who is a loving a grandmother to her orphaned granddaughters.
This grandmother came to us after we met the sponsored kids and families and said that she had a word from the Lord for us. She spoke a tribal language so it took quite a bit of translating from one person to another to another to hear her message. She quoted scripture verses and was very animated and very passionate about her message.
She told us how grateful she was for us coming, all of the people involved, how we were doing the Lord’s work, and how God had sent us (all of the people working with Project HOPEFUL Awassa)
She gave Him all the praise and at one point had her face to the ground thanking and worshipping Him.
It was very humbling to be sure–
seeing how lives can be impacted with such a small amount from us.
People that months ago we didn’t know existed or even know their name.
But God knew their name.
And He was faithful to a grandmother’s prayers.
All for His glory, Charisa