They began saving, collecting and working really hard. Our plans changed a little and we found out we won't be working as staff at the orphanage, and because of that we won't be able to take the kids out for treats. It was disappointing for my kids but they didn't let that set back derail their hope. We changed the project to "Burlando kids compassion fund". We prayed and talked about other ways we could use the money. There is no limit to the possibilities.
The kids effort was matched with generosity from many unexpected places. Friends and family chipped in. Our new church family has been incredibly encouraging and generous.
The grand total of our kids compassion fund is over $700!! When Aili and Roman first had the idea $100 seemed like a really big goal!
I decided to revert back to "Ice cream for Orphans" on this post
We were all orphans in a sense, separated and alone, far from the Father who longs for us. In His great love he has not only come to us and adopted us into fullness of relationship, he has not only provided what we need....he gives us ice cream. He delights in giving his children good gifts and smiles as he watches us bask in his love. He is the giver of all things good...and sweet and lovely. Maybe I'm stretching it...but I still like the concept of Ice cream for Orphans.
We want to show that kind of love to others...whether they are technically "orphans" or not. We will be living in an area that is loaded with physical, emotional and spiritual desperation and need. We want to give people a sweet taste of how much they are loved. We want to paint a picture of the joy and affection that a Daddy has for his child when he sits and eats ice cream with him.
I know this is going to be a very growing experience for my 3 oldest children. I know it is going to be a stretching experience for all of us. It has sparked a lot of family conversations about compassion, generosity, humility, stewarding God's money wisely, and prayerfully following the Holy Spirits lead. What started as fun little side project for our kids has turned into a whole family mission. We have some ideas of how we can use some of the money, but for the most part we are trusting that God will show us what needs he would have us meet when we come face to face with them.
We are looking forward to keeping you updated on this project while we're away.
Besides the donations of money and cans/ bottles, we have a car top carrier loaded full of warm blankets that have been donated.
We feel the weight of responsibility and the privilege we have in stewarding these gifts well. I'm looking forward to documenting and photographing the kids at work...and reporting back to all those who have joined us in this.
I'm praying that this will be an amazing, life altering experience for our kids.
Lord, my children are yours.
Help me to raise them with hearts that have been transformed and filled with you.
Give me your strength and wisdom every day.
May my little ones truly know, to the depth of their spirits, the you are faithful,
even if that means you take them through experiences that strips everything else away.
Lord I don't aspire that they be successful in the worlds eyes,
perform to impress, or that they live safe and happy lives.
Make them strong in your strength.
Make them wise in your wisdom.
Create in them men and woman after your heart.
Use them for you glory.
You hands, voice, and heart in a hurting world.
Bless them with real blessings.
The greater joy that can only be found
in the places few people are willing to look.