Monday, December 28, 2009

Unsatisfied

My new blog is being designed now so it will only be another week or so and I will move this discussion to that blog and keep this one about Operation Giggle stuff only but until then...


I have a recipe for you!

How to become completely unsatisfied with living under God's expectation level for you:


1. You must be saved for this to even matter. If you are great, if not email me I have an amazing (but true) story about the God of this universe leaving his throne to save you. I would love to share what his salvation did for me.

2. Watch God show up and show out in some unbelievable way (like providing Christmas to 130 children through a little blog with a silly name.)

3. Meet some awesome spirit-filled men and women along the way, allow them to encourage you and ask God to help you encourage them. Watch God be BIG in their lives.

4. Challenge yourself to read at least one of these AWESOME blogs....

http://the30dayjourneyforhope.blogspot.com/
http://theheidaway.blogspot.com/
http://blessingsfromethiopia.blogspot.com/

or

http://audreycaroline.blogspot.com/
http://newdayfosterhome.blogspot.com/
http://adamadiaries.blogspot.com/
oh this could last all day...I've got to stop.

5. Be a member of a spirit-filled church with a Pastor who loves God more than he loves the approval of men.

6. Pick up a copy of Crazy Love and READ IT!

7. Fall in love with a former orphan who just happens to be your best friend’s daughter (which makes her your niece).

8. It also helps to be married to a wonderful Godly man who is going through it all with you but more times than not you have to pray that God will help his heart catch up with yours...after all men are formed and women are fashioned...but that's for another day.

All of these things happening over a few months will make you COMPLETLY and TOTALY sick of yourself. It will make you realize how BIG God is and how he intends us to leave a mark on this world...not just tip-toe through it while doing your best to be comfortable.

Now for a (long) quote from Crazy Love....

"If one hundred people represented the world's population, fifty-three of those would live on less than $2 a day. Do you realize that if you make $4000 a month, you automatically make one hundred times more than the average person on this planet? Simply by purchasing this book (Crazy Love) you spent what a majority of people in the world will make in a week's time.

Which is more messed up-that we have so much compared to everyone else, or that we don't think we're rich? That on any given day we might flippantly call ourselves "broke" or "poor"? We are neither of those things. We are rich. Filthy rich."

I will warn you. Being unsatisfied with mediocrity doesn't feel good. It makes you second guess that $5 cup of coffee and hate that gas guzzling car you drive. It makes you want to spend nothing and give everything but it's not until we realize how much excess is around us that we can stop the financial bleeding and begin to align ourselves to his purpose. Please pray for my family as we go through this change...we want to be transformed in HIS true image. Not the image we have of him.

In Christ Alone,

Sherri

Sunday, December 27, 2009

MY LIFE IS NOT MY OWN!

I swear I have been taught more by women I may never meet than I have by Sunday School teachers that taught me for a dozen years. I am in a place right now that I am not ready to talk about but I do know my life is not my own...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Well it's 6:33 a.m. here in TN but I just had to get up to see the pictures Carrie was sending me and it was well worth it. I thought I would go ahead and post them just because I know there are other mommies and daddies and sponsors out their dying for a glimpse of their little one this morning. So I am going to post as a slideshow. If you want a picture emailed to you email me and I will be glad to send you a copy!


First I wanted to share some of Carrie's email:

Well, Christmas morning was a big success! The gifts were amazing - please thank everyone for us. It's clear a lot of thought and love went into picking out the presents. We got at least one picture of every child with their gifts; I'm sorry there aren't more, but it was so chaotic and hard to take pictures of 50 children all at once! Please tell all of your sponsors to watch the foster home's website in the coming days, because we're working on some scrapbooks, so you might be able to see more pictures of your sponsored children there.


...in the end you should have at least one picture of each child except the following little ones who were in the hospital and will get their presents later:


Catherine
Cora
Hong Nan
Jennifer

And the Hohhot foster children. We'll do our best to take the presents and get them to those children, but in the last month, some of the children who were in our program no longer are... so, they might not go to the original child. But, we'll do our best to pass out the gifts and get pictures...

... We hope you enjoy the pictures... please share them with the sponsors and pass on our appreciation. Operation Giggle was a HUGE success, and I hope this becomes a tradition!

I agree that this should become a tradition but I now have a better understanding of how to do it. So I will start Operation Giggle Christmas 2010 in September. But continue to check back because I plan on doing some other things throughout the year. Also I want to remind you that if you see some other little sweetie opening a gift you bought for a specific child it might be because your gift weighed thirty pounds and we had to break it up :) I know, I know, it is hard to stop buying for them once you start...so we did send a large box of extras to Carrie so they can bless the new little one's as they arrive. Thank You again for all of your help! But most of all PRAISE GOD for working the crooked places out and allowing all of this to happen. God Bless You All and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Now what you've all been waiting for...let the giggling begin...



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The gifts are under the trees!!!

I just got some information I wanted to share with everyone..

They are having Christmas in 3 different places at the foster home tomorrow morning, and they are going to do their best to get pictures of all the children opening presents so that each OG sponsor family can have at least one picture of their child enjoying the gifts.
However, they are not going to be able to get the presents to Hohhot Foster children for at least another month. So those pictures will be delayed.

Here are some pictures of the trees arround the foster home. I will post more pictures as soon as I have them. God Bless You All!



By the way THANK YOU CARRIE for keeping us up to date!

In Christ Alone,

Sherri

Update (the updated version...lol)

So Carrie and the New Day Group now has the gifts but they did have to pay about $138 in extra customs charges..ugh! We are so glad the gifts are there safely. Please check back for updates!


In Christ Alone,
Sherri

P.S. Please say a prayer for me I have Pneumonia and I feel it! Thanks Guys!

I have had a couple of emails about this...I have had one donation...if you want to donate to be able to cover this you can. I will forward to Carrie. Thanks

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Int'l shipment release=Yippee Jesus!

They released it and it will be delivered today (will tonight while we sleep). So the first four boxes are through. Now we just have to get the last two through. Please continue to pray!!

Thank You God!

Sherri

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Clearance delay=Please Pray UPDATE

Ok so I spoke to Fed Ex and they are wanting to know EXACTLY what's in the boxes...like we have 8 dolls and 10 trucks...ect. Of course we don't have that information. So we are working with FedEx to resolve this. Please pray that God steps in and pushes both shipments through.

Dear Heavenly Father,
You know who holds the key to these gifts getting to China. Please soften their hearts and allow all of the gifts to make it through. We trust you completly! We are just waiting to hear that you have shown up and shown out. In Jesus name we ask all of this!Amen!

Anyone know what those words mean when you are shipping something to China????? That is what the FedEx website said this morning....It's in Beijing but there is a clearance delay. Please pray this clears up and that the items are delivered safe and sound tomorrow.

In Christ Alone,

Sherri

Saturday, December 12, 2009

IT'S ALL MAILED!

I got the last of the gifts mailed this morning! We spent right at $975 for shipping, boxes, and shipping supplies ($903 in shipping alone!!). That means I have $100.00 to send to the Milk Money Program we will make this donation on Thursday. I just want to leave it open for a few days to make sure no one else had a donation that they would like to add to our $100.00 if you want to donate to the Milk Program please feel free to do so before Thursday. Thank you all so much for everything! Looking forward to sitting back and watching these gifts be opened now!

Have a great weekend!

Sherri

A Happy Post from one Tired, Sick, and Blessed Girl!

So I am proud to say 4 of the 5 boxes have been mailed. Thanks to a very generous shipping company employee we were able to send 4 boxes for $480.00! We still have one more box that we just could not fit into my car to take to Nashville with us but we think we should be able to mail it for between $200-$300. I am going to mail it this morning. So with us having to spend under $800 on shipping we will have at least $200 for the Milk Money Program!!! So thankful for that!! The first batch of gifts is set to arrive next Thursday. Please pray that God keeps all of the gifts in tact and that they pass customs and are delivered unharmed. We had some issues with the Postal Code so pray that everything makes it to the right place!

I want to say a big THANK YOU to my best friend Tara she drove me and the boxes to Nashville. I was sick and there is no way I could have drove myself. We didn't get back till somewhere around 1:30 this morning. Sorry "L" but I didn't think L'il Miss and the boys or the Pres for that matter would want you out running the roads at midnight but Tara and I are planning a road trip just for fun after the first of the year and we will call you then for sure!!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. As I said I am sick...couging ears hurting...ect...ect so I am going to ship a package, get a shot and go to bed!!!

In Christ Alone,

Sherri

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A giveaway, shipping news, a roadtrip, and other things on my mind right now!

Hi guys! If you have a heart for Africa go visit http://www.mattandmandi.blogspot.com/ she has an awesome giveaway today! She just won a giveaway here at Operation Giggle today also for posting about our cause! I know that we would have never been able to do it without those of you who posted about our needs! Thank You all!!!

Also I have great news about shipping. We have worked it out and we will be shipping tomorrow (from Nashville) and we will be able to ship for aprox $500-$600 PRAISE GOD! Please remember Tara and I in prayer as we make the trip to Nashville tomorrow night to take all of the toys.

Have a great weekend!!!

Sherri

Winners

I have been meaning to annouce the winners of  the drawing for the dresses and wall art.


Dress #1 goes to: Nicole at http://journeytoourlittleladybug.blogspot.com/












Dress #2 goes to Mandi at http://mattmandi.blogspot.com/




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

And last but no least the wall art goes to Heather at http://keepingupwith5.blogspot.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations ladies! And a big THANK YOU to everyone who blogged about Operation Giggle!!
If you were a winner email me at sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com to find out how to claim your prize!!


In Christ Alone,

Sherri

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Calling all Prayer Warriors

Ok so we have been wrapping and packing and unpacking and rearranging and repacking since Sunday.

It is going to take at least 4 20x20 boxes if not 5 to ship this stuff....that is around $1800-$2100 in shipping costs!

Well we might have an answer...a friend of a friend thinks he may be able to get us a discount. A BIG discount. So please pray this works out!!!!

Thanks!

Sherri

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Adoption

I am copying this from another blog....http://theheidaway.blogspot.com/2008/03/reality.html

But it is exactly how I feel about adoption...I know others feel the same!

Imagine a building with many windows and one door. Inside that building are orphans of every race, suffering in every color, pain of every degree. You KNOW what is in there. Now imagine that every day thousands of people walk right past that building. Some are too focused on their own lives to even take a peek in the windows. Some take a peek, can't bear the pain that the sight brings to surface in their own hearts, and then shield their eyes and continue on their way. Some peer inside, shed some tears, and feel a bit of compassion for the ones suffering. Then some, a few, actually step inside the building. They engage with the hurting souls. They look into the eyes of these children and mothers and fathers and see their own. Their own flesh and blood. And then they do something about it. Because, once you have engaged with the suffering, you can't NOT do something. You can't go back to your suburban American capitalistic dream and thank the Good Lord for blessing you with your comforts, food, wealth, and health. You can't do it. You shudder and realize, Woe to me for not seeing this suffering before. For not seeing these souls as my own. For not doing unto others as we would have done unto us. As we would want done unto our own white children.

I pray that God uses that blog to reach so many people that it amazes the author. I know it reached me.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

New Update!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day! We got snow here in TN today so it has been a great day!

I have all of the gifts except for 4 of them. If I don't get those today I will have to look for other sponsors locally or take some of our money to sponsor these children.

I also noticed today that the following names had been added to the New Day Home Page however they were not showing up under new arrivals and I haven't seen them until today:

Matthias (he looks familiar does anyone know if this is just a name change?)
Sunny
Li Yang
Feng NV
Li Qun
Caroline
Karly
Brittany
Jonah

I will be emailing Carrie about these but I am afraid these are new children without sponsors. If you live in the area and would be willing to buy gifts for one of these children please email me. If you live somewhere else but you want to give extra money to buy for these children please let me know. Even if we spend only $20 a child that is almost $200. Our total right now is around $1000. If Shipping (and buying the boxes only costs $850.00 that means we have between $150-$200 which would mean that all the extra money would go to buying gifts not Milk Money. Please pray about this. It didn't surprise my God when I saw these names I am sure he has a plan. Part of that plan may be evening out what was bought for the other children because we had several boxes that weighed WAY more than 3lbs....I love you people!

Trusting God to get us through this home strech!!!

Sherri

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Strike Lord Strike!

Truth is truth, and in the end God, like lightening, is looking for a conduit. ~Unknown


I read that today. I re-read it. I let it sink in and then I came straight here to post.

God is like lightening and he is looking for a conduit...

The definition for conduit is: means by which something is transmitted.

Hmmm so that means God is looking for a means to transmit himself to this world. You know that is exactly what happened with Operation Giggle. I said "God I want to do something awesome for these kids but I can't do it on my own. I don't have enough. Not enough money, not enough knowledge, not enough help, not enough strength, not enough power." It's like He said..."oh you are willing but don't have enough...well guess what...I'M ENOUGH!" That's all it took...I posted a blog and BOOM the lightening of God conducted himself through not only me but all of you and these 130 children were shown love. It's amazing. It's outstanding. It's exceedingly abundantly above all that I could ask or even think...HOW? well, according to the POWER that works in me...(remember I'm not enough so...) that POWER is JESUS CHRIST! *This is Ephesians 3:20 if you didn't know* That POWER is what saved me, it's what has kept me since I was saved at 13 years old it's the POWER I use to get up in the morning and the POWER I use to be a mother, wife, employee, sister, friend, daughter, ect, ect, ect. HIS POWER IS ENOUGH!

So now that we have that settled I feel led to tell you about the next phase of my life that I will have to trust in his POWER to take care of. My husband and I sent in our preliminary adoption application on December 1st. I know that God has led us to this place. I feel his POWER all over me when I look at the faces of those without a home. I know that God has a plan...A GREAT PLAN...full of POWER to get this adoption done. But I don't have a plan. I have no clue how to raise the $25,000-$30,000 that it will take. I have no sewing ability, I can't make bows...I blog, I scrapbook, I teach, I preach, I organize, I work...those are the things I do...so I have no clue how God will turn those things into the money we need but here is the amazing thing...it's not about what I do. It's about what HE does, and HE PROVIDES, HE LOVES, HE CARES, HE IS IN CONTROL, and of course HIS POWER is enough for whatever I go through. So God you are the lightening...we are standing here in the middle of this new place with our arms extended in praise we are just waiting on you to strike. Please pray for our family as we take this journey. God Bless You All!

In Christ Alone,

Sherri

Praise God for He is good and worthy of our praise!

I have GREAT news!!! I spoke with F*dEx today about shipping our gifts. After looking at the gifts I am convinced that we just don't need two pallets to get it all there. So I talked to a great guy who helped me out and he said if we can fit all of the gifts in two 24 by 24 boxes (which I think we can 31 gifts in each box) it will only cost us $840.20 to ship...Plus the cost of the boxes and shipping supplies...this means we should be able to ship for around $900! We were counting on somewhere between $1300 and $1500! So we should be able to send the milk program between $400 and $600! Praise God!


Thank you all so much for praying over this need! Please plan to attend the party on Sunday at Fairview to wrap and prepare these gifts for shipping. We need all of the help we can get! I will be taking the boxes to ship them on Monday morning and I will be posting the final shipping total here along with how much we were able to send for the Milk Money program. Please be praying that all of those gifts will fit into the boxes...I know the same God that made a few fish and a little bread feed over 5000 can make 31 presents fit into a 24x24 box! I have no doubt that God's hand of provision and protection has been on top of this effort this entire time. I have had such a wonderful time on this journey. I have made friends that I know will last a life time and I am a little sad to see it end. But I am not so sure that it has to end at all...after all Valentines Day is in February...I know that those cuties could use a little extra love...but lets just get Christmas taken care of first!

By the way I still have a few people who haven't sent me their gift yet...just 3 or 4 but please get those gifts over-nighted to me today! I will be forced to go and purchase gifts using some of our funds that I would like to send for Milk Money if I don't have them by Saturday at lunch...I don't want to do that but I can't let any little cuties go without gifts!

Thank you all so much for your help but most of all THANK YOU HEAVENLY FATHER for all of your good gifts in my life!!

In Christ Alone,

Sherri

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Oh how He loves us!


He is jealous for me
Love's like a hurricane,
I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of
His wind and mercy

When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great your affections are for me.

Oh, how He loves us so
Oh, how He loves us
How He loves us so.
(x2)
Yeah, He loves us

Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves.
(x2)

We are His portion and
He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption
by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean, we're all sinking
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns
violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way

He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
OH, how He loves
(x2)

Yeah, He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves.

Yeah, He loves us
He loves us
He loves us
He loves.

Yeah, He loves us
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves
He loves us,
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves

This is my new favorite song. You can search for it on You Tube. It's great. I love the picture...notice it has 5 trees...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

One Week Away!

With less than a week to go I wanted to update the site again. I have a few quick things to go over.

#1
I still have 17 gifts that I haven't gotten. Out of those 6 are local families and I know they will be bringing theirs to the wrapping party. So I really only have 11 more gifts that I am waiting on. If you haven't mailed your gift please email me and let me know the status!

#2
The wrapping/shipping party will be next Sunday at 3 p.m. at Fairview Worship Center in Cleveland TN. If you are local please come out and help us!

#3
I need a few extras! If you never got to sign up for a child but would like to help I have a few "light" presents and I would love for some extras to make everything even. Please email me at sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com if you would like to help.

#4
The shipping fund has $1007.75 (18.97 is Milk Money) at this moment. We need to raise $511.22 in the next week. If you have an extra $10 laying around please go on pay pal and send it our way. It will be put to good use! If 25 families send an extra $20 in it would take care of the rest of the shipping. My family will be family number 1 so I just need 24 more families!!!

#5
If you are local I need help over the next week! I need someone to pick up pallets, I need someone to help haul boxes to the church, I need wrapping paper, tape, bows, ect. Please email me if you can help!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Don't forget the raffle! We will be drawing next Sunday for both dresses and the wall art!!! Please be sure to enter.

3 ways to enter

1. Donate $2.00 and put for Dress #1 in the notes section
2. Post about Operation Giggle on your blog (and then post a comment on our blog telling me you did so!)
3. Send out a mass email about Operation Giggle and copy me on it (sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com).

God Bless You All!!!

Sherri

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ok...so I can't add!

Just wanted to update you on the New Day shipping...if you know me outside of the blogging world you know that I am BAD with math. It is a running joke around here...well I just double checked my Excel formulas and it turns out I had added two "cells" in two times each so our actual total is $952.75 and $18.97 of that is Milk Money so we have $933.78 toward shipping. We still need to raise $566.22. If you haven't sent your gift in yet please include a donation to help ship it if at all possible. If you did not sponsor a child but still want to help you may do so by clicking the donate now button on the right side of this blog.

Just in case you haven't looked at the comment posted by a reader (Meliske) below I wanted to repost it here...

Oh my goodness! What a small world this is! This weekend some very close family friends traveled to Ethiopia from Washington with 4 suitcases- 1 suitcase of clothes and 3 suitcases of gifts donated for the children in the orphanage! Brian and Alex, daddy and big brother (9 yrs old) carried the gifts you sent. They were not charged any extra fee, due to what was inside the suitcases, and they arrived in perfect condition. Thank you for your prayers, as they protected some people who are very dear to my heart. Alex and Brian have met their newest addition, a beautiful 21 month old girl, and they will all be returning to Washington this Saturday, where mommy and another big brother and a big sister are waiting.


Praise God for his provision and protection over this family. God is SO good! Pray for this family as they continue their journey home!

I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

In Christ Alone,

Sherri

Monday, November 23, 2009

NEW DAY WRAPPING SHIPPING PARTY UPDATE

If you would like to help get everything ready to ship for the New Day Children please let me know. We will be meeting on Sunday December 6th at 3 p.m.

I will post more information as it becomes available!

Thanks,

Sherri

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Day Shipping Update

I am very glad to tell you that after reviewing all of the donations that have poured in over the last week we now have $916.56 toward shipping and $ 18.97 toward Milk Money. Thank you all so much. If you haven't sent your package yet please try to send some shipping money to help get your package to China. We still need over $500 for shipping and we would like to raise more for Milk Money! Praise the Lord for people to partner with that are so giving!

God Bless You All!

Sherri

Need Your Info!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Things are going so wonderful!

If you have made any sort of donation or sent a gift or donated time or anything at all please send your name and address along with a short discription of what you did to my email address sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com ... something like this:

Sherri D. Roe
452 Main Street
Somewheresville, TN 78936

I bought for Joe Doe and donated money to shipping.

Thank you all so much!

God Bless!


Sherri

Friday, November 20, 2009

The packages arrived!!!

I spoke to the YWAM group in Washington tonight and they got the packages! It should be on its way to Ethiopia later tonight. Please pray for those carrying the gifts and for an easy trip through customs. Please pray that our gifts will arrive unharmed and completely untouched. PRAISE GOD THAT WE MADE IT THIS FAR! Because of God's blessing and your obedience we have touched the lives of over 80 children, women and several young men. Thank you God for providing everything we needed!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Psalms 30:2 Kind of Day

Psalms 30:2 says O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.

That was the kind of day I had yesterday. I was in so much pain Saturday. Pain that was so bad I was in tears. I hate that kind of pain.

I got into a chair at home on Saturday night and sat their on the heating pad hurting so much. Finally I got into bed with the help of my family and I spent a horrible night tossing and turning. So tired but awaken time and again by pain. Sometime in the morning I got up to use the bathroom it took me forever just to walk the short distance to my bathroom and do my business and get back in bed. I just couldn't even think about spending the whole day like that. I wanted to worship the Lord and enjoy myself I had the Operation Giggle meeting and I just wanted to be WHOLE. I was laying in my bed with my wonderful husband and my son. My dauther was asleep (not for long). I told Mitch that I was going to have my dad (who is also our Bishop) to lay hands on me and pray for me when we got to church. I started just saying alound how I knew that God could save me. How I knew that Jesus said that FAITH could make us whole. I believe that. I believe that God has good plans for me and that He loves me and doesn't want me to live in pain. Well I was laying there and I thought wow I'm not hurting so I moved a little...no pain...I sat up (took me 3 minutes to set up when I went to the bathroom) NO PAIN, I stood up...NO PAIN, I walked NO PAIN, I ran...NO PAIN...I shouted (and woke my sleeping daughter up). NO PAIN. God is so good. I asked and he answered. Thank you heavenly father!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Praise The Lord!

First I want to say a BIG HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who showed up today. Everything went great!!! We have all of the gifts ready to pack except for just a couple that have been mailed but haven't arrived yet. We did take some pictures and I'm going to see if I can get those emailed to me so that I can post them here. I am just amazed at what God has done. He has taken care of 83 YWAM children completly. I have a few more figures to run but I also believe that the shipping has been taken care of. Praise God! I am hoping to get everything mailed by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning at the latest please pray for me while I try to tie up all the loose ends. Have a great weekend.

P.S. God healed my back I'll post more about that later!

Sherri

Today is the day!

Don't forget we are meeting today (go to the Events tab for more information). I have had a couple of donors back out. So I have two children that need gifts purchased for them. I also have two children who need $25 sponsors. If you are local and could buy for the two children please email me at sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com and let me know. If you aren't local but could donate the money for the gifts let me know that as well. If you want to be a $25 donor please email me as well. Please keep us in your prayer if you are to far away to make it today!

God Bless!

Sherri

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Down to the wire!

Good Morning everyone! I am so excited about what God is going to do this weekend. Please be in prayer for my church today we are doing our 5th annual Dirt to Destiny Women's Conference. I am having a fit out of my back, I had surgery on it a couple of years ago and it seems to have picked the busiest weekend I've had in a year to act up. I beg for your prayers during this day. I will not be able to check email or this site until after 4 EST.

Now on to Operation Giggle stuff...I still haven't recieved all of the gifts please email me and let me know if you HAVE NOT mailed your gift for the YWAM children. (New Day (China) gifts are not due until Dec 1st). We still need to raise around $50 for shipping. Praise God for helping us find cheaper options and for the donors who have given so far. Please be much in prayer that everything will go smoothly over the next few days due to our TIGHT timeframe. I will be sitting down tonight to email each of the sponsor's that I haven't gotten gifts for (except for those of you who email me and tell me you haven't mailed them). We are believing God for everything to work out just fine for these children. I am standing on His promises and believing him to take care of everything. God Bless!

Sherri

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Important Prayer Request

Thank you all for everything you have done so far!


Please pray about the shipping cost to Washington. When we first looked at those costs we thought we would be shipping about 50 lbs worth of gifts now it has turned into 150. We need to come up with funds to take care of this. Please let me know if you have any ideas at all.

If you think your church would be willing to take up an offering to help or if you know of a business that might help sponsor shipping please let me know. I am waiting on prices from a couple of shipping companies but at this time it looks like it may cost between $500-$750 in shipping. I know that God didn't bring us this far to leave us and I also know that this doesn't surprise him. He is all knowing. Please pray about this matter.

In Christ Alone,

Sherri

Monday, November 9, 2009

5 p.m. November 11, 2009

2 YWAM Children Left!!! Yippee Jesus!!! Get the word out! We need two more sponsor's in the next 2 days!!!

In Tears...

I just had a chance to sit down and open up some of the gifts that have been sent so far and WOW! You guys are awesome I can't wait for the kids to get these gifts. Thanks for the extra in shipping too! We have another $45 toward the shipping now!

If you are helping in the YWAM (Ethiopia) program please make sure you mail your gifts out in the next couple of days I need them by Friday (Saturday at the latest).

Also if you are making a donation on-line please make it by Thursday night if possible so that I can transfer everything on Friday. Thanks again!!!

Sherri

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Two-a-Days

I'm a football girl...I don't mean I wear orange on game day and claim to be a football fan I mean I LOVE football. My Dad had two daughters and we loved what he loved. This love carried over into my adult life so on any given Saturday you will find my husband and I are watching any football game that we can find on TV. I love college football (GO VOLS! Hey I know everyone who reads this is from all different places and I'm sure you may not follow my obsession but hey...I'm writing here :-)!)  I also love high school football. We have season tickets to the games at our local high school (GO BEARS!) and we have had them for years...my dad had his when I was in high school so lets just say it's been longer than a decade! I said all of that to say I know football terms and if you don't let me explain the title...two-a-days refers to the time at the end of the summer right before the season begins when the coaches hold two practices a day. This week is also referred to with other names by the players but none that I'm willing to post :-)! It is a hard time. The players are tired and want to rest but the coaches ask for more...twice as much! Well guess what?! It's time for two-a-days for all of us! We are down to the last 6 days of Operation Giggle YWAM's sponsor drive and we can't get tired and stop!

We have 12 children left to get sponsored that means we need TWO-A-DAY! So please post about this, send emails, announce it at your church, whatever you can do to get the word out PLEASE DO IT! Post about it on Facebook and Myspace...Put up a flyer at work (I can email you one if you want to do that). Get creative!!! Please help us FINISH STRONG!

Also please make plans to attend the Wrapping/Shipping Party and help us get everything packed and ready. (Click on EVENTS at the top of the page to get details about that!)

Thank you all so much for being the HANDS and FEET of JESUS to these children!!!!

Update on Raffle

We need to raise quite a bit of shipping for the NEW DAY project so we have had an item added to our raffle. I have a few more items that I will be adding soon I hope.


Right now we still have Dress #1. This is a size 2T and it is handmade!

Now I want to add something I am so EXCITED about...if you read Carrie's blog you  might remember when she got a gift from a friend here in the states. It was scripture for her wall...if you were like me you were thinking, "I wish I knew who that was I would love to get one of those for my wall!!" Well the woman behind the beautiful word art is Valerie and she has donated a wall art to our raffle. The winner will get to chose between two scriptures and two color choices black over white or black over gold...

Option 1:
Verse: "They will know us by our love."

Size: 28" width
Colors: Black and White or Black and Gold to winner's specs!

Option 2:
"For I know the plans ..."
Size: approx. 34" width
Colors: Black and White or Black and Gold to winner's specs!




What a great prize! Thanks Valerie!!! (Can I just pause here to say I have met some of the most wonderful people on this journey! God continues to send me "sisters" along the way to remind me that I'm not in this alone... Julie, Valerie, Chrystie, Kelli, Tara (both of you), Tina, Jeanette oh I could list names all day but you guys know who you are and more than that God knows who you are! But Valerie has done something no one else has...she joined me on my CHOCOLATE fast...lol!!! Thank goodness that only lasted one weekend! Anyway what I really want to say is thank you all SO VERY MUCH!)





Ok so back to the reason for this post...do you want one of the items I listed above? If so you must "buy a ticket" you do so by donating at least $2.00 and putting Raffle...and the item you want (either dress, or wall art) in the notes of your donation. We will be charged a small fee by Pay Pal for each donation so if you want to donate more that would be great!!! Thanks for your support!!!

Sherri

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Faces at New Day! (Updated)

We've had two families sponsor these cuties! Thanks so much for your support!

New Day Foster Home has a few new faces! Click "here" to read all about it! There are three new babies that came this week and a couple of other new cuties that have arrived over the last few weeks. We have two children that we still need sponsor's for. Lindsey and Jennifer click "here" to see thier pictures. Please let me know if you would be willing to sponsor one of these cuties. The deadline for the gifts to be to me is December 1st. Please email me at sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com if you want more information!

In Christ Alone,

Sherri

"Shipping/Wrapping Party" (updated)

Calling all troops...

At least the local ones that is!

We will be meeting on
Sunday November 15th from 2-4:30 p.m. at the
Fellowship Hall of Fairview Worship Center.

The address is 5545 Runway Drive NW Cleveland TN 37312. (Turn left off of North Lee Hwy as soon as you pass Galaxy Bowling. Make the first right and you will see the Church over to your left. The Fellowship Hall is the brick building)

We will be preparing all the gifts for shipping. We need the following supplies...please email me if you are bringing supplies so that I can be sure we don't have 100 rolls of ribbon and no tape :-)!

Ribbon
2 gallon zip lock bags
Christmas Name Tags
Christmas Cards

we also still need T-shirts, Underwear, and Socks for the Gimbie Care Packages.

Also I had someone find 6 polo shirts (mediums and smalls) for a good price at Tar*et. If you find any polo shirts that are a good price I would love to have 19 more so that we could send each child one. * The person who purchased the first 6 shirts said she would be glad to go get more if someone wanted to help out with the cost. $3 each so if you are interested in donating the additonal $50 bucks or so then shoot me an email! Maybe you know a business that would be willing to donate shirts to the cause. Please let me know if you can help out with this.

We have 12 Gimbie Children that still need sponsor's please pray about sponsoring one of these children for $25. Also we will have to ship the gifts to Washington and we will be having some expense to do that. If you would like to help on the shipping please donate using the button on the right side of the blog and put YWAM Shipping in the Notes section or just bring the money with you on Sunday.

IF YOU HAVE AGREED TO SPONSOR A YWAM CHILD PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR DUE DATE FOR ALL GIFTS AND CARDS IS NOVEMBER 13TH. I HAVE TO HAVE THESE ITEMS REPACKED AND SENT TO WASHINGTON ON THE 16TH SO THAT THEY CAN TRAVEL TO ETHIOPIA ON THE 21ST. THIS IS A TIGHT DEADLINE SO PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU GET YOUR GIFTS TO ME ON TIME.

Thanks so much for all of your help. I know it makes God smile to see His children come together to help these precious kiddo's!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Where we stand!

I just want to take a minute to let you all know where we stand with all of our projects.

NEW DAY!
We have $251.86 toward our goal of $1500 for shipping for our New Day project. This leaves $1248.14 to be raised in the next 30 days. I know that looks big but I trust God to give us the ability to raise these funds.

So we are going to do a couple of things to try to raise that money.

1. We have donation buckets set up at local business if you know of somewhere else we should put a bucket email me.

2. Starting today anyone that comments on this post and says that they have blogged about our frieght need or have sent out a mass email about the need will be entered in a drawing to win this dress:


Isn't it so cute! It is a size 1 ( chest size 18 "), it is a pattern from the hand made dress website (also an adoption family ). We want to thank Kathy at inthewaitingadoption.blogspot.com for making this dress for us along with dress #1 that is currently being raffled off. Here is Dress #1 again just in case you missed it:

You can win Dress #1 by donating $2.50 or more with the Pay Pal button. For everytime you donate that amount and put Dress #1 in the notes you will get your name in the hat for Dress #1 I will draw for both of these dresses on December 3rd at the Wrapping Party! I will post the winner the same day!

Unfortunatly at this time I have had no donations for the milk program. Please forward our information to anyone that you think might wish to help.







YWAM

We have 12 more Gimbie children to get sponsored.

I am working on sending "care bags" to the Gimbie children I still need 25 of the following Items for the bags:

Boys T-Shirts
Boys Underware
Socks



If you can provide some of these items please email me at sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com

Unfortunatly at this time I have had no donations for the food program. Please forward our information to anyone that you think might wish to help.

Please feel free to email me with any questions!

Monday, November 2, 2009

More info on the Gimbie Street Children (updated)

We just got some new information we aren't going to be able to get photo's of the street kids in Gimbie. We are going to get names and ages (hopefully). Right now all I know is there are 25 of them so I am just going to look for 25 sponsors to do a $25 donation for the Gimbie children. If you would like to be one of those 25 people please let me know. We are going to take care of the Christmas Card's for these boys so we just need sponsor's. Thank you for being God's hands and feet for these children!!!


I will keep this number updated so that you know where we stand! Rally your troops we need $25 sponsor's in less than two weeks!!!!

COUNT DOWN FOR GIMBIE STREET CHILDREN:   12

Also the little one below is taken now! Thanks Chrystie!!!
Also I have one quick update we have a new little one at the Widows and Orphan's home who needs a $25/Christmas Card sponsor. Please email me if you would like to sponsor this sweet little boy.
Kibrom - 15 months old - boy

He is at the Widows & Orphans Home and is being adopted so we can't post a picture.
His mother is sick with AIDS and his father is unknown He is the only child of his mother. Because his mother is infected with HIV and is not doing well, she cannot work and cannot provide the nutrition and care she knows Baby K needs. She has asked YWAM to find a good family for her sweet baby.

BROKEN

The children that are in the 4th and final group of YWAM children are the Street Kids from Gimbie.

If you haven't read about these kids please go now and read "Blog 1" and "Blog 2" I DARE YOU!

It will change you...I know it changed me...It changes me every time I look into those beautiful brown eyes. It leaves me more and more BROKEN to the cause of adoption and caring for the orphaned and widowed in general. I pray that you take time to read these posts today and allow it to leave your heart BROKEN so that God can put it back together and make it look a little more like His.

I will be listing each one of these children by name and giving a little background on them later today. But until them get to know the Street Kids of Gimbie and ask God to protect and provide for them today. Remember there are no Orphan's of God...He knows and loves each one of us including the Street Kids of Gimbie.

Because of Christ,



Sherri

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Praise God! (updated)

Well today has been a wonderful day. My son got baptized tonight it was wonderful. After church I checked my email and now we have all of the children taken care of in the first three YWAM groups.

I do have one more group of children, 25 of them to be exact, that I want to help. All of these children will needed supporters to give $25 and a Christmas Card.

I will be posting those additional 25 as soon as I get the information from YWAM.

Praising God for Answered Prayers,

Sherri

Friday, October 30, 2009

Updated List and Gift Ideas for YWAM Families

Updated list of all available children/adults/widow's to be sponsored. I divided them into two groups.

Need to be sponsored with a 3lb gift.


Epherem Kibru Male, 17
Kaleab Getu 18
Binyam Fekadu Male, 14
Dawit Tadesse Male, 14
Dawit Teshome Male, 13
Yohannes Teshome Male, 12
Mena, Female, 22
Lidya Female, 21
Jerusalem (Kimia) Female, 19
Alem Kedani Female, 19
Ababa G’Hiwot female, 20
Tsehay Female, 19
Roman Female, 18
Abdissa Tadessa Male, 29
Likelesh Geda Female, 70
Dinke Aliton Female, 66
Gette Gemechu Female, 78
Mamite Nemo Female, 78
Yetnebersh Gema Female, 65
Amina Rebo Female, 65


Need to be sponsored with a $25 donation and a Christmas Card including stickers, small toys ect. (whatever will fit in the envelope).



Abdissa Male, 5
Tamarit Male, 3
Yonas Male, 5
Tesfaye Male, 8
Mihiret Female, 6
Arsema Female, 6
Ytbarek Male, 8
Mesulu Female, 11
Dejen Male, 8
Assefa Male, 7
Abebe Female, 6
Hana Female, 4
Berhanu Male, 7
Tarikua Female, 7
Endale Female, 8
Tsion Female, 3
Tzibt, Female, 2
Besufekad Male, 2

Abraham Male, 7

Also several of you have asked me for a ideas for gifts. I spoke to Joy and these are the ideas she gave me.

  • Board games .... because of size, maybe travel games like Sorry, Checkers, Battleship, Guess Who.
  • For the older girls, nail polish, files, polish remover pads; hand/body cream, new, nice tooth brush and small tooth paste; lip gloss in a nice little zipper kit. (I save bags I get from Clinique or Mary Kay, for instance)
  • They have backpacks for school, but they might enjoy a school zipper bag with a nice mechanical pencil (and led) and pens (different colors) and maybe a small drawing pad.
  • Polo shirts or t-shirts for the guys ... Christian t-shirts especially for both boys and girls.
  • Cross/Christian necklaces for both boys and girls. Inexpensive watches.
  • Bracelets and hair stuff (for Black hair) as all girls like to look pretty!
  • A new pillowcase!
  • For the two younger girls .... do they make paper dolls anymore? Or a simple craft kit. A pretty skirt (on the longer side). New flip-flops that are pretty. Pretty shirts, new jammies.
  • Stuffed animal
  • Small hard candies (so they don't melt or break)
  • Small sewing kit, deodorant, new toothbrush, tooth paste, breath mints/gum, chap stix ... could be stuck in with something else
  • Sweats are easy because they don't have to fit perfectly.
  • DVDs (go for it! .... they like all kinds; what your kids would like .... super heros, Christian stories, animations). Their English is quite good, especially receptive. I am sure those who are doing this project would use discretion as to content.
  • For Abdissa (the director .... not sure he is on there) a nice Bible cover/carrier, pads to write on, nice pen, cell phone case for his belt, new belt, cotton shirt (he is a medium) long or short sleeves (no iron would be fabulous), sweater vest, new tie, socks, wallet
  • Socks! The boys would enjoy athletic socks, the girls pretty, unique ones
  • Flash lights. Electricity is only on every other day. The boys might even enjoy those head lights. That way they could read at night.

 I hope this helps those of you who are buying gifts. Also I will be sending this out in an email with the address to mail your gifts to included. Please check your email. Thanks!

Sherri




Thursday, October 29, 2009

Just Checking In! (updated with correct number)

We only have 16 Days to get all of the YWAM kids taken care of! We still have 39 kids to get taken care of.  PLEASE forward our blog information to anyone that might want to help. We need to get these kids taken care of so that the families will have time to mail the gifts or cards and donations to me.

Email me at sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com if you need more information!!

In Christ Alone,

Sherri

Friday, October 23, 2009

YWAM-Information

I have been writing this update in my head for a week, I have had a hard time wrapping my head around this all so that I can condense it to a form that other people will be able to digest.

I am going to just go over what we are doing for the YWAM from start to finish, that way if this is your first time on the website you don't have to go on a "fact finding hunt".

We are sponsoring children and widows out of Ethiopia that are connected to YWAM (Youth With A Mission). There are three groups of children/widows that we are sponosring.

I am breaking this down into to different catagories. The first catagory is the groups we will be sending GIFTS to.

We are seding gifts to one of the groups of children and to the widows. First, there are the children/young adults at the YWAM Mercy Devolopment. These are children/young adults that we need families to send 3lbs worth of Christmas gifts. You may click "here"  to see a list of these children. Some of the children have already been spoken for. The ones that still need to be matched with a Christmas Family are:
 
Ababa G’hiwot
Alem Kedani
Binyam Fekadu
Dawit Tadesse
Dawit Teshome
Epherem Kibru
Girma Garado
Jerusalem (Kimia)
Lidya
Mena
Samuel Kader
Yohannes Teshome
Yohannes Wendesen

These children and young adults are in the system but for one reason or anohter can not be adopted. The older children have "aged out" of the program but they still deserve a great Christmas. Please pray about sponosring one of these children.
 
We are also buying GIFTS for the widow’s. I know this might be different than what you read before. But we have had a few adjustments and we can now send gifts to the widow’s. The limit for all gifts is 3lbs. This is so that we have room to get everything to Ethiopia in a limited amount of space (and weight). You can see the widow’s by clicking "here"  . All of the widow’s are still available. These women have seen, felt, and endured a lot in their lifetime; help us make sure that they feel the love of Christ this Christmas.

For the other two groups of children we will not be sending gifts. We will be looking for families to make a $25 donation to Operation Giggle and the send a Christmas card to the child. The Christmas card can include whatever you can fit in the envelope; such as stickers, hair bows, pictures, and other small items. With the $25 donation you send we will be having the older children from YWAM Mercy Development go and purchase gifts for the other children. This allows us to save on shipping as well as giving the YWAM kids the opportunity to give rather than receive. Joy at YWAM feels like this is going to be an awesome emotional and spiritual growing experience for those children. I know that it is “more fun” to pick out the gifts yourself but we need sponsor’s that are willing to realize what a great opportunity this for those older children and become sponsors. Your donation can be made on this site by clicking the “donate now” button. Please email me first to be sure that the child you want to sponsor is still available. Then donate and include the child’s name in the Note section of your donation. You can also email me to get the address to mail in a check or money order made out to Sarah’s Hope . I will be sending out an email with the address for you to mail the cards to.

The two groups we are supporting with the $25 and Christmas Card are the children at YWAM’s Widows and Orphans Home and the children from the village of T’ede.


You can click "here" to read the profiles of the Widows and Orphans home children. These children are adoptable and I can not put their pictures on the web. I can email you a picture of the child you want to sponsor at your request but this picture can not be posted anywhere on the web EVER. This is against adoption rules and could cause major problems. There are also some members of the staff and missionaries listed that you can sponsor for Christmas gifts.

The children/adults that are still available from this list are:

Abdissa
Tamarit
Tesfaye
Mihiret
Yonas
Arsema
Ytbarek
Mesulu
Dejen
Assefa
Tsehay (worker)
Roman (worker)
Abdissa Tadessa (director)

Please email me to sponsor one of these children.

The children from the T’ede village are children who live with their families but depend on YWAM to provide them with support for food and basic living expenses. You can click "here"  to read the children’s profiles and pictures. All of these children are still available to be sponsored.

Abebe
Besufekad
Hana
Tzibit
Tsion
Endale
Abraham
Tarikua
Berhanu

Please email me if you would like to support one of these children.

ALL GIFTS, DONATIONS, AND CARDS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 13TH.

We also would love to send money for food. The donations for food are not on a tight deadline and we will be accepting them until further notice.

One last note, there are 25 other children who are part of a new program. There are 25 of these children. You can click "here"  to read all about them. I would love to help these children. For $25 we could get them all a new outfit and some better shoes. I want all of the children we have taken so far covered before I add these 25 children. So if you were waiting to the last minute to take a child please think about going ahead and doing it now so that I can add these sweeties!

Thanks for reading this VERY LONG BLOG! Have a great weekend!

Because of Christ,


Sherri

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Children from T'ede

 We have another group of children to be soponsored. These sweeties live in T'EDE. There is more information about the village below. Please email me if you would like to sponsor these children with a $25 donation for a gift and by sending in a Christmas card for the child (packed with stickers, toys and whatever you can fit in the envelope of course!).


ABOUT THE VILLAGE OF T’EDE:


T’ede (teh’ – day) is a village where the people farm for a living. Most of the farms are small subsistence farms and the people are poor. YWAM’s outreach to T’ede is done from the Adama Widows and Orphans Home and seeks to bring relief to the very poorest of the poor. The orphanage director, Tezera, was raised in this village and her sister’s husband is the only pastor there.

 


Abebe is 6 years old and lives with her mother (her father is deceased) who in unable to provide income for the little family. She likes pasta and orange juice and loves to play ‘running rope.’


Besufekad is 2-years-old. He is an active little boy who likes to play. His family is extremely poor and they count on the monthly sponsorship of a family in the U.S. to meet their needs for food and clothing.

Hana is 4 years old. Her mother was a young schoolgirl when she gave birth to Hana. She had to quit school to care for her daughter and continues to live with her widowed mother working as she can as a daily laborer.

Tzibt is 2 years old and she was born to a mother who abandoned her to the care of her grandmother. Her father is unknown. Her grandmother sold alcohol or begged to try to earn money.

Tsion is 3 years old and has a mother who is alive. They live in the village of Tede. Her mother gave birth to Tsion after she was raped and gave Tsion her grandfather's name instead of her father's, as is customary. Tsion's mother works as a daily laborer and makes about $.80 a day, which is approximately $16 a month.

Endale is 8 years old and lives in the little town of T’ede. She lives with her extended family who are unable to provide income for themselves. Sponsorship provides her with food and school tuition.
7-year-old Abraham’s father died in military service when he was 3-years-old leaving him and his mother without any income or means of support. His mother is a daily laborer and, on a good day, can earn 15 birr, or less than $2.00 a day. She has been struggling for four years to try to provide food and shelter, but has been asking the Lord to please help her.

Tarikua is 7 years old. Her mother has no husband and works as a daily laborer which barely provides enough to keep her family alive.
Berhanu is 7 years old and lives with a relative in T’ede. His father and mother died of HIV related causes and his grandmother is unemployed and cannot care for him. Berhanu is HIV+ but is responding well to the antiviral medication he is receiving

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Day Update

I wanted to give all of you New Day supporters an update on where we stand and what we still need. As I said before all of the children have been taken care of but we still need your help!

So here is a list of what we still need:

1. We need prayer that God will meet all of these other needs!!

2. We still need to raise at least $1250 for shipping and we need to raise as much extra money for the milk program as we can.

3. We need donations for an online Raffle that we will have going on through the month of November. I have two dresses right now. If you have any ideas please let me know!

4. We need volunteers in the Cleveland, TN area to meet on Saturday December 5th we will be having a Gift Wrapping/Packing Party for the New Day gifts. I need lots of help! I am hoping to get a local radio station to do a live remote.

5. We need a place that is big enough to do the wrapping and packing that also has room for refreshments and preferably a garage door so it will be easy for the shipping company to pick it up on Monday. If you are near Cleveland and have any ideas please let me know!

6. We need two 20lb 4x4 pallets to ship the gifts on.

Other Important Information:

The deadline for all gifts to be in my hands has been changed to Friday December 4th (remember this is for New Day only).

Everyone that I had down as a Christmas Family for New Day should have gotten an email from me verifying which child you have and that we had the correct contact information for you. If you did not get one of these emails please email me at sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks,

Sherri

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Meeting Results and Dress Raffle (Updated to add dress size!)

The meeting went well we had a good turn out especially since it was very short notice. We got all of the donation boxes made and I hope to get them placed in the morning. Things are very busy around my house right now. My husband is in MAJOR training for work until December 11th. He is leaving early in the morning and doesn't get home until pretty late most nights. Also getting the kids back into the routine of school after a week off sick and a week off for Fall Break is interesting to say the least! All of this coupled with it being the fourth quarter which is the one time of the year that I am expected to put in full time hours translates to it being a bit crazy around here! With that said, if you send an email or make a comment and I don't respond immediately please don't think I have went MIA...I'm probably just trying to find my computer that is hidden by some stack of paperwork to be completed!


On another note, we have had two dresses donated by a very generous lady named Kathy. This is the first beautiful dress! This is a size 2T and it is handmade! We will hold a raffle for this dress beginning Monday. For every $3 you donate your name will be added to the hat once. I will draw a winner on November 1st. Thank you for your participation!



Sherri

Friday, October 16, 2009

OUR FIRST "OFFICIAL" MEETING!!!!!!

OUR FIRST "OFFICIAL" MEETING!!!!!!


I know many of you are not close enough to come to this meeting but for anyone in or around Cleveland, TN we will be meeting on this Sunday October 18, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.

We will meet at Fairview Worship Center in the fellowship hall.

The address is:
5545 Runway Dr NW,
Cleveland, TN 37312

It is not hard to find. If you are on North Lee Hwy going toward Charleston you will see North Lee Bowling Lanes on the left. Take the first left past the bowling alley, then take your first right follow that road and it will circle around right in front of the church. We will be in the brick building.

At this meeting I will answer any questions you may have we will also be making donation boxes to place in local businesses, places of worship, or other public places. I would also like to make some sponsor information cards with the children's pictures and information on them.

We don't want to have to spend any of the raised money on this so I need people to volunteer to bring the following supplies:

Boxes:
you can see examples of what we need by clicking on this link http://www.michaels.com/online/product/DisplayEnlargedImage.jsp?imageName=sc1156.jpg . (The one with the red or pink bow).

Wrapping Paper:
Preferably Christmas wrapping paper or blank wrapping paper that matches the Operation Giggle header at the top of this page.

Ribbon:
That matches Operation Giggle header at top of this page.

Other gift wrapping supplies such as tape and scissors. Please email me by Saturday night and let me know if you are bringing supplies so we do not have to purchase these out of our fund.

Also for the sponsorship cards we could use Christmas themed scrapbook paper, adhesive, and paper cutters, if we don't have donations of these things we will not make the cards, I am not willing to spend any money from the fund for these cards. I want to be a good steward of all God gives us!

If you are from Cleveland and know of a place that we can put one of these boxes please let me know. We hope to have a great turn out! God Bless You all!

Sherri




The Widows of YWAM-Adama (updated)


These are the six widows in the Widows and Orphans Home-Adama. If you would like to sponsor one of these six women please email me at sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com Sponsor's will be able to buy a gift for these 6 widow's.

Likelesh Geda
70 years old


Dinke Alito
66 years old


Gette Gemechu
78 years old


Mamite Nemo
78 years old


Yetnebersh Gema
65 years old


Amina Rebo
65 years old

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Reinforcements have been called in!!!

Can I just say Yippee Jesus! (BTW I stole that from a fellow blogger...I love it, it just describes how I feel so much of the time I can't help but say it! Sorry "L"!)

My Dad has told me since I was old enough to understand English that if it were important to me it is important to God. This morning I was reminded of that loud and clear. Yesterday not one child was sponsored. I was a little forlorn but I knew they would be taken in God's time not mine.

I started thinking about all the things I need to do and I was a little overwhelmed. Last night I thought "I wish I had some Operation Giggle supporters who lived close by." But I have my family and Tara and a few other "adoption minded people" so I decided to call the pity party off and get busy. Then this morning I got an email from Chrystie, she is Kelly's (from http://adamadiaries.blogspot.com/ ) sister (one of several I've learned :-) Well Chrystie gave me her number and I called and we talked for a long time and it turns out Kelly has a huge group of supporters here in Cleveland and that means I will have lots of help with Operation Giggle. Hallelujah! God is on time! So if you are part of the "Kelly Brigade" and this is your first visit to Operation Giggle WELCOME! I hope that you find all of the information you need, if not email me at sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com and I will help you in anyway I can. Let's get busy being HIS hands and feet for these children!



In Christ Alone,



Sherri

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More YWAM children! (Edited)

Edited Friday 10/16/09 to add another child and the Director to the list!

These are Children who need sponsors to make a $25 donation and send a Christmas card. We can not post pictures of these children because they can be adopted. I can forward pictures once you decide to sponsor a child but these pictures can not be posted online for ANY reason. If you decided to sponsor one of these children we ask that you make the donation on line through our secure PayPal donation button or buy emailing me at sdrgodsgirl@yahoo.com and mailing your donation to the address I provide no later than November 10, 2009. Here are the children and their stories:


Name: Abdissa & Tamarit

Ages: 5 ½ and 3 ½
These brothers were brought to the orphanage director’s home by their mother, who battles mental illness. She cannot provide for them and asked that YWAM find a loving family for the boys.

 Names: Tesfaye, Bilusuma & Mihiret
Ages: 8, 7 and 6
The boys’ mother died of AIDS and their father is struggling to provide for them. He is also raising his niece, Mihiret. He cannot earn enough to meet their needs. These kids are high energy and lots of fun!


Name: Beza

Age: 8
Beza’s parent’s are in jail for the next 15 years and her aging grandmother cannot care for her. They left her at YWAM’s orphanage in hopes that a family could adopt her.


Name: Cherinet
Age: 6 ½
Cherinet’s parents died when he was a baby. His 11 year old sister tried to care for him but was overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for and caring for him. A family promised to take him but then changed their minds. YWAM took him in to their orphanage.


Name: Yonas
Age: 5
Yonas’ father was killed and his mother was left in extreme poverty. She brought her little boy to YWAM’s orphanage asking that he be chosen for adoption by a loving family able to give him a future.


Name: Arsema and Ytbarek
Ages: 6 and 8 ½
These siblings lost their father to tuberculosis six years ago when Arsema was a tiny baby. Their mother had a heart condition that left her unable to care for her two youngest children – they are the youngest of nine.




Name: Mesulu, Dejen and Assefa
Ages: 11, 8 and 7
The parents of these siblings are both dead – the mother died of HIV and the father died in an accident. They arrived at YWAM’s orphanage in a very malnourished state. Their aging grandfather brought them because he was unable to take care of them and requesting that a Christian family adopt them.


Name: Kalkidan

Age: 5 ½
Kalkidan has been lovingly cared for, until very recently, by her grandmother and mother who was widowed three years ago. She has an older brother who is 17. Her father died of AIDS and her mother also has AIDS, which makes her an outcast in Ethiopia and with no income.


These rest of these are not adoptable children but we would like to sponsor with a $25 donation and a card anyway they are:

Name: Kenli
Age: 10
Kenli is the daughter of an American missionary mom who is serving and living at YWAM’s Widows and Orphans Home. She is being homeschooled by her mom and learning firsthand about a life of service in a foreign country! (Her grandmother said she is absolutly not up for adoption! :-) I am sure her Mom feels the same way!)








Name: Tsehay

Age: 19
Tsehay was an orphan herself and adopted by YWAM’s orphanage director, Tezera, and raised as her daughter. She now works for YWAM’s Widows and Orphans Home caring for the children as a nanny. She is a good cook, too!


Name: Roman

Age: 18
Roman was also an orphan who Tezera took in. She ran away from Tezera’s family, had a child which she abandoned, and eventually returned to Tezera to ask forgiveness. She is also working as a helper at YWAM’s orphanage.



Name: Abdissa Tadessa

Age: 29
Abdissa is the YWAM Children's Home Director. We want to thank him for the work he does by sending him a gift package also. The sponsor family for Abdissa may send an actual gift.




Thank you Becky for all of your help getting this information together! Please forward this information to your family and friends so we can get all of these kids taken care of! Thanks guys!

Sherri