On any given trip to Korah, as part of our nightly routine, our team sits down after dinner to participate in something we call “Highs and Lows.” As its name would suggest, this is a time for us to pause from our busy days of serving to reflect & process together. This is not an activity we take lightly.
It is essential for every team member’s well-being and mental/emotional health during our busy weeks on the ground. As a team, it not only helps cement our unity but also serves as a time to reflect and be present with one another as we laugh and cry our way through the week we spend “in the trenches.”
We see a lot of hard things on these trips. We hold babies with HIV/AIDS. We hold hands with Lepers. We actively engage with those not physically or mentally well. We are invited into homes with dirt floors, tarps for roofs that are smaller than some of our closets.
As we sit here after another fantastic trip to Korah, we want to invite you to pull up a seat and enjoy reading about some of our “Highs and Lows” in this Newsletter. We are always fully aware that we could not do what we do “in the trenches” without those of you back home cheering us on and supporting us prayerfully, financially, and otherwise.
We are so grateful for the fantastic team that served in Korah with us and for the entire Out of the Ashes Community. Your love and encouragement are needed and always noticed.
With Much Love and Thankfulness,
This past year we had a milestone moment. We achieved 100% Sponsorship within the Out of the Ashes’ student list. Having hit that milestone, we decided to add 50 new kids to our ranks.
We had a chance last July to visit the homes of some of these kids. To say they and their families were excited for the opportunity to join Out of the Ashes and be able to go to school would be an understatement. As we visited with these kids’ parents, many told us that they had waited anxiously for weeks to receive word on whether their child received an invitation.
On this trip, we were able to visit their homes and paid a visit to their schools. Here’s what we can tell you. They are a joy-filled, excited, and energetic cohort for sure! They were eager to engage with us, whether inviting us to play games or asking us to listen, as they showed off their English speaking skills in spoken word and at times through singing.
We are beyond excited to watch this group of bright-eyed, fresh-faced little ones rise through school ranks as they pursue their dreams of becoming doctors, teachers, engineers, pilots, and beyond. We currently have around 24 new students who do not now have a Sponsor.
If you or someone you know think you would be an excellent match to come alongside to cheer them on as they pursue their dreams, click on the button below to be taken to our current “Waiting Children” list on our website. We would love to help connect you to a child. Every trip is proof to us that sponsorship changes the life of the student and their families and their community at large as well!