Urgent need for intercessory prayer

January 14th, 2017

[As I approach you with the next compelling need on my heart, I’m very much aware that the readership of this blog has of course fallen off since I stopped blogging regularly.  However, the truth is that God isn’t limited by what limits us.  He takes the pittance we have to offer Him and gets His work done.  Thus this series of needs, shared with much love and prayer.]

 

Tiny “Tiya” in Pleven first appeared on The Blessing of Verity in April of 2014.

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I announced that she had a committed adoptive family in February of 2016.

 

And announced who her family is in September of 2016.  Last month, tiny girl became Tsvetomira Pearl Glewwe!

She is very much loved and wanted by her new family.

 

Matt and Andrea Glewwe (pronounced “GLEVV-ee”) brought Krassi home from Pleven in October of 2013.  You may remember him as “Kramer.”  Krassi has been home and thriving as part of the Glewwe brood for over three years now!  I’m looking forward to showing you his before and after photos in an upcoming post about a new need in the Pleven orphanage.

The time has finally come for the Glewwes to bring Tsvetomira home.  Andrea is planning to travel with her father and her oldest daughter.  They are also bringing home Bogomila, an older girl with cerebral palsy who is in a wheelchair fulltime.  Bogomila is in a group home on the way between Sofia and Pleven.

Friends, here’s where prayer is needed!

Tsvetomira is the most medically fragile child to be adopted from Pleven.  Her needs are comparable to those of “Brandi,” now Anna, only more so.  Do you remember praying for Anna on her way home?  Anna’s family nearly lost her on their trip home with her as you can read in the following posts:  Brandi is on her way HOME: Urgent prayer needed and Joyful Brandi news!

Adam Boroughs is planning to assist the Glewwes in bringing Tsvetomira home.  This is an answer to fervent prayer!

However, the Glewwes had, as Andrea put it, some big rugs pulled out from under them this week.  CHOP Adopt is unwilling to take Tsvetomira’s case on.  “Too much liability, or something like that…they, being not of His kingdom, have done a risk/benefit assessment, and decided that the benefits of helping her (and other kids in her state) are not worth the risk.”

Also, Dr. Lilova is not currently at the Tokuda Hospital in Sofia, which apparently means Tokuda will not be useful as backup medical help for the four and a half days that the Glewwes are still in country with Tsvetomira.

Here’s their travel timeline.  (All times are Bulgaria time, and Bulgaria is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.)

At 11 am on Monday, January 23rd, the Glewwes arrive in Pleven to pick up Tsvetomira and take her back to Sofia.

Early in the afternoon on Thursday, January 26th, Adam arrives in Sofia.

At 7 am on Saturday, January 28th, Adam and the Glewwes fly out of Sofia.  There is one 1 1/2-hour layover in Amsterdam.

At approximately 12:50 pm Central Time, Saturday, January 28th, Adam and the Glewwes land in Minnesota.

 

Would you, dear readers, be willing to enter these dates and times into your calendar right now, as a reminder to pray?

Pray for help, provision and supernatural calm for the daunting medical, practical and emotional challenges facing every member of this expedition.   Pray for protection over the life of Tsvetomira.

Thank you, friends!  I will update here during that week if at all humanly possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Can I Give Him? Part 2: Bible Orphan Ministry

January 14th, 2017

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Long ago, on this blog, I included a link to the Bible Orphan Ministry in Ukraine.

Do any of you remember?

 

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About a thousand readers of this blog visited BOM’s blog after reading that post, and a few of them donated.  As a result of their generosity the ministry received a helpful boost in financial support, which I talked about in this blog post.

 

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A little more than a month ago now, our family was blessed to welcome a very special person into our home for one afternoon and evening!

Yes!  This is really Alla Vasilieva of the Bible Orphan Ministry [this is their Facebook link] in Ukraine, sitting on our couch!
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What a joy it was to finally meet Alla in person!  Our family can bear witness to the fact that she is just as sweet-spirited in real life as she is in her emails and blog posts!

She visited us on her last full day in the States.  Worn out and more than a little homesick, she was kind enough to show me hundreds of photos and tell me many more details and stories about BOM’s work with orphans in Ukraine.  She was unfailingly patient with my many questions and the many interruptions that happen in the Musser household!

 

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Since then, I’ve been eager for a chance to tell you more about Bible Orphan Ministry in the hopes that it can receive a wider base of support among God’s people.  The need is so great, and they are able to do so much with so little!

 

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All the staff of BOM are volunteers.

All of them grew up in Ukrainian state-run orphanages.

All of them now testify to the transforming power of Christ in their lives.

 

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One of the things that struck me strongly while listening to Alla was how the BOM staff trust God for every penny, regularly seeing the exact provision come in just in the nick of time.  The staff live very simply, and in the past even suffered malnourishment while helping the orphans they care about so dearly.

 

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The Bible Orphan Ministry is a Ukrainian Christian ministry that reaches out to help those living in Ukrainian institutions for the disabled and young people who have grown up in state orphanages and are close to aging out or have aged out with next to no provisions or skills for the harsh realities of the world they face.

Most of Ukraine’s 100,000 orphans will never be adopted due to the shortage of willing and qualified adoptive families.

 

 

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In BOM’s words…

“We share God’s love with the children and their educators through our weekly Bible classes held in the orphanage class rooms.  We currently work in 10 orphanages encompassing 1000 children.”

 

 

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“We lead by example, living a Christ-centered, prayer-sustained life providing witness to the [life-]changing power and glory of God.”

 

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“As the Lord provides, we assist the orphanages with the material needs of the children such as fresh fruit, shoes, jackets, educational toys and building repairs.”  They also pay the salaries of additional caregivers for children with significant needs.

 

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“We are praying in the future to open a shelter for transitional housing for graduated orphans.  Orphans are normally put out on the street upon graduation with no one to turn to for help and guidance.  Institutionalized orphans are left completely unprepared for managing life’s daily tasks.

Statistics show only one in ten orphans becomes a productive member of society.  The rest are lost to suicide, homelessness, drugs, alcohol, and a life of crime.  Girls often become victims of human trafficking and prostitution.”

Putting those statistics together, 90,000 of the children who are currently institutionalized in Ukraine will be lost. 

 

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I’m sending this out with the prayer that many of you would consider helping this wonderful ministry in three ways–giving, sharing, and praying!

~Here is a blog post with clear instructions as to how you can help financially.  One More Way!  Please, please, please don’t turn away thinking you don’t have enough extra to make a difference!  The BOM staff are practiced in stretching funds very far, and even $5 or $10 a month will be a blessing!

 

~Here are two links to copy and paste.  Please, choose one and pass it on!

https://www.facebook.com/BibleOrphanMinistry/

http://bibleorphanministry.blogspot.com/

 

~Pray for the staff of Bible Orphan Ministry as they minister on the front lines, putting their whole lives into serving those 1000 children.  Alla updates BOM’s Facebook page and blog regularly, so please check back in with them to find out their current prayer needs.

Thank you, friends, and may God bless you!!

 

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Three gifts for you today

December 27th, 2016

Still thriving as a family…still exhaling a sigh of relief from blogging, still don’t have any words of significance springing up within me to be written, still in a quiet place of waiting, listening, and learning, BUT occasionally missing the interactions you’ve shared with me in the past, AND have three things to give you today.

      1.  The following article, Past Still Haunts Bulgaria’s Disabled Children, will prepare you to hear about a pressing need in Pleven.  The reporter interviewed me via Skype and included footage from that interview in the video embedded in THIS ONLINE ARTICLE.  When the time comes to tell you about the need in Pleven, there’s a treat in store for you–many Pleven adoptive parents have graciously shared before-and-after photos of their beautiful children for this upcoming post.
      2. Adam Boroughs, the nurse and adoptive dad who traveled with us when we brought Katie home five years ago, recently wrote down his memories of that adventure and published them on his blog in three parts, PART ONE, PART TWO, and PART THREE.  He has a way with words, and what a tremendous gift it is to be allowed a glimpse into Katie’s homecoming story through his eyes.
      3. A few photos of Josie, with a deep gratitude to God and to those of you who helped bring her into our family just before Christmas, 2015.

Josie a year ago~

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Happy one year home day to you…

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Happy one year home day to you…

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Happy one year home day, dear Josie…

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Happy one year home day to you!

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