Sunday, July 28, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
It’s been a very short week! We can’t believe it’s time to leave Lom! Even though our time has been shorter, we feel like we have been able to accomplish a lot. The floor is finished in the girl’s rooms in the orphanage! The swings on the playground have been repaired. The bathroom shower fixtures have been ordered and the plumber has agreed to install them for free. Along with our church funds, the Didcot church in England has contributed money to help pay for the installation of a tile floor in a building at the group home.
Susan, Emily, Kathleen and the older girls have enjoyed cooking for several days. They taught the girls to shop and prepare pizza, macaroni and cheese, crepes and peach cobbler. Wayne, David and Joe got to enjoy lunch with them today. The cooking class has definitely been a success!
We have enjoyed two new friends from England – Anne and Kelvin. The kids fell in love with the projects they brought. Anne brought hand knitted teddy bears for the kids to stuff and finish. Kelvin brought his balloons and pump and created several balloon animals for the kids. Both of them have entertained the kids for hours each day! We are grateful for their willingness to join us this year!
Emily and David brought a load of supplies this year purchased by their church in Didcot. The kids loved the paint, markers, beads, tattoos, nail polish and games that they brought this year! Each year the children amaze us with their artistic talent. We found out that two girls, Sylvia and Asia, were very talented with painting. They worked diligently for two days painting pictures.
Wednesday we will say our goodbyes and begin the trip to Sofia. We plan to stop in the village where two boys from the group home have moved with their mother. After we spend some time with Zoran and Alex we will be heading to Sofia to spend the night before we catch our flights the next morning.
As always, thank you for your prayers and your continued support!!
By: Joe Sanders
Today started with the question of “How can we finish?” and ended with “How did he do it?!”
The work in the girl’s apartment is nearing completion. After a few days of wondering if the project would be done by Wednesday, boss man Wayne is confident the new floor will be completed by the end of Tuesday. Monday consisted of plenty of measuring and cutting. Wayne put down the support beams for the new floor while David and I cut the OSB board (particle board) to fit the cleaned out section of the old floorboard. To make sure we were on the right track to finish, we skipped lunch and worked a full day from 9 to 5:30 without a break. By the time we finished, the particle board had been placed in one of the rooms we had been working on and the next room had been prepped for completion. We are hoping to be very close to putting down the completed floor by lunch time Tuesday. Misho has been a lot of help with the work on the floor. He is very smart and a very hard worker. Also, Niden and Bobby continue to work on the downstairs showers and they have done a very impressive job.
After a long day of work, we enjoyed a nice meal (even though we had to wait the traditional Bulgarian service time of one to two hours) and finally made it back to the hotel for Zoiko’s magic show. After being a witness to one of Zoiko’s live bird tricks earlier this week, I was greatly anticipating tonight’s show. Zoiko has three birds: Gooko, Jennifer, and their son Joe. Tonight’s entertainment was Gooko. Zoiko involved him in many tricks, including getting him to play dead only to reawaken with a snap of his fingers. Zoiko showed us many of the tricks he had learned while performing in Turkey, such as magic card tricks and one that comprised taking everyone’s watch and tying a large knot in a rope, only to magically get the watches back to their owners without harming the knot. Zoiko and his assistant Niden were very impressive and Zoiko has improved incredibly from last year’s magic show. If this is what he can do with only one year of proper training, then there is no telling what the limit to his potential is. It is always good to share a few oohs and ahhs and laughs with Zoiko and Niden. We don’t know what we will do next year without them. They are always a big help, Zoiko with the activities for the other kids and Niden with the construction work. All of the other orphans look up to them and it will be hard to replace the help they provide us. Please pray for their future careers and endeavors as they set out later this year to make their own career paths and livelihoods. We know that they will work hard at whatever they attempt and will be successful as long as they do their best.