So much has happened since the last update, that I don't know where to start! So, I will start with the most exciting. On September 9, 2014 GRACE Home had our one year anniversary! It is so hard to believe that it has been a full year since the GRACE family was born. To celebrate we had a birthday party for staff and children. We sang, danced, and ate cake, popcorn, and soda. The children and staff were honored as each were presented with a sparkly garland around their necks. I think popcorn was a new treat for them and I think I can safely say that they really enjoyed it. Alex (our driver) popped the corn and the cooks were amazed to see how those kernels popped up to fill a huge kettle.
Next, after much waiting and prayer, GRACE Home got a vehicle! It is a very rugged Land Cruiser double cab pick-up. Elias found the vehicle in Juba and got a steal of a deal price. It is a 2014 model and had been used only to drive around town. The mileage was low and it had been very well maintained. We feel very blessed to have it as it will make it much easier to do marketing, transport children and staff for medical care, and get to places they could not go to before. Of course, Alex decided that it should stay at Captain's House but I nixed that idea really fast!
Finally, the GRACE family grew. We added on two new members when we got two very fierce puppies to help protect the children. How much better can you get? Children and puppies are God's gift to us and, for me, makes me realize that pure joy can be found in small packages. The children named the male Tiger and the female Simba. We will see if they live up to their names. I think Tiger has possibilities. When the pastors were meeting there, he ran into the room, barked once, then turned around and ran out.
That's all for now. We thank you for your continued prayers and thank God for everyone who made GRACE Home possible. You have proven that the saying "it takes a village" isn't limited geographically.
God's GRACE and peace to all,