Sunday, June 21, 2015

Time Well Spent

Often I have been asked ,"What do you do on your visits home?"

Here are some highlights of the last few weeks.

Initially,there was the time to breathe deeply and take in the beauty of our country. I was especially moved by the splendor of Spring with all its reminders of God's great love displayed in green foliage and blossoming flowers. Leaving Burkina Faso at the end of the dry season when everything is brown and lifeless, the contrast was a refreshing reminder of God's transforming love.

Time spent with family and friends is such an encouragement and brings bounce to my step and joy to my heart. No trip home would be complete without a visit to St. Agnes School where I was able to thank the students and faculty for once again blessing Sheltering Wings through their fund raising efforts.  Over $6,500 was raised to help support our milk program.

                              St. Thomas School in West Springfield included Sheltering Wings as a beneficiary of a recent fundraiser. As a result of their generosity, the first grade in Kimini will have reading books and the school will finally have the flagpole they have wanted for so long. Students helping students… it doesn't get better than that !
Sr. Patty and St. Thomas students
Other highlights included :

Catching up with the Lowe Family who recently
enlarged their family with the addition of their son, D. J. ,who joins their four daughters.

The Lowe Family
                                                          Sharing updates with Dr. Scott who spent time in Kimini as a member of the drilling team as well as providing medical care for over 130 people in the village was a real treat. We enjoyed meeting his daughter, Anna.

Dr.Scott and Anna
We never tire of sharing our ministry when given the opportunity.Thanks to Rev. Bill Furey and his wife, Anne we were able to speak about the medical,water, sponsorship, milk program and evangelism taking place in Kimini.
Rev. Bill Furey and Anne


We were blessed by the thoughtfulness and generosity of Christopher and Catherine Stankiewicz who included our Burkina Babies in the shower to welcome their first child. We will think of them each time we are able to gift an infant in Kimini with a blanket or clothing as a result of your kindness.

Baby shower

My heart overflows with gratitude and praise for all the blessings God showers on us daily!