Sorry again to be absent. It has been a very difficult couple of days. Our children's home in Ghana was attacked Sunday night/ Monday morning. We were robbed and one of our staff members was brutally raped multiple times. We lost material possessions (computers, money, camera) but what our Auntie Esther lost can never be replaced. The innocence our children lost can never be replaced.
My staff is in absolute crisis mode right now--just trying to stay afloat. We have nobody willing to work nights so our senior staff members are basically living at Eban House until people feel safe(r) again.
I need to get there. I need to get there ASAP. I'm in the process of changing my tickets so that I will leave for Ghana on this Saturday, July 26th. Problem is that my passport is currently at an embassy in Washington D.C. getting a travel visa that I no longer need (I'll be spending all of my time in Ghana). I'm trying to get that OUT so that I can get my passport and leave.
Please pray for our staff and children. Oh how they need our prayers. And we know that prayers are not "the last thing you can do." It should be the FIRST thing we do! We should never question that prayers are powerful and needed, and not a "I can't do anything else" sort of thing.
Especially pray for Esther, who has two children (one still breastfeeding) and will probably lose her husband over this (cultural in Ghana). Her life will never be the same. A fund has been set up to assist Esther. It is at www.adoptionadvocates.org, on the "donate" page. Likewise, if you feel lead to donate to help us recoup our material losses, you can donate on the website.
I really feel that Ghana adoptions in general and Eban House in specific are being attacked by the evil one right now. We must be doing something right to come up against so many evil forces (this robbery is just the latest issue to come up). There are many things for me to work on while I'm in Ghana. I shouldn't say that. There are many things for the LORD to work on, through me if that is His will, while I'm in Ghana.
Yesterday two of our adoptive dads quoted Deuteronomy to me. And this morning my daily verse in Hebrews was straight from the Lord as well. I'll leave you with those encouragements.
So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:6
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deut. 31:6
And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. Deut. 31:8
Tuesday, July 22, 2008