Responding to the abandonment of children with disabilities in India by providing holistic care in family-style homes.
Responding to the abandonment of children with disabilities in India by providing holistic care in family-style homes.
A year of emergency. . 2019 was a year marked with medical emergencies, hardships, and uncertainty for so many of our children. Today, in our thoughts and prayers, we want to lift up the health of each child in our care. We invite you to join us, as we acknowledge that we cannot forecast the storms ahead. . This past year, Elijah, Nolan, Eden, Talitha, Shiloh, Rhoda, Julie, Alana, Jamila, Sam, Zeke, Blaire, Nicky all required medical attention at hospitals. Whether it was a medication change in response to unexpected seizures, orthopedic surgeries, or emergency care in the ICU—we saw our children continue to fight. And we fought with them. . In 2019, we had several hospital admissions for a number of reasons. It is hard to know that our children and adults are medically fragile. Fragile because of medical diagnosis, because of disability, because of trauma that their bodies remember of their life before they were with us. . In the midst of these hard truths, we are thankful for the response of our medical team and for the response of the doctors and medical professionals that help to guide our care for the children. . Today, we hope for more days of sunshine than not. We hope for more days of strength than not. We hope for more days of running, laughing, playing, singing, dancing than not. We pray that our children thrive through 2020 and for the rest of their lives. . Today, we pray on days of sickness or sadness or pain of any kind that we be fully equipped to surround them with love and support and attention. We pray that we quickly respond with a boundless outpouring of our time and energy and resources to meet each and every need they might have. . But most of all, today, we pray that on days of trouble or strife that our children be abundantly aware of the ever-present, fierce, good and boundless Love that carries them for all of their days, now and forever. . . . Picture description in comment section below.
A year of transition. 2019 brought us to crossroads. To the ends of hallways, and to new doors with new things on the other side of them. . For all of us here at SCH, it was a year of goodbyes and thank you’s. And with that naturally came questions, stretching, reshaping—beautiful and unfamiliar things in emergence. . Transitions never feel easy; they never feel seamless. But where there is grace, where their is endurance, where their is love, there is hope and these are the places where powerful goodness takes shape and takes root. . At the end of 2019, we said goodbye to our Directors, Jacob and Cynthia Baker, who decided to return home after five years of dedicated service in India. . Goodbyes are never easy, but we know that the vision of SCH will be carried forward by the team that remains under the leadership of our new Director, Hanna. Hannah has worked for SCH as a social worker and the manager of all of our Ongole Homes for many, many years. We are also so thankful that Hanna is joined in her leadership by our Hyderabad Manager, Lalitha, who also has served as a social worker for SCH. . They are both dedicated and fierce advocates for the children, kind and compassionate friends, loving and nurturing mothers, wise and discerning leaders. . We couldn’t be more proud of to call these incredible women our friends and to serve under their leadership. We count each day of their story entwined with ours as a true, true, true blessing. . We hope you look forward to this new chapter with us. We feel peacefully assured that the hands carrying our organization forward will help bring us to beautiful, beautiful days. . . . PD: a series of photos of Esther spinning and dancing on Joy Home roof. She is wearing a dress with a green and pink embroidered top and bright pink skirt. Her hair is in two braids. She is holding a bright pink chunni in one hand as she dances.
A year gone by. 2019. A year of transition. A year of emergency. A year of need. A year of surprises. A year of birthdays. A year of family. A year of good things. . These are things worth talking about. . Things we don’t want to gloss over. . Things to process, to understand, to discuss, to learn from, to have hope for. . In the striving and in the strife, we have come far. . In the coming days we will be sharing stories of this year with you, and we hope that in these stories you can see us, see our children, see the hearts beating and the hands working and the souls praying and hoping and yearning. . Stay tuned, friends. More to come, soon. . . . PD: a series of photos of blue flowers on the side of the road. The first photo is a close up of a single flower. The second photo was taken from further away, looking at the entire bush.
A year gone by. 2019. . Recently, we’ve realized that this last year has remade us in subtle and significant ways. The alteration of our fabric. The threads cut or newly introduced. Stitches and seams that we maybe haven’t fully shown you quite yet. . We want to share about this last year of life because very simply, we find it important that you know us. We want you to know us. To know our hopes, prayers, our growth, our tries. . We share ourselves, we share these words, we share our children with hope that learning about someone and knowing someone has the power to generate love. We want you to love our children, our homes, this family. . We find that loving someone cannot come without acting upon their life. Quite simply, love is a verb. Love is action. Love is a force of one heart upon another. And truthfully, we are in need of love. In need of action. In need of people to know and care for and support our children. We are in a world that desperately needs hearts on fire for justice for the orphan. . So, we hope that the words we share in the coming days dig, plant, take root in your heart as they have ours. We hope that the words we share could maybe help create a world driven to better know & better love people. . . . PD: a close up picture of sweet Barnabas’s cheek as he rests it on his shoulder. He has a white flower tucked behind his ear. He is wearing a blue sweater.
There are only two ways to wait for the weekend. Yuh know? . . . PD: both pictures are very, very goofy. In photo 1, Stephanie (left ) and Esther (right ) are posing in front of a white wall. Stephanie is smiling slightly and Esther is smiling widely with one hand on her hip and the other behind her hand. In photo 2, Susan is sitting in a beanbag chair. She is looking to the side with her mouth hanging open in shock.
“Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.” -Erol Ozan . . . PD: a series of three photos of brightly painted buildings in Hyderabad. The walls are covered in scaffolding and telephone wires. The first is a straight-on angle, with a van parked in front of the building. The second picture is taken from below. The third was taken from across the street. A parked auto and a woman working construction are both in view.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” - Marcel Proust . Each and everyday, we are reminded of the innumerable blessings in our lives. We are abundantly blessed, and we want our hearts to continually radiate the gratitude we feel when we look out at the rich ways we feel and find love and beauty minute by minute and moment to moment. . Today, we are thinking of you. . Words can never fully express the gratitude we have for the network of friends we are blessed with. Each and everyday, you all make our work possible. By your actions, your generosity, your support, your love, you plant gardens of hope that continue to spring forth better days and better lives for our children. . This community has given us provision, support, prayer, encouragement. Your friendship provides us with hope; it provides us with the means to keep fighting for and loving on the most glorious blessings of our lives. . We are so grateful for friends like you who show up on the big days and the days in between. We never feel apart from your love and your support--it is always there and it is always working powerfully. . So, today, we want to say simply this: thank you for being you and for being indescribable blessings that make our souls light up and blossom. . . Photo description: A series of close up pictures of a small white flower with a yellow center. Picture 1, the flower is being held be a child between their fingers. Picture 2 is a close up of just the flower in green grass. In picture 3, the flower is resting in the child’s open palm.
At first glance, Sarah’s Covenant Homes is difficult to understand. We are comprised of many moving parts, bits and pieces--different from each other in so many ways--that come together to make one big, complex, messy, loving family. Sometimes we are reminded how organizationally complex SCH is--and often times, we aren’t able to depict the full picture of who we are, what we are, where we are. Today’s post is just a little insight into the latter question: where we are. . The obvious answer to that question is India. We began nearly 10 years ago, when our founder, Sarah, petitioned the local government to take 5 children from a orphanage in a small town in the state of Andhra Pradesh. On that day, she brought home 10 children, and we haven’t stopped growing since. . Today, Sarah’s Covenant Homes is made up of seven homes that care for nearly 140 children and adults. Four of these homes (Anchor, Courage, Joy, and Jubilee Home ) are located in Hyderabad and the remaining 3 (Faith, Truth, Victory ) in Ongole--where it all started. . We love the two cities we can call home. We love the towering buildings of Hyderabad. We love the swerving streets and the way they wind through tightly nestled burrows that change around every corner. We love the dirt roads in Ongole. We love that at any given time, it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that a goat might storm the building. We love the differences and similarities of Hyderabad and Ongole. But above all, we love the hearts and hands and smiles we find there. . . . Photo description: it is a picture of Charminar, a famous and historic structure in Hyderabad. The image is taken from below and is rotated to the left.
“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.’” - Kurt Vonnegut . . . PD: a cropped image of Jackalynn playing with a bright yellow jingle bell toy. She is standing on Anchor Home roof in front of a bright blue sky.
Sweet nostalgia and joyful thanksgiving have filled us up as we have reflected on the past 12 years of life and love we’ve had as Sarah’s Covenant Homes. We have found innumerable blessings and miracles—both big and small—woven into memories and stories that have made us who we are. In this, we find the overwhelming beauty of God’s hand extended to us in unwavering love, springing forth change, sustaining life, writing this story. . We are thankful that you have joined in this celebration with us! We are thankful that you have joined us time and time again. We feel your love and presence in the lives of our children. . You have joined us in our prayers. In our woes. In our triumphs. In our needs. You have been beside us time and time again. We wouldn’t be where we are without you. . We have said it before, but it can never be said enough: our actions and choices have the potential to serve a loving and redemptive purpose in the lives of people around the world. . Goodness extends, and we are so thankful to each and every person who reaches into the lives of our children, young adults, caregivers, nurses, teachers, therapists, social workers, volunteers to bring goodness, encouragement, hope. . Goodness extends. And we are excited to see the reaches of our hands, together again, in the years to come. . . . PD: a series of photos of Izzy shaking a bright green pom-pom! Photo 1 is a full body picture of Izzy enthusiastically shaking the pom-pom. Photo 2 is a close up of sweet Izzy’s face behind the green pom-pom, which is out of focus.
Long-term care. . For our children and young adults who do not have the opportunity to be reunited or adopted, we are committed to caring for them for the rest of their lives. We believe in covenant. In the promise of forever. In the sacred vow we make to love our children and young adults for each day of their lives, to the best our ability, as they completely deserve. . As our children get older, we provide them with vocational opportunities where they are able to make jewelry, crafts, and handmade goods. We have been able to partner with businesses locally and internationally to sell these items, which brings revenue to help offset operation costs. Our vocational program provides our children and young adults with the opportunity to stay active and play a role in the community. More than that, our programs for our young adults encourage their independence and foster a sense of self-determination, autonomy, and confidence while also supporting them in the pursuit of their dreams. We hope to walk alongside every child and adult in our care as they construct a life and a future that is filled with all that they love and all the wonderful ways they powerfully impact the world around them. . . . PD: Naomi is standing in front of a green wall, smiling. She is wearing a periwinkle chunni that is widely draped over her shoulders.
Adoption & Reunification. . We believe family is foundational. We believe family is the most critical need of all children, and every child belongs in a family uniquely their own, full of unconditional love. . As an organization we believe our first response should always be to see whether or not a child is able be reunited with their biological family with our support in the process. . We acknowledge that too many children who are orphaned in this world are disconnected from their biological family who love them, but find themselves unable to support their needs. We pray that we can step into the role of preventing abandonment and facilitating reunification, when appropriate, by providing the necessary support a family requires to sustain themselves. We hope to see family reunification replace institutionalization as this country’s first response to child abandonment. We pray to participate in this--empowering families first in order to empower, nurture, and love the child. . For children who have been orphaned and are unable to be reunited with their family, we pray for adoption. . We have been blessed to see and incredible number of local and international adoptions over the past 12 years. Each adoption is a true, beautiful blessing to behold. Sarah’s Covenant Homes is not an adoption agency, but we hope to serve as strong advocates for our children in each and every way we can. Locally, our staff works tirelessly to complete paperwork, schedule appointments, and jump through all hoops necessary to ensure that our kids are able to be listed for adoption. Internationally, we work along side various agencies and adoption advocacy platforms to make our children visible to the world. . . . PD: a close up picture of a child’s hands resting on her knee. She is wearing a brightly patterned salwar suit. This particular child has since been adopted ❤️
Reception and Rehabilitation. . For us, this is where it all begins. . It begins with homecoming and home-making. With seeing and knowing. With reaching and holding. With paperwork, arrangements, preparations, surprises, joy. It begins with car rides and opened gates and new beds and new friends and new days. . Across India, we see that children are not getting what they need in state- and government-run orphanages, as these institutions are oftentimes underfunded, understaffed and unable to attend to the needs of each child. Children with disabilities are at increased risk to have their needs overlooked. Additionally, all children in orphanages, especially those with disabilities and medical conditions, generally experience diminished health, and sometimes these situations can quickly turn critical when they are not receiving appropriate care. . This is where we act. . Reception begins with our social work team, who makes regular visits to the state orphanages in our region to assess if there are any children in need of our care. We work with the government to bring a child out of the orphanage and into one of our family-style homes. From there, our medical staff works with local hospitals and doctors to ensure that proper medical care is given to help bring healing and restoration of health. . Once in our care, our children are welcomed into our homes, where we continue to provide them with the services that nurture their growth. We provide them with education, physiotherapy, nutritious meals, comfort, love, and so much more. . Reception and rehabilitation is a priority of every team member at SCH, because everyone works together to create a loving, enriching environment where every child feels safe and secure, receiving the appropriates services that meet their needs. . . . PD: a picture taken from behind of Renuka holding Mikayla soon after she arrived. Renuka is wearing a sari with bright warm colors and her hair is in a braid down her back. Mikayla’s hair is short.
As we continue sharing our birthday reflections, we want to give you a little insight into the three core components of our vision that drive and guide our steps forward. . (1 ) Reception and Rehabilitation (2 ) Adoption and Reunification (3 ) Long-term Care. . To these we feel called; we feel commissioned. In these, we feel the favor of the Lord as we journey further and further along our path to seeing a changed world, a world without orphans. . We find these to be equally founded on our central belief that all children inherently deserve to be loved--fully, boldly, completely, intentionally, without reservation and with action. With action to pursue them--wherever they may be, whatever needs they might have. . Later on today we will be sharing more about Reception and Rehabilitation! So stay tuned! . . . PD: a close up picture of Mae’s little feet. She is wearing silver ankle chains.
Growing up, ourselves, it seemed that life never really felt different on birthdays--at the end of the celebrations, we found ourselves quite the same as the day before, no change too notable to distinguish us from our younger self. Growing taller, stronger, bigger, wiser were never things that immediately followed blowing out candles. The change of calendar pages, the change of years, the change of growing is something a bit more gradual. A bit more difficult to observe as we live it. . Each birthday rounds off 365 days lived into, 365 days by which small measures of change take place. Each birthday, we round another corner. Enter another phase of life. Begin a new set of days. . In thinking about our 12th birthday, we realize the magic of birthdays is not in some all-of-the-sudden change, but in the culmination of snail-steps forward in growth and in faith and in love. . Just as a small child grows in small in seemingly imperceptible increments, so, too, this organization has changed. Grown. Not only in number or size, but in our efforts and in our reach. Sarah’s Covenant Homes has grown from a home of ten children, to seven homes of nearly 140 individuals in our care. We are in two states and cities in India. We have seen adoptions, we have seen reunifications. We have seen children come in and transform because of love, care, and medical and therapeutic attention. . In 12 years, we have grown to be much more than a home, but rather we are blessed to serve as an instrument of love and hope. An instrument blessedly used to affect change in the lives of our children and young adults, in our local community, and even further beyond through our efforts in (1 ) reception and rehabilitation, (2 ) adoption and reunification, and (3 ) long-term care. . Each day, we are still learning and growing, changing, and prayerfully taking those snail-steps forward in growth and in faith and in love. . . . PD: a series of pictures of Vera wearing a magenta dress and a sparkly, silver dress-up crown. Photo 1 is a close up of the top of her head with the crown on. Photo 2 is a close up of her hand resting near her crown. Photo 3 is of Vera smiling brightly in front of a white wall.
T H E N & N O W Today, we are continuing to share some updates of a few of young adults that came to SCH on our first day so many years ago. Today, we are spotlighting Christopher! . Christopher has grown in so many ways over these past 12 years. On that first day, so many years ago, our founder easily saw the light and love of this young man. “Christopher,” she wrote, “What a doll he is. He is so innocent and gentle, and he looks at all of us with so much trust and love. He loves music and can sing well and dance. He will do something great for the Lord with worship. He is eager to go to school, as are Hannah and Caleb.” . Today, we still see how joyful Christopher is to learn, especially through the vocational program and other recent opportunities! In September, he was also part of the group of young adults that attended a two-month training program held by the Association of Persons with Disabilities, to learn how to work in retail. . He has since graduated and received his certificate. . Since graduating, he has worked at a shopping mall, and he has also traveled to different cities to interview for jobs! . Our hearts swell with pride as we think about the hardworking, adventurous spirit of Christopher. His deep and abiding joy is evident each and every day, and words cannot express the honor it is to watch him grow into the man he has become over these past several years. . . . PD: two photos of Christopher smiling. The first photo is from years and years ago, he is standing on a roof wearing a white school uniform. Photo two is of Christopher, all grown up! He is wearing a red shirt and is standing in front of a green wall.
N O W & T H E N Today, we are excited to start sharing some updates of a few of young adults that came to SCH on our first day so many years ago. Today, we are celebrating Hannah! . When Hannah first arrived into SCH’s care 12 years ago she was 9 years old. On that first day, our founder Sarah observed, “She is quite capable of going to school and asks me several times a day when she can start.” . Hannah is still thrilled to learn. In the 2018/19 school term, Hannah wrote her 10th standard exams and passed with flying colors! She is also still very active and thriving in the vocational program, in which she is exploring interests and developing more skills in different styles of jewelry making. . Hannah continues to grow in independence and in leadership. This past September, Hannah attended a training program held by the Association of Persons with Disabilities in Bangalore in the business process outsourcing program. She completed this training and will soon receive her diploma! We are incredibly proud to see her pursuing a career. . For all the reasons we have to be proud of Hannah, we might just be proudest of her kind and passionate heart. She has grown up in extraordinary ways, and we are in awe of who she is and who she is becoming, eternally thankful to bear witness to the wonder and light of her heart and soul. . . . PD: two photos of Hannah from over the years. The first is of Hannah, all frown up. She is smiling, leaning on a wall, wearing a red kurta. The second photo is of Hannah in a bright yellow and orange school uniform from years and years ago. She has braces and two braided pigtails.
It seems that this time of year, we often find ourselves digging through long ago blogs & stories about days &moments that have summed into these beautiful 12 years. . 12 years ago, our founder Sarah received a call from the local government to pick up the five children that she applied to take into custody. On that day, seeing so many children in need, she extended beyond her original plan and welcomed ten into our first home. . Here are some of Sarah’s words about that day, written 10 years ago: “We received 10 children (ages 8-17 ) & will receive two more (girls ages 1 & 1.5 ) next week. The ten are settled in & doing well. It's a wonderful thing, & I'm deeply happy about it. Yesterday I went to take the boys to the seashore for the first time. It's a joy to see how excited they get about the ocean, a car ride, seeing a train... Most children do not appear to be grieving at all about the move to our homes. Wish I could be mommy to all of them, but I don't want them to have a mommy who leaves each night.” . That day, God brought us Wendy. Brought us Amulya and Dhivena. Brought us Hope and Hannah. Brought us Prakash and Caleb and John. Brought us Josh and Christopher. Brought us 10 sweet and perfect hearts to fill our days with unending blessings. . When we turned 10 years old, we similarly scrolled through Sarah’s words, and we marveled at how much has changed in the lives of the first ten children that she welcomed home, and we shared those joys and victories with you. Though it is just two years later, we have so many more victories and joys to share about these young adults, which we will post so soon, so stay tuned! . . . PD: photo 1 is a recent picture of Josh, who is being silly and sticking his tongue out at the camera. Photo 2 is also of Josh, but from when he was much younger. He is sitting in a chair with a sparkling valentine on his lap. The third picture is a recent picture of Prakash smiling. The last is also if Prakash from several years ago. He is laughing as he sits on the roof of one of the homes.
M E D I C A L U P D A T E . We are overflowing with joy to share that both Promise and Jamila have returned home from their stay at the hospital! . These past few weeks have been marked with abrupt and urgent medical needs. And in the midst of storms, a constant, gentle reminder has come to us as we’ve waited at their bedsides. . They’ve not been alone. . We can not convey the gratitude we feel to have had so many friends praying for their health across the world. It never ceases to bring hope and strength to those who dearly cherish them, to see hearts united powerfully in care of one precious soul. And in quieter ways—in ways we cannot measure—we know that the words lifted in prayer for them have reached them, held them, loved them powerfully. . In every season of life, may we steadfastly remember this beautiful truth: Prayers matter. And as we have been able to welcome these girls back to their homes, we know that each whisper rings out to the Lord of lords. And in that, there is incomprehensible power. . We ask that as often as you think of them, praise the Lord with us for their homecoming and pray together with us, too, for brighter and brighter days ahead. . . . PD: a picture of Jamila from above. She is wearing a bright yellow shirt and a rainbow skirt. Her hair is in pigtails with green and blue hair elastics. She is wearing multicolored beaded bracelets on her wrists and her hands rest in her lap.
If you’ve been following along with our recent posts, you probably already know that we are taking a few days to celebrate our birthday through storytelling! As we reflect on our roots, on our collections of stories, on the tapestry created over the past twelve years, it is important to us, that we take time to pause and to remember who we are and what we do. . We can simply define ourselves: Sarah's Covenant Homes is a non-profit organization responding to the abandonment of children with disabilities and medical needs in India through holistic care provided in family-style homes. . But we find that this definition is not enough. . It isn’t enough, because we are more than just a non-profit, more than just a home. SCH is a big, messy family and we do what families do. We wipe boogers, we change diapers, we hug, we dance, we cry, we laugh, we comfort, we teach, we encourage, we love. We do this because we believe in the unique and unlimited beauty of every human being. We do this because we believe in the power of family. We do this because we believe that all children belong in a family uniquely their own. We believe that all children deserve unconditional love every moment of their lives. . While we celebrate our birthday through stories of days gone by and while we look to the future with eager anticipation, we are so easily reminded that each step we take next will be to honor our foundation and will be in service, in love, in devotion to this perfect, joyful, loving, messy family. . . . PD: A picture from above of Kristy sitting in the lap of her house mom, Poori. Kristy is wearing a rainbow stripe dress and Poori’s hand is resting on her shoulder.
Our story began over 12 years ago. . It began with ten children in a crowded room. It began with looking into deep needs with deep prayers for strength and survival and health and life and love. It began with big faith and shaky breaths and small reaches to small hands, stepping out of that room & into sunlight. . Over the years, with more steps forward, holding those sweet, sweet hands, we have become who we are today: a family composed of different roles and different people, all serving as part of one mechanism with a common mind and heart: to see quality of life assured to all people. To show these children their undeniable worth rests in their Father and Creator. . Sarah’s Covenant Homes was founded on this common heart, extending our reach to children in desperate need, suffering from illness, neglect and malnutrition in the institutions where they were found. This is our first story. Twelve years ago, our founder petitioned the local government to take custody of five children, and on that day, seeing so many children in need, she extended beyond her original plan and welcomed ten into our first home. . We have continued by her example, extending our reach to those most in need, growing in numbers and in love annually. Today, we gladly care for nearly 140 children and young adults in seven family-style homes. . In these twelve years, we have grown. And lives, ours included, have changed. . As we celebrate this birthday, this anniversary, we have found ourselves steeped in remembering. We find ourselves drawn back to moments throughout these years gone by, tracing the memories—the cords between that first day and where we find ourselves now. These stories are that of prayers answered. These stories are that of love and kindness and goodness exhaled into broken places, bringing forth hope and life and restoration. . We are celebrating these twelve years, looking back on the unfolding, on the changing, on these days like steps leading into one another. Steps that have brought us so, so very much that swells our hearts with joy and thanksgiving. . . . PD: a close up of Shiloh’s sweet hands as shes’s being held. She’s wearing striped leggings and pink bangles.
IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY! . Holy Guacamole—it really did sneak up on us this year. Between all the sweet and chaotic things of our daily lives, we almost missed it. . But we are thankful for the flits of thought that quietly reminded us that here we are again. Another revolution around the sun, and another year older, with more and more years to come. . The life of an organization is really not much different than the lives of you or me or any individual. . In every life there are joys. There are pains. There are questions. There are answers. There is strength. There is need. There is hope. There is more than words can define and more than we can say. That is just what life is—lots of things, all together, marching on with every ticking clock and every flipped calendar page. . But the best thing about life—about each and every life, about this life, about our life—is that there is love. . And love is not an event, it is not circumstance, it is not a state of being. Love is a presence that abides in our time and in our breaths. . Love abides with us here, and love abides in all of these days past, present, future. . So this year, for our 12th birthday, we will be sharing glimpses and snapshots of how far God has brought us and who he has shaped us to be. Because if birthdays are for anything, they are for celebrating the Love that has and is and will be with us. . So! Cheers to twelve years! And Hallelujah for the Love that never stops. . . . PD: A series of pictures of Georgie wearing a patchwork party hat! The hat is made of bright and colorful fabrics and is predominantly orange and pink. Photo 1 is a picture from behind. Photo 2 is a picture of the profile of his smiling face. Photo 3 is a close up of the hat itself and it’s pink little pompom on the end! . . . #SCH #SCHindia #happybirthday
T A L I T H A Dear friends, we are so grateful to be able to come to our community and be surrounded by a circle of support. Support in sharing the goodness and redemption in stories as well as seeking aid and help in the times of heartache and need. At this point most of you are familiar with sweet baby Talitha, our miracle child, and her story of resiliency in the face of a life-threatening diagnosis. This past November, Talitha was admitted to the hospital for about a month and placed in critical condition. She was fighting once again with her own body; struggling to push past the current illness.A few weeks before Christmas, Talitha came home! A true celebration of thankfulness and joy to have her in the comfort of her home again and she has been doing very well. She is on oxygen 24/7 but she is more alert and "active" than she has been for a while. Hallelujah! We see prayers answered and ask for your continued prayers and support! Due to her extensive stay in the hospital, we have a rather large bill that needs to be funded. We are blessed by a hospital and doctors who support us as best they can, know who we are, who our kids are, and what our ministry stands for. We’ve had large bills in the past and our community has come through. We've seen the Lord's faithfulness time and time again and his goodness extended through the many hands of our community. We come to you today to ask for your help in this area once again. Talitha’s hospital bill comes to $8,215. It’s an overwhelming number for us. It feels insurmountable, but our faith tells us that together we can move this mountain. If you would like to help, you can go to the link below! Thank you for your continued support! Check our fb page for link! PD: a photo of Talitha on her back with the top of her head towards the camera, her eyebrows and eyelashes blurry and her beautiful hair wrapped into a bun.
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.' " We stand in awe of the courage shown by every single individual here at SCH. Courage to face hard things, courage to be known, courage to love, courage to learn, courage to trust again, courage to be, and courage to grow and bloom exactly where they are when the world says otherwise. We are learning and redefining and basking in their courage. PD: Daylan is lying down on his back on the trampoline. He is wearing a white shirt with geographical shapes in bold blues, reds, and yellows. His arms are raised by his head and he is smiling.