I got information from the Krause family recently re the MICS school that Orphan’s Promise is helping to support.You remember our story on these chidlren: one of them was about Christopher and we called him “Cinderfella”.
Rhonda Krause writes: Also in the picture: Our beloved Christopher (first on left). He has grown up so much and is doing well. He is thriving in boarding and loves learning and asking questions of Gil (Rhonda’s husband).
The third child in this picture is the sweet little girl, Sevina. In a recent video posting, I prayed with her to accept Jesus into her heart. Rhonda tells us: Miss Sevina is also thriving….she is really growing up as I realized when I looked at her through the lens of the camera today. She is not a little girl anymore. She is being true to the Lord since she gave her heart to Jesus with you Terry. She is always the first one to pray and loves to sing and praise the Lord. She is really trying to be good at home even though the situation is hard for her. She understands she wants to get an education and school is her “job” right now. She is a class leader and doing well in all subjects.
Rhonda also writes that a fifth grade class in Nashville is sponsoring a child named Tolland for his day school. The class did not have a Christmas party for themselves instead they raised $500 to send Tolland to school for a year. He is a “double” orphan as they say here. Both of his parents died. He is being raised by his grandmother. He lives in one of those small huts you saw near the market area when you were here last July. Last year he had a bone infection and ended up with a bone graft. That went well but he did not go back to the hospital to have his plate and screws taken out. Therefore it was not treated properly. He now walks with a crutch as one leg is much shorter than the other. The doctors think the leg might stretch with time?????? When he came with his very old (especially in Africa years) granny to register for school the principal and grandmother decided he was about 8 or 9 and they liked the month of April …. so his birthday is April 14, 2002 on the MICS admission form. Doctors agree he is about 8.
We have placed him in boarding as he was living in a small hut with only rags for a bed and the grandmother had no means to provide food for him. He still goes home to be with her on the weekends. We will watch to see how that goes. We still have all boarding children go home on weekends to be with family so they have a place in the community. We know though that as we grow not all children will be able to go home as the distance is too far or the grandparent can’t provide for them. Tolland is a VERY happy boy as you can see in the picture (little guy on the end)…bright too. He is healthy and seems to really like being at MICS. We were worried about how he would get here the first day. We did not know if he would find his way or if he understood enough English to know that he should come….. we were trying to figure out who could stop at his house on the way and get him that morning when we looked in the chapel…. there he was sitting on a bench waiting for school to start!!! The first one to arrive 6:30 AM and all alone(-: He knew and he wanted to be here!!!
All that to say we would like for him to be part of the OP sponsored MICS kids…please(-:
Terry - This means that they would like for Orphan’s Promise to sponsor little Tolland for boarding school since his day school has been taken care of by that amazing 5th grade class in Nashville – hats off to them! Who could refuse this darling , little boy? Not me.