Today was a busy day.  David had dress rehearsal for the children in the choir.  He’s going to make several recordings and will create DVD’s and CD’s of them singing.  He will also have a dance troupe DVD with them dancing to drums and a xylophone.  There will be some original African poetry mixed in with the songs.  He also plans to film the children in a play about parents dying of AIDS as well as a play about the birth of Jesus.

The plan is for David to produce these DVD’s and CD’s and sell them in our orphan store to visitors from the US and also will be looking to market them within the US.  The profit will then be returned to Hope4Kids for the orphan fund.

We have some very sick babies coming into the clinic.  Some are so weak with malaria they don’t seem to have the strength to cry.  It’s heartbreaking.

We checked on our friend Washington-the one with gangrene.  He didn’t look good.  Please keep him in your prayers.  They will be transferring him to the hospital in town.

Elizabeth has been taking team members to surrounding villages to meet with orphans.  One village was along Lake Victoria so the team got to see how they catch the fish in their big nets and then spread out the nets on the shore and sift through to get out all the sand, etc.  Then they spread out the fish to dry. 

Some of the team members were feeling so overwhelmed by all the poverty and great needs.  How do you even begin to help?  What we do is not even scratching the surface.  Can we really make a difference? 
Pastor Bob told the story of a man walking along the beach, picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. 

Another man approached and asked, “What are you doing?”

“I’m throwing these starfish back into the sea to save their lives.”

“That’s ridiculous!  Look at all the hundreds and thousands of starfish up and down the beach.  You can’t make a difference.  You’ll never be able to save them.”

The man picked up another starfish, examined it and threw it back into the sea.  “It made a difference to that one.”

I always like to quote Mother Teresa.  “If you can’t feed one hundred, feed one.”

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