Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lost Boys Giveaway

If you have never really read the words on this blog before (because I am willing to bet many of you come for the pictures of Lily !), I hope that you read the words in this post today. My friend Julia says them so much better than I could, so I am borrowing them from her blog...



******************


They stole our hearts three years ago.
 
They stole our hearts.
 
We have tried to go back to the 'normal' that we were before we met them.  But once our hearts were stolen, there is no returning. 
 
When we came out of that village with Aaron in our arms three years ago we promised ourselves that we would do whatever we could to help the boys we left behind.  We knew that they were Lost without us.   Tucked away in a village out in the middle of nowhere.  Not even the people in the village had ever stepped foot inside those gates. 
 
God placed their stories and the burden of their situation on our hearts and made it clear that those boys mattered to Him.  The 60 boys we saw sitting in their sheds each day.  Staring at the walls.  Moaning.  Groaning.  Bored out of their minds.  The 40 and more boys who we knew were locked away in the forbidden laying down rooms.  Laying there day after day after lonely day.  Laying there waiting to die.  Just waiting to die.  They were our boys.  Our Lost Boys.
 
We came home broken.  Exhausted.  Wanting to move on with our lives but those boys who had been lost to the world had stolen our hearts.  There was no return.  Through God's grace, we found a ministry team in that country who was willing to go in and minister to them.   We wanted so much for them to be able to minister to all the boys.  The 60 and the 40+.  The boys in the sheds and the boys in the rooms.  For three years we have given and have raised financial support to allow them to go and bring much needed supplies and gifts to the boys.  It has not been easy.  They have had to beg each time to be allowed in and many times they have been turned away.  Sadly, they have only been allowed to minister but to just a few.  20 boys at the most.  The best ones.  The 'deserving' ones.  Oh how our hearts have longed for more but we have been grateful for this little bit.
 
And God has been stirring and working and moving in hearts.  Since we have been home THREE LOST BOYS have found families. 
 
Brady/Judd
 
 
 
Alexei/Benjamin
 
alexei update Alexei
 
 
Heath
 
YES MY DEAR FRIENDS.... THAT IS HEATH... LOOK AT HIM... HE CAN WALK!!!
 
 
 
 
 
Since we have been home another Lost Boy has a Mama and a Papa coming soon.  Soon.
 
Samuel
 
 
Since we have been home... Four other boys now have a chance for a family.  A chance to get out of the sheds.
 
They are listed on Reece's Rainbow and all four have NICE grants.
 
                                   Pearson                      Dagmar              Porter                 Grady
30520132428 30520133548 Porter 2013 30520133224
 
Since we have been home the institute has been blessed with much needed supplies, repairs. 
 
Since we have been home the director has been lavished with prayers and love and acts of kindness from the ministry team and the families. 
 
Since we have been home the caretakers and the boys and the director have been touched by God each time another person walks through those gates.
 
Since we have been home.
 
But since we have been home.... I have wanted to go back.
 
To go back and say thank you.
 
To go back and lavish love on the boys.
 
To go back and be their voice on the ground. 
 
To go back so they can see that a child can thrive outside those gates.
 
The longing to go back has burned in my heart.
 
But we never thought the way would be made clear for that to happen.
 
It just seemed rather impossible...
 
But sometimes doors crack open.
 
When they do you just have to jump fast before they shut again.
 
Months ago a friend and I were chatting on-line.  She was in process to adopt three children from a country that stole my heart three years ago.  I was sharing with her my deep desire to go back.  In the course of the conversation she shared with me that they had run out of options for finding someone to help her bring the three babes out.  She was figuring she was going to have to do it alone but would much rather have had an extra set of hands. 
 
You can imagine where that conversation led.
 
Oh I wanted to go help her.  I wanted to help her with all my heart.
 
Rob and I talked and we both agreed that it was a worthy reason to cross the ocean.  And we both also agreed that while I was there... I could possibly take a small side-trip to a certain city to meet a certain ministry team who has been ministering to our very precious Lost Boys whom we left behind.
 
I didn't think I would be able to actually visit the Lost Boys.  But to meet the team.  To encourage them.  To see what they are doing.  That was worth its weight in gold to me.
 
So I said yes.
 
We didn't want to fundraise.  I ask for money for everyone else but did not want to fundraise for this trip.
 
We had money set aside if we needed it.  We would fundraise for my friend and since she was working into her budget for a helper - well - with the money we had and what she raised - my trip should be covered.
 
Easy.
 
But the money we set aside... we gave it away.  A family in need adopting.... we couldn't say no.  We have NO REGRETS.  When we gave it away we knew we were risking my trip.  But two children needed out.  It was not an option to say no.
 
We were left with the fundraising efforts of our friend. 
 
She didn't raise all that they needed much less raise enough to cover my help.
 
There was just no way.
By the end of September the door looked closed.
 
Financially it just wasn't going to happen.
 
But each time I tried to close that door... someone's toe would get stuck inside and it wouldn't fully shut.
We kept getting that tiny little whisper in our hearts to not close the door. 
 
We went around and around.
 
Discussions that went nowhere.
 
At the end of October my friend and her husband crossed the ocean and began the process to meet her precious treasures....
 
Yes... You know who they are....
 
I just about went nuts when she sent me these pictures and more...
 
 
 
Oh I wanted to go over so badly it was killing me!!
As we debated and prayed I contacted Alyona who leads the ministry team and shared with her that I would love to meet her and to visit some of her ministries and maybe.... maybe... but probably not possible... but maybe... I could go visit the Lost Boys????
Her response shocked me and sealed the trip in my heart.
Alyona believes that the director would welcome me with open arms. 
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!
The desire of my heart is to go back.
Even if all I am able to do is visit the ministry team and thank them for lavishing love on our boys.  That is a worthy enough reason to go back.
But if God opens the door to actually go to the institute then I am on that train!!
It is not set in stone.
There is still a possibility I will be turned away.
But God is whispering GO in our hearts and HE is opening the doors and we are stepping out in faith.
There is more I have to share.
Stories worth telling.
This trip is going to require a whole suitcase full of Kleenex.
Just know for now...
I'M GOING BACK!



**********************



If you have been a reader here for a long time, you already know my friend Julia. If you are new, you can read more about her HERE. In a nutshell, she is amazing, She and her husband adopted their son Aaron from Eastern Europe, and she has passionately fundraised for HUNDREDS of children with special needs since returning. 

I want to help Julia return to Aaron's institution to visit The Lost Boys. She had the funds to go, but true to her generous nature, she gave them to an adoptive family.

One of my dear friends contacted me last week offering to help Julia, and she asked me to host a giveaway to help raise funds for her trip.

So we are giving away a brand new iPad to help send Julia back to visit her Lost Boys.



The rules are very simple. Go to Julia's blog and donate ten dollars or more for her trip to minister to The Lost Boys. (There is a donation box on her sidebar.) Come back here and leave a comment on this post letting me know that you donated. One winner will be drawn from the comment section just before Julia leaves the country - you can gain an extra entry by blogging about this giveaway and leaving the link in the comment section as well.

I can't tell you how much I love Julia and her heart for orphans....if I had the money to send her myself I would. She has blessed more people in a few years than most people bless in a lifetime. Please help me send my friend back to minister to the fatherless, to bring hope and love to The Lost Boys.


42 comments:

Rob Nalle said...

TEARS PATTI.. TEARS.

buddyluv said...

So excited fro Julia - she is a friend of mine as well... just donated $50 towards her trip - can't wait to hear all about it!

Kim Buckley

Tonya said...

I donated and shared. Thanks, Nicole N

melanie said...

I donated. Glad to support such a beautiful cause. Mel

Amy said...

Donated. Can't wait to follow Julia on her trip!

This Crazy Thing Called Motherhood said...

Although I could only contribute $10, I did so gladly because I am so thankful there is a way for us to help finance Julia's trip. She is such an amazing person who continues to inspire and educate me!

Beth Basilio

Jen M said...

Donated what I could. Can't wait to hear all about the trip!

Christine said...

Donated! Love Julia's heart and blessed to be able to help her GO!
Christine

Unknown said...

i have followed the story of the lost boys for years now. may God continue to open the hearts of the director, heal what the locusts have stolen, and free those boys, one by one! so very happy to donate! amy jupin

chicks3 said...

I donated. So glad to do something to help Julia who has done so much!

Erin Beaudette said...

Just donated to The Lost Boys trip. She has a heart of gold. I wish I could donate thousands but will say prayers that thousands will feel led to donate what they can. Thank you Patti for sharing this.

Annette said...

Donated.

Naomi said...

Donated!! Love this post. This is what Christmas is all about. Giving.

Mommy said...

Just donated - can't wait to follow her journey - awesome!! Thanks for helping her:)

Amy said...

Donated. What Julia and Rob are doing for The Lost Boys is amazing and inspiring - with every post their message is being heard afar, and spread world wide, and eyes and hearts are being opened. Thank you to all of you for saving these precious souls and being their voice! Amy in VA (atomanne1@aol.com)

luba b said...

Donated 10. May the Lord bless them as they go.

Half Dozen Mama said...

More than happy to help Julia go see "her boys"! (donated) so glad she gets this opportunity. She is such an encouragement to me to keep yelling for those God puts on my heart.

candee said...

So happy to donate to help get Julia back to her Lost Boys! She is such a treasure. Thank you Patti, for organizing this!
Candee

Lisa said...

So blessed to be able to be a small part of Julia's trip back to the Lost Boys. Donated $20.

Steph said...

Julia is amazing. Was happy to send a donation.

AMags said...

I donated... only wish it could be more! So happy to be able to follow along on Julia's journey. Thank you for organizing the fundraiser and getting the word out there!

Lu, Poppies Blooming said...

I donated and SO wish we could donate more. I am SO thrilled for her to get to go and just know God has something amazing planned! Patti, you, Carla and Julia are three of the most beautiful souls on this planet and I am so thankful for you all! I am so excited to see this all unfold! God is good, His mercies endure forever!!

shantjoy2 said...

Donated

Jennifer said...

We donated...praise God for Julia's heart for The Lost Boys. We are praying they feel His great love as she ministers to them. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to help.

Se Se said...

Julia is one of a kind. We donated and can't wait to follow her journey!

Ally Hirst said...

Donated to this AMAZING cause and I really hope Julia raises enough for this journey! Praying for all of you <3

Lindsey Repp-Sundseth said...

I donated! I pray Julia get to go and bless so many more!

Chris said...

God bless her! I was happy to donate. Praying for her and her journey!

cara said...

This just melts my heart!!! Will be back to donate soon. Will be happy to help for this cause as well. Thank you for sharing Patti! xoxo

Laurie Pardon said...

I left a donation, I hope it went through, when PayPal took me back to her page it said donation cancelled but I did get a receipt from PayPal. If it didn't let me know. I think what she is doing is incredible.

Beth said...

Donated:)

Jo's Corner said...

It is a true Blessing to be able to donate towards Julia's trip to see her Lost Boys! I did donate. With much love and many prayers for this journey! ~ Jo

Kristi Lewis said...

Donated. Can't wait to follow Julia on this journey. Thanks for sharing Patti.

Erica said...

Patti - I am just heartbroken for these boys and girls.I donated...I don't want to win the iPad but just wanted to thank you for posting this, for sharing this with so many of us and for helping to extend the prayer chain. As always, you do God's work so beautifully.

Debby Bacon said...

I donated. I pray for Julia and the Lost Boys often and for Slavik and Alyona who live in country and try to minister to the Lost Boys.

Cathy said...

I donated. Godspeed and prayers that she might open even more doors for the Lost Boys

andrea said...

I donated. So thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of all God is about to do!!!

Kelly Marin said...

Donated!! These stories grip your heart! I love how you go the extra mile for people. You truly are a blessing to so many people (including me)

Val said...

Of course we donated to Julia. She gave all she had to us and made it possible for us to bring back our two teens. Now she needs to go love on those boys and watch God do His miraculous work there. Hugs and prayers to you for all you are doing for the Nalle family.

Meg Write said...

Donated! Also I don't have a blog but I am going to share on Instagram!

B said...

Donated. Praying for Julia and everyone she encounters along this journey. Thank you Patti & Elizabeth for all you're doing.

Gretchen said...

Woohoo! Donation sent! Climb, fundraiser dollars, climb! At this time of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for kind hearted good folks who are doing incredible acts.