Saturday, June 14, 2008

For the Children of Lesotho, Africa

Lesotho Blanket Drive

From time to time we have supported a ministry that is directly involved with the orphans in Lesotho (pronounced Lesootoo), Africa. The ministry is encounterhumanity and last year our friends took a mission trip to Lesotho. Upon returning they sent us some pictures of the orphans being fed, and one particular orphan girl. It is a very close up picture of her beautiful face and I hung it over my kitchen sink to always remind me to pray for these children.
Recently we received another personal letter from our friends with more pictures of mealtimes for the orphans. I have tears in my eyes even trying to describe the picture, so I cannot. Just know that when I look at this picture, it makes it REAL. This is happening RIGHT NOW. It cannot be denied! Our friends are spear-heading this blanket drive for the orphans, and I feel compelled to share this with you all. If you feel led to donate, it only takes 5.00 to buy one blanket. Some of you may just want to say a little prayer for these children of God. ALL orphans need our prayers!
You can click HERE to donate to Encounter. Or email me and you can send the money to us. We're collecting money on behalf of this project. Rest assured your money is going to these children of Lesotho. Below I copied some info from their website.


It actually gets cold in Africa, cold enough even to snow. Lesotho is a mountainous country and there is little available to heat the homes during winter (which is right now, during our summer). We invite people to help us provide blankets (essential for survival in Lesotho) for orphans by collecting change or donating in $5 increments (that's the approximate cost of one of the blankets).

About lesotho
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Geography: Lesotho is the only country in the world to lie entirely over 3,300 feet.
The Basotho blanket is a staple of survival. The blanket is used as a coat, blanket, and to carry babies. It gets cold enough to snow in Lesotho so blankets are necessary.

The traditional home is round and made of a cow manure/sand mixture with a grass roof. There are many homes now made of cinder blocks with sheet metal as a roof.


Thanks so much for taking the time to read about this blanket drive, and thank you for your prayers for orphans around the world! Our Father hears our prayers and He is working!

8 comments:

Sonya said...

Loved getting caught back up on you guys! Been kinda wrapped up in ourselves...but still thinking of you!!
LOVED ALL the pic and posts that I have missed!

Hope to see ya soon!

S

Amy said...

Thank you for this post. I would love for our kids to give to this. We have in the past collected used and new blankets and distributed them to the homeless in our downtown area. $5 is so little to us and means the difference between cold and warmth for these people.

Amie said...

Thank you Laine for informing us of this opportunity. 5$ is a do-able amount for the kids to raise themselves. Thanks for always reminding us to keep the focus on God and helping others. Inspiring..

:)
Amie

Carlton and Aimee Weathers said...

Its hard to understand why so many children are suffering. But, I do know this, God has called us to help those who cannot help themselves. Thank you for the link.

Mom To Six said...

Laine,

Thank you so much for sharing this post. You know how dear the orphans of Africa are now to my heart as we wait for God's next step to be revealed in our lives.

As Amy said, $5. truly is so little to us and means a world of difference to those who are cold.

We will be sending Encounter a check tomorrow.

Hugs and love...

Ohilda

mommy24treasures said...

thanks for sharing Laine.

Walker said...

Isn't it Amazing what $5 can do? Thanks for the post! We can definitly help out!
Love,
Keisha

The Princess's Mommy said...

Thanks for sharing this, Laine. We will definitely be sending a donation to this wonderful cause.
Have a great day!
Love,
Monica