Tuesday, July 3, 2012
It is with great sadness that I share the news that in the evening of June 28, Lia van de Donk, the beloved director of Kay Angel and surrogate mother to twelve orphans, passed away, suddenly and from unknown causes. Still in shock, her brothers Wieb and Pieter, our friend Gala and myself are en [...]
Wed, Jun 12, 2013
After what seemed like an impossible few days of finding materials for the construction we finally had what we needed to start pouring a foundation…..by hand. Big mack trucks that looked like the huge version of a Tanka toy truck, started arriving and dumping materials on Sacrifice. This was so exciting! The boys all helped direct the trucks where to place all materials so that they were close to the site but not in the way. Our team started to form work stations and sub teams. Some were cement mixers, some were wheal barrel technicians (also know as the human dump truck), some were in charge of leveling and laying block, some of us even got stuck breaking rocks to make small gravel and hand picking out pee gravel from the sand pile (that means me)…..No matter what the task everyone did their job beautifully without any complaints and always with a ton of energy and positive attitudes. Every now and again they would trade jobs, never breaking the flow of the work they were doing.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013
Kay Angel has moved again!
We had a 6 months lease at our previous house. 3 months before we were to renew the lease the owner calls me up and says we need to talk about the renegotiation. I said sure, there is work that was supposed to be done on the house before we moved in that had yet to be completed, I asked that it be finished before I sing a second lease. This is when he dropped the big whammy on us and I almost died laughing. He was raising rent HAHA!!! His reason for this was because he no longer wanted to keep his storage room on the property and felt that we should have it. The catch was that we wanted a lot more money. I politely declined his offer and explained to him that although I appreciate him wanting us to have access to that storage room we didn’t need it and I would prefer to renew the original contract. He told me this was not possible and he wanted more money. I thanked him for having us for 6 months but we would be moving at the end of the contract. For 2 weeks he called several times to see f I would reconsider and I told him we would stay if the original contract was honored. He lost his temper and said something along the lines of ” I don’t understand why its so hard to just ask your donors for more money…” I explained to him that this was not how an organization works and again thank you but we can not stay in the house.
Wed, May 22, 2013
I wanted to write to our new friends in Texas Corey, Joel, their families and my family. This April I had the pleasure of hosting Corey, Joel and my dad in my home and I had an amazing time working with these guys on our land. All 3 of them came with suitcases over flowing with amazing gifts for the kids. We got new sheets, sandals for days, art supplies, medical supplies, music, dvd’s, cool new bibles, dvd player, STUFF FOR MARTIN, diapers for the next few months for martin, a donation to be used for martin and the kids, and most importantly NAMS!!!! (see pic below) Oh yes, I almost forgot one of the most precious gifts…. a World Map. Thank you all so much for everything you brought, for the time you gave us on our land. Thank you for sharing birthdays with and playing with us on the beach. Thank your families and friends for supporting your decision to come help us. Most importantly thank you for being part of the first team to make our dreas at Sacrifice become a reality. We miss you all very much and look forward to your return.
Tue, May 21, 2013
Since September Youseline has been suffering from lower abdominal pain practically every month. When the pains first started her doctor had requested a sonogram be done of her abdomen to see if there were any problems internally after all her blood work had come back without any answers but nothing found at that time. He explained to us that Youseline’s body was preparing for womanhood and that the pain was caused by her ovaries preparing for menstruation. Over the next few months the pain became stronger and came more frequently. While working on Sacrifice I received a call from Frantz saying that he was at the doctors with Youseline. The pain was so intense that she was sent home from school. He was being referred to a gynecologist office for another sonogram and a pelvic exam but Youseline was feeling scared and uncomfortable doing so with Frantz and wanted me to join them.