Saturday, June 26, 2010

Please Help SHIP!



We love these kids. We love every single one of them. We’ve seen them grow up over the years, start school, graduate, go to college. We’ve seen them fall in love with those of you who’ve gone to El Salvador. We’ve seen their faces light up when they get their Christmas gifts from those who’ve sent them. We’ve seen the love they show each other and us, and we’ve known that in them we see Christ.

They are a family. They are our family. But, our family is in trouble.

Today we visited the orphanage and learned that the orphanage is in danger of being shut down. The government agency in charge of child welfare (CONNA) thinks there are too many problems with the orphanage. The building needs to be bigger; repairs need to be made; they need more people on staff. We have until October 15 to make that happen.

Even if all repairs are made and staff added, CONNA still believes that the building is only big enough for 15 children. There are 34 children in our family.This means that 19 of our kids will be taken from the only loving home they’ve known and placed in an impersonal, government-run orphanage.

These are children who have known physical and sexual abuse, abandonment, neglect. Many of our children have been through the government system before; some of them still carry the scars of it. We can’t let our children go back to that. We can’t look at the faces in that picture and choose who we could part with.

We need the new orphanage now—sooner than now if possible. We need $130,000 to complete construction. We need your prayers. We need to keep our family together.

http://shipinternational.org/

8 comments:

send flowers to china said...

I really liked your article. Keep up the good work.
G0d BlesS Y0u.

The Seaman's said...

your article touched me. I am from El Salvador and know what you are talking about. I will pray that your organization get the funds for these children in need.

God Bless,

Sandra Seaman

Amy said...

I appreciate your PO very much the picture with the article. Continues to refuel!!

Evelyn said...

What can I do?

sara said...

Thank you Seamans for your prayers!!! I love El Salvador so much. And these children are so amazing and wonderful.

sara said...

Evelyn, thank you so much for caring! One thing you can do is to spread the word about our crisis and direct people to give at shipinternational.org/donate

We really need as many people as possible to know about this problem so that we can raise the money to help the kids. Most of our kids have come from terrible circumstances, and this orphanage gives them a place to finally be loved and cared for. And it keeps them safe from people who might harm them. If you could spread the word, that would be amazing!!! :)

Toronto said...

your article touched me. I am from El Salvador and know what you are talking about. I will pray that your organization get the funds for these children in need.

Tommy said...

Nice post and cool blog!

If you'd like, this is a good one too: http://thestoriesofwhitegloves.blogspot.com/