Into the West...

Photos taken during my trip to Seattle and Colorado Springs. You might want to have a decent internet connection to view the slide show (Press "Play" to begin show).

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As my time in Colorado continues I will add more photos to the album so check back occasionally to see more.

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Welcome to Sunny? Colorado

Arrived in Colorado on Monday afternoon, thought we were still in the clouds until I looked out the window and saw the runway about 10 feet below the plane. The fog blanketed the area, I was extremely thankful that we landed on time. BUT, the bright yellow leaves of the aspens were a stark contrast to the grey overcast day, a reminder of what it is like to be a light in the darkness. Temperature is cooler than expected, but nice. I finally feel like I am experiencing fall. It was funny as when I left Seattle the weather was mild and sunny for the past couple of days...a polar opposite for Colorado Springs.

Seattle was a blessing, wish I had more time to explore the city. Seattle took the best parts of Maine and dropped a huge international community right down in the middle of the city. While my heart is definitely in Lebanon and I hope that never changes I could see myself visiting Seattle as I have the opportunity and even moving there should my time in Lebanon be shorter than expected.

I will post photos of Seattle and Colorado shortly.

  1. MTI, not sure what to expect here. I came in with an open mind and a willingness to learn. We'll see how it all plays out. A lot of this material is very familiar to me as we touched up much of it while I was in grad school. The rest will be nice and the opportunity to meet new people, fellow workers will be great too.
  2. Support, I am at 59% monthly support! I still need around $600-$650 a month in additional support. While at MTI I am limited in what I can do regarding support raising, so I am a little concerned about that.
  3. Travel, my suitcase suffered an amputation from Seattle to Colorado...lost a wheel. Will need a new suitcase when I get back to Virginia. Will also need strength to drag the thing through the airport now. Flights have been good though and it has been a blessing to see the West from the air. Salt Lake doesn't look like a place I'd want to visit but the lakes are enormous and quite interesting.
  4. Health, the last few days of travel wore me about a little. No noticeable issues with the altitude here yet. Slept well last night but I think the benedryl helped more than being exhausted. This is one trip and area that I'd rather not experience illness.
Thanks for the prayers and I look forward to sharing further with you as the next few weeks progress.

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Week of Prayer for Kids Alive, Lebanon

Please keep Kids Alive Lebanon in your prayers this week (Oct. 6-Oct. 12, 2008). Below is a copy of the text from our prayer diary that offers up some specific ways you can pray for us this week. I have removed names and some specific details for the children's and staff's privacy. Remember, none of this work can be done without the prayers and support of the faithful. I would even like to challenge you to continue this prayer format weekly, covering over the work, workers, and children on a daily basis.
In Him,


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
  • Residential Program: As in previous years there have been many applications made to the residential program. Five new boys have been accepted into the program. They are settling in well and it is good to see how they have been welcomed and accepted by the other boys. The Bell House (for older boys) has seven young men living there, which brings the total of boys in the residential program to 40! Please join us in praising God and lifting our prayer requests to Him.
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to you Father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
  • Administration: Pray that God would daily give us strength to serve. Pray that we would receive wisdom, that we would make good decisions for the boys, staff and the ministry as a whole. Thank and praise God for the administration at Dar El Awlad. Thank and praise God for His many blessings. Pray that God would continue to provide for the finances required to effectively run this ministry. As the cost of living in Lebanon rises, pray that God would help us to continue to meet the needs of the children that we serve. Pray that we would firmly trust in His promises that He is faithful, that He is our loving Father who knows our needs before we even ask.
“Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God...By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.” Psalm 42: 5, 8
  • School and Moses Basket Program: Dar El Awlad School is always a busy place to be, staff and children all working hard. The start to this year has been no exception; in fact school is busier and fuller than ever! Fifteen new children have joined the school program, and we now have to send the big bus down to the city to collect the children. The Moses Basket program is also full, with lots of little ones this year. The new children are settling in well, and it has been a positive start to the new school year. Praise God for a really positive start to the school year. Thank Him for the new children that we have been able to accept, thank Him that these children now have the opportunity to learn and develop. Thank Him that they are settling in well. Praise God for the commitment of the head Teacher and her teaching staff. Pray that God would strengthen them day by day as they work with the children. Pray for wisdom for all the teachers, that they would know how best to meet the diverse needs of the children in their classes. Praise God for the arrival of two new Kids Alive workers; thank God that they too are settling in. Thank you for their commitment to serve God at Dar El Awlad. Pray for them as they get to know the children, pray that they would have wisdom in planning lessons, and much patience in teaching. Pray for the children, that they would enjoy school; that they would be able to work hard and make good progress. Pray particularly for the Grade 6 class, this is their final year in the school and they have a lot to achieve. Thank God for the children in Moses Basket, pray that even at this young age they would experience the love of God through the staff that work with them.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2: 42
  • Missionary Staff: Thank God for the missionary staff that are serving at Kids Alive Lebanon. Pray for them as they are far from their home countries. Pray that they would know God’s peace and hold on to Him when times are difficult. Pray that each one would build positive relationships with the children, and that God would use them in wonderful ways. Pray for good relationships between the foreign and local staff, that people would see the body of Christ at work. Pray for motivation in language study. Pray that they would be encouraged in what they are able to achieve. Pray for the new missionaries that will be coming in the new year. Pray that they would know the Lord’s provision in these next few months as they complete their support raising. Pray for God’s peace and they anticipate saying goodbyes and moving to Lebanon.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” Romans 12: 12
  • Sponsorship Program: Thank and praise God that we have reached 100 local sponsors! However, please do pray for long term sustainability. In Lebanon, as elsewhere, costs continue to rise and many people are struggling to meet their sponsorship obligations and are dropping out. Pray that God would continue to be faithful in His provision and that people’s hearts would be touched to give to Him by supporting the children. Pray for the Sponsorship Co-ordinator. Thank God for all her hard work and organisation skills. Pray that she would know God’s peace at the very busy times of the year - mailing times! Pray that she would have God’s strength and patience in all the many things she has to do.
  • Grounds and Building: Thank God for the wonderful site we have – for the space in the buildings and the space outside for the children to play. Pray that God would give us wisdom as we look at maintenance issues. Pray that He would provide for each need as it arises. Thank God for our grounds worker, who is responsible for grounds and building maintenance. Pray that He would know God closely as he serves in this work.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6: 18
  • Children and Youth Program: Thank God for the children and youth program and for our staff who is responsible for this. Pray that God would give him wisdom as he works with the boys in planning and leading the outside school activities. Pray for safety when the boys are outside playing games. Praise God for the development of the new Youth Room. This will be used for all sorts of activities including Bible Studies, film evenings, craft activities, story times. Pray that God would enable this space to be used effectively. Thank and praise God for the Bible studies that happen every Saturday. Thank God that there have been positive responses from the boys. Pray for him as he prepares these studies week by week. Pray that he would know God’s wisdom. Pray that God would be at work in the boys’ lives through these studies. Thank God for all those that participated in the Summer Teams. Thank God for the team from the UK and the team from local churches. Pray that the work that was done with the children will have a lasting impact on their lives.
  • Pray for the Bell House (Older Boys’ Apartment): Thank God for this building, for a space for the boys to develop skills in becoming independent whilst still receiving support and guidance from the staff. Pray for the boys, that they would still feel fully part of the residential program. Pray for the new boys that have joined the Bell House, that they would quickly settle into new routines, and cope well with more independence. Pray that as older boys they would learn to set a good example to the younger boys. Pray that they would be willing to help staff and other boys. Pray that they would understand what it means to be part of the Dar El Awlad family. Pray for the boys’ education. Pray that they would be able to stay focused, study hard and achieve their potential. Thank God for the weekly Bible Studies, jointly lead with Teens For Christ. Pray that these would be a real opportunity for the boys to question, and wrestle with issues of Christianity. Pray that the Holy Spirit would be at work in each of their lives. Pray for those that work with these boys on a daily basis. Give them wisdom and patience in how best to deal with these boys as they grow into young men.
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
James 5: 16
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Matthew 21: 22

  • Church: Pray for the staff as they attend their churches today. Pray that it would be a time where they meet with God. Pray for the boys as they attend the different churches. Pray particularly for those from different backgrounds, that as they take part in the Sunday schools and youth groups, they would be able to ask questions about God, and really learn about the Bible and how it applies to each of our lives.
  • Bread of Life Bakery: Thank God for the work of the bakery, and the free bread that is made and distributed to different organisations working with children/youth-at-risk. Thank God for the bakery supervisor and his hard work and commitment. Pray that God would give him wisdom as he looks at how to move this ministry forward. Pray for the other staff that work in the bakery, pray that there would be good relationships, and that God would give them strength for the tasks of each day. Pray for the financial provision to support the work of the bakery.
  • Development of New Care Centres: Thank God that we are able to explore possibilities of opening a new care centre in partnership with other organisations in Lebanon. Pray for God’s wisdom in all the meetings and discussions that are taking place. Pray that we would seek God’s will and trust Him to bring about the right opportunity and resources at the right time. Pray for the Care Centres Manager, that he would know your wisdom and guidance. Pray for him and his family as they serve God here at Dar El Awlad.
We would like to thank you all for praying with us and for us this week. Your prayers, our prayers, make a difference. As Paul says in the second letter to the Corinthians, “On him we have set our you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favour granted us in answer to the prayers on many.” verses 10 and 11. We are sure this will prove true for us at Kids Alive Lebanon, that we will all give thanks for the answers to the prayers of many.

Thank you for your love and support,
The Staff and Children at Kids Alive Lebanon

“May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13: 14

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رمضان سعيد و عيد مبارك


I want to take this space and some time to wish all my dear Muslim friends in Tunisia, Lebanon, Morocco, Iraq, Germany, Senegal, Qatar, Pakistan, India, Virginia, D.C., and anyplace else you may have roamed off too a happy Ramadan & blessed Eid al-Fitr. May God protect you and your families, giving you all direction, peace, wisdom, and countless blessings. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, I miss you all and wish you the best God has to offer :)
مع حب و بركة بإسم المسيح

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