Tuesday, August 4, 2015

One Year Of Gems

We have just recently had the incredible Joy of celebrating one year of caring for our Gems!

I sit here trying to put into words all that God has done here in our Home at
 The Gem Foundation.

Words don’t seem to do it justice...Moments flash through my memory.

Oh how I wish to share those precious moments with you.

We look back over this past year and we celebrate all that God has done!

It has been one year since we opened our doors and welcomed 
our first 11 gems through our partner Organization Watoto Childcare ministries.

We laughed as God brought us all boys and wondered when our girls would come!

Overnight our quiet empty home was full of life and love and now running 24 hour care!

What Joy as we were humbled and honoured that God would use us to 
be able to love and care for His most precious gems.

There was little sleep in the first few months, 
but with each baby placed in my arms we fell more in love.

Little by little word spread and soon phone calls were never 
ending and little by little we grew one gem at a time..

Some joined our home through other Orphanage referrals and 
some joined our home through heart breaking abandonment.

Our arms slowly got fuller and our hearts overflowed with God’s faithfulness 
as He met each and every need at just the right timing.

More cribs were ordered and more spaces where turned into bedrooms! 

Here we are now just one year later, 

We can't believe all that has taken place this year.

We Rejoice in His Faithfulness, in His provision, In His Redeeming Restoration.

All because of Jesus.

We celebrated with lots of food, jump houses for the Gems and of course lots of music.

We are so humbled and amazed that we would have the incredible Joy
 of caring for our precious Gems!

We danced and we sung of His Goodness.

Because a Celebration wouldn't be complete without a dance off!

Our Bethany had secretly, unbeknownst to us, 
been working on a song to sing for this special day!

Tears fill my eyes. 

Our Gems have a voice that's just waiting to be heard.

Sweet Bethany sang her heart out!!

Even our Joey got into the action of the Jump houses!

Our arms are full and so are our hearts.

We can't wait to see all that God does in this next year!

One year later,

There have been 30 precious gems cared for and loved!

One precious Gem resettled with her loving family!

Three precious Gems in heaven with Jesus - we miss them everyday!

There are 26 Gems that we currently care for!

28 Staff who lovingly and diligently care for our Gems.

Two years ago we sat at a table just four of us praying for this day.

We never would have imagined what God would do.

You are so Faithful!!

Together we are restoring the value of Special Needs,
One precious Gem at time.

All glory to you Jesus!


Jessamy Vegter said...

Incredible what God does when we say yes to Him. Inspiring how He brings people into our lives to display His faithfulness. Thank you for all you do!!

Sandy said...

Amazing! Praise God. your big crowd just glows.
Sandy in the UK
PS we call the jump houses - bouncy castles here in England!

Renee said...

Wonderful post letting us help you celebrate such a great day! So happy for you all!!!

MamaFoster said...

What an amazing thing God has done. Thank you for being faithfully to His calling in your life. I am sure HE is so proud.

s.m. b. said...

Amazing what God has done through you. Keep on the good work!

s.m. b. said...

Amazing what God has done through you. Keep up the good work!

Cathy Horning said...

It was so good to meet you, Em, and to see the wonderful video about your loving ministry to these precious gems. I have been in tears all day, thinking of the way God is using you all to love and care for these precious children. You will be in my prayers! God bless you!