Today is the first day of the "Work One Day for Rehoboth Children's Home" fundraiser week and we also have lots of news to share.
Last newsletter we let you know that Cedric, Regina and Regino (Ina and Ino - pictured right) and RapRap's files were making their way step by step through ICAB ( the Inter-Country Adoption Board). This month we are so happy to tell you that they all have family photo books - which means they have been matched and accepted by their forever families. Now the wait for passports, visas and the authority to travel for their new parents and families. How wonderful ! Read more about family photo books below.
Just a few days ago, 2 new children, Christian and Rogie, came to Rehoboth. Fe picked them up from the evacuation zone around the Mayon volcano which is due to erupt. ICAB asked if Rehoboth could shelter them as they had come from a government home and are already matched - waiting for their forever family to pick them up within the next few months. Please pray for these little ones - that they will be . It must be so unsettling and confusing. I know the care and love they will receive at Rehoboth will be far beyond 'shelter'.
Wendy (pictured right) celebrated her 6th birthday with a very creative cake and a princess outfit. You can see the cake in the photos below. Cedric, PJ and Rona had a combined party and Jomari also celebrated this month. So much cake, so little time! What a wonderful blessing to celebrate a birthday. See below for photos.
Our beautiful Baba (Japanese Grandma - see last newsletter for her story) has been back onsite teaching piano. Here is JM learning and Baba helping him keep time. Josette
our friend from the Montana, USA is also on-site at the moment doing some great knitting projects with the kids and in the local community. She previously taught some of our older children to knit who were able to help the ladies in the community learn. See some photos below.
Today we are expecting a team of Australians to arrive onsite. They are from Casino Christian School and Casino Presbyterian Church.They will be staying for about 2 weeks and are planning to be busy fixing a water issue we have onsite. Some trenches have been dug and pipes and a new pump are onsite ready to be installed. This will mean reliable water to the newest buildings at Rehoboth. The team were due to arrive yesterday, and landed in Manila, but there has been so much rain the roads have been flooded and the Marikina River was up to 19 meters deep. Please keep those displaced by these floods in your prayers. The water today was receding but still chest high in some places. Pray for the team as I am sure they are eager to get started.
Jan Druckenmiller (our COO) is at Rehoboth at the moment. She and Fe were able to visit the GIFT church to thank them for their support of Rehoboth. Thank you GIFT church. Craig (Jan's husband) also arrived in to Manila yesterday and is stuck there with the flooding. Hopefully today they will find a way to get him to Rehoboth.
We are still praying for staffing of the clinic (in particular a doctor and dentist) so it can operate on a permanent basis. If you know anyone or would like to volunteer yourself, read more below and contact Ken.
Kick off today !! Continues this week. September 21-27, 2014 Work One Day for Rehoboth Children's Home Participate in our annual fundraiser for Rehoboth. Sign up to 'Work One Day for RCH' by setting aside one days'wage for Rehoboth. Can you spare 1 day's wage?
There are resources on our website to promote this fundraiser in your workplace or church.
Lastly, a little gem from one of our munchkins Cedric. Recently Sarah (our volunteer full time worker from Australia) took Cedric to Tanay to get his passport photo taken. It was an exciting outing and Sarah treated him to lunch at Jolibee. (if you have not visited the Philippines, Jolilbee is like McDonalds) If you ever needed proof that kids are kids.. here it is. Click here or on the photo to see the video.
Thanks for keeping up with everything Rehoboth !
Please keep us in your prayers