Friday, June 27, 2014

Ten and counting

     I am not talking about another adoption this time.  We have nine and the inn is full!!  In just ten days until we leave for Ukraine for our annual missions trip!    So much to be done.  We are busy making plans for our few days in Znemenka.  We are going to do a camp for the special needs kids in the Level Four we've been working in since we first saw it in 2002. 

     What a sight met our eyes that day.  We were in Kiev to adopt our Vanya aka Philip at the baby house.  I asked the question,  "where will they go when they age out?"  Our driver was willing to drive us the five hours to the village of Znemenka where even the pastor who met us at the orphanage wouldn't go inside. 

     I've written about it often because the images have never left me.  The kids languishing in their beds with only rags for diapers.  The "fish soup" that smelled to high heaven and the bottles propped up to kids mouths who were trying so hard to drink this foul brew.   When they choked because it went down too fast the bottles (which were old vodka bottles with homemade nipples) were taken away.  The bare bulbs hanging from wires in the was all so appalling to me.  I cried for a half and hour when we left.  And that's why we go back.  We couldn't leave it the way we found it. 

     God has directed our steps on every trip and allowed miraculous things to happen.  We were able to put in their first playground in 2005 and have been able to bring many teams there and call attention to this place.  The director, Tatiana, is still the same loving woman who does everything she can to get support for this orphanage.  She has done wonders.

The orphanage will always hold a special place in our hearts.  We have watched the kids grow up there.  The first adoption was as recent as summer 2012.  Most people adopt from the baby houses and the kids in "Tatiana's Place" are anywhere from 5 to 30.  We were adoption number three when we got Marina Joy.  We got Molly in 2013 and there is another girl that will be adopted from there soon.  I remembered when Tatiana asked me if I thought anyone would ever adopt her kids way back in 2002.  At the time I couldn't imagine it but now it is happening.  Praise God!
After we do camp in Znemenka we will travel to Kiev to do our fourth conference.  Tatiana will be one of the speakers along with many other Ukrainian doctors, pastors and teachers who have done ground breaking work in Ukraine for the special needs population there.  It will be Ukrainians showing Ukrainians how to make a difference.  It will give hope to a large group of people who are hopeless.
They come from all over hoping to find help in their isolation and they find others just like them who can help guide them in their wilderness.  They bring their special needs children and we provide child care and coffee breaks and pizza!
We have many volunteers who come each year to help us with the technology, the childcare, the refreshments and interpretation.   When I tell you we are doing a conference I do not mean we are just going to Ukraine to speak somewhere.  In fact this year we will probably not even get to speak as there are so many Ukrainians who are eager to share their knowledge. 
What we have to do is pay for the marketing, the university we use, the refreshments, the translators, the speakers housing and transportation if necessary and of course PIZZA for everyone!!!  We pay our friends who are setting all this up for us and doing all the groundwork and this all comes to a pretty penny.  We believe this conference is the culmination of the work we have done in Ukraine all these years.  We are hoping to find a home for a Respite Resource Center in Kiev and people to begin this work in country.  It's a dream, a big one, but we have a big God.  He specializes in miracles and we need plenty!  Please consider helping us as we go to help these dear people who need hope.  There is a Father's Heart button on this blog that you can use to give a donation.  Please help us be His hands and feet today!  God bless you all!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Already?

     Where did this past year go?  I know many of you echo my sentiments.  Time sure has flown by here in our household.  We have been very busy this year with our nine kids and all the activities we're involved in.  One of the things we did this spring was join a Challenger League.  It turns out that our kids comprise most of the team.  We are the Hot Rods!

What fun we've had!  This picture was taken on Mother's Day weekend at the Challenger tournament.  The other two players were sick that day so the Daulton's took the field.  It's the first time Marina or Molly have ever played softball.  They are getting the hang of it!
Six of our kids competed in bowling at the state games this year!  Three of them got medals and three got ribbons.  They were so happy to be there with their friends!
Our newest girl, Molly, has been home with us eight months now.  She went to see her endrocrinologist today who is keeping an eye on her growth.  She is such a shrimp!  She has grown an inch and a quarter in four months though.  We are hoping for lots more!!!!  The Dr. assures us she has lots of time to grow.
Molly celebrated her first Easter with us.  It was a great time! 
Molly started school in January and has learned so much.  Her sister Marina Joy is in the same class and they are doing so well.  Marina Joy got an award for the World's Best Helper and Molly got an award for the World's Most Humorous!  They are a great pair!
Dave and I will be heading back to Ukraine in July for a short term missions trip.  We are traveling with two friends this year, Jeannie Turner and her daughter Alicia.  We will be putting on a vacation bible camp for our friends at Znemenka.    This building holds over a hundred special needs kids.
We have been working there since we saw the dismal conditions there in 2002.  It has improved so much and we are in love with the wonderful people there. 
From there we will travel back to Kiev for our conference.  This will be our fourth conference and will have all Ukrainian speakers except for Jim Peipon but he's been living there for 10 years so he's an honorary Ukrainian!  Here's a few shots of last year.
The conference is held on Saturday and lasts ALL day.  We always feed our friends PIZZA for lunch!
Our friends from Almaz Church have been very gracious to volunteer every year.  The folks that come to the conference every year are so attentive.
This year our goal is to start an interest group for a Respite Resource Center in Kiev.  It is only a dream now but we have a big God and He can make that dream a reality.  The people who have disabled children have little or no support in Ukraine and a center is very needed in Kiev.  We have seen other centers in various parts of Ukraine and know it can be done.  Would you please pray for us?   It is more than we've ever taken on before but feel it is time.  Please consider partnering with us in this endeavor.  You can support us by donating on the Father's Heart button on this page.  Thanks so much for praying!  God bless you!!!
Janie and Dave Daulton