Friday, November 23, 2012

Imagine having an overwhelming feeling that everybody is out to help you!

This delightfully uplifting statement has been on my mind recently.  It’s from Greg Bell, a terrific speaker and expert on leadership development, and it seemed like just the right sentiment as I reflect on all the good that’s been happening for our project.

This month of November marks the start of our third year for Empowering Learners.  Just imagine!  It was in late October 2010 when the letter arrived from Pastor Henok inviting our support for the Oshigambo Lutheran High School Library.   What a wonderful and fulfilling experience this has been since that very first day!

We have said this before, but it surely bears repeating – everything we have achieved for our brothers and sisters in Namibia has been accomplished through the phenomenal support of our exceptionally generous donors, families, and friends.  Bless you all.

Thanksgiving is a time when we reflect on the abundant blessings in our life and the treasury of loved ones all around us.  Ethan and I are truly grateful for this Empowering Learners experience.  For the children of the ELCIN the results of our efforts are tangible and in some ways even transforming.  The impact of all of this on Ethan and me is also a bit overwhelming.  It truly does feel like everybody is out to help us!

The current news from the North of Namibia is marvelous.  Our wire transfers have all arrived safely – thanks in part to our good friends at Decorah Bank & Trust – and Pastor Henok believes that the new kindergarten will be completed by the end of this month.  Just imagine!  This January a new flock of school children, ready and eager to learn English from Ms. Helena, will be welcomed into a brand new school building.  Pastor Henok sends his greetings and thanks to “our many friends there with you” who have made this new building possible.

We, too, say thank you, and we welcome you to our third year, as together we work in partnership for the benefit of our friends and family half a world away.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Empowering Learners.

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