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Archive for August, 2007

Adoption

Posted by hrgarippa on 31 August, 2007

I have been blessed to be surrounded by many compassionate people. People who are responding to God’s call to care for the fatherless and widowed.

My dear friends Michael and Jana (eyes toward ethiopia), are among several families that I know, directly or indirectly, that are in the process of adopting Internationally. Through these loving families the adoption world has been thrown open to me, and I love it. I love to read their blogs and see where they are in the process. I’ve got them listed to the right, so read along.

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The Old Monk

Posted by hrgarippa on 31 August, 2007

Some days are harder than others over here in the “hood.” So I am grateful to unwind with my sweet brothers, Johnny and Joey and my wonderful sister, Mary. We have had many relaxing and good times at the Old Monk. Were good beer and good conversation flow freely.

Here’s to many more good times!

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Peace and a Slow Cooker

Posted by hrgarippa on 28 August, 2007

Many of you know that I love to cook, and I love to entertain, but for the last year I’ve been living in a tiny 200 sq ft back house with no kitchen and have been eating salads and a lot of Pei Wei. And the most I can fit into my little one room house is about 8 people and that is pushing it.

And

Many of you know I have the great desire to live in West Dallas, to be a community member and to be able to love on the kids and families in a more 24/7 kind of way, giving them tangible things such as my cooking, maybe even a place to sleep if they needed it. I’ve envisioned having the girls over for bible studies and family style meals. I’ve envisioned sleepovers and movie nights. And Last week I felt like that was going to happen, I was all ready to buy a house – and then my mom talk sense into me. She helped me to see that right now for me this isn’t the best financial move.

I spent several sad days wondering why I can’t have the things I want, why I want things that obviously seem good to me but God won’t allow them to happen, The usually (for me anyway) crying out to God, about why life isn’t fair. And then I bought a crock pot.

It was a random purchase, I was at Target it was on sale and I thought, I can keep wallowing in this, in this not having a kitchen and not being able to have life exactly on my terms or I can go out and live life the way it is. And so I bought it…and I’ve made Chicken Cacciatore and Yummy Corn Risotto, and I’m so excited I can’t stand it. I feel like a part of me that has been missing for the last year has been restored. I’m cooking again, and I can cook for others too, that is the beauty of a crock pot – it makes a lot of food.

The peace is knowing that God’s timing is perfect and that I’ll live in West Dallas someday…and I’ll be able to bring my slow cooker with me.

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Dear, Melissa

Posted by hrgarippa on 27 August, 2007

Mercy Street was started over three years ago by Trey Hill, at that point he moved his wife and his four children to West Dallas.

Melissa’s ministry has been an amazing one, she has in many ways adopted many of the neighborhood kids as they are constantly flowing in and out of her home…calling her mama and spending as many walking hours as possible in the comfort and security of the home that she and Trey have created. She and Trey provide them the basic necessities of life, showing them the love of Christ in tangible ways. At the same time she is an incredible wife to Trey and mother to Tee, Olivia, Graham and Sadie. I admire her tremendously.

Because of Melissa’s role in the community, she has great stories – my favorite was when she loaned her good kitchen scissors to the girl across the street and after several days asked for them back. The girls said, “Oh, I’ll have to ask my dad, he locked them up because my little brother killed the hamster with them.”

Melissa has a blog now…yippee….Hood Mama…Check it out.

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Happy Hill Farms Continued

Posted by hrgarippa on 27 August, 2007

Many months ago I mentioned this place, HHF, as a wonderful alternative for our kids, and some of barriers that went along with it. Well I wanted to let you know that the Lord has removed those for my (His, really) Mariah. She has been at HHF for the past several weeks and she is having a wonderful transition.

Her brother Ivan wants to go badly and his wonderful mentor, Bill and Angela, are working so diligently to get him in as well. It is great news and a great opportunity for both Mariah and Ivan.

Although, I miss her smiling face. (She is on the right)

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Something to Say….Can you believe it!

Posted by hrgarippa on 27 August, 2007

The 2007-2008 school year begins today and so many choices will be made this year by teenagers all over the world that will effect them for for the rest of their lives. There isn’t a teenager alive who has it easy, who hasn’t struggled with the conflicting feelings of independence and dependence; individuality and conformity; discipline and sloth. But for our kids you compound the normal teenage struggles with the influences of the ghetto and I often wonder will change ever happen?

These kids deal with lazy parents who are spending their unearned money on everything but their children. They are living in an uneducated society that tells them hard work and discipline are for the birds – “just have kids, the government will support you.” Everyday they see drugs, sex, sex, sex and more sex. There are no rules, no boundaries. There are absent or nonexistent fathers. The breakdown of family it is the number one cause of poverty.

85% of the kids in West Dallas are from fatherless homes. Here are some statistics to give you a glimpse at a child’s life without a father:

63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes – 5 times the average.
85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.
80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes – 14 times the average.
71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average.
75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average.
70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average.
85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.

(Information from the Belmont Foundation – belmontfoundation.org)

These kids need The Father, the only Perfect and Holy Father, who is full of grace and mercy.

Please pray to that end.

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