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We're celebrating at LightBridge!!  As we engage people to care for the Orphan and the Poor, we have the incredible privilege of celebrating milestones along the way.  And those don't happen all the time, or even very often.  Oh, but when they do, we celebrate!!

This February, TWO amazing young women who have lived at Blossom Home Orphanage for many years graduated from High School.  Did you catch that?  TWO!!!!  Yes, two!!!  How wonderful is that? 

I realize I'm biased, but how amazing is it that God brought Abba and Tiwagorn to our LightBridge orphanage so very many years ago.  They were two adorable little girls who had been through a lot.  They were victims of trauma, neglect, and abuse no child should ever experience.  And God brought them to our Orphanage; He gave our house parents the privilege of caring for them; He called sponsors to rally around these girls to pray and give so they could have a childhood.  

Just a few weeks ago, these two reached a milestone.  They graduated from high school! 

  My daughter, Jordan, along with Abba and Tiwagorn last year

My daughter, Jordan, along with Abba and Tiwagorn last year

I remember very early in their years at Blossom Home, I wanted to video the children.  I asked all them to sit down with me and greet their sponsors on camera, individually.  We practiced their English words.  When it was Abba's turn to record, she was ready.  Without the lens of the camera before her, she said her accented English words perfectly:  "Hello, my name is Abba.  I am six years old.  God Bless you."  She was ready!  We turned the lights and camera on and I motioned for her to say her lines. 

She froze. 

  Abba in 2009

Abba in 2009

We waited and I began coaxing her with the words.  Her body became rigid and her eyes drifted off to a place far from where we were.  She didn't respond.  She didn't move.  She didn't speak.  I looked at the house parents and their tear-filled eyes made me realize Abba was a deeply wounded little girl.  We turned off the camera and lights.  I sat down next to Abba and just held her as she began weeping. 

I'll never forget that moment.  This precious little girl broke.  She had been so strong, but something about the camera triggered her.  And we realized the road would be long; the level of love would be deep; and the work towards healing would be extensive. 

  Abba receiving an award during her high school graduation

Abba receiving an award during her high school graduation

Today, by God's grace, that same little girl is stronger than ever!  She's a high school graduate and is headed to University in a couple months.  She plans to get a degree in social work so she can become a social worker one day, helping other children who have also been through a lot.  I can barely type those words without tears brimming in my eyes.  God is in the work of redemption.  And He brought a broken little girl to one of our Orphanages to give her space, time, and love from which she could heal.  He also became her Savior.  What amazing things He has done!! 

Oh and Tiwagorn has learned English so proficiently, she wants to become a translator and will study in the Faculty of Humanities -- Tourism Department.

  Abba and Tiwagorn celebrating with a friend after the ceremony

Abba and Tiwagorn celebrating with a friend after the ceremony

And that brings me to my next part.  You!!  Many of you sponsor kids with us.  Thank you!!  Your sponsorship, prayer support, and encouragement gives children like Abba the chance to heal, be children, and grow up in safety and love.  But, it's not over for Abba or Tiwagorn.  They are orphans.  Going to college will be costly.  So, we're asking for people to step up and help cover their tuition.  For each girl, the cost of tuition is ridiculously inexpensive compared to US prices.  It will cost $500 per semester for each girl. 

  Tiwagorn and a teacher pinning on her corsage

Tiwagorn and a teacher pinning on her corsage

Yep!  For $1000 a year, you can send a child to college!!  So, friends, I'm asking for people to jump in with these two girls.  Would you be willing to help support their college expenses for the next four years?  That's $4000 for each girl.  If you'd like to be involved, let me know...we'd be so honored to partner with you in this way! 

  Graduation festivities in Thailand

Graduation festivities in Thailand

And thank you!  Thank you for reading.  Thank you for praying.  Thank you for giving!! 

Karla

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