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It’s time for backpacks again!

We are busy preparing for our annual mission trip to Rwanda over the Thanksgiving holiday. As you may know, during this time we put on Christmas parties for all the students and volunteers in our TTI sponsorship programs. This is an exciting celebration that all the students, staff, and mission trip participants really look forward to each year. In addition to a nice meal, games, and fellowship, each student receives a brand new backpack filled with a set of new clothes, shoes, school supplies, hygiene items and correspondence from their sponsors.

We have generous donors that have covered the cost of the Christmas parties, as well as some extra backpacks for the unsponsored students in the program. We’d like to extend the opportunity for you, as a sponsor, to supply your sponsored student(s) with a backpack for the next school year. The kids love receiving something special from their sponsor.

If you are able to help in this way, please note that backpacks should be of good to excellent quality and NEW due to where and how they will be used. Please include one new outfit and pair of shoes, one new pair of black socks, one new package of underwear, and a new toothbrush/toothpaste. Backpacks and items must be mailed to the TTI office (address below) by November 8th, 2017. If you need sizing information on your sponsored student, please email Erica at Tentalentsint@gmail.com.

You may also donate $45 in lieu of sending a backpack and our team will purchase the items in Rwanda. Write “2017 Christmas Party backpack” on the memo line of checks or paypal donations.

Even if you are unable to provide a backpack for your sponsored student, we want to encourage you to write a special note to them this holiday season. They really love hearing from you! You can email your letters to Erica at TenTalentsInt@gmail.com or mail them to PO Box 873685, Vancouver, WA 98687. Just remember the deadline of November 8th!

Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate your commitment to the children of Rwanda!

God Bless You!

By | October 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It’s already Christmas in Rwanda!

Our Christmas Party team is on the ground in Rwanda! It’s been a bit of an adventure for some of them (founder Mike & daughter Kelly who got stuck in Amsterdam) but they’ve made it & hit the ground running! Please pray for God to go before them & bless their activities this week & enable them to accomplish all HE desires! Here are some updates from a couple team members (please read, especially if you are a sponsor!)

From a Texas team member & return visitor to Rwanda: We arrived in Rwanda last night although our luggage did not. It should be here tonight along with Mike and Kelly McColm. They shut the airplane doors right before Mike and Kelly got to the gate for the flight to Kigali and our luggage missed the flight as our flight to Amsterdam was over two hours late. We actually thought we had missed our flight but I saw a sign that said the gate was closing and we all four ran the length of the gate and made the flight with time to spare.

We visited the Home of Purpose and the Home of Innocence today and the kids were all so excited to see us. It was so good to see all of them and get to talk with them and their caretakers. They sang and danced for us and we had so much fun we all joined in the dancing.

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It was such a blessing to see Flamine, Jane, Frank, Alex and all of the kids. They have all grown up so much over the past seven years and they all looked so good. Thanks so much to their sponsors and the caretakers in Rwanda, they do such an outstanding job.

It was also exciting to meet Maggie and Emily, our two new mission trip members. Maggie went to Rwanda last year and had visited HOP and HOI before.

The parties for the HOP and HOI are tomorrow so we have a lot of work tonight and tomorrow morning. We should be picking up about 17 pieces of luggage at the airport along with Mike and Kelly.

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From a Portland team member and return visitor to Rwanda: It’s been an amazing day. We went to Ten Talents Home of Purpose and Home of Innocence. There is such an overwhelming feeling of love seeing these beautiful people again. Their gift of thanks by singing and dancing made me smile, clap and yes, we got up and danced too. Sponsors out there, you make a difference and we saw it first hand. They were so proud to tell us of their advancements in school, how happy they are and that TTI has made a difference in their lives. It’s a beautiful day!

By | November 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Backpacks needed!

We are busy preparing to send our annual mission team to Rwanda over Thanksgiving week. As many of you know, during this time we put on Christmas parties for all the children and young adults in our various sponsorship programs.

This is an exciting celebration that all the students, and adults, really look forward to each year. In addition to a nice meal, games, and fellowship, each student receives a brand new backpack filled with a set of new clothes, shoes, school supplies, and any other goodies their sponsors send.

Our consistent backpack donor was unable to supply Ten Talents with new backpacks this year. So we are reaching out to see if you might be interested in purchasing a backpack for a student(s). We need at least 100 back packs with about 9 small back packs (ages 7 – 10), 26 medium back packs (ages 11 – 14) and about 65 large back packs (ages 15+). Back packs should be of good to excellent quality and NEW due to where and how they will be used.

If you are interested in helping out in this way, you can mail the new backpacks to the Ten Talents address below.

We also want to encourage all sponsors to write a special letter/note to your sponsored student this holiday season. They really love hearing from you!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

God Bless You!
Lisa

Ten Talents International
PO Box 873685
Vancouver, WA 98687

By | October 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

God works wonders!

It has not even been a month since I last posted about Cyprian and his stroke, and God has done amazing things already! Cyprian has been making steady progress. He is now able to walk on his own, but still has some issues with the right side of his body. He can speak, but it is in low tones and not all sounds come out. Still, this is such a dramatic turn for the better!

Cyprian will need to continue to be treated by physical therapists and speech therapists to help him in his recovery.

If you are able to give towards the extra costs of Cyprian’s medical expenses, please do so on our giving page.

Thank you for praying with us and thank you God for providing for Cyprian’s every need!

God Bless You,

Lisa

By | July 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Cyprian

In 2006, when he was 10 years old, Cyprian was fortunate enough to have a surgery which saved his life. A non-profit organization enabled him to have heart valve replacement surgery in India. After the surgery there were medications and medical care which were required in order to keep Cyprian’s health where it needed to be. It overwhelmed his parents and the doctor who was treating Cyprian feared the boy might not survive if he didn’t receive proper care. Cyprian’s doctor knew about Ten Talents International because he was the same heart doctor who was treating Benjamin (one of our students who received a heart valve replacement also). The doctor asked us if we could bring Cyprian into the Home of Innocence. We hesitated because Cyprian did have a family; however, we realized this child’s life was in danger and if we didn’t help him he might not make it.  We brought him into the Home of Innocence and he has been thriving ever since.

Cyprian in December 2015

On May 24th of this year; however, we received some distressing news.  Cyprian had fainted and when our staff took him to the hospital it was discovered that he had suffered a significant stroke.  Although he was conscious, he was unable to speak or move one side of his body.  The doctors estimated he would spend up to 6 months in the hospital.  This was very distressing for our staff, his brothers in the Home, and us here as well.

Cyprian shortly after his stroke

We have all been praying for him and believing for God to strengthen him, rebuild him, and heal him completely.  We are encouraged to hear that there has been some progress.  Although he is still unable to speak he is starting to recover some slight feeling on his right side.  It is possible that Cyprian may need another valve replacement surgery as he is now almost 20 years old and the one from when he was 10 may no longer be sufficient.

The costs for Cyprian’s medical care are significant.  In addition the the cost of the hospital care, our staff are visiting him daily and bringing him food and purchasing medicine as needed.  We are committed to doing whatever is needed to help Cyprian, but if you can help pay for Cyprian’s care, please do so on our giving page and in the memo just write “Cyprian”.

Cyprian last Sunday with his brothers from the Home of Innocence

Our boys from the Home of Innocence visit Cyprian regularly, hoping to keep his spirits up. Please join with us in praying for Cyprian’s complete healing.  We would also appreciate your prayers for our staff and students, as this week we also received news of the death of a young man who was like an extended family member to many of us.  We pray for the Holy Spirit to bring comfort to them and strengthen them.

Thank you & bless you,

Lisa

By | June 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Join us in Rwanda in February

You have an amazing opportunity to work with an Occupational Therapy team in Rwanda- no experience/skills required, just a heart to help children and adults with physical and mental challenges.  We would love to have you join us.  Please click here for more info and send your applications in by December 1st to be a part of this team!

By | October 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Give the gift of a peaceful night’s sleep

A family of 5 in a tiny two room house. The floor is packed dirt. The entire family shares a single foam mattress that is no longer new and can’t help but be dirty. It doesn’t provide much comfort, but when the more pressing matters are finding enough money for food each day, there is no other choice.

Most of us will go to sleep tonight without a second thought to the mattress we sleep on. You may have no idea what a beautiful blessing it would be to a child to receive a brand new mattress this Christmas. It is not elegant, and it doesn’t require batteries, but the joy on their faces will be beyond what you would expect from any toy.

In November, Ten Talents will be putting on an early Christmas party for the children in our program. We would love to be able to give children the gift of a comfortable night’s sleep. We want to buy a new mattress for as many children as possible. We would also like to give them a sack of rice, a sack of beans, and cooking oil (to let them rest easy about their daily provisions for a while).

It may be early to be thinking about Christmas, but the lyrics to the familiar song Silent Night come to mind, “Sleep in heavenly peace.” Can you give a child the gift of rest this Christmas? The cost of providing a foam mattress and food for each child in our program will cost $12,000. So far we have raised $900 and we will use any and all funds that come in to bless as many children as possible. You can be a part of this blessing, give today!

You can designate your gift under “Christmas Party” and if you are able to add a memo that says “mattresses” that would be great- but as long as you put it under Christmas party we will know what its for.  Thank you for partnering with us to bring more joy and more hope to the beautiful country of Rwanda.

God Bless You,

Lisa

By | October 31st, 2014|Uncategorized|

Help for Jean Pierre

Jean Pierre is a sweet boy who loves to help out and enjoys school.  However, when he was little he suffered from polio and the result of that is a disfigurement in his leg which causes him to be slightly hunched over and limp.  In 2009, when he was 17 years old, he was forced from his home because his stepfather did not want him around any longer.  He tried to live on his own for a while, but without enough resources it was very difficult for him.  We brought him into the Home of Innocence and he is able to attend boarding school when school is in session.  The last few months Jean Pierre has been in severe pain, to the point where he has not even been able to attend school.  The doctors have informed us that Jean Pierre needs surgery, and it has been scheduled for this week, August 13th.  The cost of the surgery is $2000.   Jean Pierre is also currently without a sponsor.  Please pray for Jean Pierre’s surgery to be successful as well as for him to receive a sponsor.  Please also consider donating to help out with the costs of this young man’s surgery, and or sponsoring him for $105/month.  You may view Jean Pierre’s profile by the link below.

IH008 JeanPierre

Thank you & God Bless You,

Lisa

By | August 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Christmas in July!

It is hot outside right now, but we are already thinking about Christmas parties!  This November TTI will be bringing a team to Rwanda to celebrate Christmas with the children in our homes as well as several different orphanages.  And rest assured, Rwanda is not as hot as the temperatures many of you are in right now!  [Because of it’s high elevation, even though it is on the equator, Rwanda enjoys a fairly mild spring/summer type of weather all year long.]

This trip will make a huge impact both in your own life, as well as in the lives of so many children and families who otherwise would not have any Christmas celebration at all.  We count it a privilege to be able to bring the message and joy of Christmas to them.  Can you join us?

TTI-Christmas-Rwanda

Trip applications are due by August, which is soon!  You can download a trip application on our website here.  If you feel your heart tugging towards this trip please pray and see if God would have you to be a part of bringing the light and life of Christmas to waiting hearts.

God Bless You,

Lisa

By | July 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Sponsors Needed

We have several children who are in need of a sponsor. One of these is Emmanuel. In January of this year Emmanuel moved into the Home of Innocence. We knew about his family because his brother, Celestin, is the first boy we ever brought into the Home of Innocence. Emmanuel is an orphan who had been living with his grandma, and then in January his grandma passed away. With no one to care for him he was brought into the Home, where we now provide for all of his needs. Emmanuel’s sponsorship is $105 per month. Please pray with us for someone to sponsor him. Please share this post if you know of anyone who might be interested in sponsoring (or partially sponsoring) him. You can see Emmanuel on our website here.

Thank you & God bless you!

Lisa

By | June 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|