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Updated October 2010

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Updated April 2010

Ruth Cox reports on recent updates at the Sheltering Wings Orphanage in Burkina Faso. >>>See more.

Liz Richert explains how childern come to the Sheltering Wings Orphanage in Burkina Faso >>>See More.

Dr. Howard Jones provides an encouraging endorsement for Sheltering Wings School and education efforts in Burkina Faso >>>See more.

Updated March 2010

Jeff Riddering and Brenden Graczak report on the their recent Short Term Mission trip. >>>See more.

Ruth reports on providing continuing education for sponsored kids who are going to the University of Ouagadougou. >>>See more.

Sarah, a short-term missionary from Germany, recently heard about a Bible society in France that provides a good quality Bible for no charge. Sarah wrote to them describing the orphanage and the number of children that we have here and asked for 50 Bibles. Well, the Bibles arrived in late January 2010. We were able to give a Bible to each of our children who are old enough to read. Most of our children have at least a New Testament but very few have a whole Bible of their very own. >>>See more.

Sheltering Wings school was recognized by the Mayor of Yako for achieving the highest standardized test scores in the region. >>>See more.

Great news for a struggling grandmother and two abandoned kids that attend the Sheltering Wings School. Find out more about the real Gospel in action in real lives.

Updated January 2010

Ruth reports that the Christmas and New Year's celebrations were joyful events thanks to the generous support of donors and the help of Short-Term missionaries that assisted in planning the festivities. She also reports on the success of a food and supply distribution to sponsored children. Find out more here.

Tammy Donahue who works in South Africa has filed this ministry report on happening in 2009.

Updated December 2009

Sheltering Wings has successfully launched the new school year. This year we have 27 school age children in the orphanage, 120 children in our primary school, and 190 children in our sponsorship program and 'most needy list' who we are sending to school. In total, we had to verify that is 337 children are enrolled in school, pay their school fees, order their school uniforms, and buy their school supplies. Find out more here

Updated November 2009

Sheltering Wings is happy to have Sarah and Lisa serve as short-term missionaries at the orphanage in Burkina Faso, they are from Germany and have been sent to us through SIM. They will be with us God willing for 11 months. Here is a a few gift ideas for Christmas.

Updated October 2009

Sheltering Wings is moving forward on the "Container of Blessing" Project

We are so grateful to see God working through His people to accomplish His dream for His people!

We believe He is calling us to build another school for the children of Yako. Ruth has acquired the land from the government in Yako and she is ready to break ground soon. So, we are making plans to build the school and outfit the classrooms.

We are planning to have the classrooms opened and ready for school by October 2010. We need to furnish the classrooms with desks, chairs, bookshelves, books, and school supplies. We are planning to send a 40-foot shipping container full of required school supplies, equipment and other items in April 2010.

The pre-owned items we obtained as shown in these pictures include: 105 student desks, 59 chairs, 13 teachers desks. They were acquired from a local school district at an amazingly low price at the close of an auction.

A pretty amazing confluence of events occurred that brought together the availability of the items, and the provision of transportation and temporary storage.

The temporary storage space is the trailer you see on this page. But it is getting full. We still need warehouse space to store things as we acquire them. Warehouse space will allow us to prepare the items to be as compact as possible to maximize the available space in the shipping container that will eventually go to Burkina Faso.

Please contact Sheltering Wings at (314) 635-6316 or info@sheltering-wings.org if you know of someone that can donate warehouse space.

The current Sheltering Wings 2010 “Container of Blessing” Project Wish List avialble for viewing.

Updated September 2009

Land for the New School!

These past few weeks have been filled with a whirlwind of activity. But, our God has been in the midst of it all. He has gone before us and prepared the way for us to have 6 acres of prime property just outside of the city limits of Yako on which to build our new schools. In order to secure clear title to the land, we had to understand local village concepts of land ownership. We found out that the property was 'owned' by four different families. Two of our local friends did some expert negotiating with these family chiefs, the tribal chief of the area, and the tribal king of Yako in asking for the land. The king gave us permission to have the land this past week and then he called the families together and told them that the construction of this school would be for their children and for their grandchildren and that they should give us the land. Thank you, Jesus!

Adoption News…Things are falling into place faster than we can keep up with!

It is amazing how quickly things can turn around here. Sometimes it seems like we work and pray and work and pray. . . . and nothing seems to be happening. And, then there are times like these where things are falling into place faster than we can keep up. In all things, God is in control and I am thankful for this. We have been working with Adoption Advocates International (AAI) in the state of Washington for over a year now, hoping to place some of Burkina's children in American homes. But, without our even being aware of it, Burkina had suspended all requests for recognition of US agencies and all US requests for children. Their reasons for this suspension are lengthy and complicated and it has been very frustrating to suddenly learn that the path we were going down was not the path that we had expected it to be. Then this past week I was in Ouaga with Gay Knutson, a representative from AAI, and in a meeting with Social Action, we learned that AAI has been approved for accreditation with Burkina and that Burkina would now receive requests for children through AAI. How amazing that these decisions have been completely turned around in just a matter of a few weeks and that now we are free to again move forward on US adoptions!

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