On May 27, Katie OHara and Caroline Nikolaus, on each side of Dorris in the middle, will be winging their way to Tanzania, East Africa to volunteer for eight weeks at Neema House. Yeah girls! They will be helping with the 26 babies who live at Neema and hopefully working to get the adoption campaign going.
Caroline and Katie are both students at Abilene Christian University. We are excited for them as well as other volunteers who will be coming to help out at Neema this summer. They are in for one of the most exciting times of their lives!
Michael went to Africa in 1963 as a college student from Abilene Christian as well. He and eleven other boys lived in tents for six months and shaved every morning with water from a stream in a tin pan on a stick tripod.
(The picture is a little grainy but what can you expect from a fifty year old photo!)
He fell in love with the people and the country and after he came home, we were married and went back to Africa with a three month old baby. How his mother ever let us do that, as a grandma myself now, I will never know! We lived there for six years. In those days we shot all our meat, grew our own vegetables, had no electricity, ate things like wart hog, eland and fried termites and fell in love with Africa. We also met a lot of wonderful people whom we were able to tell the story of a God who loves them so much he sent his son for them.
Africa certainly changed our lives. We suspect Katie and Caroline are in for a life changer as well!
It is encouraging to see young people like this who are willing to give up a summer at the mall or the beach and come over to hold, feed and change diapers for these incredible little ones who have had such a rough start for their lives. In case you are new to the blog, Neema House is a home for abandoned, orphaned and at risk babies in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa. You too could be a volunteer at Neema House! Check it out at www.tanzaniaorphanhelp.com
This nanny could certainly use an extra pair of hands! That’s Michael in the back ground.
Michael and Dorris Fortson
If you have seen our brochure for Neema House, our home for abandoned and orphaned babies in Africa, you know that we quote David Platt from his book “Radical” when he wrote, “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.”
David goes on to say, “So when you and I hear the staggering numbers and statistics about the poor and needy around the world, we have a choice. We can switch channels and let these numbers remain cold, distant and almost imaginary or we can open our eyes and consider the faces that are represented by these numbers.”
Just for your consideration, here are some of the very real faces of Neema babies who still need sponsors.
Bahati mother died
Ibrahim mother died
Zawadi, abandoned at the bus station.
Sorry the pictures are
so big, but I wanted you to see their faces up close. I wanted you to see that they are real and that they are looking to
you and me for their next bottle. If you
are not already sponsoring a child at Neema please consider doing that
now. They need you.