USA Disaster Relief

Ryan Bedford has responded to several disasters in places such as Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Colorado, and Illinois. He has spent several hours in the field walking along side of distressed homeowners helping them start the process of recovery and giving them Hope. Yet he credits the volunteers and teammates for their hard work first.

 

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Desert Rose Girl's Shelter

Desert Rose Mongolia is home to 24 girls who have lived a big part of their lives on the streets. The biggest cause of these street children is poverty.  Before they came to us many were known as the "sewer kids" living underground near the warm water pipes that run through the worlds coldest capital city Ulaanbaatar. We often think of them as our "little flowers" that have been neglected and without water or care. But soon after finding a home with us, daily meals, medical treatment, counseling for inner wounds and finally getting placed back into the education system our little flowers begin to bloom again. Desert Rose is licensed by the government to provide shelter to our girls from one to three years. During that time we work to find their families, providing for the families needs with the help of partner organizations and eventually reuniting them back home. Our girls are resilient and full of life, proof that a rose can grow even in the desert! 

This year we suffered from a fire at our Desert Rose home. Because of this, we are working to raise funds to build our new home which we will call the Big House! Thank you for your support! 

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

On October 17, 2014 my life and the life of my daughter, Jovi, was changed forever. At 8 years old, after 4 years of ongoing health issues, she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. She spent the next 10 days in Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn undergoing treatments that are now part of our every-day existence. Not only does Jovi have constant stomach issues related to CF, she has permanent lung damage from bouts of pneumonia and bronchitis, which make her at high risk for serious and deadly lung infections. Jovi's 1 year chest xray check-up showed increased lung damage due to the progressive nature of this disease.

 CF is not pretty. CF does not go away. CF takes lives. CF is a constant reminder that we are not in control of our lives, therefore we need to make sure we are in constant submission to our heavenly Father to get through each day. If we did not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, I cannot even fathom the hopelessness we would feel because of this disease. God is bigger than CF and because of that, we press on each day.

For those of you that know Jovi, you know she is one of a kind. She’s is full of love, life and happiness. No one is a stranger to her for very long. She brings joy to everyone she meets and she can brighten up the darkest day. She is an avid competitive swimmer, which is something that will prove to be vital to her ongoing health. She is a member of a Junior Bible Quiz team and she is a baptized believer in Jesus Christ. She loves roller skating, riding bikes, designing and sewing clothes, and mermaids. It is my prayer that a cure can be found for Cystic Fibrosis because everyone stricken with this disease deserves a chance at a long and joyous life.

What is cystic Fibrosis?

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