It has been a rainy month. We trekked up rocky roads, got stuck in the mud, and learned that driving in deep mud is much more difficult than driving in snow. But what a surprise ending this month had in store!
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Strength for the Journey was invited to submit a grant to the Burton D. Morgan Foundation requesting support for the reading program we use in our 8 schools. Driving 3 times a week to schools in off-road mountain locations with only one vehicle was a big challenge that created stress in our lives.
In January, we submitted the funding request for a 4 wheel drive truck. After many prayers and a short wait (that seemed like eternity) we received notification that our request was approved!
Last week, the funds arrived in our local bank account and we began truck shopping.
And THIS week, although the rains continue to fall, the rocks slide, and the mud thickens, we will safely arrive at our schools stress-free.
A million thanks to the Burton D. Morgan Foundation for supporting the Strength for Journey efforts to create capabilities!
As rains continue, a group of dedicated donors stepped forward to make life a bit more comfortable for our 100 children who walk far through bad weather and across rivers to reach school each day. Who knew a simple umbrella could make such a difference!
Many thanks to Gretchen Fleming, Michelle Miller, Cheryl Kocher, Diane Ball, Alex Morgan Johnson, D'Arcy Wright, Kelly Heise Sims, Susie Zgodzinkki, Joshua and Carolyn Matheus, and Erin Peru! You are Strength for the Journey!!!
Progress, Progress, Progress!
Our 5 teachers continue to travel three times a week to 8 mountain schools to tutor children in reading. We are excited to see the progress made each week, with some children progressing to the next level!
We cannot conclude this newsletter without thanking each of you for your ongoing support. No matter whether it is providing ideas, offering verbal support, donating supplies, or making contributions, you always have our back. Thanks for being Strength for the Journey!