A Laptop for S

For: Sasha F.
Springfield, MO
Organizer: Jenelle C.
$300
of $300 goal.
Raised by 12 donors
100% Complete
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The Story

S has been a part of our family since we first met him in 2010.  He traveled halfway around the world from a boarding school in Eastern Europe to spend 4 weeks with our family for Christmas.  He was such a blessing and has stayed a part of our lives ever since.

Summer of 2012 we tried to adopt him.  However, by the time we got to Eastern Europe for the adoption trip, he was an independent teenager who didn't want to leave his homeland and friends.  He turned down the adoption.  Despite this rejection, we continued to pray for him and trust that God has a plan for his life and hoped to remain in contact. 

Since then, we have stayed in touch and hear from S fairly frequently.  Jim and Jenelle got to visit him in Eastern Europe in 2013 while there on a short-term missions trip.  Our bonds and family connection have always remained the same.  To us, he is "son" and "brother?quot; and to him, we are "mom", "dad", "sisters", and "brother?quot;.  

We are so proud of S and are thankful for how God has worked in his life.  He has finished a 2 year trade school program and is now enrolled in a 4-year college.  It's a huge milestone and most students with his background couldn't dream of making it this far on their own.  He started college on Sept 1 and didn't realize that a lot of his coursework would need to be done online... and without a laptop or money for one, he is pretty stuck. Without the help of a family, it could quickly lead to failing grades and dropping out of school or turning to theft or some other quick cash just to try to get by. I'm so proud of him for coming to us for help rather than those other options. 

We would like to invite anyone who is willing to join us in helping our guy with this small hurdle.  Any donation you can make towards the purchase of a laptop for him will be a huge blessing!  Your contribution will literally keep him in school and on track to continue his education. 

Any money raised above and beyond the cost of S's own device will go towards other aged-out orphans to help them get devices for their schooling through Canadian Resources for Missions.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 14, 2015

Posted on September 14, 2015

In His Shoes
Imagine... you have spent most of your life with very few people encouraging you or investing in you.  You make it through mostly on your own.  After most of your life in a boarding school, you make it to a trade school.  Trade school can be a challenge, but you don't really know what's next or what's possible.  One day you realize that rather than going straight to the workforce or the army, continuing your education beyond trade school is a feasible option, challenging but possible.  After applications and entrance exams, you make it in! You're enrolled for another 4 years of education which means more learning, more skills, and hopefully a better job in the future.  
After all this struggle, still mostly on your own, you look forward to entering college, a new stage of life and, in a way, a new class of society.  You've made it this far, what could bring you down?  
You go to classes on your first day and things are good.  But a few days in, you realize you may be a bit over your head.  Teachers are assigning work much different than what you have learned in trade school.  They expect students to work on computers outside of class to complete blueprint/design projects.  But you don't have a computer. There is no shared computer lab on campus for you to use to use outside of classtime.  You don't have money to pay the hourly price at an internet cafe... let alone the cost of a laptop of your own.  
You ask for help and help says it's coming.  But in the meantime, your teacher is expecting your assignments to be completed.  More projects are being assigned.  You wait patiently for your help to come through.  You explain your situation to your teacher hoping they will understand. But every day without a laptop, is one more day you are behind.  You pray that help is on its way... 
Will you help bring the help he needs?

Posted on September 13, 2015

Posted on September 13, 2015

Making big strides!  Just found out today that a new laptop is only going to cost $300... knowing that, now we are way closer to our goal than I thought!  After the next $5 donation, we will be 1/3 of the way there.  Thank you so much to everyone who has given so far!

Posted on September 13, 2015

Posted on September 13, 2015

Asking for Help
...asking for help is hard to do when you have had very few people around to help you in your life.  When Sasha came to us asking to help get him a laptop, he said "??? ????????????? ????? ??? ?????? ?????? ?????????" which translates to "I have no one else to turn to except you."  When you grow up on your own, you handle life on your own because there is no one else you can trust or because you believe no one else cares or is willing to help.  I have thanked him for asking us to help because that is what family is for.  My mom mentioned that he has not had family around for most of his life and it may be an entirely new concept to him that families are there to help you when times get hard.  What an honor to be able to be there for him and demonstrate this to him. 

On the other hand, I have also tried to use this as a learning experience to encourage him to ask others for help as well.  I've been reading a lot of personal accounts lately of youths in his similar situation who just don't ask people for help or don't know who to ask for help and end up in pretty hopeless situations.  So, I have worked pretty hard to encourage him to find help in other ways as well.  I encouraged him to talk to his college professor about how he doesn't have a laptop yet and that's the reason why he can't get his work done, rather than just sitting by and get a failing grade.  He has talked to his professor and explained everything, and thus far his teacher is working with him... which is an answer to prayer!  Also, I have encouraged him to speak directly with our friend in ministry and sister in Christ, who is going to help him get a laptop.  He has reached out to her as well and has done so kindly and maturely.  I love group messaging that allows me to see what he writes to her! ;) 

And then I get the idea... if I make it such a big deal to encourage him to ask for help, shouldn't I do the same?  I need to model this for him and be able to demonstrate the same trust in others.  I need to believe that people care about Sasha and want to help.  So, for that reason, I will have faith and keep asking anyone who is listening to help us help him.  Believe me, we will be giving a big part as well, but want to invite anyone who is willing, to join us.  When we do this together, we will be able to show him that when you go out on a limb to ask for help, people really do care and can come through for you... which can be a powerful experience for someone who has experienced very little of that in his life. 

~Jenelle

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