Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Manna Foundation

It is commonly believed that Lady Gatekeeper is the first generation in her family that did not follow in said family's footsteps. What is it we are known for? Let us explore: Opa (grandpa) served in KNIL (Dutch Indonesian Army) and lead worship in church, Father is pastor, Uncle D. is missionary (served in USA navy), Uncle F. and wife are missionaries (son is former Marine, granddaughter serves in US Air Force), Uncle D. son is missionary (he rocks!) , Auntie O's husband is pastor, Uncle Da. (though a little rebelious, led worship in church), Uncle B. and wife are missionaries . . . needless to say this list does tend to go on a bit.

Gatekeeper is not headed for mission field anytime soon (though Kenya was almost a part of her journey this year). She shall write about her family's endeavors however. This will begin a series of salutes to Gatekeep's family. Well done, I say . . . Here is the saga of Oom Frits and Tante Gerda in Thailand and The Manna Foundation. From building desks for local public schools to the story of fish farms, pigs, chickens and taking care of HIV orphans. Interested, please come and visit.

Here's a paragraph from their site: The Manna Foundation serves children of all races, religions and ethnicities with schools, teachers and uniforms; vocational training; and HIV/AIDS and health education. We also support the care and shelter of hundreds of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children, including children at risk of child trafficking, prostitution and slavery.

Wow, that's my family! Blessings to you my Uncle and Auntie. Thanks for giving and sacrificing so much.


Janey Loree said...

Wow Gatekeeper!!! What a heritage!!! You need to be very proud of your family!!!

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Susan Kelly Skitt said...

A message to the Gatekeeper:

I too come from a "ministry family." Dad and Uncle are pastors. It seems God gives each of us unique opportunites to serve the King. As writers, we cross the boundaries of our homeland into unreached corners of the world. All with the click of a button...

Blessings today from my homeland in the rolling countryside of Pennsylvania.

Sharon Lynne said...

You have a very interesting family. And God created you with the gift of writing. Others will be blessed by your words, and stories of your family.

Your mom's blog, "If Mom Blogged in 1942" is a wonderful example of this!

The GateKeeper said...

Ah, yes, thanks all--you are warmth to my heart. Or something like that. You know what I mean. :)