The Orphan Embraces the Widow

Both Hands Vision Project Kick-off

Ever have one of those moments where you wish you had something on video, but just didn't think about it ahead of time? Tuesday night, March 4th was one of those times for me. It was our Kick-off meeting for our annual Both Hands Vision Project in Memory of Ty Osman II. 

We had a great night with about 50 people in attendance.  Some of them were new to the Both Hands concept and eager to learn more about our annual fundraising project and others were veteran volunteers, attending to get fired up for the big April 19th event.

There were several highlights, one of them being Gheorghe Meyer, a 17-year-old young man who was one of the four kids who were subjects of the first Both Hands project in March of 2007. There wasn't a dry eye in the house when he told his story of being a child in Moldova and losing his mom and dad. I was proud of Gheorghe and the courage he displayed as he bared his soul and expressed his gratefulness for the project that helped bring him home.

We heard from two families, the Brownings and the Richardsons, who had done projects in the last couple of years. They shared the way their faith was strengthened when friends and total strangers all came together and helped them raise funds for their adoptions. We've done it 351 times now, but it never gets old and its always inspiring.

And then there was Kelly, a widow who was served by the Richardson when they did their project in 2012.  As she was speaking about the way she was blessed by all those people who came to her house that day, Molly Richardson, the little 3 year old girl who is no longer an orphan, came running up to Kelly and jumped in her arms. Obviously, this girl is no stranger to Kelly. They've grown this Both Hands relationship into a full fledged friendship.There was something special that happened that night. We saw a widow who has been embraced by a family and that widow embracing the orphan who was brought home. 
If you've partnered with Both Hands in the past, you've helped make this happen. All I can say is

"well done!"  and let's do more!
- JT Olson, Founder & Executive Director

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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...

James 1:27 (NIV)