Thursday, May 11, 2006

10 miles for Orphans!

On October 8th I’ll be running in the annual Army 10-miler
It’s a great race that I hope merely to finish. 10 miles is a long way to run, especially on my old knees. Who knows, this may be the beginning of my marathon career, NOT! Anyhow I’m running with some of my friends from FT Jackson and I had the idea of running for something other than me. As many of you know our friend Sam Thomas and his father M.A. have been caring for orphans for the last 40 years or so. They rely on donations to supply the basic needs of these kids. At one of their orphanages they have over 1500 children there. It costs about 23 dollars a month to keep a child clothed and fed. That’s not a whole lot. So we are going to run this race for the kids. I’m asking for sponsors either by the mile or one time donations. Now its too easy to give. Hopegivers has a web-site
If you go there you can donate online or you can mail them your check. All the information is there. There’s a wonderful lady in the office named Ivy that will be glad to help you. All I ask is that when you give just ear mark it as being for the "Army Ten-Miler". That’s it. Your donations are totally tax deductible and they are going to the most precious of resources. Tammy and I have been sponsoring orphans for many years now and I am grateful to be able to give. Blessings to all of you and we’ll see you in Washington. I’ll be updating periodically with more pictures especially as we draw close to race day!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Sam to be freed

For those of you that prayed thanks! Today is a good day.

Dr. Sam granted bail in Rajasthan!
By Robby Brumberg
COLUMBUS, GA (May 1, 2006) – Hopegivers President Dr. Samuel Thomas received bail today from the Jaipur High Court and will be released tomorrow after spending 47 days in Kota Central Jail in Rajasthan. Dr. Sam, as he is known to millions around the world, has been held on charges that he “created communal disharmony.” Hopegivers Founder Bishop M.A. Thomas was also granted bail on the same charge from India’s Supreme Court on April 20. The news of Dr. Thomas’ release is being applauded by supporters of the humanitarian mission worldwide. “We praise the Lord for this decision. The Lord has heard our cries and those of his children around the world! Now it is time to get back to focusing on what we do best, caring for abandoned and orphaned children,” said Hopegivers Program Director Shelley Thomas, also the wife of Dr. Sam. Hopegivers is still waiting on decisions from the courts for their operating licenses to be restored and for their bank accounts to be unfrozen in Rajasthan. Hopegivers International is a global child care agency with a vision to rescue orphaned and abandoned children.

The songs of life- Thanks to mom

My home was filled with music and people growing up. Mom loved music and can play an assortment of instruments but her favorites are th...