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Brother Peter by Preach-it Brother Peter by Preach-it
This is Peter (Warriner). My Parents have become his sponsors. Peter's Mother died years ago. We don't know the exact circumstances. We do know that 5 years ago his Pastor and Father brought him to hope begging Stephano to take him in which he did. 2 years ago his Father passed away from AIDS. He has no extended family. My parents decided to sponsor him. They told him how proud they were of the man he was becoming, how they knew God had great plans for him. They spent 15 minutes just telling him he had a future to look forward to. It completely changed his life. Last year he made the decision to adopt our family as his own. I gained another brother. This one's more of a headache but, since the other one turned out ok, I think I'll keep him.

This picture was taken the night he had his first Skype call with my Parents. If you look at some of the other photos of Peter on my FB, you'll see just how much his countenance changed in that 15 minute phone call. He doesn't see the world the same way he used to.

Now he's the first one to church every Sunday and has actually given a teaching from the pulpit. He's gone from failing in school to being in the top 20% in our district for his grade. He helps the little kids draw water and generously shares his food (huge change). For his birthday, he received my old gameboy and has turned it into a self supporting business. You buy the batteries, you get to play till they're half gone. He also gets a steady stream of batteries from my parents as long as he does well in school.

I can feed, clothe, bandage stubbed toes, give out hugs and candy every once in a while, let them play on my pc, tell them I'm proud of them, even compliment their creativity. They think it's my job. But when they hear it from someone who doesn't have to say it... WOW! The difference it makes. 80% of my kids think they're sponsored because I let them think the gifts they're getting don't come out of my pocket. 20% actually are sponsored.

I have the best worst job in the World. I get to change a nation one orphan's smile at a time.

If you're critiquing this piece please keep in mind I have a Palm Trio to work with. It's not exactly a Canon. I want to learn more about photography to better present my kids but... Malawi isn't the most Artistically inclined 3rd world country I've lived in.
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designdiva3 Jan 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow great story. God bless you and your family.
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Preach-it Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
7hanx
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Hi,Peter!Thanks for join us!
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Preach-it Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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SunnyFC Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I want to understand: does he lives with you? do you run an orphanage? do you live in the US? do you live on his native country?

I love how much he has improved, I wish most of the kids in American schools decided to stop dropping out and actually followed his example
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Preach-it Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I live in Chilobwe, Malawi where I co-run an orphanage with Apostle Stephano Phiri, a local Malawian. Our orphanage has 64 kids that live in 2 hostels. At the orphanage we maintain the same quality of life found in the villages since that's most likely where our children will be heading once they graduate. I've heard people ask why not build an American style orphanage there? Wouldn't it be better? American orphanages produce American kids. Drop an American kid off in any village and see how long he'd last. Even I myself live how the Malawians do. No AC, no carpet, no custom missionary 4X4 with a custom logo, no car at all, no special food, so when we don't make food budget and grasshoppers go on the menu, guess what goes on my plate? But I'm happy here with my brother, my 2 guard dogs, my concrete floors, my bicycle with a Jesus sticker on the side, and yes even the local food has it's moments. Mango, Sugar Cane, Portobello Mushroom (literally mushrooms the size of a man's head sold for $1), and Avocado seasons (I have no guacamole recipe or tortilla chips... TORTURE!) are wonderful.
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SunnyFC Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm really happy to read what im reading, and I Pray that God gives you everything you need to help those children. I really appreciate that you decided not to go American on the orphanage, I agree that those children wouldn't make it in Malawi or anywhere outside of the US if the orphanage was American style

I am from Venezuela, and after almost 10 years in the US, I would find it hard to go back there to live

If you guys EVER need Prayer, please note me without problem, I'll be happy to intercede for you :)

I am so happy with what you are doing, may God continue to BLESS you, the Pastor and all the kids you are serving :D :D

The service you are doing to the Lord by spreading the Gospel to those children is so amazing... :faint: :D

Also I LOVE portabella mushrooms... but here they sell them so EXPENSIVE :(
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Preach-it Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
7hanx for the encouragement. I'll keep that in mind. I'd ask that when praying for us please be careful. Prayer moves mountains... and... we happen to live on one.
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SunnyFC Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you want me to Pray for anything in particular?
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Preach-it Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Food budget is coming up a bit short because of the holidays. Pray for provision or Pepto as I graciously down grasshoppers again.
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