Sunday, September 7, 2008

Our brother needs help!

Most of you know, I am a very passionate person. There is this man who has captured mine and my family's heart. It was 3.5 years ago at Olive Garden. We went there to celebrate my Pops and Grandmas birthday and our waiter was drawn to our family and we were drawn to him. Pops and the waiter became instant friends and exchanged numbers. We were so taken by this guy that we would go to Olive Garden on the days he was working just to see him and get to know him more. When we met Aron 3.5 years ago it had been 7 years since he had seen his family. You see he is from a very small country in Africa, it is poorer than poor. They have nothing. He had to leave to come here to make money so he could support his family. Aron will buy things such as shoes and clothes and random things and send back for his family to sell over there to make money. When he sends things such as shoes he has to send one shoe at a time because if he sent the pair, the government would steal them in customs. Another thing about his country is that they hate Christians. The government officials walk the streets and if they hear worship music or suspect that there is a Bible study going on they will raid your house. If they catch you they throw you in a room. This room that they throw Christians in is a metal storage bin that is filled with feces, horrible smells and dead people. Can you even imagine?? Arons family's house was raided not too long ago and his family had to jump out of the windows and run for their lives. He has the most incredible family ever. He has 3 sons and a gorgeous wife. His oldest son is 16 the middle boy is 13 and the youngest is 10. Aron doesn't even know his youngest because he was 6 months old when he left. He is able to call them 4 times a week and talk to them. They also send pictures over and videos. His sons are fluent in their countries language, french, Italian, Arabic, Spanish and English. They also know the Bible inside and out. Their hope is in Christ, that is all they have. I have learned so much from this family and I haven't even met them. However- it looks like that is about to change. He just got word last week that 3 out of 4 exit visas arrived for them!!!! We have been praying about this for years!!! They are waiting to get approval for his oldest to get out. The government doesn't want him to leave because he is supposed to serve in their military. We are praying that he will get approval soon. Once he does they will be free and on their way to America and their family will be together at last!!!!!! Chris and I had Aron over this afternoon and we sat and talked for hours about his family and what we can do to get him prepared. He is extremely overwhelmed because their reunion is right around the corner. My family and Chris and I are going to be the family's co-sponsors and with the help of all our family and friends we can get them here. We need to raise around $10,000 for airlines, fees...etc. I am going to be working on getting a group of sponsors together and my mom is working on working with the bank to get a trust set up for the family. Please, if this is on your heart at all to help let me know. I can't even tell you what a blessing it is to know this man and the day that we get to meet his wife and children at the airport and pick them up is going to be the biggest blessing ever.
Aron has been going to church with us and he loved Chuck Obremski, our pastor. He has sent Chucks cds over and people in his little country know Chuck! They are growing in their Faith because of those cds. The coolest thing that made me cry today was a picture of his kids and the oldest son had on a bracelet that looked really familiar. It was the "finish strong" bracelet that the Obremski/Grogger family made. How awesome is that?! I only Hope to have half the faith that this precious family has.
I have been blessed.

Aron's boys

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