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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Flashback! Official Opening!

Last January, we experienced one of the most unforgettable moments here at ZOE Children’s Home.

We celebrated the official opening of our new buildings- the House of Destiny, which was built in partnership with ‘Life Outreach International’ (LOI) and completed in 2010.

Months in the planning, the day was organised down to the last minute and every little detail had been carefully planned and thought out.  

Even a film crew came to record the ceremony for ‘Life Today’ as well as a team of LOI donors.  We were all very excited.
A group of us went to the airport to greet the LOI team.

Here’s how the day unfolded:

Behind the scenes, Carol Hart (founder) briefed
us on the order of service.

The ZOE children watched on excitedly as everything
was put in place ready for the big day.
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The LOI team arrived at ZOE and saw the House of Destiny for the very first time.
The emotions overwhelm some of them as they see this huge project finally completed and realize the magnitude of what this home will provide.



The team made their way up the hill to a warm welcome of cheering from the missionaries waiting on the balconies.






Inside, the ZOE family wait patiently for the team to arrive.


More hugging and welcoming!

A memorable service of thanksgiving then unfolded.   Some of the children had the opportunity to share their gratitude and explain what the provision of this building has meant to them... the ZOE children sang for the team (pictured above) ... and the LOI team also shared.  

Pictured below is a time of honoring Mike and Carol (founders) for their commitment, integrity and dedication to the completion of this project.
 

 Then....

 ...outside for the official ribbon cutting!







From our trip to see the land and the foundations in June 2009, to this special occasion a year ago I am so grateful for all that has transpired and all that will as we now focus on 2012.  

Whenever we stand on the balcony of this beautiful building we are just so thankful to God for all He has provided and will continue to do here through the rescuing of orphans and children, at risk and affected by human trafficking.

Thank you for being a part of this journey with us!  And for reading this blog and keeping up with all that's happening over here.  We really value your support, interest and feedback.

Andie.


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