Angel Emma

Last weekend, Team Emma, kicked off a town to town 5K fun run/walk benefitting the LEAP Foundation in Kansas. There were over 170 participants and 70 volunteers who made this an extraordinary event, along with beautiful, perfect weather. Six-year-old Emma helped raise awareness in these two communities during July’s Cleft Awareness Month. She also helped to raise approximately $6,000 for the LEAP Foundation. We are most grateful to Emma, her awesome parents and everyone else who helped make this such a wonderful success! We are smiling, Emma!

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The Countdown Begins

Please join Madden for the very first LEAP FORE KIDS Jr. Charity Golf Tournament at Brookhaven Country Club on Sunday, July 27th!

There will be awesome raffles, player goody bags, a pool party, trophies, contests, T-shirts, and food! Plus the boy AND girl golfer with the highest donation wins a PRIVATE ROUND with a PGA/LPGA professional!!!

In addition to preparing for the golf tournament and being a hardworking fundraiser, Madden is a compassionate young man with big ambition. Madden already has plans for college, hoping to attend Stanford or the University of North Carolina on a golf scholarship. Madden’s friends describe him as funny, amazing, talented and awesome! We think so, too!

If you would like to be a sponsor or volunteer at this event, please contact Adella at (972) 566-6550 or at adellawinder@leap-foundation.org. Be sure to register your junior golfers at www.leapforekids.com.

A great big thank you to all of you who joined us at Jersey Mikes in McKinney. The total amount raised by this sponsor last weekend was $512!

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Growing in Grace

Meet Maclynn and Stagg, our youngest LEAP donors and philanthropic giants. These two adorable twins just celebrated their second birthday on June 29th! On each of their two birthdays, Maclynn and Stagg have raised monies in lieu of birthday presents. In two years, they have raised over $2,500 for the LEAP Foundation. Kids helping kids is truly the sweetest of sweet acts of kindness. Thank you angels, Maclynn and Stagg, from the bottom of our hearts, you have truly blessed us.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” Acts 20:35

 

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Zimbabwe Operating Room Expansion

Harare Children’s Hospital has been our host hospital for the past five-six years. It is the only pediatric hospital in all of Zimbabwe, currently with only two operating room suites for a population of approximately 15 million. Last year, Harare Children’s Hospital performed over 3,000 operations with a wait list of over 5,000 children. This year, one thousand surgeries have already been conducted and the pediatricians are currently scheduling surgeries up to the year 2018.

After prayerful consideration, the LEAP Foundation sent funding for a new operating room suite early this year. In March, final approval of the architectural plans occurred and construction began on May 31. While we had hoped the new operating room would be ready for us to begin surgeries last week, much progress has been made and, it is nearly ready for final approval. Last week, our team had the honor of participating in the dedication of this operating room.

This third operating room will allow for many thousands of children to have their needed surgeries much earlier. Over time, this is an eternal gift that will benefit countless of children over many generations. There is no better way for us to invest in our global future!

 

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Shoes With Soul

Our team is so amazing, collectively we brought over 35 pair of sneakers to be given to Celebration Ministries’ Ivondale Orphanage. Sneakers are a highly coveted shoe wear here, so we were happy to bring many.

Our mission trip was incredible! We are traveling back to the states today, which will take us approximately 40 hours. Please keep us in your prayers for safe and healthy travel. It has been an amazing, beautiful week! None of us leave the same as when we first arrived – we have all been beautifully blessed.

 

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Angel Emma : Emma’s Miles for Smiles

Emma is only six years old, yet she has a servant heart that is quite extraordinary. Emma was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. To raise awareness during July, Cleft Awareness Month, this sweet angel wants to bring two communities together for Emma’s Miles For Smiles, a family seven-mile run/walk from Andale to Colwich, Kansas on Saturday, July 19th.

Emma’s goals are to raise awareness and make a difference in helping others have a beautiful smile. All proceeds will be donated to the LEAP Foundation.

We are truly amazed by Emma’s generous spirit!

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Madden: LEAP FORE KIDS Jr. Golf Tournament

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10-year-old Madden and his fantastic family have all been working hard to prepare for the very first LEAP FORE KIDS Jr. Charity Golf Tournament at Brookhaven Country Club on Sunday, July 27th! There will be awesome raffles, player goody bags, a pool party, trophies, contests, T-shirts, meet and greet with pro golfers and food! Plus the boy AND girl golfer with the highest donation wins a PRIVATE ROUND with a PGA/LPGA professional!!!

In addition to the golf tournament and being an all around great youth, Madden is a dedicated student and his favorite subject is Math. He loves baseball and is a huge Yankees fan. He likes to hang out with his friends, play video games, basketball, swim, and just be a most awesome young man. Madden just finished fourth place in the US Kids Dallas Tour spring season. Madden’s goal is to play in the US Kids World Championship in Pinehurst, NC. Go Madden!

If you would like to be a sponsor or volunteer at this event, please contact Adella Winder at (972) 566-6550 or at adellawinder@leap-foundation.org. Be sure to register your junior golfers at www.leapforekids.com

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Sewing with Soul

Victory Life Church in Atoka, Oklahoma, is home church to LEAP volunteer, Janet Ortega. Janet and her daughter, Jessica, traveled with our medical team to Haiti last fall for the first time. This experience forever changed Janet and, since then, she has become an extraordinary ambassador for LEAP, getting involved in a multitude of ways within our organization. One such way, Janet has wanted to help the Haitian children in the local orphanages, so aside from collecting food, diapers, formula and other such items, Janet shared her story with her church family to see if they could help.

Answering Janet’s prayer, a lovely woman named Patricia, who has a huge heart for both mission work and helping children, said, “Let’s get together a sewing team to make clothing items for the orphans!” this was how it all started in Atoka! Now, there are six loving sewing souls who meet at Harmony Baptist Church under the direction of Patricia, who regularly get together and sew until their hearts are full. These ladies feel renewed and blessed; some of them had even lost their sense of purpose until they dusted off their sewing machines. Patricia and her sewing squad have already sewn enough clothes for Haitian babies to fill two trunks. Now, they are sewing patient medicine bags and other items for LEAP to take on mission trips. God’s grace is amazing!

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Landmark Program Update: Danny

Xiao Dong (Danny) is an absolute ray of hope. This beautiful boy has been perfectly and uniquely made.

Danny is an orphan at Bethel China in Beijing. At first glance, many are a little taken aback upon meeting him. You would think he would be shy or reserved, but not Danny! He has never met a stranger and greets everyone with a huge smile. Danny is extraordinary. He is full of love and joy. He plays with everyone, frequently reaching out for a cuddle or a hug that would melt your heart.

Danny is in the first grade at the Beijing School for the Blind. He lives in an apartment next to the school with five other Bethel boys. He does well in school. While he has vision in his left eye, Danny is learning braille as well as the alphabet. He gets along well with everyone in his house, but he plays with Heng Huan (Harry) the most. He likes learning new things and loves anything with a screen, especially an iPad.

Danny enjoys playing games. He is also very ticklish and everyone at the orphanage loves to tickle him, just so they can hear his precious laughter. When Danny is truly happy, he dissolves into fits of giggling that are very hard to control. Then everyone else around him just starts laughing! Joy abounds.

LEAP is currently working on bringing Danny to Dallas for surgery in late August. He is expected to stay in Dallas up to 12 weeks. We already have a wonderful host family, who are making plans for Danny’s arrival!

Please keep Danny in your prayers as we work through the logistics of acquiring approval for him to travel to the states. More updates to follow!

Excerpts from Chloe Banks, Bethel China

 

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Ethan in Haiti

 

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Parent missionaries to Ethan, who were serving in South America, found their way to LEAP through Dr. Liz Drum, anesthesiologist medical volunteer, who happened to be traveling to Haiti in May with LEAP. Ethan was in need of a pediatric specialty surgeon who was also traveling with the team – would it be possible for the family to bring Ethan from South America to be evaluated by Dr. Clanton Harrison? Arrangements were made, dad and Ethan flew to Port-au-Prince, and they were seen by Dr. Harrison and surgery was scheduled. Over the next few days, Ethan and his father captured the hearts of the entire team. Ethan wrote us a beautiful card of thanks and he brought us an abundance of joy. We were blessed, our hearts were full, and we shall not forget this wonderful family. From Dallas to Port-au-Prince, from South America to Port-au-Prince, God connected us.

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