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Jenny touched by plight of orphans

By John Breeze

Norwich pastor's wife Jenny Lambert was so touched by the plight of orphans in Bulgaria that she has set up her own charity to deliver aid and assistance to the countless children in need.
Jenny has recently returned from a fortnight in Bulgaria and reports that the highlight of the trip was delivering eight pieces of hospital equipment, purchased in Bulgaria, to a very needy children's hospital in Sliven.

"These are basic machines which we have in abundance in our hospitals but this Bulgarian hospital had none of them. I was also able to take one of the doctors to a local outlet to purchase five Babyhalers – simple devices to enable babies and small children to have treatment for croup and asthma this winter," she said.

Carrying just one piece of cabin luggage each for their personal needs, the team's remaining baggage allowance was used to take new shoes donated by a shoe shop in Norwich, clothes and toys for the children.

This was Jenny's second trip this year to Bulgaria. She first became aware of the great need and helping to try to meet it by getting involved with the Saltmine Trust five years ago through retired Norwich policeman Peter Barnes. Peter is the East European co-ordinator for the Saltmine Trust and has been helping provided aid and assistance to orphanages in Bulgaria for the past 14 years.

"On my first visit, I felt very strongly that the Lord called me to do something to improve conditions for the children in the many orphanages there," said Jenny. "For three years, I went over two or three times a year to live and work in Kermen orphanage for two-week stints.

"But more and more the Lord was calling me to work in some of the other 160 orphanages which needed help. So in 2003, with my husband's support and help I stepped out in faith and set up Reachout Bulgaria. Since then I've travelled the country visiting several orphanages and children's hospitals supplying clothes, food, equipment etc as well as love.

"In April we took a work party to Gorna Koznitsa orphanage where in two weeks of hard work we transformed two nasty basement rooms into two modern bathrooms with three baths and three showers.

"The funds needed for this were raised by the work party and gifts from churches. There are 59 children with severe disabilities there and the needs are great. There is a shortage of staff there, and Reachout Bulgaria is about to start funding a nurse for a year to work there and hopefully improve conditions.

"Also in April, I was able to purchase much needed bed linen and nurses uniform for a hospital for children with TB in Sofia. Many of the children are gypsies and outcasts and many have been abandoned because their parents are unable to care for them."

Jenny is planning another visit in October and asks for prayer and practical support. She can be contacted at Park Church or on 01603 505699 

., 17/10/2005

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