Ashley interest in books is being appreciated at the Oregon City Library! As you can see in the image below Ashley's fund at OCF has contributed money to the OC Library Foundation and therefore earned a plaque on the Young Adult Classics shelf on the second floor of the new library. Awesome!
As I mentioned here previously, in August Ashley's grandma and uncle traveled to Guatemala with a local church to help residents of Kairos House, a place for families to obtain food and lodging while their children receive treatment for cancer in Guatemala City.
While there they and their fellow team members opened a library in Ashley's honor to help enrich the life of its residents. The children at Kairos House spend a great deal of time in bed recoverying from treatment related illness. The books and art supplies in the library will go a long way to occupy and distract the children during their recovery. In the picture above Ashley's Uncle Dave displays the dedication plaque and showcases the collection of books already in the library.
Please keep Kairos House and its staff in your prayers! Recently, Guatemala was hit with heavy rains and the sewer system backed up into Kairos House causing a huge mess. At the same time staff are looking into purchasing additional space to expand God's ministry in their area. This is would require a large financial investment that is well beyond their means. But it's not beyond God's means so please pray for financial support so they can better serve His people in the area. If you'd like to help or make a donation please email Kairos House.
It is well known among Ashley's friends and family that she loved to read. She has a bookcase full of books that were read cover-to-cover many times. So it seems fitting for her to have her own library. Well, she's going to get one - or at least one with her name on it.
Ashley's grandma and uncle will soon be traveling to Guatemala with a local church to help residents of Kairos House. Kairos House is a place for families to receive food and lodging while their children receive treatment for cancer in Guatemala City. Many of the families live far away in the countryside so frequent travel to the only hospital in the area is not possible. Because the painful treatment can last for a many weeks, these young patients and their families find hospitality and necessities at Kairos House. It's their home away from home. In fact, if it were not for Kairos House, the only alternative might be the street.
Members of the team making the trip to Guatemala City have been so moved by Ashley's life, they've been inspired to start a library at Kairos House to enrich the life of its residents. The library will include children's books and art supplies, two things very near and dear to Ashley's heart. The children at Kairos House spend a great deal of time in bed recoverying from treatment related illness. The books and art supplies will go a long way to occupy and distract the children during their recovery.
The mission team from Foothills Church will be helping Kairos residents deal with the pain and suffering of their cancer illness and treatment. Because Ashley's family found comfort and consolation from lap blankets they received at the time of Ashley's passing, the team will be collecting fabric and material to make lap blankets for distribution to Kairos residents. Please pray for these folks as they plan their journey to Guatemala - pray that they receive all the supplies and support they need to make their trip successful.