Ruzga Family Newsletter 

Winter 2015

The Kids Are Here! We Passed Inspection!

T wenty precious children.  Eleven boys and nine girls.  All coming from extremely desperate situations.  We can confidently say the Lord has led us to these little chil dren, and the dream of rescuing orphans at The Shelter is a reality. These ki ds, who have unfathomable stories, now have names and faces. 

As we began our search for double orphans (no mother or father) to move into The Shelter, we met with the local chief to communicate our aim. For a child to be placed with Oasis for Orphans, we require the child's guardian to present a deat h certificate or burial permit for both parents. Producing such documentation is often a challenge due to lack of funds to obtain the paperwork or inability to travel to the parent's place of death.
At our first gathering with an area chief, we waited for hours for a guardian who was requesting placement for an orphaned child living in her home. Just as we were preparing to leave, a very old crippled and nearly blind grandmother arrived with a look of exhaustion and despair.  The 
chief reprimanded her for being late, but our hearts broke for her. Later we learned this elderly grandmother traveled over 10 miles to get to the meeting. She disclosed that her and her disabled husband were caring for seven orphaned  grandchildren ranging in age from 6 months to 8 years.  She came to ask if we wou ld take one of the children, the one who was severely malnourished and suffering from rickets.

A few days later, we visited her home. We approached, and our eyes filled with tears as we fo und an extremely dilapidated house with a  roof barely attached. The grandparents told us the kids were receiving one meal of porridge a day and some days they went to bed hungry.  The grandfather, unable to walk without assistance, often sits in the rain unless someone is able to move him. This is just one of many heart-breaking stories. 
So, what else we have been doing?

During the past two months, besides searching for vulnerable orphans, we have been furnishing the houses, connecting the electric and searching for a solution to our many water challenges.  We are thankful for our new social worker, Winnie, who  has been working diligently to prepare the children and their guardians for their transition to The Shelter. There were so many things that had to be done to pass final inspection, but the best news is ... we passed!! 

In order to stay in Kenya ...

As of today, we need only 40% more to be fully funded for our second year.  Deb and I are humbled and so grateful to those who have donated to our ministry.  We could not be doing this without our generous ministry partners. To reach our funding goal, we still need a little over $30,000, which is approximately 50 supporters at $50/month.  This is where we need you.  It doesn't matter the amount with which you choose to support us... whether it's monthly or one-time, your support to our ministry will help get these children into a home, a home where they can be cared for, loved, and for some, introduced to the Lord for the first time!   Please consider donating today to the Ruzga Family Ministry by clicking here.

If you know someone who might be inspired by receiving this newsletter or willing to help us in ministry, please feel free to forward it to them.  We thank you for your continued support and cannot wait to share more stories of the children at The Shelter. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Bob and  Deb 
James 1:27   Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Please Pray
*  we would reach our goal of an additional 40% so we can continue to do the work to which God has called us.

* for our safe travels back to the USA

* for God's blessings on our daughter, Ashley, and her fiancé, Garret, as they prepare for their January wedding

* Praise God for ...
- passing our final inspection so we can bring the children into The Shelter
- leading us to the children and staff who He called to The Shelter
- the amazing team that has worked to dream, plan, construct and prepare for the doors to open
- all the financial supporters who have made The Shelter a reality 

Please consider our Ruzga Family Ministry

 for your Year-End Giving!


Bob and Deb are self-funded missionaries working with Oasis for Orphans. This allows Oasis to focus their fundraising efforts on the holistic development of the children and the organization's infrastructure. Through the generous donations of financial friends and family supporters they are able to live and serve with Oasis in Kenya. Would you please consider joining Bob and Deb's financial support team and donate to the Ruzga Family Ministry today? Thank you!


1) To make a donation online
via credit card or bank withdrawal, 

click here, hit Donate to Oasis Now, and select the Ruzga Family Ministry.


2) To make a donation by mail,

make your check payable to

Oasis for Orphans

and mail to

Oasis for Orphans

PO Box 1144

Wheaton, IL 60187-1144


(Indicate " Ruzga Family Ministry"  in the memo) 

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Wheaton, Illinois  60187-1144