A GTP follow up

I’m linking to this post from a few days ago, because there’s a great story behind the picture, and Mark relayed it in the comments.  I thought it was worth a separate post to share here.

Hi, Dawg fans and GTP readers.

Over 10 years ago, the church I attended oversaw a boarding school/orphanage for street kids in Kenya in desperate straits. Similar to Worldvision and Compassion International, you could “sponsor” a child in need for around $30/month. There were two children left when I inquired about the program and sponsored them both, which included writing letters and mailing pictures back and forth.

Over the years, as they grew older, they exited the program and that was the end of contact with them. Needless to say, the “I love you and will see you in heaven one day” last letters were sad but also celebratory in terms of the misery they had avoided and the educations they had gained.

Then, a couple of years after those last farewells, they found me on Facebook and sent the same message, “Dad, when are you coming to see me?” I have no biological children and I’m the closest to a father that they have–even though we had never met in person.

So, I went for the first time to see them last year. And just went on my second trip to see them this month.

Never in a million years did I ever think I would be swimming in the Indian Ocean–let alone with a Kenyan daughter God blessed me with.


We’ve got some good folks out there.



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33 responses to “A GTP follow up

  1. stumpypepys2



  2. RangerRuss

    My allergies acting up this morning. Dusty or something.

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  3. mwo

    Damn good man who happens to be a Dawg!

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  4. Awesome, Mark! As the old saying goes, anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.

    You made my day today.

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  5. spur21

    Way to go Mark – you da man for sure.

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  6. dawgtired

    That is a GREAT story! Some people are born with a servant’s heart. It’s one thing to feel compassion for people, it’s another to put it into action. Thanks for sharing…

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  7. JasonC

    Good on ya’, Mark. Way to be a blessing to others!

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  8. J-Dawg

    I hope someday you get to see your “grandkids” as well. Long life and good health to you and your extended family.

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  9. barneydawg

    My wife and I were sponsors also. When my adult son smartmouths us, I tell him our daughter in Kenya always treats us better.

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  10. J-Dawg

    This is way off topic but I just found out Gurley signed a one-year deal with the Falcons. That will put some butts in the seats.


  11. dawgfan

    Oh my gosh Mark! When we get so much bad news these days, it was awesome to read the story of you and your daughters in Kenya! And thanks to the Senator for sharing it.

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  12. Got nothing here to say…God bless you and your family!

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  13. mp

    What a beautiful story!

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  14. The other Doug

    Well done!

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  15. KornDawg

    God bless him!

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  16. BMan

    Outstanding Mark!

    Senator, can you tell us what Mark’s GTP handle is? I want to make sure I don’t smartmouth him sometime down the road.

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  17. W Cobb Dawg

    Looks like the Kenya Project is a huge success! Way to go Mark!

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  18. Rebar

    Thanks for a “good news” story Senator & Mark!

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  19. Gurkha Dawg

    With the healthcare system collapsing around me, I needed something to brighten my day. So shines a good deed in a weary world.

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  20. Best thing I’ve read this week. Way to go, Mark.

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  21. Dawg in Austin

    That’s just beautiful.

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  22. ugafidelis

    That’s awesome.

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  23. Mark-another one

    God Bless you man! That’s a much needed heart lifting story. All you fine folks take care of yourselves and families!

    Thanks for providing an outlet Senator!

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  24. Fantastic story, kudos to you and your Kenyan family Mark. The world could use more of you all. Thank you.

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  25. Rocketdawg

    This is amazing. So, so good! God Bless you both.

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  26. Salty Dawg

    My eyes are leaking! This is wonderful to hear and wish you all the best, Mark! DGD!

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  27. WHB209

    I never thought of myself as a bad person, but compared to Mark, I am a not a very good human being.
    Way to sacrifice and way to be the person we all wished we would be..

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  28. DawgFaithful

    Very, very awesome!

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