I don’t understand why, in the 10,080 minutes of our week, we as the Church put most of our resources and efforts into the 80-minute gathering and forget the rest of the 10,000 minutes of our week.
You’re about to meet Nachi, a courageous, selfless and cheeky grandma who loves her grandson Collins fiercely. Together, they’ve endured unimaginable grief and hardship. But as you’re about to see, their story changed.
A tragedy at infancy plunged Mutabazi into a life of uncertainty and fear. “I learned that my mother died two months after I was born and shortly after my father was poisoned by a neighbor,” he recounts. This unimaginable crime changed the course of Mutabazi’s life and that of his three elder siblings.
With no money, a drunken, violent father and a community plagued with malnutrition, one little girl found comfort in the words of her sponsors.
“Colors come to my mind in waves. They fill my sight and overflow my senses. I am not okay until I let them out…they only come out through my paintings,” twelve-year-old Hector the artist explains. This is because Hector has a condition called synesthesia which enables him to see plain things as colors. Things like numbers and letters appear to him in color, even when they are black on a white page.
Even though she’s a single mom who lives in an impoverished community in Ecuador, Blanca is determined to see her daughter Naomi who has Down syndrome succeed.
There’s no one way to approach physical needs in the diverse landscape and communities in the developing world. Each child, family, community and environment faces different health challenges. That’s why our local church partners are empowered to address health and physical wellness the best way they see fit with health education curriculum and your and our support.
With a big smile on her face, Compassion alumni Lety greets every person who walks by. It is hard to believe that this same confident businesswoman was once a very shy girl with no dreams.
“My passion is to rescue and save other people’s lives,” said 19-year-old Jonathan. Jonathan is an alumnus of the Amor Viviente Child Sponsorship Program in Honduras, and has been able to achieve his dream as a result of a strategic partnership with the local fire department.
The moms of the children our program serves are like every mom. They pray that their children are healthy. They weep when their children suffer. They work tirelessly to provide for food, shelter and a better future. And you have an opportunity to encourage them too.
Finishing is an essential lesson for a child to learn in overcoming poverty. And I would contend that it is most powerfully established when sponsors journey alongside a child until the finish line.
These few pictures from our moments with these children and their families in Ecuador don’t do it justice. Their emotions were raw and filled with such optimism and hope. A hope given to each of them in the words and truth found in your written words.