Everyday, we try to do the things God has called us to do. Though we're throwing heart and soul into the work, sometimes it seems like we aren't even making a dent in the enormity of the needs of the people around us. This week, while Kim Hall was translating letters from sponsored kids to their sponsors, she learned of a specific dent we'd made, and she shared this with us. We are excited to share the story with you!
Deborah Roberts sponsors children through our Manna 4 Lempira program, and has visited them personally. The letters pictured were written by two children, to Deborah. You can see the care these girls are taking in writing these long, beautiful letters.
These particular letters mention Yorleny, the older girl with Deborah in the photo. Yorleny had dropped out of school for several years, because of family circumstances - largely, not being able to afford the cost of the items which are required, for children to attend. Through the letters they exchanged, Deborah encouraged Yorleny to give up her plan to go (illegally) to the US, to look for work, and suggested that she return to school, instead. This year, Yorleny DID return to school, because of Deborah's advice and encouragement, and also because she received the school supplies and backpack that the school requires and which her family could not afford.
Deborah's younger sponsor child, Yorlin, mentions in her letter that she sees Yorleny at school, and that they have become friends.
Yorleny writes, in a small section of her letter, that many students are in the high school this year, who are specifically able to attend because of the shoes and backpacks they received through this ministry - and through your generous donations! I'm sure you can imagine how much this encourages us!
If you would like to be a part of the solution, like Deborah, we would love to help you find the role you are meant to play - as a child sponsor, through Manna 4 Lempira, or with helping us collect the extra backpacks we need, for all of the sponsored and unsponsored children in the programs.
Click here for information on how the Manna 4 Lempira Sponsorship Program works
Click here for information on how to help us collect backpacks full of school supplies
- posted by Trish