Sometimes our hearts breaks when we hear what some of our students have been through already.
Take 7-year-old Lucia and her younger brother Archivaldo. Their mother abandoned them when they were young, and their father works away for weeks at a time.
Their aunt has opened her home to them, but the family struggles, because their uncle doesn’t make enough to cover expenses each day. But this aunt loves Lucia and Archivaldo, she fights for them, and she teaches them to trust God.
Lucia and Archivaldo never miss a day of school! They attend our newest school, in Chijulhá, and they have been embraced by their school family.
Lucia loves painting, language classes, and science, and she wants to grow up to be a doctor. Archivaldo is excited to learn all sorts of new things and he wants to be a policeman.
Lucia and Archivaldo don’t have sponsors yet. Do you know someone who might want to sponsor them? Someone to help their aunt encourage them and pray for them?
“It would be a great blessing for them to have a sponsor” says one of their teachers, “it would be of great support for them and their family.”
This week, we’ve featured Lucia and Archivaldo for #SponsorAChildSaturday. Each Saturday, we share the story of one of our children who has an immediate need for a sponsor. Then we ask you to help us find a sponsor for them! Like our facebook page to see a new story every week, and help us find a sponsor for Lucia and for Archivaldo today.
“Who are these tall, strange-looking, generous people?” 4-year-old Hilary wondered. They came to her school devotional and they gave her and her classmates big hugs. The teacher explained that these were sponsors. Right away, Hilary began to pray that she could have a sponsor of her very own. And she was so excited when she learned someone had sponsored her!
One day, Hilary’s family was struggling. They hadn’t had food for two days, and they didn’t know what to do. Her mother and father were sad and very worried. But Hilary knew just what to do! “We need to pray that God will provide for us,” little Hilary said.
That day, Hilary’s mother came to pick her up from school like she always did. A gift was waiting. Hilary’s sponsor had sent food and more things for the family. God had answered Hilary’s prayer right away - through her sponsor! God is good.
If you've ever wondered if sponsorship really makes a difference in a child's life, Hilary's story, originally shared in our Spring newsletter, dispels those doubts. And we've seen over and over again how a gift, a hug, or a word of encouragement shared by a sponsor at the right time can be an answer to a child's prayers.
We have more children like Hilary praying for a sponsor of their very own. Will you be an answer to that prayer? Or do you know someone who you could invite to sponsor one of our waiting children?
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