We’ve been so encouraged by everyone who has been sharing sponsorship this month! Did you know - more than 37 Vida children have found a sponsor since the beginning of May! And we know that sponsorship makes an impact - because we hear the stories, over and over again, of what sponsorship means to our students and their families.
Like the story of little Jhon:
Many people had a rough year last year - but Jhon’s family had it rougher than most. Even before the pandemic, Jhon’s dad wasn’t able to work, as he was recovering from surgery. Then came the Covid lockdowns, and finding work was next to impossible. The year even ended with a bang. Because of the non-stop heavy rains during the tropical storms, part of Jhon’s home completely collapsed!
But throughout it all, Jhon’s family was blessed by his sponsors. The gifts of food their sponsorship provided sustained the family and brought them joy and hope. Jhon’s mom had been struggling to meet the needs of her family, and she was discouraged. When she realized that these people in North America, who had never met them and didn’t even know the specifics of their situation, had it in their hearts to give, she was filled with gratitude and amazement!
Little by little, the family is getting ahead again. Jhon’s dad has found odd jobs to do, and Mom is also working a few days a week. They’re striving to provide for their children. And they are doing their best to support Jhon in his studies, helping him at home with lessons as he learns to read and write.
This year, Jhon is in Grade 2. His sponsors continue to support and encourage him. And we have all seen once again that God is faithful and does not forget his children!
Thank you for loving our kids. Thank you for sharing about their needs with your friends and family members. Thank you for being a blessing - often to people you haven’t met. You are bringing hope and joy to children and families in Guatemala!
There are just 30 more children in Jhon’s school still waiting for a sponsor. Will you help us find sponsors for them?
“Having a sponsor is something very special and unforgettable,” says Vida Purulhá Grade 1 teacher Evelyn Cho. “They leave traces in our hearts.”
Friend, did you receive the Impact Ministries Spring Newsletter yet? Did you read Evelyn's story on page 3? You won't want to miss it!
Evelyn began studying at an Impact Ministries school when she was about the same age as the students she’s now teaching, and she was sponsored for all those years.
“My sponsor was a very special person in my life,” says Evelyn. “She always supported me with words of encouragement through the letters she sent to me, and her prayers for my family were a great help in my life.”
When Evelyn and her family were going through tough times, she’d remind herself that there was a person far away who had never even met her, but who was concerned about her and praying for her. “This encouraged me to keep striving every day, and it especially encouraged me to keep trusting the Lord.”
Today, Evelyn tells her own students how the Lord reflects his great love to us through our sponsors. She’s so happy when she hears that one of the children in her class have been sponsored, because she knows that “their life will be blessed by wonderful people.”
To our sponsors, Evelyn says: “when sponsoring a student, you become part of that child’s life. You give them hope and strength, knowing that another person cares about their life and is praying for them.”
This year, despite all the disruptions to education in Guatemala, we have over 200 new children in our Vida Schools! That means we have 200 children waiting for a sponsor.
For the month of May, we’ve set a goal of finding a sponsor for every one of those children. And with teams and events not happening right now, we need your help to find them!
We’re making it as easy as possible for you to share sponsorship! We’ll be posting about sponsorship on Facebook and Instagram - and we’ll be featuring a different child still waiting for a sponsor each day. Share our social media posts or post your own and get your friends excited about sponsoring a child!
Or take your sharing off-line. Think of just one friend or family member who might be interested in sponsoring a child, and share about the Vida sponsorship program with them. Or select one of our children still waiting for a sponsor and pray for him or her by name to find a sponsor this month.
Will you commit to finding one sponsor, three sponsors or even more sponsors for our Vida children?
Thank you for helping us find sponsors for children in Guatemala!
Sign up for our e-news updates
Keep up with the latest stories and updates from the field.