Note that we have chosen in this case to protect the identity of this child by giving her a fictitious name. Thank you for understanding.
She is lost. We don’t know where she is!” Those are words feared by every parent and grandparent and all others who love children and fear for their safety. Josie (not her real name) was gone. Only 9 years old and small for her age. Many were frantically looking for her all over town. There is no father in the home. Her mother had a paralyzing stroke and is not able to work. They live with an elderly grandmother, but there is no one able to work and bring in income.
Her pastor, family and friends and many others looked and looked. There was concern that human traffickers had her. Finally after an agonizing week, she was found. There was no food in her house and she was hungry so she left to find “someone, anyone” who would give her some food.
Oh Lord!! When I heard that, I cried. Josie is one of ours. We sponsor her. She is on the way out of the bondage of poverty. A few months ago, her pastor used some of the funds for “Feeding Hungry Children” and made arrangements for Josie to have a meal every day in the school canteen. But what about the days when she is not at school and what about her paralyzed mother at home where there is no food? These were thoughts that went through my mind.
A dear family in the church with 8 children of their own and not a lot of money told her to come eat with them and she could even stay with them if she wanted. I believe God has a blessing for this family because they have given what they don’t have to help this precious little one.
Everyone is rejoicing now because Josie has been found. She has received a “lecture” about the dangers of what she did and told that if she needs help not to go anywhere except to the families in the church. We are grateful that God watched over her and brought her safely home.
Here are some recent notes received from Josie:
Even if my Papa was still away from us, we were still happy and enjoy our Christmas with the church because we received many gifts on Christmas. Thank you my sponsor for remembering me at Christmas time. I love you.
Dear Sponsor, Thank you for giving me new shoes and helping me to be able to eat lunch at the canteen because my mother cannot afford to give me good food. God is good to you and me.
We join with Josie and say “Thank you Sponsors.” Thank you for making it possible for Josie and so many others like her to dream of a future that is free of hunger. Josie says she wants to be a teacher someday and have a good job to help her family so they won’t be poor. Thank you, Sponsors, also for praying for the safety and protection of the children. He is hearing your prayers.