Few things in life equal the joy of seeing the life of a hopeless child changed. Maybe it begins with the eyes or a shy smile on one corner of the mouth. But helping such a child even a little definitely does change them. A child with a look of desperation and hopelessness realizes someone cares and the change is miraculous. Last March one of our sponsored children, an orphaned girl who lives on a city garbage dump, said, “I never thought anyone would care about me, but when I was sponsored, I found out someone does care.”
Here are brief stories about four children we sponsor in the Philippines. Two of them are sponsored for the first time time year. What a joy it is to think of the good things about to happen in their lives. Go to the end to find out how you can be part of God’s plan in the life of a child and impact that child’s life forever.
Vince. Age 12. He loves to go to school and Bible study. He comes from a very poor home where 10 people live in one room. No electricity and no running water in the home. Vince could not go to school without a sponsor to help him with the cost. He is a very respectful boy. His mother has had a big change in her life as a result of this ministry to her son and because of having Bible study in her home. She has given testimony to her friends about the change God has made in her. One of her friends, a drug addict, has now asked us to come have a Bible study also in her home. We praise God for the testimony of Vince and now also of his mother.
Jeanette. Age 11. She is so tiny and small for her age because sometimes there is not enough to eat. She is the eldest of 6 children. Everytime, we feed the children, she first feeds her 3 year old brother before she eats her food. Most of the time, she gives it all to her younger brother. The family has a hard life because her father is disabled, deaf and asthmatic and cannot work. She says, “Only GOD knows.” She believes God will take care of her and her family. She is very happy to be sponsored so she can go to school.
Myra is 11 years old, but has never gone to school until this year. She is the eldest child of six siblings and does most of the household chores. Two of her siblings live with their grandparents because her parents cannot provide for them. Her father does not have a regular job, but sometimes works as laborer in a warehouse of a charcoal maker receiving a minimal income and not enough for their needs. Her father sometimes asks their neighbor to allow him clean their yards to earn additional income. Myra wants to go to school and finish her study to help her family.
Melanie is 10 years old, but still in second grade. She cannot attend school regularly because of poverty, but she is a brilliant child. She wants to be a teacher someday. She got first honors in first grade. Her father is a driver of a motorcycle for hire. He rents the motorcycle and spends the whole day picking up and dropping off passengers. He usually goes home very late at night. The house they are living in belongs to her grandparents who live in another place. They also have to buy their drinking water from their neighbors because the well on their place does not have drinkable water. Melanie loves school very much and is excited about being able to go to school.
YOU CAN CHANGE THE LIFE OF A CHILD
To sponsor a child is only $30 a month / $360 for a year for each child. To have a life-changing impact on a young life, go to Sponsor A Child.
If you prefer to send a check, make the check to “FCM,” and send it to Fullness in Christ Church, PO Box 136117, Fort Worth, TX 76136. Attach a note letting us know your desire and that is how your gift will be used. You will be blessed.