We are excited to report that our scholarship campaign was a resounding success.
We raised a total of 1800 dollars and provided five scholarships. Thank you, thank you so much to all who donated! Pictured from left to right are School Principal Laura, Nataly, Mahely, her sister Keily, (not Karen, I told some of you her name was Karen) Maria, and Christopher.
If you saw our previous newsletter you will remember Mahely who burst into tears when we asked, “what is your hope for the future?” Ironically, her mother got cold feet and became reticent about accepting the opportunity. Her reason; because she could not be certain that the opportunity would be there for Mahely and her sister Keily the following year. Hope can be a scary thing in a place where suffering not success is expected.
At any rate we told her that we could not be certain we would be alive next year but where “God guides he provides.” It’s no coincidence that Mahely was chosen and we will do our best.
Mahely was not crying when we presented her with a one-year scholarship. Instead we saw a fiery determination and hope in her eyes.
All had the same look of serious determination even Maria who was sick and had a fever that day. She walked from her house in the 90-degree heat to receive her scholarship.
IMI, the ministry under which we serve has been caring for Antonio since he was a little boy. His mother sent him to us because his older brothers were involved in gangs and drug trafficking and she wanted to prevent Antonio from following in their footsteps. His spina bifida and club foot meant that he was nearly crippled. Today after several surgeries and a lot of God’s grace Antonio is one of the healthiest and brightest young men at the City of Refuge.
The family survives by making mud bricks to sell.
They have no real plumbing to speak of. In fact, this is their only water source.
As if things couldn’t get worse, we just learned that Antonio’s six-year-old brother Gerson (pronounced Harrison) has cancer.
We will do our best to help them. Please pray. And when you hear politicized stories about immigration in the news please remember that this family is more representative of Central American life and people
than are members of the MS13 or 18th Street Gangs.
A few weeks ago, we learned about Sehily a 7 year old Lenca Indian girl with Cerebral Palsy.
We set out with our team that included Paola and Daniella, two girls from the city of Refuge and Sagrario our Honduran social worker to do a home visit.
It was a five hour journey by four-wheel drive and foot to her house in the mountains near La Esperanza and close to the border with El Salvador. Honestly, we did not know what we would be able to do to help when we got there other than give them the food and cloths we’d brought and pray for a miracle.
That Cathy is a licensed massage therapist helped a little too.