From the Field – January 2016

Arad, Romania: A Story of Faith In Action

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17

The way in which we care for the needy is a reflection of our love for Christ and our position as His children. Even those who we may view as needy themselves, can powerfully reflect Christ through their actions. Read how the family at Ana’s House did just that.Christmas Boxes Str Marului 1

The staff and kids at Ana’s House decided over Christmas care to think about how they might show the love of Christ to the vulnerable in their community.

As many of you know, they are talented artists and sell handmade greeting cards to fund some of their family activities.  This year they decided to take some of their greeting card money and buy bread and treats to distribute to the poor. Tata Roni, the house dad at Ana’s House, was also entrusted to distribute “Christmas boxes” from a North American organization. As a family, they thought about where they might go to find children who otherwise might not receive a Christmas gift. They decided to go to Strada Marului (or “Apple Street”).

Str. Marului is a neighborhood on the outskirts of Arad near the local trash dump. Over the last decade poverty stricken Aradians have gone there and constructed houses out of pieces of wood, metal and plastic found in the dump. Now more than 300 people live there, with no running water.

These outings are always meaningful experiences for the children who have been blessed by Global Hope. For example, one of the little girls they gave a Christmas box to did not have any warm shoes. She was about the same age as Lisa. Mircea said to her, “Lisa, how many pairs of warm shoes do you have at home? Look at this girl, she doesn’t have one pair. Will you give her one of yours?” Lisa quickly agreed, “Yes!”

On the way home, Mircea (now a freshman in college) continued to think about what they saw. He said to Roni, “Tata, these women we met have lots of children to take care of, but they have no money, and still they haven’t abandoned any of them. My mom didn’t have any other children to care for, she had an apartment to live in, yet she abandoned me. Why?”  

 Of course, Tata Roni couldn’t explain why Mircea’s mother made the choice she did. But these moments offer us an opportunity to help our children see how our God has cared for them, and to remind them that He DOES know the answers to our toughest questions! He can be trusted with our broken hearts and hurt feelings, our disappointments and our joy. Helping these children reconcile their loss and find healing in relationship with their Heavenly Father is what the mission of Global Hope is all about. We’re so thankful that YOU have partnered with us to make a difference in the lives of these children!

 

Nairobi, Kenya: Rescuing the Most Vulnerable

On January 4th 2016, Spring Valley Baptist School admitted a new group of children in their baby class. These children are between the ages of 2 and 4 years old and very vulnerable in the Spring Valley slums. Many of them arrived at the school malnourished, wearing dirty and torn clothing. Only after a few weeks in school, receiving tea and porridge each morning, as well as a nutritious hot lunch in the afternoon, the children already appear healthier. They were very excited to receive their school uniform that included a warm woolen hat, a sweater, blouse and dress for the girls or a shirt and shorts for the boys, along with socks and shoes to protect their little feet.

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The teachers and leaders at Spring Valley Baptist have a wonderful opportunity to impact this generation of young ones; to provide a safe haven in the midst of poverty and to introduce them to the love of Jesus. Meeting their physical needs of food and clothing, and a safe place of rest, is just the first step. We’re so thankful that YOU are along with us on this journey. You can become a Global Hope Godparent to one of these young children and help us support the work of Spring Valley Baptist School. Email Nancy at nancy.week@globalhope.org to learn how you can sponsor one of these kids.

 

Hyderabad, India: The Result of Not Turning a Blind Eye

 Field Pic_India VinnuIt takes courage not to turn a blind eye when you see something happening that is immoral or potentially harmful to someone else. Fear can paralyze people from speaking up. “Maybe I’ve misinterpreted the situation wrongly. What are the repercussions if I speak up? Is it really any of my business?” Regardless of our fear, we can never go wrong in speaking up for the defenseless, especially when it comes to children who have no voice of their own…and that’s just what one couple did…

Recently, Esampally Vinnu, who is just five years old, came to live at Hope Boys’ Home. He wouldn’t be there though, if it weren’t for neighbors who chose not to turn a blind eye to the conditions he was living under.

When Vinnu was just a baby, his father and mother fought constantly. His mom decided she couldn’t take it anymore and left the family to marry another man when Vinnu was just two years old. His father was not equipped to care for a child, nor did he have much means to do so. He relied on Vinnu’s elder sister, who is only three years older, to care for him. Making matters worse, his farther turned to alcohol, making him even less capable to adequately care for Vinnu.

Fortunately, neighbors who saw the conditions these children were living in, and the lack of parental care, convinced the father to allow them to take both Vinnu and his sister to a Children’s Home where they could be cared for. Vinnu is adjusting well and has started kindergarten at St. Ann’s school in Medchal. He tells the house mom that he can’t wait until he learns English and when he grows up he wants to become a police officer! Vinnu is one of several boys who needs a sponsor at Hope Boys’ Home. To learn how you can sponsor him or another child living at Hope Boys’ Home, email Nancy at nancy.week@globalhope.org.

 

For more in this newsletter, check out:

Praise & Prayer – January 2016

Happening Now – January 2016

Grow Your Know – January 2016