Jenni’s* story

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***Jenni’s real name is not given to protect her identity.

Although Jenni* was born in Haiti, she was brought to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic especially for children who have a disease called HIV which can lead to AIDS. This disease affects the immune system and can be spread to others so children must be careful when they get a cut or scrape.

Jenni is only two years old but is an orphan since her mother died of AIDS and no one knows where her father lives.  Child protective services brought her to the orphanage when she was only three months old, and they are unsure if she has any brothers or sisters.

When she first came to the orphanage, Jenni’s stomach started growing at an abnormal rate. She developed a large mass in her stomach.  She needs an operation to remove it, but the doctor is concerned she’s too young for the surgery. More tests will be run to check if the mass in her stomach is cancer or not.   This summer they’ll drain some of the liquid and see if it stays down. It doesn’t hurt Jenni, and she acts just like a normal kid.

God clearly brought Jenni to the orphanage for a reason.  There she receives the medicine she needs for HIV and also love and encouragement as she grows and learns. All of the kids there love her and care for her deeply.

When asked what her favorite food was, the principal laughed and said, “Everything, she likes to eat a lot!”  Jenni speaks Spanish and her favorite word to say is, “mira” which means “look.”   She loves to run and jump over things. One day the principal came into a classroom and she was just jumping off the desk—fearless!

Because of the work of this orphanage in the Dominican Republic, Jenni gets medicine for her HIV, regular food, medical care, love, discipleship and an education (she’s currently in preschool). She’s one of the youngest in the house and everyone loves and takes care of her, especially the older kids.

Here are some other fun things about Jenni:

-She shares with everyone.

-She’s shy at first, but loves to talk to kids her own age and is really chatty over time.

-Jenni is incredibly smart

-She only gets sad if she doesn’t feel well.

-Jenni loves bubbles!

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Jenni is only two years old and has already faced some big problems.  Ask your children to name some of the hard things in Jenni’s life.  (loss of parents, HIV, possible cancer)
  2. Now discuss Jenni’s blessings and how God has provided for her in the midst of her difficult circumstances.
  3. Ask your children to name one or two of the hardest things they have had to deal with in life.
  4. Then ask them to think of how God has provided for them in their difficult circumstances.

Although Jenni’s story is extreme, all kids go through tough times and their pain is very real.  Help them to see God at work taking care of them when they feel lonely, disappointed, or sick.

Ways You Can Get Involved:  Jenni loves bubbles!  Consider organizing a drive to collect consumable fun activities for kids like bubbles, balloons, play dough, or art kits.  Also you could add things that orphanages always need like kids vitamins (no gummies – they melt)!  Then find a VisionTrust team heading to the Dominican Republic or another country that can deliver these items.

Fun Fact: The Dominican Republic is known as the bread basket of the Caribbean because it grows, farms and catches almost everything that’s served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Prayer: Pray for Jenni to stay healthy and for the tumor in her stomach to go away.  Pray that she would grow in faith and love.

Scripture: “He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him.  Isn’t that what it means to know me?” says the LORD. Jeremiah 22:16

 

 

 

 

 

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Gloria’s story

*written by Rachel Spoelstra, 11 years old

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Gloria is a six year old girl from Togo.  Togo is one of the smallest and poorest countries in Africa.  Gloria is an orphan, but she lives with her grandma and great grandma.  Her home is a rented single room shared with three other people.  She speaks Ewe (a tribal language) and French.  Do you like to play games or draw pictures and color them?  Those are Gloria’s favorite things to do!

She does have many challenges living in a poor area in Togo. She hopes for one meal a day, but often just eats cassava. Cassava is a root that provides food but very little protein or nutritional value.  Gloria’s father was a Muslim, but he died. Her mother became mentally ill and is probably walking the streets somewhere.  One time when Gloria got sick, her grandma and great grandma too her to an idol to bless her. She didn’t know about the God who loves her.

Before Gloria got involved with VisionTrust, she didn’t go to school at all.  She also went to bed hungry a lot because she didn’t usually eat lunch or dinner. Now she gets to go to school because VisionTrust makes sure she has everything she needs.  She also gets lunch everyday! When she is sick, she gets good care rather than just a blessing from idol that can’t help her.

The best thing of all is that she is learning about Jesus and loves going to church where she can learn about God.  When she grows up, Gloria wants to become a doctor.  Good things are happening in Gloria’s life through God’s people reaching out to her with love, teaching, and also meeting her needs of food and education.

Learn more about Togo – https://www.visiontrust.org/where/country/id/togo

Discussion Questions:

  • What do your parents do to help you when you get sick?
  • Do you think most people in the world can go to see a doctor when they are sick?
  • How does Gloria’s story make you thankful for things that you take for granted like food, school, or good doctors?

 Fun Fact: 

A typical Togo breakfast usually includes a big doughnut-like ball called ‘botoquoin’.

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Scripture:

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

One way you can get involved:

If you know anyone who has lost their mother or father – pray for them!

Prayer Request:

Pray that with the help of VisionTrust, Gloria can become a doctor.

 

 

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Sivagami’s Story of Unending Prayer

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Have you ever prayed to God and wondered, “Does God hear me?  Is He really listening?”  You are not the only person who has ever asked this question.  The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to “rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  This story of 19-year-old Sivagami is living proof of the power that prayer has in our lives.

Sivagami lives in Kovalam, India with her father, mother and grandmother. Sivagami started going to the VisionTrust Grace Learning Center when she was in the sixth grade.  They taught her about Jesus and she started reading her Bible and PRAYING.  Her family did not know about Jesus so when they saw her reading her Bible at home they got very upset and did not allow her to read it.  Sivagami PRAYED and went to her pastor’s home to read her Bible.  Jesus heard her prayers and after a while her father gave her permission to read her Bible at home.  Sivagami noticed many positive changes in her parents after that.

Sivagami’s grandmother did not understand her new faith in Jesus.  She forced her to stop reading her Bible and attending church.  Her grandmother forced her to work at home whenever Sivagami wanted to study her Bible.  She spoke badly to Sivagami telling her that she would never grow up to be anyone important.  This treatment continued until Sivagami was in 12th grade.  All throughout these difficult years Sivagami PRAYED for her grandmother to stop treating her badly.  Each time she PRAYED God would help her through the difficult time.  Sivagami trusted that Jesus would stand by her and help her though it.

Sivagami PRAYED for everything and she trusted that God would hear her prayers.  For example, her parents would often yell at one another.  Sivagami only PRAYED for them.  Her prayers were heard and the Lord granted peace in her family.

Sivagami was failing math in school.  This upset her very much because she was trying very hard to get to college.  Sivagami PRAYED and she had tremendous faith that the Lord would help her get to college.  The VisionTrust Learning Center helped Sivagami with tutoring for math and she was able to pass her class.

Going to college was very important to Sivagami.  No one in her family had ever gone to college before!  Her grandmother was very against this and insisted that Sivagami go to work.  She PRAYED and after a year she was given the opportunity to study for a Bachelors in Computer Science through the help of the VisionTrust HELP program (Higher Education Leadership Program).

From the day Sivagami accepted Jesus as her personal savior she has felt Him by her side…guiding her in her decisions, listening to her prayers, giving help when she felt hopeless, and protecting her.  She realizes Jesus is the true living God who always watches over her.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you ever wonder if God hears your prayers?
  2. How has reading Sivagami’s story encouraged you to know that God always hears our prayers?
  3. Sivagami endured the difficult treatment from her grandmother for many years.  What do you learn from Sivagami’s faith that could help you get through a long, difficult time?

Fun Facts:

Kovalam is located in the South Indian State of Kerala.  It is famous for its beaches with scenic shores and beautiful coastlines.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray for Sivagami and her family.  Her grandmother still does not know the love Jesus has for her.  Pray that her grandmother will learn about Jesus.
  2. Tell your mom or dad something that you have been praying about.  Ask them to pray with you.

Ways to get involved:

Start a prayer journal.  You can do this by yourself or with your family.  Write down all the things you pray for and watch to see how God answers them.  Write next to each prayer request how you have seen God working.

Scripture:

Are you having difficulties with something in your life?  Remember to talk to Jesus about them because this Bible verse to help us to remember that God never sleeps; He is always with us just like He was with Sivagami.

Psalm 121

I look up to the mountains—
  does my help come from there?

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.

Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

 

The Lord himself watches over you!  The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.

The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.

 

The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.

The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
 both now and forever.

 

 

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Jose’s story

This story was edited with fun facts, discussion questions, and prayer requests added by Rachel Spoelstra, 11 years old.  Remember to let us know if your child would like to get involved in writing stories!

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José Abdías is a very friendly and sociable 5th grade student in Guatemala. He loves to write stories and has a knack for using clear and beautiful descriptions. Jose is also teachable. When he gives his point of view, he respects what others may think.

At school he is always seen playing with his friends and greeting everyone with a big smile on his face. His two sisters also attend the VisionTrust Learning Center in the small village of Cruz Blanca.  His entire family has grown spiritually through their involvement in the program there.

They have gotten to know their God better, increased in thankfulness to Him, and truly recognize God as their Savior. The leaders at the Learning Center were able to see José Abdías growing in faith as he experienced some health problems with his stomach hurting. He got to experience God answering his prayers. Jose has displayed faith that comes from his heart knowing that God does answer prayer.

Jose prayed big prayers. He wanted to see a miracle of God healing his body. A couple of months ago, he approached his teachers and asked them to pray for him to feel better from stomach problems. He was very scared and in his words he mentioned that he was afraid that something bad would happen.

The team of teachers prayed for him, and during the prayer he was crying and we could feel his sadness and concern.  At the end of praying he began to laugh and cry so loud, it was so amazing talking to him. Jose began to realize that nothing is impossible for God, and we knew that he had been healed by God in that moment.

He stopped crying and declared that he already felt better. In the past days he reports that while his stomach used to hurt after he ate most foods, now he can eat with no pain. With a big smile he testifies that God does answer prayer.  José Abdías and his family are under the loving care of a miracle working God who cares about the details of our lives.

Discussion Questions:

  • What are some ways you would want to be helped if you were sick?
  • Do you believe that God still heals people today?

Scripture

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”  Psalm 37:23

Fun Fact about Guatemala

It has 33 Volcanos!

Prayer Request

Please pray for Jose to keep trusting in God to help him along his journey of life.

What you can do to get involved:
Pray for someone you know who is sick or hurt in faith. Then call or visit them and tell them you are praying for them and that nothing is impossible with God.

 

 

 

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Does your son or daughter like to write?

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We would love to involve some students in writing the stories for this website. We will send your child a form with questions and answers about a child from another country and then they will write a story.

We will edit it and then publish it here.  Some things your child would need to come up with:

1. Write a short story from the information provided.

2. Decide on one or two family discussion questions related to the story.

3. Write a few relevant prayer requests.

4. Brainstorm a few ways that kids could practically get involved in helping the poor.

5. Find a Bible verse that relates to the story.

6. Look in books or online to find a few fun facts about the country you are writing about.

If this is something your student is interested in – please email me – mspoelstra6@gmail.com to let me know about their interest and we will give them an opportunity to write!

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Angel’s Story

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Pannaivilai is a small village in the Tuticorin District of Tamilnadu, India.  In the late 1800s two missionaries, Reverend John Thomas Tucker and Mother Amy Carmichael brought the message of Jesus to the people who lived here.  Today, mostly Christians live here.

Angel, is a 15-year-old girl who lives in Pannaivilai and attends the VisionTrust Learning Center.  When Angel was little her father died of brain fever (a disease that causes the brain to become inflamed or swollen).  Her father’s death was very difficult on the family and as a result her mother lost her sight.

Angel was raised in a Christian home but she did not always behave in the right way.  She was often disobedient.  She had a very bad habit of stealing things that did not belong to her.  She never shared anything with her friends.  When Angel was 7 years old she started attending the Learning Center with very low expectations.  She thought the teachers would be mean to her.  After several days passed she discovered that the teachers were loving and kind.  The teachers showed her the love Jesus has for her.  She attended Vacation Bible School programs and soon accepted Jesus as her personal savior.  This totally changed Angel’s life!  She began to make good decisions and behave well at home.  She became a cheerful giver and started reading her Bible and praying.  Angel is very thankful to VisionTrust for showing her what Jesus’ love looks like.  She is now filled with love and happiness.

Discussion Questions:

The teachers at the Learning Center made a big difference in Angel’s life by showing her love and teaching her about Jesus.  Can you think of anyone in your life that has done the same for you?

Fun Facts:

Amy Carmichael was a very important missionary to the village of Pannaivilai.  Read her story online at http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/church-history-for-kids/amy-carmichael-helped-the-helpless-11634859.html  or rent the DVD The Amy Carmichael Story through The Torchlighters: Heros of Faith series.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray that Angel continues to make good decisions in her life.
  2. Pray for the teachers at the VisionTrust Learning Centers.  Ask God to give them wisdom and strength as they show the love of Jesus to all who attend school there.

Scripture:

1 John 3: 18-19 (New Life Version) “My children let us not love with words or in talk only. Let us love by what we do and in truth. This is how we know we are Christians. It will give our heart comfort for sure when we stand before Him.”

Ways to get involved:

Go back and think about your answer to Discussion Questions #1.  Write this special person a note to tell them how much they mean to you and how thankful you are that they taught you about Jesus.

 

 

 

 

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Prossy – Raise the Roof

This is a guest blog from an organization called Raise the Roof that works with children in Uganda. http://raisetheroofinc.org/

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Proscovia, Prossy, is a 12-year-old girl in the country of Uganda.  Uganda is an Eastern African country.  Uganda is about the size of the state of Oregon, however the population is 34.5 million compared to Oregon’s 3,871,859.  The official language in Uganda is English, but languages like Arabic, Swahili & Ganda are also used.  Prossy’s favorite food to eat is matooke (cooked bananas) and beans.  Her favorite sport is netball, which is similar to basketball.  She also likes to sing.

Prossy has had many challenges in her life.  Her mother died while giving birth to her so   Prossy never got to meet her. Her father has a disease called HIV/Aids and is unable to help care for her.  Since Prossy’s birth she has lived with her grandmother.  When Prossy was just one year old, she broke her arm and leg.  When she was healed of her broken bones, she was badly burned with hot water.  Prossy has scars on a large part of her body.  The scars on her body still cause her pain.  Even though they hurt, she is required to do many chores in the home.

Before an organization called Raise the Roof came into Prossy’s life, she had to stay at home most of the time without having the proper education.   Her grandmother was barely able to feed the family.  She had other grandchildren to care for and very little food.  The grandmother said “there was no hope, but maybe God would have allowed Prossy to grow and get married”.  Can you imagine if your only hope was waiting until you got old enough for someone to marry you and care for you?  God had other plans!

After Raise the Roof came into their lives, things changed for Proscovia.  She is able to go to school.  She is one of the best pupils in her class!  Her health has improved due to the meals she receives at school and the medical attention she has received.   Their home also had a leaking roof and weak walls which were repaired.   Her life once seemed without hope.  God used an organization to provide the basic needs that many children in the United States take for granted.  When was the last time you went without food?  Have you complained lately about school and how much you don’t like it?  Many children in other countries long for the opportunities you have.  Take some time to thank God today for the opportunities you have that many children around the world do not.

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Fun Facts about Uganda:

Uganda is the youngest country in the world.  50% of it’s population is under the age of 14.

Fried grasshoppers is one of the favorite treats in this country!

Uganda is where you will find the endangered mountain gorillas which are currently less than 750 in population in the world.

Prayer Requests: 

Pray that Proscovia continues to received a good education and meals.  Pray that she would continue to know that God provided this all to her and that she would grow into a strong Christian woman.

Scripture:

Isaiah 46:3-4

I have cared for you since you were born.  Yes, I carried you before you were born.  I will be your God throughout your lifetime-until your hair is white with age.  I made you, and I will care for you.

Ways to get involved:

Next time you do chores, think of Prossy and the pain she had to endure while doing her chores.  Be thankful for the things your family has provided for you.

Find a way as a family to help someone in need.  Visit a nursing home, help make a meal as a family for someone who can’t do it for themselves, help a neighbor do some yardwork or housework without expecting anything in return.

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Vinotha’s story

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Vinotha lives in India.  As a very small child, her mother suffered with a mental disorder. Because of this, her dad left their family and married another woman. Vinotha’s grandfather took her mother to a hospital where she could get treatment.  When Vinotha was in third grade, her mother got out of the hospital and came to live in a place called Kazhikuppam.

After that her mother started attending church and later resided in a house behind the church. At that time Vinotha lived with her father and stepmother but she was treated abusively there, so she left and came to stay with her mother. She joined the VisionTrust Learning Center and started hearing about Jesus Christ. Her sister also came to stay with her mother. When her sister was studying in 11th grade, she was highly depressed and scarcely ate and spoke with others. She started talking to herself. This lasted for almost 3 months.

Vinotha says, “I knew nothing else other than praying to God about this. I worried a lot about my sister. I prayed and read Bible every day. In about 6 months my sister and my mother were cured. God heard my prayers and answered them. My sister goes to school regularly. She came first in her 12th grade exams in school. God answered my prayers and has given me what I wished for and even bigger than them. I praise God for VisionTrust for introducing Jesus in my life.”

Discussion Questions:

  • How do you think Vinotha felt when her mother was sick?
  • What other hardships did Vinotha face?
  • When Vinotha learned about God and prayer, she prayed for help.  What are you praying for help with right now?  Do you believe God hears and answers prayer?

Fun Fact about India:

The national symbol of India is the endangered Bengal Tiger.

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Prayer requests:

  • Pray for Vinotha’s sister and mother to be healthy and strong physically and mentally.
  • Pray for Vinotha to grow in faith.

Scripture:

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”  1 John 5:14-15

Ways you can get involved:

Think of someone you know with special needs and take time to pray for them.  Think of one way you can serve them or let you know you care.

 

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Samart’s story

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Home is a place where most of us feel safe. It is filled with family and love. It’s a physical place too. It’s an apartment, house, or structure of some kind that gives us shelter. When people ask us where we live, we usually give them our town, state or country. Home is very important to us. Can you imagine having to leave your home suddenly because it was no longer safe? What would it be like to leave your country for another, not because you wanted to, but because you feared for your life?

Samart was a young boy when he had to face the difficult situation above. He, his brother and his parents lived in Myanmar (Burma). This was their home. There were a lot of problems in the country of Myanmar and in order to remain safe, Samart’s family left their home country and moved to Thailand. When a person is forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster they are called refugees. Samart and his family became refugees in Thailand.

This would be so scary! But God can take the scariest of circumstances and use it for His good. In 2000, when Samart was 11 years old, he and his brother were selected to be a part of the VisionTrust program in the village of Huay Malai. Both of the boys were sponsored. Samart learned about Jesus, was a good student and graduated at the top of his class. He even won a scholarship to attend university. He is a part of the HELP program (Higher Education Leadership Program) where VisionTrust helps students go to college who have gone through the sponsorship program and have done well. It’s like a scholarship program that has accountability with it.

Samart was greatly impacted by the VisionTrust ministry. He is now 25 years old and is finishing up at the university. While Samart received a lot from the ministry, he is now giving back. Samart wants to help students who are poor and lack a purpose and have no vision for their future. He now travels 6-7 hours by bus to his home on holidays to help with the VisionTrust ministry. The staff hopes Samart will eventually join their team full time.

God took a very scary situation and turned it into good. He protected Samart and his family, gave them a new home and a place to learn, grow and stay safe. And now, God is using Samart to share His love with other children who are coming into the VisionTrust ministry. God is at work in Samart and Samart is letting his light shine for others to see. How can you let your light shine to those around you?

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you ever had to leave your home? Your town? Your country? How did it feel? As hard as change is, how has God used some difficult times in your life and turned it to good?
  2. Now that Samart is an adult, he is giving back to the Vision Trust ministry because it meant so much to him and he wants to share Jesus with others. How can you give back to those who have served you? What can you do in your home? In your school? In your church? How can you share Jesus with others?

Fun Facts:

  • Thailand is located in Southeast Asia. Thailand has a population of 67 million people. Bangkok is the largest city in Thailand.
  • Buddhism is the primary religion on Thailand, practiced by 95% of the population. Through Thailand are many Buddhist temples and grand golden Buddhist statues.
  • Thailand’s national symbol is the elephant. At one time there were 100,000 elephants in the country, but now there are only about 2,000 estimated to be left.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that God would continue to help Samart as he finishes school and would guide him in what to do when he graduates.
  • Praise God for the way He protected Samart and his family and that he is using Samart now to impact the other children at Vision Trust.
  • Ask God how you can give back to others.

Ways to Get Involved:

Write down or talk with your family about the many blessings in your life. Thank God for the things on your list. After thanking God, ask Him to show you ways that you can give back to the Kingdom of God. Think about how you can serve your family, friends and community. Take action on at least one thing on your list.

Scripture:   Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deed and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

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Mia’s Story

*To protect Mia’s identity her name has been changed and she is not pictured.

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Mia* lives in Myanmar, near Southeast Asia.  She lives in a home constructed with a zinc roof and covered with Nipa Palm leaves (their long, feathery leaves provide good roofing material).  They eat cooked rice and various forms of pork and chicken curry.  Mia loves to jump rope and play badminton.  Although this lifestyle is similar to other families living nearby, Mia and her family struggle everyday inside their home.

Mia’s father died when she was 8 years old.  Her father’s death was very difficult for the family.  This left her mother to care for Mia and her other siblings all by herself.  Her mother would work any job that was available so she could support her family.  The money she was paid was only enough to provide their family with food.  Mia and her siblings could not go to school.  Her sisters worked various jobs when they could get them, but usually the work only lasted for a short time.

Mia was not a well-behaved child.  She was disrespectful to her mother, rude to others and often stole money from her family and the community.  Youth for Christ, a partner with VisionTrust in Myanmar, began helping this family when Mia’s mother had a baby.  Mia began going to a VisionTrust Learning Center where she was able to go to school.  They helped to provide clothes and medical treatment for Mia when she will not feeling well.  Through the love of others, Mia’s behavior began to improve.  She started to learn about the Bible and the way that God wanted her to live.  Mia is now 14 years old and is growing up to be a polite young woman.  She no longer steals; she listens to her mother; and Mia is also a big help to her family.  Mia continues to learn about God, and she hopes to one day become a teacher and to provide well for her own family.

Discussion Questions:

  • How has your behavior affected your family in positive and negative ways?
  • What changes happened in Mia when she started learning about the Bible and the love Jesus has for her?

Fun Facts:

Myanmar is a country that is located in Southeast Asia. It was earlier called Burma but its name was changed to Myanmar in 1989. China borders it on the north and northeast while Laos and Thailand are on the east and southeast.

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A pagoda is a Hindu or Buddhist temple.  The Shwedagon Pagoda is located in Rangoon, the capital of Myanmar, and is the most famous landmark noticeable from miles around. It is one of the wonders of the world and the most respected and admired pagoda in Southeast Asia.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that Mia continues to make good choices and wants to learn more about the Bible.
  • Pray for Mia’s family as they work hard to provide for the needs of their family.
  • Pray that God will help you to make good choices at home and school.

Ways to get involved:

Love your family a little more today.  Think of a way you can tell your mom or dad how much you love them.  Maybe you could offer to help them with chores around the house or write them a special note thanking them for the hard work they do.

Sometimes it is hard to get along your brother or sister.  They are your family that God has blessed you with and God asks us to get along well with one another.  Think of a way you can show your brother or sister that you love them (help them with their chores, ask to play a game together, go out of your way to be extra special nice today).

Scripture: 

Romans 12:16-18  “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.  Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

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