Tendai’s story

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Tendai is a 24 year old woman living in Zimbabwe. She grew up as the 7th of 8 children. Her parents have been unemployed and so they grow cash crops. All of the children in Tendai’s family had to quit school by the age of 15-16 because of financial difficulties.

Tendai suffered many ailments and financial difficulties growing up but says all that changed when she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.  Tendai enrolled in VisionTrust’s HELP program (Higher Education Leadership Program).  She became the first HELP graduate in Zimbabwe. Because Tendai went to college, she has been able to bless her family by building them a home. She now has confidence and hope in achieving her goals and she wants to help pay school fees for children in her community.

In her own words “I really want to thank God for sending VisionTrust in our village to support the orphans who were hungry and thirsty for the word of God.  I also thank God for sending us a courageous man named Davison and his wife Yana. The word of God they share with us is medicine to our souls and it gives joy on the orphans’ faces as well as the community.  Because of these teachings, the orphans now have hope for a better future.  They rejoice because they know there is someone who cares for them.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. What would it be like to grow up in a family with 8 kids?  Tendai is the 7th child.  Are you the oldest, youngest or in the middle in your family?  What is that like for you?
  2. Would you be excited to be able to buy your parents a home to live in?

Fun facts:

  • Football, together with rugby union and cricket are the famous sport in the country.
  • About 50% of the population in the country comprises of Syncretics (part Christian and part indigenous beliefs) 25% are Christians and the rest follow indigenous beliefs.

Prayer request:

Pray for Tendai as she is a role model in her community. Pray for her strength and for protection as she reaches younger children and helps them to achieve their academic goals.


Psalm 28:7-8 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.”





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Ada’s story


**Please read this story yourself before sharing it with young children.**

Over 9 million people live in the capital city of Lima, Peru.  It is a metropolitan area where many factories are located.  People have businesses here and the city continues to grow very fast.  The city does not have enough houses for everyone to live in, and many people do not make enough money to provide for their own basic needs.  Homelessness is a very common problem in Lima.  You can see children begging for food on the streets or searching through trashcans for their next meal.  A cardboard box or a pile of trash is sometimes their home and often their clothes are stained and dirty.

Ada was one of these children for many years.  She lived on the streets of Lima with her mother and siblings.  Her mother was so desperate for food that she gave Ada’s younger siblings away to another family.  After a while, a social worker who helps struggling families took Ada and her younger sister to live in an orphanage in Lima.  Living in the orphanage was very hard for Ada.  She and her sister were both treated very badly by the some of the workers.  Time after time, Ada would be hit, kicked and abused by those who were supposed to be taking care of her.  She had no hope, no future and no love in her life.

Many years ago, Ada was taken to a safe place called Casa Luz that is run by VisionTrust workers.  The first thing Ada did when she arrived was ask the director if she was a nice lady and if she was going to hit her.  Ada for desperate for a safe home!  Thanks to the people of Casa Luz, Ada’s life was about to change.  They welcomed her with loving arms, provided food to keep her healthy, and taught her about Jesus.  Today, at the age of 20, Ada has become a very outgoing and sincere girl who soaks up love and freely gives it to others.

Ada heard that her mother was very sick.  She was able to visit her one last time before she died.  Ada had the opportunity to tell her mom about Jesus and they prayed together for her mother to accept Christ.  The love of Jesus has changed Ada’s story from being hopeless to being full of hope.  God is using her story to impact the lives of many people.

Discussion Questions:

  • How do you feel when you see a homeless person on the street?  Discuss these emotions with your family.
  • What are some things that you could do as a family to help the homeless?
  • What can you do to be sure that you are always showing others that you love and care for them?

Fun Facts:

The Parque de las Leyendas is Lima’s traditional zoo.  This is a must-see tourist attraction! In addition to observing Peru’s diverse animal population the zoo also has museums throughout the park that share the history of Peru and Lima’s ancient past.

Prayer Requests: 

Pray for Ada to continue to share the story of Jesus’ love to other people.

Pray for the homeless people in your own city.  Sometimes it can be scary to see someone living on the streets with no money or food.  When you see them, take a minute to pray for them and ask God to help provide for their needs with a safe place to sleep, food to eat and clean clothing.

Ways to get involved:

With your family, create “Blessings Bags” that can be given to the homeless people in your area.  Keep them in your car and when you see someone in need give them a Blessing Bag.  Fill a Zip-lock bag with toiletries like soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo and a comb.  Add individually wrapped snacks such as nuts, granola bars, and mints.  You could even write a special note or include a bible verse or a prayer.



2 Corinthians 5:17 “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life if gone; a new life has begun!”

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Surviving a Cyclone

*Myo’s name has been changed to protect his identity. 


Myo survived a cyclone in 2008 in his home country of Myanmar.  Before the great storm, he lived with his parents and had a family with six members.  Only Myo and his brother survived.  His parents had been farmers who worked on a small piece of land and did a little fishing sometimes. Even now, Myo has not been reunited with his brother but has heard that he is alive.

During the storm called Nargis, Myo’s family stayed in their hut.  Once the hut fell down from the high winds, the family ran to their barn.  Soon the barn also was destroyed and Myo was flung into the storm.  He swam aimlessly in the dark night. Here is some of his story in his own words, “I was taken away by the wind and the waves to the other side of the river and was stuck up in the forest. In the morning I saw two persons walking past me but I could not go with them as my feet pained and could not walk. I stayed there having no food the whole day. When five men came out of the forest they fed me coconut meat and juice which was found in the bushes. After some strength came back to us we found a boat somewhere near us and we got into the boat and rowed and rowed for two days to reach our village. My legs were still pained, and I could not walk. I have known that my parents were passed away by the Nargis and my uncle took me to stay with them at their village.”

One of the elders from that village brought Myo to the VisionTrust center to live.  He got an opportunity to go to school and now he is in ninth grade.  Before coming to the Learning Center, Myo had never heard about Christ or been to a church. His family had been Buddhists, and he had no interest in learning about anything else.  However, after staying among Christians and the Learning Center and hearing God’s Word, Myo said everything began to look new to him.   He enjoys learning to play guitar and keyboard and singing praises to God.

Myo found hope in Jesus after losing his family and said this, “I was so happy and I forgot all my miseries giving to me through by the great storm, Nargis. I realize that I am now living physically and spiritually merely by the grace of GOD. I realize that Jesus so much loves me and let me live to glorified His name.  Knowing well about God’s salvation, I was baptized in April, 2012.”  Myo now attends a church near the Learning Center.

Myo said that before he came to know Jesus he had been very selfish in his attitude and actions.  He only cared about getting the best for himself and often got into fights with others.  Now, he wants to help others and show God’s love to them.  Myo also is excited about his opportunity for education and dreams of becoming a seaman.   He would like to be an officer on a ship one day and have the chance to make money to support the orphanage that changed his life.

Discussion Questions:

What kind of emotions do you think Myo experienced when he learned that his parents didn’t survive the cyclone?

When something really bad happens in life, what are some different reactions people have to their problems?

How did Myo find hope even after losing his family and his home?

Fun Facts about Myanmar:

The Nargis Cyclone was the worst natural disaster in Myanmar history.  The word Nargis is an Urdu word meaning “daffodil.”

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Prayer Requests:

Pray for other survivors of the cyclone that lost family members.  Pray for Myo that he would continue to follow Christ and have success with his dreams of becoming a seaman.


“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.”  Isaiah 61:3


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Edwin’s story


We would like to introduce you to a young man name Edwin, who lives in the Dominican Republic.  The Dominican Republic is bordered by Haiti, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.  The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish.

Edwin is 20 years old.   By the age of 20, most young men would be on their own.  However, Edwin’s story is a little different. Up until about the age of 14 Edwin and his siblings lived with their grandmother.  Edwin’s father was not around for the family and his mother could not care for them.  His mother was addicted to drugs and his grandmother took him and his siblings into her home.  When Edwin was 14, his mother came and took the children from their grandmother.  However, she did not have a safe place for them to live.  She took them to live on the streets with her.  God provided protection for Edwin and his siblings.  They were picked up by Conani, which is similar to Child Protective Services here in the U.S., and placed in the care of some nuns for a short time before they moved on to a Vision Trust orphanage.

Edwin and his brother Alex still live at the orphanage.  Both Edwin and Alex have a disease called Duchenne.  This disease only affects boys, so their sisters are fine.  Duchenne is a disease in the muscular dystrophy family, which affects their mobility to the point where eventually they will be unable to breath.  When Edwin and Alex both came to the orphanage they could walk and run.  Now both boys are in wheelchairs.

As difficult as life is for Edwin, there is still much joy.  God provided a safe place for Edwin to live.  When he first arrived at the orphanage he was malnourished, which means that he had not been getting enough food.  As Edwin’s condition has gotten worse because of his disease, the Vision Trust workers have cared for him.  Others have provided wheel chairs for him.  The workers there tell us that Edwin is a very nice young man.  He often will feel sad because he cannot play with everyone else, but he also feels very loved by the children at the orphanage who care for him.  They will play with him, bring him food, wheel him around and give him lots of hugs!

Discussion Questions:

Although Edwin has had a tough childhood, he still is able to find joy.  God provided food and a loving, safe environment for Edwin to live.  Are there things in your life that are hard for you?  Can you think of ways that God has provided for you?

Do you know anyone at your school or church who is in a wheelchair or has some special needs?  They want to feel loved like other children.  They want to laugh and play.  Sometimes they can’t play in the same way you do.  Can you think of some ways that you could include those around you with special needs?

Fun Facts about the Dominican Republic:

The Dominican Republic is home to a semi-precious stone called Larimar that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.  It is a rare blue stone found in the mountainous region of the Dominican Republic.


From 1916-1924 the US Marines occupied the Dominican Republic.  Baseball is widely believed to have been introduced to the American during their time in the Dominican Republic.  We have the Dominican Republic to thank for this great American past time!

Prayer Requests:

Pray for God’s comfort to be on Edwin and his brother as their disease progresses.

Pray that God would continue to provide a loving, safe place to live for Edwin and his brother.

Ways you can get involved:

When God places someone with special needs in your life, go out of your way to get to know them and make them included.  Look for organizations that do work with special needs children and see if you can volunteer.


“Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.
 Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.”   Psalm 10:17

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Ana Clara’s Story

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Its hard to imagine the life a sweet little three year old girl named Ana Clara lives in Brazil. Her dad has a drinking problem and uses drugs. When he drinks he gets angry and says bad words and threatens to kill Ana Clara’s mom. He has been in jail before for hurting Ana Clara’s mom.

Ana Clara is an only child and lives with both of her parents. They speak Portuguese. Many children in Brazil live with grandparents or neighbors. Although some children in Brazil enjoy stable homes with loving parents, this is not the norm in the neighborhood where Ana Clara lives.  Drugs and violence are incredibly common in her community, and it is not a safe place for children. Many families in her community want to leave but they do not have the finances to do so. Many of the children are offered drugs at a young age as people will stand outside of the school and try to get them hooked on drugs. Many of the children do not receive consistent food or hygiene.

Thankfully, Ana Clara has Projecto Amar (Project Love) a learning center that has been in the community since 1986. There’s a psychologist at the project who helps children in situations like Ana’s. Every child gets a shower every time they come to Projecto Amar. The younger children are there all day and receive 3 meals and a snack and the older children are there half a day and receive 2 meals and a snack. Its a safe place for the children to come and feel loved. Every teacher who works there loves Jesus and the children have Bible class each day. Many leaders of the local churches came to Christ through Projecto Amar when they were young.

Discussion Questions:
Think about what it would be like to come from a family where there was physical and verbal abuse.  What kind of challenges would those children face?

Imagine what it would be like to live in a community where drugs and violence were common and where you did not feel safe. Do you think there are communities like Ana Clara’s near your home?

Fun facts about Brazil:
1. The world’s best and most delicious coffee is produced in Brazil.
2. Brazil has the biggest rainforest of the world, the Amazon forest.
3. Brazil has the 2nd highest Christian population in the world.
4. Brazil has won the soccer World Cup five times.

Prayer requests:
Pray for safety for the children of Ana Clara’s community and for safety and protection for Ana Clara and her mother. Pray for the workers at Projecto Amar and thank The Lord for their service and love for these children.

Psalm 4:8 “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety”.

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Elizna’s story


Did you know that because of both violence and AIDS, Haiti has the highest percentage of orphans of any country in the Western Hemisphere?  Also, more than 10% of all children in Haiti die before the age of five. (http://facts.randomhistory.com/haiti-facts.html)

Elizna is a seven year old girl from Haiti.  She lives with her mom’s aunt and has one sister who is three years old.  Elizna often comes to school with holes in her clothes and no one cleans her or helps her get ready for school.  Since her aunt does not have a job, Elizna and her sister do not get fed regularly at home.

In fact, most of the kids that come to this VisionTrust program in Haiti are malnourished.  This means that they don’t get enough food to eat.  The workers there are praying for a church partner that would make it possible to start a feeding program.

Elizna and her family speak a Creole language and live in a tourist community.  That means that people come from other places to vacation in Montrouis where they live because it is very beautiful.  However, in the midst of the expensive resorts, there is so much poverty for families like Eliznas.

In fact, many of the children VisionTrust works with in Haiti are Restavec children.  (A restavec from the French language French reste avec, “one who stays with”) is a child in who is sent by his or her parents to work for a host household as a domestic servant because the parents lack the resources required to support the child. Restavec may refer to any child staying with a host family, but usually refers specifically to those who are abused.

VisionTrust just began working in the community of Montrouis, Haiti this year.  They work with a school that meets in a church.  There are over 100 kids so the program is bursting at the seams.   Slowly a school building is being built to accommodate so many children.  In Haiti they start building with whatever money they have, so there are frequently projects that are never finished or are half-finished for a long time.

Having the school for the children in the community is huge.  It’s a place where they can learn about Jesus and be loved on by teachers when they’re not loved or cared for at home.  All the teachers there are really passionate about helping the kids learn and grow. While they don’t receive food on a regular basis right now, VisionTrust is sometimes able to provide a meal for the children.

Discussion Questions:

Think about the clothes, food, and love that you receive every day? Can you imagine even going one day without the things you need?  The children in Haiti often don’t have enough food, clean clothes, or attention from parents.

What would it be like to be sent away from your family to be a servant for another family? What kinds of tasks do you think Restavac children do?  They often aren’t able to go to school and are not paid for their work.  Do you think that is fair?  What do you think you could do to help advocate for these children?

Fun Facts about Haiti:

Calabash tumblr_m8rvh7wdAa1rdw9yao1_500Gourds were so important to the Haitian people that in 1807, President Henri Christophe (1761-1820) made them the base of national currency and declared all gourds the property of the state. Today, the Haitian currency is called “gourdes.”  (http://facts.randomhistory.com/haiti-facts.html)

Prayer requests:

Pray for some American churches to partner with the new school in Haiti so they can finish the building and start a feeding program.

Ways you can get involved:

As Spring approaches, think about ways you could earn money to help these Restavac children in Haiti.  Perhaps you could sell some clothes or toys in a garage sale, start a lemonade stand and send the proceeds to Haiti, or ask your parents if you can do some extra chores around the house to send money to these children who need food.


“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?”  1 John 3:17



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Luis’s story

GU001-0102LuisLuis lives with his eight brothers and sisters in a village in Guatemala.  He loves to play soccer like many of his friends.  However, unlike many boys in his village, he doesn’t act like he’s too cool to show others that he cares about them by giving a hug or showing some affection.

With such a large family, you would think Luis lives in a big house so there is room for all nine kids and his mom and dad.  However, they live in a small house with a dirt floor, tin roof, and some cinder block walls and some corn stalk walls.  Things were pretty tough for the family when Luis’s dad used to spend what little money he made working as a farm hand and construction worker on alcohol to drink.

This made it hard to meet the family’s basic needs like buying food or paying for school supplies.  There was no money to consider making improvements to their home.  At times the family felt hopeless though they did remain united through the struggles.   Then things began to change for Luis and his family.   A VisionTrust worker in the village named Josh started praying with this family and including them in some community service projects.

This friendship really started to impact their lives.   Later their dad stopped drinking, and he committed to his family.  He gave them the opportunity to study in the school and stopped wasting money and used it for food.  Now he also saves money to be able to continuing building their house with cinder blocks and they dream of finishing it and someday having a concrete floor.

Now VisionTrust helps them develop this dream through the feeding and school programs.  They are now able to maximize their income toward the goal of making improvements to their home.  Luis feels hope now that things can get better.  He has a great spirit and energy that draws others to want to hang out with him.  Luis looked up to Josh as a male role model in his life, but now is gaining respect for his dad as he has seen his life transformed.  The whole environment in his house has changed now.

Discussion questions:
How would you describe the house you live in?
Do you think it’s possible for people to change when they have a bad habit?
Is there a bad habit or something you would like to change in your home? Pray together as a family about ways you can become a closer family and honor God more in 2014.

Fun Facts: Luis speaks a language called Kak-chikel and their family mostly eats beans.

Ways you can get involved:
Josh’s prayers and friendship helped Luis’s family. How can God use your prayers and friendship to help others? Can you think of one person (at school, in your neighborhood, at church) that God might want you to reach out to that has difficult circumstances at home? Begin by praying for them and then think of way you can show them that you care.

Scripture: “Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26

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Getting Rich

baby jesus in mangerThis week we want to highlight a child born into poverty a few thousand years ago.  His parents had very little money but went a on long journey in order to pay their taxes as required by the law of their land at the time.

When they arrived in their hometown, no one had room to take them inside so they found a place where animals were kept that was probably a cave of sorts.  In that place, a child sent from God came into the world who would change the course of history.

He was God’s very Son who put on human flesh to come to earth.  He wasn’t born into a rich family or the house of an earthly king.  Like many of the children we hear about from around the world each week, this child had very little money or opportunities.

We know that Jesus was poor because:

  • He was born in a place used to house animals not people
  • He was laid in a manger – a container for animal food not babies
  • His clothes were swaddling rags not fine garments

The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language.  The word translated “swaddling” indicates that Jesus was wrapped in pieces of old castoff clothing which were cut up into strips.

So Jesus was born poor.  His parents were given some gifts by the wise men that probably greatly helped their financial situation for a time.  Jesus’s father was a carpenter who provided for his family, but Jesus probably never experienced great wealth.

As Jesus grew up and began His ministry at the age of 30, He continued to focus on people and God’s truth over material things.  He told His followers, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58)

Though He was wasn’t rich in things, Jesus paid the highest price.  He was the only One who could make the spiritual payment for all the wrong things each one of us has done.  After suffering betrayal, pain, and wrongful accusations, He died on the cross to make a way for people to have relationship with a perfect God.

Now, when we believe and accept Christ’s payment for our sin, God looks down on us through the red lens of Christ’s blood and sees us clean.  He sees us “just as if we never sinned” (justified) because of what Jesus did for us.

2 Corinthians 8:9b says, “Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty He could make you rich.”

We pray this Christmas you are experiencing richness – not through lots of presents, parties, and treats.  We hope you are rich in peace, hope, and joy that come through the celebration of what a child born into poverty did for any that would receive Him.

***This will be our last post for 2013 so that we can celebrate Christ with our families.  See you again in January!

Discussion Questions:

  • How do we know that Jesus was born into poverty?
  • What kind of “getting rich” do most people celebrate at Christmas – spiritual or materially wealth?
  • What things help you focus on spiritual riches at Christmas?

Prayer requests:

Pray for children this Christmas season who don’t have food, clean water, or shelter.

Ways you can get involved:  Take the opportunity as a family to celebrate your spiritual riches by helping the poor during this holiday.  Here are some ideas:

  • Adopt a family to buy gifts for.
  • If you sponsor a child, work together to prepare a gift for them.
  • Get involved with helping serve with a group like the Salvation Army or local charitable organization.


“Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9b

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Elkenah’s story

elkenahDo you like to play clapping games?  Kids in Liberia love them.  Check out this link to a youtube clip of 3 different clapping games played by Liberian children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtnTFj9xjKw

While Liberian children love to play, life is not always fun and games.  Elkenah is a boy living in Liberia who tells about the rock business where most of the people in his community work.  Children as young as five years old work with their parents digging out rocks and breaking them into small pieces in order to buy enough food for their families to eat. They often must miss school breaking up rocks with mallets, digging, and carrying the rocks.  Children often sit for hours busting up the larger rocks into smaller pieces.

Sometimes the work can be dangerous.  One of Elkenah’s friends died while trying to earn the money for his school fees in the quarry.  This made Elkenah very sad as he spoke about it.  Something else that made Elkenah sad to talk about was his grandmother.

Elkenah has fond memories of visiting with her.  She used to tell him stories and make him laugh.  His grandmother began having heart problems, and without medicine or a doctor to treat her, she died. Elkenah wants to get an education so that he can help the people in his community get better healthcare.

Now that Elkenah goes to the VisionTrust Leadership program, he gets help with his school fees so that he can stay in school instead of having to go to work in the rock quarry. One day Elkenah asked his science teacher what a doctor who helps with heart problems is called.  The teacher told Elkenah a heart doctor is called a cardiologist.  Now Elkenah wants to study to become a cardiologist so he can help others whose moms, grandmothers, or grandfathers have heart problems.

At the program, Elkenah also enjoys learning about the Bible and how he can tell others about Christ.  He is grateful for the new opportunities he has to enjoy a relationship with Jesus and get an education without having to drop out of school. He has a chance to fulfill his dream of becoming a cardiologist.

Discussion Questions:  What do you want to be when you grow up?  What kinds of training or education will you need to fulfill your dream?  What obstacles might make it difficult to get the schooling you will need?

Prayer Requests: Pray for Elkenah to grow in his faith and that he will have the opportunity and perseverance to continue his studies to become a cardiologist.

Fun Fact: Children in Liberia love to play tether-ball.  It keeps the ball from getting lost and provides fun as they hit the ball back and forth.  In some areas of Liberia, local children call this game “Toil.”  Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_8603092_liberian-childrens-games.html#ixzz2n1Pb5aNJ

Ways you can get involved: This Christmas – consider providing school supplies for children to have a chance to further their education.  Check out https://www.visiontrust.org/christmas and scroll to the school supply section.  You’ll see how you can help with School Supply Kits ($32), Textbooks and Classroom Resources ($100), Computers for a Computer Lab ($500).  You could get your friends or family involved to work together on a project to raise money or just decide that one of your Christmas gifts could be buying a school supply kit for a child in Liberia.

Scripture:  Jeremiah 22:16  “He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD.”




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Lina’s Story

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Have you ever heard of “cassava”?  According to the dictionary, it is “a tropical plant with thick roots that are used to make small white grains (called tapioca) that are used in cooking.”  In the Central African Republic, it’s one of the main foods along with green sauce and sometimes meat. Often, people in the Central African Republic like to eat meals with their hands, and they speak a language called Sango.

Lina is an 18 year old girl who lives in the city of Bangui in the Central African Republic. She lives with her father and does not have a mother or siblings in her home. Lina enjoys many of the same things you and your friends do like reading, storytelling, art, playing soccer and running.

In April of 2013 there was fighting between the soldiers in her city. As she was inside her home, a stray bullet from the fighting came through the roof and struck Lina in the stomach. Lina was rushed to the hospital right away to have surgery. Many people prayed for Lina and her injuries while she was in the hospital and recovering. The Lord raised Lina up and she is now at full health.

Lina is now involved with VisionTrust which has given her a hope for the future. Prior to VisionTrust working and serving in her community, Lina may have dropped out of school at a young age and had children like many of the girls in her community.

Through a program that teaches sewing, Lina learned to use a sewing machine and how to make things she can sell to earn money.  She graduated from the sewing program and has been provided a sewing machine and basic resources to someday launch her own business. This will help her to take care of herself and not stay dependent on others for food, clothing, and meeting her basic needs.

While in the program to learn about sewing, Lina also learned about Jesus. She has grown to know the Bible well to help equip her to live for the Lord and to love others.   Even though she has had difficult things in life like growing up without a mother and getting shot in her own home, she has seen God provide and help her. She now has HOPE and purpose.

Discussion Questions:

  • Has anyone in your family ever had surgery?  What are some of the reasons children have to have surgery?  How can you help or reach out to someone you know this holiday season that is struggling with a physical ailment?
  • What are some of the best ways to help those in need?  How is teaching them a skill and providing things (like Lina’s sewing machine) so they can earn money better or worse than just giving them money?

Prayer Requests:  Pray for protection for her and for the children of Bangui who are often innocent victims in the fighting going on.  Pray for her business. Pray for protection for her heart and mind-that Jesus will be near and personal to her as she grows into a beautiful young woman.

Fun Fact:  “People eat with their hands, although visitors will normally be offered a spoon.”

Ways you can get involved: Have your family eat dinner with their hands tonight or one day this week.  Talk about life in the CAR and pray for Lina during your hand eating dinner.

Scripture: Isaiah 41:10  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


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