We gathered the group of about 12 girls that NingNing Philippines Education Fund hopes to be able to support through college. I got a chance to share with them the overall vision and mission of the fund – to provide a way for them to go to college and gain meaningful and sustainable employment. They knew Justine was being sponsored, but it was the first time they were hearing that they too, could have such an opportunity once they graduate. I was so happy seeing the excitement and hope on their faces.
I pray that telling them this now will be an added incentive to keep going to school. Kids from the slums too often drop out, as survival of the family takes precedent. I was disappointed to find out that this was the case for two of our teens who have stopped attending school. I asked them why they stopped and they said they have to work or care for the little ones while their parents work – usually scavenging the streets – trying to make enough income in a day to feed the family. Please continue to keep Christine, Sandra and their families in prayer.
We made a special trip to Jollibee (the equivalent of McDonald’s). This was a huge treat. We did a lot of laughing and picture-taking over a meal of fried chicken.
I was expecting them to gobble it all up, but was surprised to see how they each wrapped up an extra piece of chicken to take home to their families. Once again, the scarce reality hit my heart like a ton of bricks. I just had to trust that the Lord was at work, beyond what I could see with my human eyes or know with my human mind. Their smiling faces were a testament to that.
Please join your faith with ours as we pray for the NingNing girls and their families! Pray for God’s protection over their homes, their health, their education and their innocence. The power and efficacy of simple, yet heartfelt prayers can ‘move mountaints’, changing lives from darkness to light and from despair to hope… thank you!