I returned home last night from the Michigan Academy of PAs annual conference. MAPA has selected to support The Dream Project as their special project this year. It was a beautiful weekend, even complete with snow!
I traveled from Mozambique to Michigan this past Tuesday. Below, I write about the harshness on children of life in Mozambique. . .
"If you leave I will never be happy", Endo softly spoke to me as I prepared for my visit to the U.S. What makes a child say such a thing? What has Endo been through that he feels like he must grip me tightly because I am his only chance for happiness? At the age of 5 police found Endo living on the sidewalk and brought him to live in a large orphanage, where he lived until having to leave at the age of sixteen. For the last two years he has been begging for food, moving from house to house, living on the streets. Endo has only completed the sixth grade. We are helping Endo as he develops the skills he will need to overcome these odds as an adult and will be enrolling him to continue his studies.
"I have never been happy. I may smile, but inside I am not happy", 13-year old Verner poured out his heart to me yesterday. This little boy lives in a large orphanage and has always seemed so lost and scared. He told me that he asked to live in this orphanage many years ago because he wanted to study. His father had died. His mom wasn't able to care for him. Right now Verner doesn't know where his mom is because she moves around and doesn't have her own home. We hope to bring Verner to live with us when we have built our next children's home.
"I don't have any food to eat", 17 year-old Micas confided in me yesterday. I slipped 500 metacai ($20) into his hand, as I often do. Micas is one of those rare people who gracefully overcomes. At the age of 15, Micas had to leave the large orphanage he grew up in and had to learn to fend for himself for the first time in his life. Instead of becoming bitter, Micas has become one of the most caring and considerate young men I know. We have paid for his schooling and helped him with food. Despite the difficulties of pursuing his studies, Micas is now completing the 10th grade. This is a great accomplishment in Mozambique where only 44% of the population is literate.
We now have the incredible opportunity to invest in the lives of five of our older youth, including Micas. We want to enroll these 5 children in an intensive character, leadership and Christian discipleship school. Our heart is to invest radically in the lives of these youth, that they would be the future Godly leaders of their nation. They will lead our children's homes and be leaders in whatever other positions they obtain. They will raise other youth to have dreams and a future in a country in great need of hope.
We have ½ of the monthly support needed to enroll these children. Would you be interested in helping to sponsor these youth? We need to raise a total of $1000/month in sponsorships, as well as one-time costs of $6000. We will then be able to enroll all five of these children.
You can sponsor any amount and donation frequency by visiting our website at : www.thedream-project.org, under "Donate" on our "Support" page. Please specify "Education Fund." The youth will keep their sponsors updated during their schooling! Please contact me if you'd like more information about 'Master's Commission'.
Thank you for all of your love, support, and prayers. I hope to see you this Saturday, October 17th at our Annual Fall Gala. Come celebrate Sweetest Day next weekend and make a brighter day for the children of Africa. You can make a huge difference in the world without leaving America!
Much love in Jesus,