Love has a way of radically transforming lives. At Forward Edge, we place our focus on helping children trapped in poverty reach their full, God-given potential (Ephesians 2:10) by meeting their basic needs (food, safe water, health care) and empowering them with quality education, vocational training, and spiritual discipleship. This holistic model helps vulnerable children receive the care they often desperately need. What is the result? They begin to thrive.
However, while food, water and education are crucial in breaking the cycle of poverty, love is what penetrates the heart and creates lasting change in the lives of the children our programs serve. Every program leader in our locations has dedicated themselves to forming deep relationships with the children and loving them consistently. For many children, this may be the first time in their life they’ve experienced the love of Jesus. This was true for Nubia.
Nubia’s Story: A Life Transformed
Nubia first came to Trigo y Miel, Forward Edge’s children’s program in Oaxaca, Mexico for tutoring, as she was severely behind in school. Victor and Lety Velasco, our program directors, quickly noticed that Nubia was sad, withdrawn, and unwilling to try. It was then that Victor and Lety showed extra concern for Nubia, and that is when she opened up to them, describing herself as “ugly”, “fat”, and “stupid”. She told them there was no use in trying to help her because she believed she would never amount to anything. Sadly, these were the exact words her family would use for her in her childhood, and over time she had begun to wear them like a heavy shroud, carrying them with her everywhere she went.
Victor and Lety began to speak the truth to Nubia and tell her she was beautiful, smart, and worthy of being loved. Each day she came to the program, she heard these words of love and affirmation and as a result, began to improve in every area of her life. She quickly caught up in school and over the years rose to the top of her class! She became a leader in the program and began mentoring younger kids who needed to hear those same life-giving words Victor and Lety had repeated to her. As demonstrated in Nubia’s life, the role a loving adult plays in a child’s life, especially as a mentor, is invaluable. It is love that moves mountains.