In recent weeks, I’ve shared with you two letters from children served by our programs abroad. Reading those messages from Luis in Oaxaca and Jennifer in Nicaragua, I was reminded by the Lord why we do the work we do. It’s not only about statistics, about meals served, or skills taught—though we care deeply about meeting those needs. It’s about loving God’s children, and helping them discover all He has planned for them.
I have one more story to share with you before this year ends. It’s about John Mutembei—a young man in Kenya. Just a few years ago, John faced daily realities you and I would never dream of. His family’s home in the Kibera slum was destroyed by a fire, and his ailing mother was unable to care for John the way he needed.
John spent his days wandering the streets of Nairobi, stealing and begging for daily bread. He was just a seventh grader and on his own. John describes sunset as the most terrifying time of day—as night approached, he had to find some place to stay safe and sheltered for the night.
“People take moments of pleasure by looking at the sunset. For us, for me, it was the worst time of the day, there was nowhere to go. I had to find any bay to sleep in,” John explained.
Thanks to your support, John no longer faces the terrors of being a “street boy”—he attends regular school and after school programs through Forward Edge and gets to live at Mama Beth’s house. John loves school, and has learned to love people. He has hope for his future, and dreams of becoming a police officer when he grows up.
“I am happy that right now I have an opportunity to be whatever I set my mind to because Mama Beth and Forward Edge is there for me. God bless you.”
Friends, I want to repeat John’s words to you: “I have an opportunity to be whatever I set my mind to.” It’s thanks to friends like you who generously support our programs that John has a whole new hope for the future in Christ. I encourage you, as you make your final giving plans for 2016, to please consider giving an additional gift to Forward Edge that will help more children like John.
Thank you for all you’ve made possible this year.