Itzel has been a part of the Trigo y Miel program for a long time. Her family used to live in a rented two-room house with an outdoor kitchen and bathroom, but thanks to Operation Enduring Homes (a ministry of Forward Edge), they now have their own home with indoor plumbing and running water.
Itzel’s father is a school teacher in a small village, and is often gone for weeks at a time. He has children from a previous relationship and half of his salary goes to support them. Itzel misses having him around.
She went through the scholarship program, and while there, received Jesus as her Savior and was baptized! She now attends the weekly discipleship program and is in her last semester of college studying to receive her Bachelors of Education.
Hearts to Serve and Give Back
Despite the hardships Adriana and Itzel have faced, it’s remarkable to see the joy they have as they serve and give back to their community. After being discipled and invested in, they now choose to be active and engaged in the community that poured so much into them.
Currently, Adriana is helping the Child Sponsorship Coordinator, Raquel, with her duties. They help the children write letters, update photos, complete assessments, and much more. Raquel shared, “Adriana is a very hard working girl. She is very responsible and tries to get things done she needs to do. Her help has been very good to me as she is very dedicated to getting the job done.”
Itzel is now a 1st grade teacher. The Director of Siloé School, Julian, shared: “She has had quite significant achievements as a teacher, as she has managed to get all her students to learn to read and write. Itzel not only teaches reading and writing, as a teacher she teaches all subjects, such as Spanish, Mathematics, Science and Values. Itzel can understand firsthand the importance of education for the children of Trigo y Miel and how it transforms people’s lives.”
What a delight to see these girls who were once in the sponsorship program now working at the program in different capacities. Having their lives changed by three important elements of Forward Edge programs—exposure to God’s love, education, and the support and encouragement of sponsors—they now want to equip and enrich the lives of those around them.
In what ways have our lives been transformed by God? How might He be calling us to invest back into the lives of others?