My name is Elli, I’m from Austria (don’t mix it up with Australia – we don’t even have kangaroos in Austria ;-) ) and I’ve been working in Village of Hope for 3 months now.
I’m doing different things with the kids but the main focus is to help them with their homework and teach them, so that they can catch up with their fellow students at school in areas in which they are a bit behind. Besides I’m telling them bible stories, we play games together and have a lot of fun.
For me it is amazing to see how much the children have already improved in the short time I have been there. As Mama Lois keeps on saying, it’s just by God’s grace =). You can really see how God is working in each one of the kids and how he keeps on changing them – in their behavior as well as in their studies. When I first came to Village of Hope, they struggled with letters, number s and with English. By now they know all the letters, they even can write words, they know the numbers and can do easy sums and their English is improving every day. For me it’s a real pleasure to work with the children because they are, although not always easy ;-) just lovely and I really love all of them.
Ivan asked me, if I could take pictures from each one of the children and post them together with just a few sentences. So I thought I just start with the younger ones who are attending preschool at the moment:
Then the P1-students:
And now to the older students:
Last but not least the mothers told me about their experiences at Village of Hope:
Mama Agnes: When I first came here, I felt everything was too hard and I just didn’t see any future because the kids were just fighting and crying and arguing and shouting every day. I got tired of them and developed anger inside of me. I went before God and said, “I can’t take it anymore!” but God told me “I am with you, I will never leave you, I saw potential in you, that’s why I brought you here and I know you can make it!”. This brought relief to me and then I started loving the children with all of my heart and to discipline them.
By that time things also started improving and the kids began to change – especially the boys and all of a sudden I loved these boys so much even when they were still sometimes fighting. Now I know my being here is not mine but is God’s and I trust him – he is going ahead of me and he brings happiness to my heart.
Mama Lois: In everything it is God who works. At the beginning the Children were not easy, they didn’t have any guidelines in the dysfunctional families where they came from, but God’s word can change and shape children. The kids started loving God’s word and it started changing them. By now there is a great improvement in behavior, Village of Hope became a family in which the children think about each other, they mix up, the crying is a lot less and they are more obedient. The Kids know that Village of Hope is the place where they belong to and they developed a close relationship to us mothers.
At first it was not easy for some of the kids for the were on their own just like mothers and fathers and suddenly they were put into a family structure again but thank God, they start trusting one another and everything is just by God’s grace.
Ok that was a lot of information for now – I hoped it helped you to get to know each one of these great kids a bit more.
You can pray for each one of them that God just keeps on changing them and forming them so that they can be the person he intended them to be. You can also pray for their studies , that they pick up the things the teachers are teaching at school and especially that they get to know English more and more.
We all send you greetings and hope you are doing fine. Thank you for everything!