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Divine Inheritance has been a field agent with HOPE for a number of years, and continues to train and care for children in the Shan State region of Myanmar. With a focus on care, education, and sustainability, Divine Inheritance provides the children under their care with long term training and solutions for the future.
Building sustainable systems that are trainable and provide food and resources has always been a priority for Shan State Children’s Village and School. The farming initiative results in lower or stabilized food costs for the children and families that take part in it.
This pilot project enables Shan State Children’s Village and School in Myanmar to start up livestock and agricultural components of its own food security system. Instruction, along with live demos and practical training for staff and children, are combined with site visits to monitor and coach project progress and success. Year after year, over one hundred children residents will benefit from this project.
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The importance of a father in a child’s life is an important one. The role itself is a blessing and an honour full of challenges, discovery, and emotion. Dennis and Diane Unrau are HOPE Agents in Hogar de Amor, Mexico.
Dennis’ role as a ‘Dad’ is a unique one as he’s had the honour of being a father figure to hundreds of children over the years. This Father’s Day, he shares his story . . .
“I consider it a privilege to be a father and became a father in December of 1980 when our first child was born. Our first experience at parenting was a whole lot different than we expected as our son Jeremy was born with severe Cerebral Palsy. I learned about things such as seizures, surgeries, and caring for a child who could not verbally communicate. Jeremy was followed three years later by our daughter Jennifer, and three years after her our last child Dustin was born.
A few months before we knew that we were expecting Jennifer, we began to receive foster children into our home which opened our eyes and hearts to the needs of other children as well. Over the next five years, we cared for 13 children in our home; up to three at a time besides our own children.
When we felt a call to come to Mexico and work with children, it was a decision that we made with our family. Our kids weighed in and it was agreed that we would come with a one year commitment. That one year has become almost 22 and our own kids, after graduating from the university here, have returned to Canada and established their careers.
Since we have been house parents here in Mexico, we have directly cared for more than 200 children, walking the floors with crying babies at night, travelling with kids back and forth to school and church, shoe repair, camping trips, celebrating birthdays, hugs during TV time, etc.
We have been responsible indirectly for fundraising, role modeling, and mentoring for several hundred more children over the years. The ministry currently cares for approximately 180 children, from babies to university students.”
Happy Father’s Day from Hope for the Nations!
We’ve been hearing some inspiring and wonderful stories coming from Hope Village in Malawi! We wanted to share just a couple with you and ask for some assistance to ensure the ongoing quality of care and nurturing for the children at the local children’s home.
HOPE VILLAGE YOUTH CLUB VOLUNTEERS
The older children from the Children’s Home, Enoch, Edson, Mary and sometimes Elliness, have been consistently attending the Hope Village Youth Club, and have been doing great things. Recently the boys, Edson and Enoch, put their names down to join the volunteering program to help the community with acts of kindness, especially those who are frail/weak, sick, disabled, elderly, widowed, or experiencing other difficulties. They heard about an elderly lady living in the village who had her outside toilet (which is typical in Malawi) collapse because of the heavy rains in previous months. They decided to club together to build her a new toilet. They went out to ask any locals if they had any spare bricks or cement that they wouldn’t mind donating to a good cause, many people came forward to donate what they needed, which in itself was a major thing! Thereafter, the boys, with the help of the Youth Club team leaders, all worked together to build the toilet which took them a week to build. The end product was an excellent, strong, new toilet, and the elderly lady was over joyed! She has spread the word of what the Youth Club members are doing for the community and we are receiving more requests for assistance, which Enoch and Edson are keen to be involved in. The Youth Club is testament of how nurturing and guiding youths in the right way and teaching them about Jesus’ many good works, builds a solid foundation in their lives.
Joshua has autism and can display challenging behaviour at times. We are in the process of finding his likes and dislikes and introducing him to new toys and games that may occupy him and assist with his learning. At present, he likes to climb trees which can be dangerous. Recently, Joshua was given a new bicycle, and to our amazement, he got on the bike and started to cycle without stabilizers or much practice. He loves to cycle now and has hopefully stopped climbing trees!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
There are still a high number of instances of children in the community being forced into work or marriage when they are too young. Please pray for the parents of these children and for the community as a whole.
Hope Village is also in dire need of new bed sheet sets for the children’s home. If you’d like to support and contribute to the work being done at Hope Village in Malawi, you can learn more on their project page.
At the age of 5, both of Lynn’s* parents died. She and her 4 brothers and sisters were left to fend for themselves. During that time, a high-ranking government official took her and one of her brothers from their hometown to Phnom Penh saying he was taking them to the city to go to school. However, when she and her brother arrived they were placed on a farm and forced to work long hard hours in slave labor and were abused, if they could not perform or meet productivity demands. Lynn and her brother worked for 7 difficult years in these conditions, until they couldn’t do it any longer and made plans to escape. Their runaway was miraculously successful. She found a family to help her and they sent her to live with relatives in a nearby slum. In her new family, Lynn was treated as an adopted child. She has now lived with her adopted mother for 3 years. The family loves her and supplies meals and shelter, but they do not have enough money to provide for her education needs. Lynn has still never been to school. However, despite her circumstances, Lynn is very smart and actually taught herself to read and write. She is now enrolled in school and receiving school lunch sponsorship. Lynn is thrilled to be going to school for the first time and plans to work in an “office” when she is older. She is strong and courageous and will be a great leader for her nation.
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EDUCATION opens the door to a better future.
Denis was born into a world full of difficulty and disadvantages. The curse of poverty touched every part of his life.
His mother was a worker on the streets when I first met Denis. He was one of 4 siblings and providing lodging, putting food on the table and clothing each child was a steep challenge for his mother. Yet, because of his mother’s deep love, Denis somehow remained enrolled in school.
When Denis reached his teen years, he fell into bad company. Drugs, absenteeism and petty crime changed the trajectory of his life. He dropped out of school, engaged in theft for his habits and got in trouble with the police. I remember the day I saw him off on the bus on his way to a ‘reform’ school near Nairobi. He had a tough exterior, but he carried the fears of a young teenager.
In boarding school, he was incorrigible. In short time he was badly beaten by school officials and required medical attention. For fear of his life, he was removed from the school and returned home.
Over time, Denis was able to reflect on his life. Where was he going? What were his abilities? What would he like to do with his life? On his own, he decided that he would like to go to trade school. With the help of a Canadian family who sponsored him, he was provided funds for enrollment at an industrial training school.
Today, Denis is finishing his two year degree as an electrician. He loves his studies at college and achieves top marks. He will complete an apprenticeship and then start his own business.
For Denis, EDUCATION has opened a door to a much better future!