New Ministry to help kids stay in school
We've made several trips back to a community called, "El Valiente" or "The Brave" in the past two years for several different ministry activities. Ever since our first trip, the community and the people living there have captured our hearts. The rural community has an elementary school not too far away, but the nearest high school is an 8km walk, which is a challenge most of the teenagers in the community have not been able to conquer.
We've been waiting for the right way to come along side of the families in the community for a while now. This March we think we found the right opportunity. We are going to help these youth start a chicken coop in their community!
The youth are going to work with the hens - making sure they get food and water each day and collecting the eggs they lay. With the money they make selling the eggs to the residents and local corner stores, the youth should have enough to pay for the transportation to get to school each day, and even have a little left over to help with costs of uniforms and school supplies. We want to start now, so everything is in order for September 2016.
The youth are also going to participate in a Bible Study once a week with their leader. This is the Bible verse that we are using to explain the purpose of this ministry.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."
We know that some of these youth have already endured some pretty challenging situations at home. We also know that in situations where economic resources are scarce, people often try to take advantage of young people looking for a way by out soliciting them for drugs, alcohol and prostitution. We know that God has other plans for these kids - to give them a hope and a future.
We pray that God would move through this ministry, that these youth and their families would see the hope that is ours in Christ and develop personal relationships with Him.
We also pray that they would develop healthy friendships that would support them in their decisions to stay out of trouble and off the streets, that they would finish high school, and that they would develop good work habits that will help them wherever they go in life. Will you please join us in praying for them?
We want to thank David and Sandee Walden, MOTE, Pastor Nathan Rice and his youth team from Puerto Rico, along with my mom and grandpa for making donations to get this new ministry started. God bless you all!
In the pictures below are the five youth who are going to start working in the chicken coop this month and the team from Puerto Rico who helped build the beams for the chicken coop.