Today's letter comes to us from DR-484, which is the project my little guy Enmanuel attends. This letter is actually from the pastor at his church, but I am still going to include it in this series because...why not?
My name is Martha Yesenia Tejeda. I am the pastor of the Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal in Sabana Grande de Boya in the Dominican Republic. I am ministering to Enmanuel in the Camiando con Jesus (Walking with Jesus) Child Development Center. Here, we are happy to work in favor of our community's children who are in need. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to express our thanks to your for your support of Enmanuel.
Actual Photo of Enmanuel's Community
We minister to a very poor community but we are well aware that, with God, nothing is impossible. One of the major difficulties and challenges we are facing in our community is the lack of employment opportunities. As a result of that, many children are left alone or live with other relatives while their parents go to work in other communities, in order to support their family. Another major challenge is the delinquency that afflicts our community.
Our vision is to ensure that all the children participating in the center, as well as their parents will become Christians and that, in the future, they can enjoy a good state of spiritual, physical, emotional, and cognitive health. From our experience in doing this work, we can testify that many children who start coming to the center are malnourished and with a depressing look at first. After a short time, thanks to the intervention of our doctor and the entire staff, we have children in stable conditions.
Working with the children and their families in the spiritual area is what really makes the difference between the children attending the center and those who are not. We are implementing programs including evangelism campaigns and follow up discipleship of new believers. With the help of the Lord we will release the children from poverty.
I would like to share the story of two children who lives were changed by the center and sponsorship. The first one is a special needs child with psycho-motor impairment; he is the boy of a family in great need. We have been able to impact the family in a lovely and extraordinary way by rebuilding their home. The second story is about a newly sponsored girl. Her father has a job with a salary well below the minimum wage, but now we are able to build them a house of wood and zinc.
One of the greatest satisfaction is seeing the joy on the children's faces when they receive a letter from their sponsors. The joy of receiving news from their sponsors is something that motivates the children to continue staying in the program. So please continue to write letters if you can.
We are very grateful for your support in favor of Enmanuel. We are working tirelessly to ensure that our children have a healthy life and are being prepared to be self-sustainable in the future. I say goodbye wishing, in the name of the Walking with Jesus center, that the Lord will bless you and will fill you with joy and happiness.
Pastor Martha Yesnia Tejeda