“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17).
Thanks to so many of you for inquiring about what’s happening on the ground in Rwanda. As we all know, the world has been turned upside down by this global pandemic, but we are still seeing God provide in miraculous ways. We recently became aware of some families that were in desperate need of food. Some have literally been facing starvation. Our team mobilized our third emergency aid distribution, specifically targeting the most needy families in our community.
As I have traveled around the world, spending time in refugee camps and serving in some of the most impoverished parts of this earth, I am blown away by the comfort we often take for granted.
Following a recent gift to a very needy family facing starvation, the father wrote, “Thank you for being an angel to us. We have decided to fast and pray for you. What can we pray about for your family?”
As Proverbs 19:17 indicates, giving to the poor is like giving to God. Obviously, God doesn’t need our resources, but He blesses us when we use what He has entrusted to us for the good of others and for His glory.
Just this week, as we were discussing our prayer for 100 new Hope Angels in September, I received a report from Priscillah, our family director. She wanted to share about seven especially desperate situations. I can’t share them all here, but here a few. Priscillah wrote,
“…Emmanuel’s parents are both in prison charged for selling drugs. They are going to be in prison for 25 years. Now Emmanuel lives with his grandfather. He is one of our students without a Hope Angel. He is a humble boy…”
“…Valante lives with both his parents. They live in a house which was constructed by a Valor Christian High School team after falling down from the heavy rains. His mother comes to serve at Hope Haven every time she is given a chance. Valante doesn’t have a Hope Angel…”
“…Elie and Elisa are twins and they both don’t have Hope Angels.Their father is among the men who received a bicycle from Hope Haven. He is part of the Men of Hope group…”
“…Emerita is our baby class student who doesn’t have a Hope Angel. Emerita lives with her single mother who is pregnant, and has two other kids. Emerita is a brilliant, sweet girl who is always happy, with a big smile on her face. Her other two sisters go to a government school. They live in a small house with their mother who works at Hope Haven to earn a living…”
I am praying now for a Hope Angel for each one of these families — and more. The need is urgent. Will you join me in prayer that God will continue to provide help for those who are suffering in our community?