What is really important?
When I sit down with the precious children we serve, I am always given a dose of reality and perspective on what is really important. During my November trip to Liberia, while talking with the children in our program, I asked the children what they were thankful for. Their responses were sobering. One after another, they would say very similar things, “I am so thankful for my life; I am thankful that I get to live to see another day; I am thankful I have food to eat today.”
I asked more details and found out the children, caretakers, and parents of these kids were terrified when the COVID-19 lockdown took place. They were told to stay home with no way to get food. The orphanage directors and parents could not work to provide for their children. It was not the virus that was going to kill them, but the lack of food. Had it not been for our staff delivering food to them, they would not have eaten and would have starved to death.
Being half way across the world, I heard about this dilemma. But now, seeing their sweet little faces explain the terrifying circumstances they were faced with was heart wrenching for me.
COVID-19 impact on our programs:
This year, in spite of COVID-19 closures, we creatively continued our programs to protect kids from becoming trafficked and abused. To our surprise, we also had to add extra feeding programs. During the pandemic, the most urgent need was keeping children and families from starving to death.
You kept children and families fed through your faithful giving and prayers. May the faces of these precious kids give you joy this Christmas season. Together we will continue to work for the safety and protection of these dear ones.
As 2020 comes to an end, would you to consider us in your end of the year giving? Your financial gifts are literally saving lives!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Many blessings upon you and your family.
Rebecca Pratt, President