Emmanuel sits in his wheelchair at the door of the school in
the Dominican Republic village of Nazareth. He wheels up a steep hill every
day, thrilled at the chance to go to school. “Studying is the most beautiful thing
in the world!” he says. School is the highlight of his life. He lives in
a tiny one-room home— one of the many little concrete houses that dot his village.
Families survive on only a few dollars a day. Emmanuel and the others know all
too well the gnawing pain of hunger. Emmanuel, whose legs are paralyzed,
is condemned to the wheelchair. He was born with spina bifida, a birth defect undoubtedly
caused by the lack of proper food and medical care his mother received while pregnant.
As the sun rises, he knows there is hope. At school, he will get another day
of education, another nourishing meal and learn more about Jesus. Emmanuel says,
“People teach me well and classmates help with me anything I need!” He dreams
of becoming an engineer. The one thing that will determine this child’s fate
Here, public schooling ends at 8th grade, and without a high school
diploma, most children will lack the skills to earn a livable wage. But for
Emmanuel and these students in Nazareth, we can change everything! We started
working with the school in 2011, sending tuition money, food and school supplies.
But we knew we had to do more.
Thanks to many faithful friends, we were able
to quickly build three more classrooms, and we later began funding a second school,
and are providing a combined 2,000 meals a week. Now, we need to build them
a high school. Unless we build it, Emmanuel and his classmates will have nowhere
to go. The plans are already drawn, and the kids are praying for a miracle
by August when the school year starts.
Please give your
very best gift today
so that these children will have a future. Tiz and I need your help. Emmanuel
needs your help. Thank you for caring.
Reclaiming our inheritance together,
PS: The Bible says, “But do not forget to do good and to share, for with
such sacrifices God is well pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16). Let’s help these children!