Joann Kidwell was a woman of intense faith in God. From her birth she had to faced horrific obstacles, but her strength led her through the storms of life to become a woman of example to everyone she came in contact with. Joann was born with cerebral palsy, and was abandoned by her parents at a young age. Raised by her aunt she grew up with physical difficulties and deep rooted pain from the lack of love by those around her, but she rose from the ashes of despair, reaching out to her Heavenly Father who became her everything in life.
Sandra is only 11 years old and she lives with her two younger sisters, her Mother, and her Grandmother in a aluminum one room hut that has no bathroom, no water, and no electricity which they built 8 months ago on an abandoned lot next to the Haven of Hope Center which was used by the neighbors as a trash dump where you could find used drug needles, and piles of trash. The children are from different men, her Mother does not work, and brings different abusive men into their one room shack each night.
Sandra was sponsored by Christian Children’s Fund, but her sponsorship ceased because they closed the office that was supporting her. A Christian family took Sandra into their home, and offered her a better life, a private school education, and her own room. But a year ago the child sponsorship stopped, and her Mother made her return to live with her so that little Sandra can work to support the family.
Sandra went from living in a Christian home with a room of her own, education, and hope for the better future, to living in a one room shack that has no bathroom, no water, and no electricity. Sandra works from early in the morning to late at night helping her family to survive. Her eyes are tired, her heart is heavy, and she longs for hope.
She has big dreams for the future, but her only hope is the Haven of Hope Center since there are no outreach centers or programs in Escuintla. This is a child who you can help by supporting us to make this vision into a reality.
Her name is Nayeli Esmeralda. She is 8 years old. When asked when her birthday is, she replied “I don’t know, all I know it has past”. Her eyes tell a story of a child who lost her Mother because she left her with family . A child living in extreme poverty, and is malnourished physically and emotionally. She holds your hand in a way that cries out Never Let Me Go! On New Years day 2010 we provided her with some new clothing, and shoes. When asked what are her dreams she replied, “To have my family united, and that the poor children will have clothes and food”.
This precious child who is suffering greatly set aside her own pain to think of others. Help us help her by supporting the Haven of Hope Center.
On November 18, 2009 the Hope Movement received a generous donation in the amount of $1,111.89 from a local church in Maryland for the purchase of shoes for our children in our outreach centers in the Amazon city of Iquitos, Peru which is currently serving over 200 children. Marta Noguera, the program director and Pastor of the Luz de las Naciones (Light of the Nations) Church in Annapolis, Maryland sent the funds to our center director, and on Saturday, December 5, 2009 the centers director Graciela de Flores went to the market in Iquitos, and came into contact with a store who had enough shoes for all of the children, and offered us a discount since we are purchasing many pairs of shoes. Because of this discount we will have some extra funds to have a beautiful Christmas Children's Party bringing joy and love to children who have faced difficult times in their short time on this earth, opening their eyes to their potential and the love of God.
39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
Was Jesus being omniscient knowing what was about to happen fearing the agonizing physical pain and suffering or was it something much deeper?