The most exciting part of our trip to Kenya was meeting our sponsored children. First, my sweet girl, Jerica. We had travelled by car for several hours and finally arrived in her village. I hardly recognized her at first (I thought she was one of the teachers); she was so grown up! But then we began to talk about some of the letters we’d written to each another, and a bond formed quickly.
Jerica had excelled in every way at the Child Development Center that Compassion provided. I started sponsoring her when she was a teenager. I knew she had lost her sponsor for some reason, and wanted to give her the stability of sponsorship, as well as the letters of love and encouragement that I sent regularly.
This is the wonderful smile that first drew me to her initial child packet years ago.
I’m so proud of her. Through the sponsorship, and through her hard work and determination, by God’s grace, Jerica has been released from poverty in Jesus’ name. This is the latest photo I had received of her from Compassion.
As a teenager, she rose quickly to positions of leadership in her church and project, working with the youth, leading praise and worship, helping the aged and participating in athletic events. You can see her in front of a wall that has her name (twice) on the “Scroll of Honour!”
She’s in university studies now, which has been part of Compassion’s program for students who qualify; studying education, physics and molecular biology. Isn’t that amazing?
Here we are with some of the staff members that have been a huge part of her success. This center ministers to at least 370 children in need; teaching them agricultural skills as well as computer skills, providing meals and immunizations, health care, tutoring and Christian discipleship. I have nothing but great respect and appreciation for these hardworking, loving individuals!
We had a special time sharing a delicious meal and Jerica’s nephew, Alex, joined us.
We took a few selfies.
Chris and Alex played on the playground equipment.
I took a peek inside the church.
We took tons of photos, of course.
Then we headed for Jerica’s home with the Compassion representative (Paul) that was hosting our visit. Before meeting Jerica, we had picked up some groceries for her family, which you will see in the following two posts about the memorable home visit with Jerica’s family.