I also got to meet the young man I’ve been sponsoring in Colombia — Gerlan. With Fredy, Sarah, Chris and the translators, we headed to Gerlan’s Child Development Center. When we arrived they were holding a welcome banner. It was a wonderful way to surprise me, with Gerlan hiding behind it!
This is a super nice young man. He’s working hard to help his family while he finishes high school, by driving a motorcycle taxi. Unfortunately, his father was in a motorcycle accident and is not able to work, so Gerlan has much to do. He hopes to finish high school and study electronics, focused on large equipment repair.
Gerlan is shown here with our wonderful translator, Jazmin, whom I had worked with on a previous visit to Colombia. I was thrilled to see her again!
We had many gifts to share with him, and his mother, but I think the soccer shirt was a favorite. He gave me the welcome poster and another one he had made for me with photos and scriptures; very special!
I was thrilled to meet his mother, Mariela, a super sweet lady. She was very grateful for Gerlan’s sponsorship; I was told that it changed him a lot, because of the support.
Here, Gerlan is sporting a hat from our town.
We had a great lunch together, chatting the whole time. There will be more photos to share in the coming posts. I really enjoyed hanging out with this mother/daughter team for a day. Special people!