The Hope You Give Immaculate
Posted on Monday, December 01, 2014
Immaculate’s father abandoned her long ago, and her fragile body wars against a rare disorder. But she’s learning about God’s love in the slums of Nairobi because of you.
The constant metallic din of hammers chipping away at stones fills the air of the slum. Breaking rocks is the primary source of income for families living in metal shanties and cinder block cells. From dawn until dusk, Immaculate’s mom labors in the stifling heat and sudden rains, earning 100 shillings a day - equivalent to one US dollar. The work done to make others wealthy rarely provides enough to keep food on the table for her family of six.
Immaculate’s home is hidden in an alleyway on an unmarked road- a corrugated metal shed that provides little more than shelter. Abandoned by her husband, her mom now struggles to be both mother and father. Her eyes light up when she talks about the only daughter attending school. Immaculate wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Her mom says it will be the hardest of roads.
The slum doesn’t give up its own easily, and the odds are stacked high against against Immaculate because of her frail health. But there is a hope that burns deep inside - hope she will rise above the ruin through the Candlelight School.
Alice, the founder of the school that partners with Orphan Outreach, has seen what happens when people like you invest in the lives of students like Immaculate. “Most parents are unable to pay school fees or have enough money for meals. The parents struggle to get involved because of the shame they feel. We make visits to the homes to tell them how proud we are of their children.”
Alice’s favorite words to share are “God has provided for your child - they’ll receive an education, regular meals, and medical care.”
Your generous donation is literally life-giving to vulnerable children like Immaculate.
When you partner financially with Orphan Outreach, you become part of a powerful journey of hope not only in Kenya but also in Guatemala, India, Latvia, Russia, Honduras - and even here in the United States. Lives are changed through your kindness and sacrifice.
And between now and December 31, when you give, a faithful donor who has witnessed that transformation will match your gift up to $100,000.Some children walk more than two hours to find belonging at Candlelight School, and their gratitude is evident in the respect and discipline they show in each crowded classroom. Alice stewards every dollar and every prayer well. “For these children, Candlelight School is more than a place to learn. It is life and hope. I understand where they have been - and the passion to help them flows in my heart because of that. If we looked to get paid for what we do, it would prove too difficult. But the love of Christ compels us to care. And because of that, we are strengthened."Think about those words: “The love of Christ compels us to care.” Isaiah 1:17 shows us what that care looks like.Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.You are doing just that when you join us in caring for the most vulnerable. Your gifts, your time, and your prayers are active and powerful. What a gift we have been given - to serve together well.Thank you for your generous support of Orphan Outreach. Alice thanks you. And Immaculate thanks you.