A note from the Children of the Kingdom director, Emily Huff. (The Child of the Kingdom Ministry is Share International’s child sponsorship program providing food, education and discipleship to children through college.)
As the holidays are around the corner, I am keenly aware of how much I have to be grateful for. The people in Turkanaland and in India have given me a perspective on gratitude that has forever changed me. My heart is to write and share with you about these brothers and sisters in a way that moves you beyond statistics, to truly loving our neighbors (near and far) as ourselves. The best way I know to do that is to share with you a few of their stories.
Alice Lokulan, the mother of Lorot Ekom and Michael Ekai Ekiru (children sponsored though the Children of the Kingdom ministry), shares the following:
“I thank God for His provision through SISL (Share International Small Loans) program which gave me a loan to put up this food items kiosk. It has really helped me to sustain my family after losing my husband a long time ago. I take Share International as my husband because if it were not for the loans, I don’t how I could have survived with my children. God bless Children of the Kingdom (COK) and Share International! Now I can use the profit from this kiosk to buy clothes and food for my children. Through the COK program, the school fees of my children (Michael Ekai Ekiru and Lorot Ekom) are paid for. God bless Hans Schenk and Brant Bousquet for sponsoring my children. I have nothing to give to them, but a cry to God bless them and their families abundantly. I give thanks also to COK for the gifts from Michael’s sponsor, because through them a house was built for our family. This really touched my life and made me recognized in the village. Glory to God.”
Alice Lokulan, widow and mother of two working at her food kiosk provided through Share International’s Small Business loan to help support sustainable income to Turkana families.
Dorcas Koki, a high school graduate testifies:
“Glory be to God for His love for me in my life to go through the Children of the Kingdom program. I count myself blessed because the support from COK has made my academic life a reality. I say thank you to COK and my sponsor who paid my school fees from primary to high school which I finished last year in 2009. Many have dropped from school due to lack of school fees. COK has made me realize my dreams and career in life through guidance and counseling by the COK staff in Kenya. I thank God also for the COK outreach program which has helped me to share God’s love to many youth where many have seen God’s power and manifestation. These outreaches have helped me grow spiritually. I have known what to means to share the gospel and our very lives.”
A letter from two girls in India who are being sponsored through Children of the Kingdom:
“When my parents asked Jesus Christ about our future, the Lord answered our prayers and sent Ratnakar (Share’s Children of the Kingdom director in India) to us. He understood our downtrodden state and told us COK will support our education – our family was very happy. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for understanding our need and sponsoring our education. We wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year 2011. We will continue to pray for you and your families always. We thank the Lord and Praise Him, for all his mercies through you.”
“We always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.” 2 Thessalonians 1:3
Giving thanks for the ways you continue to share your lives and share the gospel through your generosity,Emily Huff U.S.A. Children of the Kingdom coordinator
To Sponsor a child or donate money to support the ministries of Share International, Inc. contact us at the following address:Emily Huff
207 N. Service Rd E.
Ruston, LA 71270
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