Dear Friend of Vision for the Children International,
We are quickly approaching our 5-year ministry anniversary to at risk children, I am reminded of the importance of remembering the "Why" of what we do. A little over a year ago I was departing for two weeks to visit our ministry outreaches in the countries of Ukraine and Georgia. I remember sending up a quick prayer asking that this trip would be encouraging and give me a clearer understanding of our "Why".
Little did I know that I would find that answer in a small village 60km from the Russian border in the Republic of Georgia. It had been raining for over a week before arriving but that day the skies had cleared, the air was crisp and the views of snow covered mountains where spectacular as we made our way through puddles and mud to the village preschool. As we entered the Soviet era building we where greeted with warmth from the little wood stove and children full of excitement as Outreach Directors Johan and Marina setup and lead the children in songs and games that taught them English. As I watched the fun, one little preschooler (pictured above), stood out to me. Her beautiful smile, big eyes and enthusiasm were captivating and I realized that she didn’t need hope, she was full of it! Later as I reflected upon this time, I began to realize what she needed was for that hope to be protected. Sadly, to many children are growing up and losing this innocence through abuse, slavery and trafficking.
As I think about her and hundreds like her, I am reminded of how important it is to surround them with safe loving community where they are not forgotten and left to those who would prey upon them for selfish gain. At Vision for the Children International we are all about protecting the hope children have and restoring hope to children who have lost it. This is the “Why” of what we do.
To learn more about Directors Johann and Marina and see pictures of our ministries in The Republic of Georgia please visit our website at www.VFTCI.org
As you enjoy this Christmas season would you please consider supporting a child through your giving and prayers. Thank you so much for all you do in helping us continue to bring Hope and a Future to at risk children.
If you would like to help protect or change a Childs circumstances consider a gift that will.