Jofre lives in Ecuador
“Dear Alisa, Receive a warm and special greeting in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I wish that the Lord may spill many blessings on your life. I am Pedro, pastor of the Bilingual Gospel Center “Embajadores del Rey” and the Compassion Child Development Center, “Luz de Vida”, ministering to Jofre.
I am very grateful to you for helping Jofre in all his needs. Thanks to you, various ministries have grown considerably. Sponsor support is invaluable to our kids; they feel your love and kindness despite the distance.
Our community is in an area of extreme poverty, where work is scarce due to population migration. It is impressive to see how young people are desperate to leave the community, in order to find somewhere with better opportunities in life. It is for this reason that our greatest challenge is to positively influence the lives of youth, instilling in them the love of their roots and parents. We want to help them excel in school, so that one day they can become professionals and in the future help their family, and the community of their birth.
The vision of the church is to provide a ministry to preach the Word of God to transform the mindset of families. And also we want children and adolescents to fulfill their dream of being professional and have an ecclesial ministry in the service of the church. The vision of the Center is to prepare children in the spiritual and academic areas, so that they become good people with strong values. Compassion International and the Center play a ver important role within the community. The Center is recognized as the benchmark of service and social aid to children. Therefore, anyone who has a need or trouble asks the pastors for help and then is drawn to the Lord. We offer family counseling, health and hygiene training, spiritual talks and workshops for parents. And we also do community service through “mingas”, which helps to clean the place where we live. Our community is all very supportive and united. We all give each other a hand in times of need.
Last year we had close to 80 young people who accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior and 60 of them were baptized. The same people are now involved in the church youth ministry, being an example for families and future generations. We currently have close to 60 families who attend the church. All this is thanks to the financial and spiritual support we receive from sponsors like you.
It’s very important for Compassion Children to know they have a sponsor somewhere far away from here. But more important is that they feel your love for them, that you’re constantly praying for them, that you congratulate them on their birthday, sent cards, letters, etc. Many times they don’t get all this from their parents, so you have to know that your attention means a lot to them, and they do appreciate it greatly. For this I encourage you to communicate with Jofre regularly.
Please keep praying for us, as leaders of the church, that the Lord will give us wisdom to continue working on behalf of our children. I will also pray for you. So that God will bless you in all you do and undertake.
Again, we thank you very much for all the blessings we continue receiving from you. With love, I say goodbye, but not before telling you that you invest your resources in the best bank, which is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessings, Pastor Pedro”