Today I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who sponsor a child at Bright Hope Child Care Program. There are so many great things happening at the school and the children are continuing to thrive in exceptional ways.

We have some exciting things to share with you during the month of March, but before that I wanted to pause and share some sad news. One of the students at Bright Hope passed away earlier this week. Her name was Robina. She was kind, fun to be around, and very smart. Robina had just passed her exams and was preparing to go on to Secondary School, which would be equivalent to our High School. The cause of her death is unknown, but she had suffered from headaches lately.

When this news was shared with me, my heart became heavy. There is a reality that comes with living in a rural town in a developing country and a part of that reality is not having access to advanced imaging tests or emergency care. As I sat with that heaviness, I returned to some pictures of Robina and her beautiful smile. She had many great years at Bright Hope — 9 to be exact — beginning at just 5 years old. Through the sponsorship program she was able to have her basic needs met, giving her the ability to explore and dream about her future. She was given hope where there is often no hope. She met Jesus at Bright Hope School and now she is resting in his arms.

Being “all in”, investing in the life of another, and committing to love can feel vulnerable. It involves risk; namely the risk of feeling the pain we do now as we mourn someone special. But let us remember that our mourning is different because of the hope we have in Jesus. Robina had that hope.

I would like to invite you to take a few minutes and pray for the children and staff at Bright Hope. Here are a few suggestions that can help you get started:

  • Pray that the children of Bright Hope feel God’s presence as they mourn their friend and find comfort in each other.
  • Ask God to guide the teachers as they respond to questions the children may have surrounding the death of their friend
  • Pray for the health and protection of all the children at Bright Hope.
  • Ask God to bless the adults who are teaching the children to have hope in Jesus and introducing many of them to him for the first time.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and he saves those whose spirits have been crushed. ~ Psalm 34:18