Source of Hope School, in the small town of Zapote, serves a desperately poor population living at the base of the often erupting Fuego Volcano. In addition to the dangers posed by their location, child abuse, neglect, and forced labor are common among children here. read more »
The village of Zapote is situated at the base of the volcano Fuego and is home to rampant poverty and violence. Ivana* grew up here and tells us that her earliest childhood memories are of her father getting drunk and beating the whole family. Sadly, it is common for men in this area to be alcoholics and treat their families badly. Her father eventually abandoned them, leaving her mother to raise the children with no assistance. Under those conditions, they struggled financially and emotionally, and Ivana fell into the trap of seeking acceptance from young men as she sought to fill the void left by her earthly father.
But God wouldn’t let brokenness have the last word in her life! She recently started attending discipleship groups at Source of Hope, and soon accepted Jesus as her Savior. When she told her mother of her newfound faith, her mother was overjoyed. Now that Ivana is learning more about her identity in Christ, she no longer feels the need for attention from young men and is looking consistently to Jesus to fill that void for her. We are so thankful to see the change in her, and we know that it is only possible because of the hope offered by our great God.
*name changed to protect privacy
Site Partnership allows for services that reach beyond the basics of what Child Sponsorship provides, supplying resources for trauma training and therapy, nutritionists, social workers, educational counselors, discipleship, and more.
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