Yesterday morning Cross International Projects Officer Fernando Marquez shared about his recent trip to Guyana. He was particularly moved by the children living at Ruimveldt Children’s Home and Care Center (RCHCC). There, he fell in love with the sweet-spirited children, who are all either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
The disease is one of the leading causes of death for both adults and children in Guyana and the illness carries a heavy social stigma, not just for those who are infected, but also for their families. The 20 children, ages 5 to 13, at RCHCC are either orphaned or abandoned. More than half of them are HIV-positive and receive antiretroviral drugs. But despite the dire circumstances, Fernando noticed that bright, cheerful smiles adorned each child’s face. Though they are struggling with the loss of their parents—or for some, living with the pain of the disease themselves—they are still happy. The reason? The heartfelt compassion of Christians who are showing them the love of Christ.
Cross International supports RCHCC as they bring these precious children food, clothing, shelter, education, and loving Christian care. Thanks to the help of our generous supporters, the children eat three nutritious meals a day, go to school and church, enjoy unconditional acceptance from the Christian staff, and have access to specialized medical care if needed. Also, daily Bible studies and prayers bring the good news of the gospel into the children’s daily lives, as they learn to trust in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
I am always inspired to hear about the wonderful ministries Cross serves around the world. Please join me in praying for these children as they continue to find healing, love, and acceptance at RCHCC.