Yesterday morning, Cross staff listened as International Projects Officer Tara McKinney shared photos and stories from her recent trip to Mozambique.
She visited one of my favorite projects for orphaned and vulnerable children that Cross supports with help from our generous friends, a ministry called Reencontro. Tara shared a story that really touched my heart about a teenage boy who was saved because of Reencontro.
Miguel, 15, lost both of his parents to AIDS. He has an older sister who’s also HIV positive and a younger brother. Due to his sister’s health and his brother’s young age, Miguel quickly became the head of household.
The house their parents left to them began falling apart and the children had no money to fix it. Since it was made only of reeds, it began to develop holes and the roof collapsed. Soon the children could barely afford to eat each day…
The caring staff of Reencontro discovered Miguel and his siblings and immediately enrolled them in their program for orphaned children. They received food, medical care when needed, and help paying for school uniforms and fees. Later, they received a new house to replace the one that was falling down! With help from Cross, Reencontro staff had the resources to save Miguel and his family.
Tara told us Miguel wants to continue school and someday work for a non-profit to help the poor, just as Reencontro helped him and his family. It’s stories like Miguel’s that make me enjoy coming to Cross each day and working hard for the good of the poor!
Here are a few other highlights from Tara’s trip. Enjoy!