One Year later -BRAZIL REPORT! 20/08/2012
Wow, I can't believe it's been over a year already since we went on our mission to Belo Horizonte!
In a couple of weeks we're having a team reunion, and we wanted to update you all on what's been going on since our return - as promised, we've been continuing to support and keeping in touch with the children's home in Belo.
Some of us, me included, are still sending regular donations to our individual 'God-children':
Scott and I have been sending regular payments so that our god-son, Rariel, can receive much needed dental treatment. We have also been able to buy some new clothes for him, and make sure he had a card and cake on his birthday! Something which he otherwise would have missed out on.
We're delighted to report that some of the children we have been sponsoring have found loving new homes since our visit; one of the boys has even been adopted by our contact Ronaldo himself. Sadly this means some of us have lost contact with our god-children, but we are so happy that they are now cared for as part of a family.
Amy Robertson, as you may recall, was planning on returning to Belo this summer with Soapbox - but unfortunately not enough people could be recruited to make the mission viable and it had to be cancelled. However, Amy still wished to send the money she had raised to Brazil to benefit the children.
This, on top of money kindly donated by sponsors from among yourselves, means we have now collected enough money to pay for a three-month course of English lessons for all the children at the home! This will be hugely beneficial to them as it will help them to get a job in future. We are hoping to collect some children's books (first words etc) to send over as teaching aids, as these are very expensive to buy in Brazil. We hope to have some photographs to show you in the coming weeks.
Thank you all once again for your support of us as a team, in particular the fantastic young people who made this possible. Please do continue to pray for them as they look to their futures, and do also pray for Ronaldo and the children in Belo Horizonte that they will have bright futures too.
JEN X X
BRAZIL 2011 - WE ARE GOING!