Please allow me introduce you to Alejandra Flores. She is one of four children in her family, and lives in one of the 16 rural villages that make up the San Matias community we affectionately call “the mountain”, about 40 mintues northwest of the capital city of Teguegalpa. The average income on the mountain is less than $500 per year.
Alejandra dreamed of completing her higher education (tenth through twelth grade in Honduras) and becoming a bookkeeper. Even if her family could afford to send her to school on the mountain (K-9th), it would be too expensive for registration, books and travel into Tegucigalpa for higher education. Her chances of finishing even the 9th grade were slim, and going to High School and University almost impossible. But thanks to a couple in Little Rock AR, who agreed to pray for and support her through the MDM Sponsorship/Scholarship Program, she began pursuing her dream.
Alejandra and her family join our afterschool program in 2006, which has come to be called “Mountain of Blessing”.
Besides uniforms, shoes, backpacks and school supplies (right), they also receive homework assistance, tutoring and mentoring from Juvenal, Dixie, and volunteer tutors from the community. The students have a computer lab, participate in spiritual formation classes, art classes (left), and have learned skills like growing vegatables (above) through daily chores and responsibilities.
Now, let me introduce to you a bookkeeper by the name of Ms. Alejandra Flores. Alejandra has grown physically, academically, and spiritually into a confident young woman, thanks to the prayers and support of a North American couple she has never met, and only knows through letters, and because of the loving encouragement of the MDM staff and her family. I think she says it best in her letter to her sponsors:
“I write to you happily because this year is a success for me. I am graduating this year. I give thanks to God for his strength and I give thanks to you for your great help. I could not have done this without your support. I give thanks to my family for their advice and I give thanks to the ministry who help me a lot in my homework.
I am very content because this year I made one of my dreams through. I did so well in my internship because I was able to put in practice my knowledge gained through the years. We will see if results are fine from the University for me to be eligible.”
MDM Honduras: “Transforming lives, one child, one family, one community at a time”
You can get involved by becoming a MDM Child “Sponsor” or joining a short term mission team.
Contact Jim Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org