GOOOAL! If you’ve been watching soccer at all over the past month, you’ve probably heard that phrase shouted once or twice. Recently, eyes all over the world have turned toward Brazil to follow the excitement and the action of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For Brazil, this has been a thrilling time, and there have been moments of celebration and moments of heartbreak for players and fans from countries all around the globe. Fans of Brazil’s team have closely followed each move of favorites Neymar, Oscar and Fred, waiting expectantly for the next goal, the next opportunity to celebrate yet another victory.
Off the field, there has been a different type of win taking place in Brazil, and it’s in the lives of the VisionTrust children of Projeto Amar in an impoverished neighborhood in Goiânia. This coming month, they will be receiving much needed sleeping mats, desks, chairs and supply closets for their preschool classrooms. While these items seem simple, they are an incredible blessing to the little ones who attend the Projeto Amar Learning Center. Many of these children come from very difficult and often dangerous home lives. The fact that they have a clean, comfortable place to rest for nap time and a classroom space that is well-organized and conducive for learning gives them a sense of security and peace!
The donation for these items came from United Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois. During Lent, this church community decided to raise funds for the sleeping mats and furniture during a yearly campaign they call One Great Hour of Sharing. Their campaign was a huge success and they even exceeded the goal they had anticipated reaching. While their win isn’t being celebrated on national television, there are 50+ little preschoolers in Goiânia, Brazil, who are incredibly excited and grateful for their new classroom furniture. Thank you, United Presbyterian, for your wonderful generosity and support of the preschoolers of Projeto Amar! We would like to give a shout out for your quiet, but amazing victory, so here it goes…GOOOAL!