Christmas time can be tough for many. Whether you’re looking forward to this upcoming season, or just trying to get through, we want to give you a reason to celebrate today. The two young women featured below represent the incredible children you’re supporting through VisionTrust: resilient, intelligent, selfless, and strong.
In the midst of online shopping, party-hopping, and stocking-stuffing, we hope you’ll take a moment to be encouraged by their stories.
Hope In the Midst of Heartbreak
Rosa* is a 10-year-old who has attended one of our Learning Centers for over two years. Her story is one of heartbreak coupled with resounding hope and triumph found in Christ. You would never imagine, when seeing her contagious, joyful smile, the horrific experience she’s been through.
While walking to the Learning Center one day, two men pulled up alongside Rosa and kidnapped her. They held her hostage in their vehicle for over an hour, driving around the city until they found an abandoned building where one of them began assaulting her. Thankfully, the men heard a noise and left, allowing Rosa to escape.
In the following weeks, Rosa couldn’t sleep due to the terrible nightmares that plagued her. However, by God’s grace and with help from counselors, Rosa found hope again, and her joyful smile slowly returned. Now she rests in the comfort of Christ, knowing that while she will have trouble in this world, He has overcome.
What happened to Rosa is tragic, but her story is not finished. Rosa is passionate about using her testimony to share the hope she’s found. She has big dreams of becoming a missionary to teach others to live for God and love others—and we can’t wait to see God’s plan for her. She is a living, breathing example of the hope, joy, and comfort that can be found in Christ.
*name has been changed to protect the child’s privacy
A Life of Purpose
It’s incredible to see what can happen when the people of God band together to love children around the world.
Our heart at VisionTrust is to see impoverished, orphaned and neglected children grow up to live for God and love others—and we are so proud to see that mission embodied in a young Dominican woman named Ivelisse.
Growing up in the impoverished community of Herrera, Ivelisse’s childhood was far from carefree. As the eleventh child registered in our very first Learning Center in theDominican Republic, however, she always had a place to experience God’s unconditional love. With help from our Local Heroes, Ivelisse developed essential lifeskills and deepened her relationship with God.
Flash-forward 20 years, and the transformation in Ivelisse’s life is evident. She hasovercome the odds not only to complete her primary and secondary education, but also obtain an advanced degree in accounting. The sky is now the limit for Ivelisse, a young woman who truly loves God and wants to serve him through a career in professional accounting and volunteer work with her church’s youth group.
Will you join us in praying for Ivelisse as she continues to follow God and serve her community faithfully?