Luis Pedro is a little boy in Cruz Blanca, Guatemala, who suffers from a condition that causes him to have pretty special needs. Because he was so different from his peers, Luis Pedro was ostracized, he had no playmates, and he was basically confined to his home day in and day out when other little kids would go out to socialize and have fun. Luis Pedro’s mother showed up at the VisionTrust Learning Center one day, desperate to see if the staff would accept Luis Pedro as a student, just to help him interact with other little children, if nothing else.
The staff’s heart went out to this little child, and they agreed. At first, it was very difficult. Luis Pedro wouldn’t even speak, and it definitely was a challenging task to help him and his classmates learn to work and interact together. But bit by bit, Luis Pedro became a part of the Learning Center community, and as this happened, he started to open up, to say words and interact with the other children and teachers. Eventually, Luis Pedro became known as the “official greeter” of the VisionTrust Guatemala staff, always running out to the street, waving and smiling as the teachers would arrive to work in the morning.
As luck would have it, I actually know Luis Pedro’s sponsor. Her name is Kathleen. On many occasions, she has told me how badly she wants to travel to Guatemala to visit Luis Pedro. After hearing Luis Pedro’s story, I couldn’t wait to tell Kathleen what an incredible difference her sponsorship has made in the life of this little boy. When I was able to recount the details to her, it was a beautiful, emotional moment. I will never forget the look on her face. Even though she had never met Luis Pedro in person, that moment was confirmation that her sponsorship has completely transformed his life and has given him above all else, the gift of community, friendship and unconditional, Christ-like love. Thank you, Kathleen, for your sponsorship of Luis Pedro. May your story of faithful generosity inspire many others to become advocates for the vulnerable and fatherless children of this world who are in desperate need of the gift of belonging.