“My two youngest brothers learned to read memorizing the story of Red Boots for Christmas,” Nelson said. “I’m convinced that the program moved me away from all the bad things and risks on the streets. But most importantly, it led me to approach the Bible, faith, and prayer.”
In one room, children crafted paper angels; in another they decorated cookies. A large cat was waiting for them in a third room where she led them in songs about cats. Women dressed in traditional Russian attire played music for the children in the fourth room.
The memory came back to Jamie as he listened to the discussion. “Picturing my mother’s face in despair, I started to cry for being so stupid and selfish, for not seeing that my parents really loved me.”
After a period of deep reflection, Ali realized he had found the true God.
De Franco said, “Everyone in the mission team (including me) and the local volunteers had tears in our eyes because we were so impressed by the children singing and declaring that ‘they are soldiers of God!’ We can be sure that these children never forget that!”
Nguyen explained that she had never been aware of God’s love. “This evening I am so joyful,” she said. “I see Him in my heart.”
They sing regularly, usually in local Ghanaian dialects, but occasionally their songs are in Swahili or English (as this one is). The members of the choir are very passionate about using the gifts God gave them to share His love.
Although the program has been discontinued, Global Care Packages are still being distributed around the world. LHM-Nicaragua recently gave them as graduation gifts to students who have completed a computer training course offered by the ministry center. The students were overjoyed to receive the kits, in addition to the valuable skills the class has given them.
During Jorge’s stay at the hospital, not one family member or friend visited him or even called to express their concern. Victor stopped by to let Jorge know that he was not alone.
On Aug. 21, LHM—Thailand aired its first live broadcast from Bangkok. “Home for Love,” a radio show based on relationships within the family, aired from 2-3 p.m. on the topic of marriage. The listeners expressed great interest in hearing about the subject from a Christian viewpoint.