Thousands of students at Mission of Hope's main campus lined up for the first day of the school year.
It’s pretty safe to say that I wouldn’t believe half of these transformations if I didn’t see them with my own eyes. How could it be that the girl whose legs were comparable to Jell-O when she was abandoned by her father, the twins who could fit in the palm of your hand and the little boy who didn’t even have the strength to lift his own head experience such drastic recoveries that just two years later, they would be running down the dusty mountain to participate in their first day of school? Anjelie, Hannah, Jeremiah and Matthew are just four of the students at the School of Hope: four whose stories I happen to know. The fact that there is a record-breaking 3,000 other students who found their way to school today from all over the country to participate in their first day at one of Mission of Hope’s three campuses is miraculous in its own right. Three thousand students whose names I may not know or faces I may not recognize, but students who all have a unique story.
Anjelie (left) in April of 2010 with sores covering her body and legs that were not functioning and (right) today, October of 2012, on her first day of school.
With uniforms sewn and backpacks packed, students lined up this morning at 7am, ready to go. To see the direct impact of Child Sponsorships being laid out right before my eyes in this magnitude is something that I will never forget. All of these children together in one place, while powerful in its own right, represent much more than the schools of Mission of Hope and the students themselves: they represent the future of the nation, the possibilities for their families and the thousands of individuals and groups in North America who have committed to sponsor them throughout their education. Mission of Hope’s goal to reach every man, woman and child in Haiti is being realized one student at a time today as they sit down in their classrooms and open their books for the 2012-2013 school year. It is such an honor for me to be able to continually share the transformations and life change in Haiti with all of you and I look forward to more moments like today that can be explained no other way but miraculous. Please continue to pray as we begin taking our school pictures next week with, for the first time ever, a Haitian photography staff.