My name is Jill. I was first introduced to African Vision of Hope 17 years ago, started volunteering and took my first Mission Trip to Zambia in 2008. I am now a part of the global African Vision of Hope team and I am so thankful to be the hands and feet of Jesus to these vulnerable children and families. It is my passion to bring their stories to light and partner with you to break the cycle of extreme poverty.
Think back to when you were in eighth grade. Most of us were struggling with adolescence and all that comes with it. We typically had countless extracurricular activities and friends to keep us busy. Of course, who can forget preparing for high school? These memories are something we will never forget. There is a student in Zambia who has a unique story of her own educational journey, including how it is shaping the next generation.
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be someone touched by Jesus? In the Bible, we see Jesus touching the leper, the paralytic, the sick and complete healing is brought to their body. Not only are their physical abilities restored, but the forgiveness of sins is granted. Jesus knew true healing goes beyond the physical. An African Vision of Hope student named Arthur has experienced the touch of Christ.
“I am really suffering. I don’t want this to happen to my children.”
Childhood, for many of us, are days we think back on with fondness. For the orphans and vulnerable children living in extreme poverty, childhood equates to burdens much too heavy for them to bear. When hearing the plea of Emily, a 25 year-old mother of three, we knew the world needs to hear her story.
Samuel’s life and testimony displays the very heartbeat and vision of African Vision of Hope, “So every Zambian child may be released from extreme poverty to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.” Samuel grew up as a child living in extreme poverty. Both of his parents died from AIDS and Samuel was living with his grandmother. Upon his arrival at African Vision of Hope school, Zambia was in the grips of a record breaking drought. Samuel’s grandmother, the sole provider for the family, could not afford to buy enough food each day; the situation was critical.
What do a future doctor, future public health specialist, and future teacher all have in common? They are all college students awarded scholarships from African Vision of Hope. They are also all members of the same family! Meet Grace, John and James, three siblings determined to change their family’s future.