There is young girl about 8 years old who comes to the youth center who I'm going to call Demi. While Jordanna was here, she was talking one on one with her and realized she can't read, and she doesn't go to school. When she told us, we decided we needed to eventually check into the situation.
So on Monday, while we were at the youth center, Demi came in. She asked what we were doing, and I told her that we were there to hang out. I asked her if she wanted me to help her read. She was excited and said yes! So I got out one of the books LifeChurch in Bryan donated to us to start helping her read. She was on such a low level that she didn't know her letters. So after a few minutes of struggling, I decided to help her with letters instead.
We worked on A-J and then I had her copy them a bunch of times while saying the letter. I told her she needed to memorize them. When she was done, Bryan and I decided to go talk to her mom.
Her mom, Paula, was hesitant to let us in, but we told her we like to meet all of the parents of the kids at the youth center so they know who they are sending their kids to. So we talked for a little bit and then Bryan asked her why she wasn't in school. After a roundabout conversation, we discovered that Demi's father and Paula's husband died 3 years ago. Since then, Paula has been working to rent out a little room for them to live. When an emergency came up and she had to travel, Paula took her daughter out of school and hasn't put her back in since.
She also said that Demi's teachers said that she acts up, won't listen in class and doesn't seem interested in school work. Paula didn't understand why Demi had changed so much after her dad died because she used to be so studious. We explained that sometimes after a tragedy in a child's life, they don't know how to express their pain. Paula looked like a light came on in her head when she realized that Demi was also suffering pain. Paula said she was going to talk that day to the director to put her back in school. We got to share a little bit about God's purpose for their lives and pray with them before we left.
Please keep this two in your prayers. We know it's not by accident that their little room is so close to the youth center. Pray for salvation and healing for both of them.
One other thing. I also have a personal prayer request. My dad is having surgery next week. Please pray for him and my mom. It will take some time to recover, so pray for him to rest and recover well. Bryan is staying here, but I'm actually going back to the US for a couple weeks to help them while he's recovering. I would appreciate your prayers surrounding my family right now. But our trust is in the Lord.
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.