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New Children Available for Sponsorship!

After spending most of last week near the capital for a leadership conference, we are back home! We wanted to share with you a few of the beautiful children that have recently been added into the Children of Promise program and are needing sponsors.

This is Rodrigo. He is 5 years old and lives with his mother. His father is now living in Spain and has abandoned the family. His mother is about ready to give birth to his brother. The family cooks over fire outside their home (pictured). Rodrigo loves to ride bikes and play "futbol" but he doesn't have a ball or a bike! He loves to go to church with his neighbor.

Scheila (shAY-la) is nine years old and lives with her grandmother and mother. Her father abandoned the family before she was born. She loves to dance and sing, has a sweet spirit and is a good helper in the house.

Sebastian is going to be 5 years old in May. His father committed suicide in December and his mother is working in Buenos Aires, so he lives with his grandmother Luisa, who is a faithful Christian.

If you are interested in sponsoring one of these precious Paraguayan children, please contact Children of Promise. Sponsorship is $25/month and helps provide food, clothing, the opportunity to attend school and spiritual support.

Please pray for these children and their difficult situations. The majority of the 40 children in the program come from broken homes like these kids. Please pray for all the volunteers who visit these children and encourage them spiritually and emotionally each month. We are so grateful for their sponsors' sacrifice.

Children in the program are leaders in church and at school. They have good grades and are healthier than their peers. Children of Promise is making a difference in Paraguay!

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  1. So beautiful! It's great you're helping out with these kids. Amazing the difference that sponsorship will make in their lives--like night and day.

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  2. Praying now for sponsors for these three kids!

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