Mission Possible are delighted to share with you how God has used your help and support to bless little Street Children in Colombia over the last year.
Despite a few difficulties along the way when our faith and patience has been tested, Mission Possible’s prayers have been answered and again we have seen God’s hand and His love being manifest in miraculous ways.
Charity Commission Registration
It is now a legal requirement that all Charities in N. Ireland must be registered with the Charity Commission for N. Ireland. We had to undergo quite a rigorous and lengthy application but it proved to be worthwhile as we were accepted and in March of this year received our official Registration approval and given our Charity Registration number which is NIC 101773.
Garvagh Furniture Shop
Unfortunately our Furniture outlet didn’t work out as we would have wished and we are no longer involved with this. We thank Will and Margaret Collins for all their hard work and wish them God’s richest blessing in the future.
We are witnessing a huge blessing as the lives of young boys are being transformed from despair and hopelessness to having joy, love and peace in their lives.
Much credit must go to Luz Ma, the Manager of Hope House who works faithfully, patiently and tirelessly to provide the best possible care for the 20 boys who now live here. The children see her as their own Mother, and indeed they call her “Ma” Children are admitted from age five and stay in the home until they secure a job or indeed a place in university and are fit to move on to a life of independence. However, Luz Ma keeps in touch with the boys after they leave and quite often she attends their Graduation ceremony and shares in their career progress. They are welcome to call in to the home and help to encourage the other children.
Occasionally the children get to a local park, where they can relax, play together and learn about all the different plants, flowers and shrubs. This is part of their therapeutic care and helps them to bond together as one big family. It also helps them to erase and heal their previous traumatic childhood experiences.
Juan Rey Feeding Centre – Juan Rey District of Bogota
This Centre is in the heart of one of the bleakest neighbourhoods in downtown Bogota where displaced families struggle to survive. The old original rented building is temporarily being used until the new Church/Feeding Centre is completed. I have been encouraged by the progress being made in this project and the numbers have again increased from 15 to 85 children now coming in at different times of the day to be fed, shown God’s love and taught Bible stories.
This work is headed up by Pastor Julio Cesar and his wife Blanca who work tirelessly and without fear in this very evil and poverty stricken part of Bogota where many children are denied the basic right of a childhood where they are loved, nurtured, protected and educated.
The children are encouraged to use their gifts and talents and some have shown a great interest in music. The Pastor has now formed a Youth Praise Group within his Church on the outskirts of Juan Rey and the children are taking part in Sunday Services, which we were privileged to attend during our visit. We praise God that a good number of these children (and their parents) have now put their trust in the Lord.
In order to maximize the use of the building, the children come to the project in shifts at different times of the day and the roof of the building is used as a play area and for bible study.
Construction of the new Juan Rey Centre
Just about a year ago, after phase one of the Construction had been completed, the architects were faced with a problem in obtaining the necessary building license which would enable them to continue with phase two of the Construction. During 2014 parts of Colombia were affected by an earthquake and at least one building collapsed. This has resulted in a legal requirement to have all new buildings made earthquake proof and the rules and regulations have been tightened in this regard and the architect had to re-apply for a license from scratch. Bogota Council was inundated with thousands of applications and this delay caused us much concern but we prayed much about it and we were confident that God would answer our prayers.
Psalm 27 v 14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”
At the end of April, we received the long awaited good news that the Building License has now been obtained and arrangements for re-commencing the Construction work are now well underway. We thank and praise God for this good news and look forward to the building being completed by the end of this year.
New Hope House for Girls
We have been focusing our fundraising activity towards raising sufficient funds to purchase suitable property which can be adapted to accommodate up to 20 little girls in a residential home where they can escape from the horrors and evil that prevail on the Streets of Bogota. God has blessed our efforts and we can share with you that to date the amount raised for this purpose is just over £100,000, leaving a balance of approximately £70,000 still to be raised. In the meantime, our friends in Bogota are looking for property which would be suitable for this project.
Please continue to help us rescue the last, the lost and the least in the eyes of society in Bogota.
Psalm 27 V 10: “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me”
Mission Possible wish to thank you very much for your ongoing prayers and support, without which some children in Bogota will struggle to escape life on the streets and will have little hope of building a future free from poverty and violence. They will know nothing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who can offer them the greatest hope of all – eternal salvation.
Rest assured that with Mission Possible your help is making a difference and God is using you to make the “Impossible, possible”.