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Keeping Our Kids In School

Ethiopian kids in a classroom

Dear Friends,

Everyone lives for something better to come. 

Early in my junior year at Franklin High School in Portland, Oregon, I approached our principal, Mr. Westfield, to seek his permission to graduate at the end of the year.

“Why,” he asked, do you want to skip your senior year?”

“God has called me into full-time Christian ministry,” I replied. “I will have enough credits to graduate at the end of this year, and I want to enroll next year at Seattle Pacific University to pursue my ministry calling.” Mr. Westfield readily agreed.

Later that year, Portland voters didn’t approve the funding to keep our public schools open. So, school administrators made the decision to fund all programs until the money ran out. I graduated six weeks early.

Since my birthday was May 15 when I would turn 17, and graduation was toward the end of April, I literally graduated when I was 16 years of age.

I was excited to take a HUGE leap of faith, leave home, and head to college, determined to get a jump on my ministerial studies.

Many of our sponsored kids in Africa are just as motivated to study hard and prepare for the future that God has for them. 

They don’t have the same opportunities, however, that we do here in America.

Kids in Africa have to pay for the privilege of going to school. They have to come up with the money to fund their elementary and high school tuition, and pay for their school uniforms and shoes, books, and school supplies.

For children and youth who have lost their parents, though, this is an almost impossible task unless these kids are sponsored.

Even with sponsorship, however, kids in some parts of Africa still need additional assistance.

The reasons are really simple. All schools are private. Some are more expensive than others, and educational costs in some parts of Africa are higher than others.

This is why we have established the Horizon Education Fund. It subsidizes what our child sponsorship dollars cannot cover. This Fund makes it possible to keep many of our sponsored kids in school.

Abubakari is 15 years of age and lives with his ailing grandmother in Fort Portal, Uganda. He has received awards for his scholastic achievements and is able to stay in school because of the Horizon Education Fund.

13-year old Ncube lives with her aunt in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Funding from her child sponsors pays for her school tuition, but her textbooks and school exams are paid for through the Horizon Education Fund.

Chomba lives with his maternal grandmother in Lusaka, Zambia. This 11-year old dreams of becoming a businessman when he grows up. The Horizon Education Fund keeps him in school.

Your gift of $10, $25, $50, $100, or whatever you feel led by God to give will replenish the Horizon Education Fund and make it possible for kids like Abubakari, Ncube, and Chomba to pursue their dreams.

Remember, everyone lives for something better to come. This is particularly true of those who can see light at the end of their long dark tunnel.

Sponsorship and the Horizon Education Fund is an essential part of this light for kids who have lost their parents. Your gift will literally “create hope” for them.

Yours for making a way,

Bob Pearson
Founder and President