James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
2017 has been our greatest year yet. When we first begun this work three years ago, we didn’t know what the future would hold and if we would be able to make an impact. Everywhere we turned, there were heartbreaking stories of children in need. We felt helpless and overwhelmed, but God reminded us that this was His work. Through the years He has used you, our partners, to do His glorious work. Many of you donated in countless ways and often through your generous funds, time, prayers and words of advice and encouragement. Here is what your partnership with God has done in 2017:
Education Sponsorship Program
You provided education, food, medical care and other basic necessities for 30 children through the Making Smiles Happen Everyday sponsorship program. At the beginning of the school year, you generously gave to provide school supplies to about 50 children. You brought smiles and hope to many families and children in Ghana, India and Uganda
We brought you the story about Ramapuram, a small forest village in South India, where 75% of the mothers were under the age of 15, where the men’s sole source of income was collecting ashes to sell for mere cents, where 50% of families lived in makeshift tents and all 20 children were severely malnourished and had never attended school. You donated so we could start a feeding program which feeds children two meals a day. The children are thriving and learning about the love of God. Before we started working in this village, the people had never heard about Jesus. Because of your generosity, this people group have come to see the love of Jesus and now believe in Him.
Building A Home For Orphan Boys
When our partners in India met 7 year old Joshua begging for food in Ramapuram, they learned that he was an orphan and lived with his 3 year old brother and disabled grandmother. They often had no food to eat and lived in a makeshift tent. It was winter time and they had no warm clothes or bedding. Through your partnership, we built them a new home and furnished it. You are now the sponsors of the two boys and your contributions provide them with an education, food, medical care and basic necessities. Joshua and his brother currently excel in school and have won many academic awards.
Life Saving Surgery for Kwabena
Kwabena, a one year old baby, lives in Ghana. He has esophageal atresia, a congenital defect where a baby’s esophagus does not develop properly, causing coughing, choking and gagging when feeding.
At three days old, the mother abandoned her son, Kwabena. Naomi, a Godly Ghanaian woman who courageously and lovingly runs an orphanage, took the baby in and has cared for Kwabena ever since she found him. Kwabena needs surgery to repair his esophageal atresia; the surgery costs $2000 USD. In August, we informed you about Kwabena’s needs and you abundantly gave out of your compassionate hearts. You helped us raise $1000USD in one weekend as a down payment for Kwabena’s life saving surgery. Due to his low weight, the surgery had to be postponed, and for the last 4 months you have generously given so that we can buy the food which he needs to gain and maintain his weight. Thankfully, his surgery has been tentatively scheduled for January 2018. Now we anxiously wait for the good news of an approved surgery time and date.
The Bridge Foundation wants to say a big thank you to all of you for making 2017 our biggest year yet. We could not have done it without your help. You are helping to transform lives, communities and nations and most importantly taking Jesus’ gospel of love to some of the most unreached people groups in the world. We will continue to dream big with God in 2018 and we look forward to partnering with you to make these dreams a reality. In January 2018, we will launch The Bridge Foundation online shop which will feature artisan products from Ghana and India. We will include products made by the women in the Women Empowerment program which will be a source of income for them. We wish you a Happy and Blessed New Year!!