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Lighting the Lamp of Learning

by David Webb

Graduation day at Africa University

Image by: Andra Stevens
Source: United Methodist News Service

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalm 119:105)

As active members of New Milford United Methodist Church in New Milford, Connecticut, Kay and Jerry Jones have had many occasions to hear that verse. Across the Atlantic, in Mozambique, a boy named Anuario was merely walking along when he stepped on a land mine. The explosion robbed him of one of his legs and part of his left hand. Little did any of them know that their paths would cross.

Kay and Jerry first went to Mozambique in 2000, as part of their church's Volunteers in Mission team. While there, they learned about Anuario. "We knew we needed to do something for him," Kay said. When they returned home, they gave a check to their pastor to support Anuario's education.

That was just the first trip to Mozambique. A 2002 trip led to a visit to a former leper colony operating as an orphanage. A new orphanage was planned, and Kay returned to Mozambique in 2005 for its dedication. While there, she asked about the young man she had learned of in 2000, and she was able to meet Anuario. He and his sisters were also orphans, his parents having become victims of AIDS. The children found refuge at the Carolyn Belshe Orphanage, Advance #3020657.

Jerry and Kay continued to support Anuario, with prostheses, a computer, and training. In 2007, he passed the entrance exam at the Pedagogical University in Maxixe. The pride the Joneses felt in Anuario led to more prayer. They knew that they needed to help Anuario's sisters, but they further recognized a call to help all the children at Carolyn Belshe Orphanage to have the lamp of learning. The KJ Education Fund ensures that all the children at the orphanage who pass entrance examinations will have funding for their college tuition.

Jerry said, "Not only is Anuario currently in his third year of college, five other children from Belshe are also in school." They are pursuing knowledge to become a teacher, a lawyer, a hotel manager, an electrician, and an architect.

Your support of mission through the Carolyn Belshe Orphanage, Advance #3020657 ensures that children like Anuario receive the love and care they need to grow with confidence and walk down a lighted path to become productive adults.

See Also...
Topic: AIDS/HIV Children Education Health Poverty Welfare Youth Land mines Focus on Global Health
Geographic Region: Mozambique
Source: GBGM Mission News

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Date posted: Aug 02, 2010