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AROUND THE WORLD SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT, MARLON GONZALES MESA:
"I help at my church, called El Camino (The Way/Path). There I work with the children and youth, and on Sundays I lead worship. In the future, I want to be a missionary, and I am excited because my heart wants to serve God for all of my life."
Marlon graduated in December 2012 from IBYM (Bible and Ministries Institute) in Peru, but his life had a very rough beginning.
Marlon's early years:
Reported by Mike Fietje,
Before that, however, Marlon couldn't have dreamed of hope. When his father abandoned the family, his mother began living with a boyfriend who treated her children badly. She had a child with this boyfriend, but was later forced to live on the streets when the man kicked her out. Tragically, she contracted AIDS from him, too.
Ever since Marlon and his younger sister came to live in the Home, he is a good student and puts great effort into his schoolwork. He is a leader in the youth group at church. Marlon's mother died recently. But with a difficult chapter behind him, he can keep stepping into a brighter future.
Marlon gets along well with others but still struggles with loneliness. At the Lima Children's Home, he can continue learning to accept the embrace of his new Kids Alive "family."
Dear Mr. Tom Houghton,
In addition to finding
a home with Kid's Alive in Lima, and graduating from IBYM in December
2012, Marlon writes:
Hello my dear friend. My name is Marlon Gonzales Meza, born in the city of Huaral. It is the desire of my heart to be able to share with you a little about how I came to know the incomparable love of Jesus, and of the special calling to serve Him full-time as a missionary.
At the age of eight, God allowed me to arrive at the Kids Alive children´s home, where I had the opportunity to start a new life, being raised in a new way. Additionally, it was there that I heard the gospel of salvation and understood that Jesus had a marvelous plan for my life. That He loved me so much that He gave his life to rescue mine, and that only He could forgive all of my sins. That day I accepted Jesus as my Savior, and it was amazing.
A few years ago, I
felt the call to prepare myself for the work to become a missionary, so
I began to study in a Biblical institute in the city of Lima called IBYM
(Instituto Biblico y Ministerial/Bible and Ministry Institute). There
I met a beautiful woman named Luz del Mar, and she is now my wife.
For Jesus said: Let the little children come to me, do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Now I am in an important stage of ministry, with the task to increase my economic support, to allow others to share in and be involved with the beautiful blessing of carrying the message of salvation to many. Together we can make known the name of our God to more children. Through this letter I want to invite you to be part of this beautiful work as a member of my support team in two different ways:
1.-Praying: Praying for our lives and ministries.
2.-Giving: Supporting us financially as missionaries.
Dear friend, if
all men are to praise God, first the gospel must reach all men. What are
we doing for this to happen?
Join us in this beautiful work of carrying the message of salvation to children!!
Waiting your reply I say goodbye...Blessings!
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