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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_single_image image=”127585″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]10/19/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – When ICC launched another Hope House in 2019, Sosna Rizk was one of the students who benefited from the center’s efforts. In February, she was scoring poorly on her testing exams and was admitted into the child sponsorship program. Only eight months into the child sponsorship program, Sosna is back on grade level and is even scoring highly in math.

Sosna’s parents are encouraged by her growth, not just educationally but also spiritually and physically. “I always pray for her that she will become the best person in the world, and I pray that God will achieve for her all that she wishes. But I left the desire of choice to her. She is very calm and obedient at home,” her mom told ICC Hope House staff.

The middle of three children, one older brother and one younger sister, Sosna lives with her family in a quaint home. Her father works as a farmer, as do many men in her village. Sosna contributes to her family’s needs by assisting her mother with the housework, saying “I have to help my mother to prepare bread dough then bake the bread.”[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”“I always pray for her that she will become the best person in the world, and I pray that God will achieve for her all that she wishes.“” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1634297948829{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 60px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1634297926345{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Hope House seeks to empower young women like Sosna, to encourage them to consider what their futures could look like. As with many poorer, Egyptian Christians, it is frequently considered that there is little place for women in education. Girls are needed at home to maintain the household, a task that may not require formal education. And yet, it is this mindset from cycles of generational persecution that limit the community and their opportunities.

I learned from the lesson of love, how to love all people and help my family at home,” Sosna says of her time at the center. She is involved in discipleship classes with the partner church and learns the Biblical basis for education and caring for others. When asked about her dreams, Sosna repeatedly tells her teachers and Hope House staff, “I wish to become a famous actress and I acted many plays at my church.”

Would you consider partnering with ICC to help fight the generational persecution that Christians in Egypt face? To learn more about ICC’s Hope House or provide a financial gift, visit this page. To inquire about sponsoring a child, contact ICC at [email protected].

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