Child Sponsorship Highlight: Spiritual Development

11/16/2021 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Children enrolled in ICC’s Egypt Hope House program not only benefit from scholarly education, but also spiritual development. One expectation of the child sponsorship program is that students attend weekly discipleship with their peers, receiving teaching and mentoring from the local church.

I learned about many beautiful topics, pray and sing, and there is a good time. We also play games. I love to go to discipleship,” summarized one sponsored child Kirlous. Another sponsor child, Ghaly, shared how discipleship has made a difference in his life. “I learned to pray respectfully to our Lord, and we learned wonderful topics. I learned that I forgive my brother as Esau forgives Jacob and many other things, such as love and sins that we do in secret and God sees them,” he said.

As these children grow in spiritual maturity, their mentors encourage them to recognize God’s hand at work in their life. Thirteen-year-old Ghaly shared again, “Our Lord loves me very much, and He died in my place and chose me in discipleship and services like these, and He preserves my father and my mother, and hears me when I pray, and He achieved the things that I ask of Him.” Neither of Ghaly’s parents can read or write but his older sister sits with him and helps him learn. His parents describe Ghaly as calm and obedient and love to see their son thrive in his faith.

“Our Lord loves me very much, and He died in my place and chose me in discipleship and services like these, and He preserves my father and my mother, and hears me when I pray, and He achieved the things that I ask of Him.”

“The Lord keeps me in school while I’m leaving and I’m back, and sends money to my father so I can take lessons and become clever,” said 11-year-old Kirlous. Kirlous is a twin and the oldest male son in the family. His mother encourages him to devote time and energy to school, though he does attend an apprenticeship with his father as well.

A new addition to the child sponsorship program, 10-year-old Youstina, has not yet begun the regular discipleship classes but she greatly looks forward to learning more about her faith. She shared a story of how she recently saw God in her life saying, “God loves me and always hears me. One day it was my friend’s birthday and I didn’t have money to buy a gift, and I prayed and God heard me and sent a gift to me with someone and I took this gift and gave it to my friend.”

Hope House continues to seek the betterment of the children who attend, both in their education and in their spiritual lives. The deepening of their faith teaches them about what truly matters, and also how to process the situations they experience, ranging from childhood stressors all the way up to the persecution they see daily.

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 icc@persecution.org.

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