Annual Report on Our World Vision Sponsored Child:
This month I want to share with you how some of your mission dollars have been used and the powerful impact that has had on the life of our World Vision sponsored child, Christelle Cabrouet, in Haiti. In December, we sent a packet of cards and letters written by the children and adults of our congregation to Christelle and her family. In addition, we sent an extra financial gift to bless Christelle and her family at Christmas time. We received this beautiful photo of a smiling Christelle wearing the dress bought for her with some of the money.
Her mother wrote the following letter of thanks on behalf of Christelle:
It’s a real pleasure for me to greet you. How are you with all your families?
I am thanking you for the $100 U.S. you sent to me. With this sum,
I bought a dress and the rest used for our needs in the family.
I hope God will bless you. I ask that God shed many benedictions on your family.
Special Documentaries to View Locally
I also want to alert you to several documentaries currently showing in local theaters that highlight the plight of children around the world, their determination and hope in the face of great challenges, and work that is being done by passionate and self-sacrificing men and women to improve the lives of the women and children of the developing world.
The first documentary is “Girl Rising,” which is showing at a few local theaters on a reservation basis. If they have enough reservations for a particular date/time, they will show the film. Go to http://girlrising.com, for more information and to reserve seats. Randy and I are planning to attend the showing on Thursday, May 23, at 5 p.m. at the Hacienda Regal Theater. They need to receive 97 more reservations by early May in order to show the film. We hope you will consider joining us.
The second film, “The Revolutionary Optimists,” is directed by Bay Area filmmakers. Check local film listings to see where it is showing. An article on Friday, April 5, by the Bay Area News Group reports, “Change is slow, and ‘Revolutionary Optimists’ is no fairy tale…but hope bubbles through the film, in seemingly small moments…It’s a tribute to the power of optimism – and to an inspiring man who’s changing the world, one child at a time.”
The Revolutionary Optimists ~ 1hr 35min - Documentary/Drama, Director: Nicole Newnham. Children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta. Amlan Ganguly doesn't rescue slum children; he empowers them to become change agents, battling poverty and transforming their neighborhoods with dramatic results. The Revolutionary Optimists follows Amlan and three of the children he works with - Salim, Kajal and Priyanka - on an intimate journey through adolescence, as they fight for the better future he encourages them to imagine is deservedly theirs.
Grateful for your partnership in changing the world, one life at a time,
Joan McGrady-Beach, Missions Elder