"We are a group of people who are passionate about empowering children of the jungle of Ecuador so that they will break the cycle of poverty and share a message of transformation with their family, community, country, and world. " - Jungle Kids for Christ (JKFC)
My name is Lance Patrick, thank you for taking the time to read my letter! When I first finished reading JKFC's mission statement, there was one word that stood out and refused to exit my mind.
This wasn't a new word to me and I feel safe in assuming it's nothing new to you either. It's a word we hear so often in news outlets and it's written throughout the walls of social media. In fact, a person would be hard pressed to go through a whole day without hearing or seeing the effects of poverty being played out. I had heard this word a thousand times before, yet in that moment, I was no longer sure I ever knew what it meant...
It comes in comes in many forms. It can be monetary. A drain on finances that keeps food OUT of their hands and bacteria INTO their water.
It can be intellectual. It steals away their future, by limiting their education. I wish this ony included college, but in many places it attacks education that we consider basic. It frees illiteracy and binds communication. With limited purpose to think, a person has little reason to change and will simply do what they have seen done or have been told to do.
It can be moral. Driving people to do terrible things in the name of survival of family and self. Kids are left behind without proper rolemodel.
It almost never presents itself in only one form, but is often entangled one with another. Each one growing off the others until the grip is too tight and there is no chance of escape.
Poverty... it is strong... but OUR God is stronger.
We at Central Christian College of the Bible, teamed with Jungle Kids for Christ, have an opportunity to fight poverty in Ecuador in it's many forms. JKFC battles intellectual poverty by providing quality private school education in poverty stricken areas, including bilingual trainging in both Spanish and English. It battles monetary poverty by funding 50% of the education costs. This valuable education is then useful for aquiring jobs. It battles moral poverty with positive role models for kids and careful instruction so kids can grow with integrity and away from crime.
Finally, it fights poverty where it's hold is strongest. Spiritual Poverty. The good news of Christ is freeing the hearts of Children and empowering them to live an abundant life with God. For many, this is the first time that they have heard or felt that they have value, their life has purpose, and they can be freed from the cycle of poverty.
If you have been seen what I have seen, and your heart aches for these children as mine does, I ask that you help our ministry with two things:
Prayer for our mission team, that we are prepared; physically, spiritually, and financially to do this good work. Prayer for the missionaries that we work with and for the people that we will encounter.
If you are able, please also financially support our mission. I am required to raise $2000. This includes tickets, room and board with the locals, and funding for projects that the missionaries and schools in Ecuador are desperate for.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you have any questions or encouragements, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your brother in Christ,