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Heaven's Family Magazine
March 2015 Issue

Education Fund

Special Issue: 2014 Fund Directors' Report

CJ McDaniel, Education Ministry

A smiling class of children in a Christian Kenyan school supported monthly by Heaven’s Family

“The children would be better off if their parents were dead.”

Strangely, those words were the catalyst for what would become our Education Fund’s most significant accomplishment in 2014.

My African host explained his disturbing statement.

In many countries throughout Africa, poverty-stricken parents work hard every day when employment is available, but too often, they can barely pay the rent on the tiny shacks in which they and their children live. Paying school tuition is out of the question. Many parents have no hope that their children will ever attend school. Adding to their anguish is knowing that their unschooled children will also miss school-provided daily lunches, which for many poor children is their only meal, or at least their only nutritious meal.

My host explained that Christian agencies generally help orphans. Thus, when it comes to getting an education, it would be better if the poor parents of unschooled children were dead.

We had to help. So last year, Heaven’s Family’s Education Fund launched a student sponsorship program. Compassionate sponsors make it possible for poor children to attend Christian schools by subsidizing tuition payments. The parents of children who benefit share responsibility, as we require them to pay a portion of their children’s tuition with money, goods, or services to their child’s school. We currently have over 150 children sponsored, and we keep adding more. In 2014, Education Fund contributions increased 750% over 2013!

Last year our Education Fund partnered with 20+ Christian schools in 13 countries—Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Uganda, Philippines, Rwanda, DR Congo, Tanzania and Cambodia. We not only helped with tuition payments, but also erected buildings, repaired roofs, purchased computers, provided meals, curriculum and more, touching the lives of over 2,000 students. Thanks to everyone who made these blessings possible!

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Heaven's Family's Compassion Club

Jesus so clearly described His true followers in Matthew 25:31-46. They are “sheep,” whose love for Him is revealed by their sacrifices for the “least of these.” The “sheep” are contrasted with the “goats,” who may even call Him “Lord,” but who don’t really love Him, as revealed by their lack of compassion for those within whom He lives.

Jesus’ true sheep are born again and transformed by the Holy Spirit. They want to serve Jesus every moment of their lives. They are filled with His love. They’re not “Sunday Christians.”

Heaven’s Family’s Compassion Club is a wonderful means for Christ’s followers to demonstrate their love for Jesus every day through the very means He taught—by serving the “least of these.”

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