School is getting ready to happen here in Jamaica. This week, all our parents and students are arriving at the Wellness Center for their book bags, shoes, uniforms, and new contracts.
Time flies from summer to fall. As everyone prepares to move into this time of new friends, new clothes, and new faces, we at ACE want to take a moment to say thanks.
Thanks for not only financially supporting these beautiful children with their education, but thanks for believing that ACE is the ministry you want to invest in to see change happen in St. Mary. This year, some of you have lost your children due to parents not fulfilling their part of the contract for sponsorship. Ouch. It hurts, but sometimes, helping does hurt, as long as we help in the right way. A friend of ACE named Beverly had her child dropped this year from the sponsorship program. As Beverly stood in front of me in the dining room this summer, she was teary eyed and asked if she will ever see her child again since he’d been removed from the program.
I looked at her, smiled and said, “Of course, you will. Just because he’s off our program because of a parent’s actions doesn’t mean we stop loving him or you stopped caring.” Beverly did get to see her former child, not just once but every day at VBS — and guess what? He still knows that Beverly and ACE love him. We don’t stop caring for our children just because their parent or guardian doesn’t fulfill his or her obligation; we just have to show our love in a different way. By the way, Beverly now has two students in her life, another child that really needed help and always her Joshua.
Compassion and Commitment – it really does still exist and is growing stronger in the ACE family.