I don’t speak the same language as many kids at VBS. I have less money and food than most. One intern gives me fresh clothes everyday because I smell like feces.
I don’t bathe much at home. I don’t have many clothes, and my parents neglect me. I don’t always have a good attitude, but I can sure dance.
I love to learn, but I’ll never tell you that. When I laugh, it lights up the room. I’ll argue with you, but I know you love me. You have shown me that. I’m unconditionally loved, and I’m free to be me at Impact.
I’m Fikiria, and I’m in orange group (3rd grade).
I don’t speak much. It’s not because I can’t. I just choose not to. I don’t have a lot of confidence to speak with others. I’m not what you might call chatty.
I’m probably more shy than almost all kids you’ll meet. One intern saw that right away, and I became her project. I rarely participated. I thought I would fail at games. The most I did was to look out for my baby sister, who’s shy like me.
Now, I’ll still hesitate to do anything, but it’s only because I wait for someone to do it with me. I wait for that smile, that encouragement. I know it will come. I know I’m unconditionally loved. I know I won’t feel left out, but I’m free to be my beautiful, shy, but unconditionally kind, self.
I’m Litzy, and I’m in blue group (4th grade).
Doctors diagnosed me with mild autism last summer. It’s hard to know why I don’t act like other kids or why God chose to make me this way.
But I’m treated the same at VBS. I pull my eyelashes out for fun. But I feel liked anyway.
I didn’t even know my alphabet last summer. Now, I can sound out words and hopefully soon read and write on my own. Returning interns kept trying with me. Fresh faces became my biggest supporters.
Now, I roam the halls only with my group just like all the other kids. I was unconditionally loved last summer, and it continued into this one. I’m loved, and I am free to be me indeed. God has amazing plans for me.
I’m Miguel, and I’m in yellow group (5th grade).
Impact gave these children a chance, when no one else did.
On behalf of those who love these children, we thank you for every part you played. For your prayers. For your financial support. For your time…your selfless service…your relentless belief in spreading the everlasting, unconditional love of the one who gave it all. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
God worked through us at Impact this summer to affect these kids. As Phil. 2:13 says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” I’m so grateful to my God and to Impact ministers for letting me be a part of it.
God has done and continues to provide marvelous services at Impact for kids like these and others who need Jesus. May God keep blessing Impact and others through their wonderful service. And to our Almighty be the glory. Forever and ever. Amen.