We have had some real encouragements over the last few weeks in terms of God’s provision for Proyecto MEFI.
Firstly, we discovered a couple from our church work for a foundation which collects left-over bread and tortillas from a couple of the big supermarkets here. They are allowed to distribute it to whoever they like and so when this couple found out about the drop-in centre, they decided to donate it each week to us. So each Monday we’re able to take a huge bagful of bread and tortillas for the street-kids/young people to eat.
Secondly, the same couple work for the government in promoting a free educational programme for adults and young people who haven’t finished primary or secondary education. They came to chat to us on Thursday about the programme and it is something we want to start up in the drop-in centre as it would open a lot of doors for the street kids/young people – some of which haven’t even learnt to read and write, which is one of the first things they would learn to do. The government provide all the materials free (the subjects are wide ranging – from how to deal with violence in the home, to sex education, to straightforward Spanish and Mathematics), and they even give a scholarship to single mums under 18 who want to take the course in order to help them support their kids whilst they’re studying. The classes will be in the drop-in centre and the MEFI staff will be the teachers, with support from this couple who train teachers all over the city (picture of the potential teaching staff above, although not sure what subject Anya will teach!!). The teachers just work through the materials with the young people and each individual can go at their own pace and take an exam at the end of each subject. They get an official certificate at the end which will then help them to get work or to go and do further study if they wish.
We just need to help the young people to get a copy of their birth certificate – which many of them don’t have – so that they can register on this programme. Please pray that we can get all the paperwork sorted out in order to get the course up and running as soon as possible in the centre, and pray that the young people will have the motivation and see themselves worthy and deserving of this valuable opportunity for their future.
The third encouragement we’ve had this last month is that a couple of churches have shown an interest in hearing more about the ministry and given us a couple of opportunities to share about the work during the monthly half-night of prayer. Steve was able to share with Alex and Paty in their church last month, and I was able to share in the church we’ve been attending last Friday. People seemed interested and keen to support in prayer, so we hope that this interest will continue to grow and that the team will get a lot more opportunities to share in various churches around the city to raise awareness and support, and to hopefully be able to recruit more volunteers to help in the drop-in centre.
A week has passed now since the team went back to the UK and we’ve been missing them lots, it was such a blessing and encouragement to have them with us for 2 weeks. We’ve been working hard this week planning our ‘home’- assignment in the UK and thinking about all the things we need to do before we pack up and leave – not least the people we want to see. So it’s going to be a full few weeks, and yet another transition to deal with, but never-the-less we’re looking forward to seeing everyone when we get back – which will make all the upheaval worth it!