Jeni loves her kids, David and Karol. She is proud of the things they learn at school (David loves math) and what they learn at their Compassion project (Karol recites many Bible verses and teaches them to her Mama). Jeni is studying to work as a secretary while her husband works construction, taking him away from home sometimes for a month. He just left Friday on another job.

Jeni’s house is three  clean and well organized rooms: a bedroom filled with loving touches, a kitchen with a table for four, and a living area with curtains around the toilet and a place to wash clothes. Her home is constructed of metal sheets and concrete. For showers, they walk to Jeni’s grandmother’s house at the end of their block.

Jeni has concerns for her children that sound so familiar. When she is at school and her husband is away, she works and stresses to make sure David and Karol are cared for. She is grateful for the Compassion project because it means the children are not sitting around the house watching DVDs or doing nothing, nor are they learning bad words from some less-than-nice people in the neighborhood. She likes that the children are at Compassion learning and studying the Bible, and sometimes, they all go to church there on Sundays as well.

Jeni says her main prayer concern is health. She said whether rich or poor, health is the most important thing. She said no matter where you live, you can be robbed, and sickness can happen to anyone.

I told Jeni, via translator, that her love for her children is a blessing. Her answer: it will continue to be a blessing.

Jeni, I think, is a warrior. She will fight for her kids to be safe, to be healthy, to be educated, to be loved, and to break the curse of poverty. Her love for them is evident on their faces and in the pride they show as they talk about their future careers – Karol, a model, David, a soldier.

Compassion is full of warriors, too… pastors, teachers, directors, cooks, coordinators, translators, advocates… and sponsors. The LOVE these children have for their sponsors is incomparable. You know why? Because having a sponsor means that “somewhere out there” someone is tangibly supporting, actively praying for, jumping up and down and cheering for these kids, for seemingly no reason.

Except for these reasons:

Breaking the curse of poverty is no easy or simple job. But giving hope…is, and that is the important first step. Want to?