A Family's Prayers Are Answered

A Family's Prayers Are Answered

By: Daisy Byarugaba in Uganda, with Brandy Campbell   |   Posted: July 17, 2006

Ghana's First Sponsored Child
Emmanuel Addei gazes out from the yard of his home in Ghana. Emmanuel lives with his parents and four siblings in the port town of Tema.
I have a very big God
By my side, by my side.
I have a very big God
By my side, by my side.

When Janet Addei hears her eight-year-old son, Emmanuel, sing the words to that simple children's song, she cannot help but smile. Although her child may not fully understand the meaning of the words he sings, his family knows that without a big God by their side, Emmanuel's life would have turned out quite differently.

Determined to Provide

The Addei family lives in the small port town of Tema, Ghana, a community filled with both affluent business owners and poor fishermen. Janet and her husband, Isaac, work hard to provide for their five children, and they are determined to help them complete their education. However, increased school fees for Emmanuel's older siblings made it difficult for his parents to send him to school.

"We were really struggling," recalls Janet. "We want our children to have a good education, and everything my husband earns goes to their education first. But when the fees increased for our children in secondary school, Emmanuel's education suffered."

Yet just when Janet and Isaac had come to the end of their resources, God answered their prayers for help through the Miracle Life Child Development Center, Compassion's first center in Ghana. Janet applied for the program for little Emmanuel, and was thrilled when he was the first child accepted.

A New Creation

In the three short months that Emmanuel has been in the program, Janet has already seen a marked difference in her son. A once restless boy, Emmanuel now tells his mother that he wants to be a computer scientist when he grows up. Each afternoon he rushes home to share with his family what he has learned  - from the vocabulary he was taught in class to the Bible verses his Sunday school teacher helped him learn.

"I like going to church and to the project because they teach us memory verses," says Emmanuel. "I also like school and my teachers because they teach me new things. I really like math, drawing and French."

The impact of Emmanuel's enrollment in the project reaches far beyond his education. Immanuel's father now attends church and has accepted Christ, and his family attends church together. All because one family refused to give up in the face of poverty.  

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