We hope that through our “behind the picture” blog posts, you will learn more about our children’s lives, be better equipped to pray for their personal struggles, and that one of their stories will touch you and ultimately lead to sponsorship.
A Bit About Maryanne!
This is Maryanne! She is a 12 year old girl who lives in Kisumu, Kenya, and lives with her grandparents. Maryanne’s father left when he found out that her mother was pregnant with Maryanne. Her mother became depressed and later passed away. Maryanne was left in the care of her grandparents. Her grandfather is retired and her grandmother is a vegetable farmer. Three of Maryanne’s cousins also live with her and her grandparents so they really struggle financially. They often struggle to have enough food during the dry season and planting season.
Maryanne loves athletics, singing and music in general. Her favorite food is fried chicken, ugali and chapati and her favorite Bible story is the story of Elijah because he loved God well. Maryanne would like to be a teacher when she grows up and she helps around the house by cleaning utensils and mopping.
A Bit About Kisumu, Kenya!
Kenya is located in East Africa and is a very diverse place. It touches the Indian Ocean and is mostly desert and mountainous.
Maryanne lives in Kisumu, Kenya which is the third largest city in Kenya. The temperature is anywhere from the low 60s to high 80s and they experience both a dry and a wet season. The homes in Kisumu, Kenya are usually made of mud and corrugated metal sheets and the terrain is typically very rocky and dry. The children within our Kenyan CarePoints rarely have electricity or running water in their home, so they have lots of long walks in all types of weather to the nearest well or other water source.
How to Pray for Maryanne!
- Please pray for Maryanne and her grandparents and cousins. Pray that God would use their past hardships for His glory and their good. Pray that they would have strength and guidance.
- Pray that God would help Maryanne do well in school and that she would continue to learn and grow.
- Lastly, please pray that Maryanne would be sponsored and that she would be given hope through sponsorship. Pray that God would bring the perfect sponsor for Maryanne and that they would have an amazing and lasting relationship. Most importantly, please pray that all of this would ultimately lead her to Christ.