Friday, 25. November 2022

Give a Gift of Hope and Prospects for Christmas!

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Lena was four years old when she was admitted to the Arab Episcopal School (AES) in Irbid, Jordan. It was a stroke of luck for the third of five children because the girl is totally blind. The visually impaired often grow up isolated in Jordanian society, hidden away from the world and without any prospects. However, Lena was given the chance to learn, develop and grow. Today she is a young woman and has returned to her school as a teacher. Lena now teaches blind and visually impaired children herself. And who would be better placed to inspire and encourage the girls and boys to grow into strong personalities themselves?

Life stories like Lena's both impress and show us that education is the key to a self-determined life, social participation and social change. To give children and young people like Lena a future, we have started the EMS Future Fund in our Jubilee year of 2022.

This is your valuable contribution to the future.

Give the gift of real prospects. For children and young people who otherwise have no future.

More specifically, the EMS Future Fund supports the projects of EMS member churches in Africa, Asia and the Middle East to provide children and young adults with schooling and vocational training, personalised support, a loving environment and a safe roof over their heads. One of them is Lena's School in Irbid. The AES teaches 280 students and 36 of them are visually impaired or blind. This integrative concept is unique in the region and does the most extensive inclusion work in the whole of Jordan.

 

Elim Home believes that “every life has a meaning".

In Jordan we help visually impaired and blind children to learn together with sighted classmates.

In South Africa, the EMS Future Fund supports the Elim Home and two outpatient care groups. At the facility, 80 children and young adults with disabilities are provided with security, attention and development opportunities that they would otherwise not receive at home. The home is one of the very few facilities for people with multiple disabilities in the remote rural region. Fifty euros helps us to finance school materials for a child with visual impairment; 100 euros pay for school meals for a child for an entire month; 200 euros allow teachers like Lena to receive special further training for working with visually impaired children.

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12)

Light plays an important role during Advent. Every Sunday it gets a little brighter when we light another candle on the Advent wreath. Many houses have candles in their windows. Children and young adults carry the "Light of Peace from Bethlehem" from the Church of the Nativity to all corners of the world. The light of the star over Bethlehem guides the way to the manger.

At the EMS, we also want to bring light into the world with our "Future Fund". We want to create a brighter future for the children and young adults in Irbid, Elim and many other places in the EMS member churches. Please support the EMS Future Fund with your donation.

I wish you a blessed Advent and Christmas season.

Dr. Dieter Heidtmann
EMS Generalsekretär