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"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast."
- 1 Peter 5:10
The school year has come to a close. Graduations are later this week. But before we close out the year entirely, Rob shares an important success story. We hope you will rejoice as much as we did.
We are saying goodbye to the 2022 school year!
Glimpses of Glory: Jenny

     I’ve got to tell you about a Morning Glory Story. We will call her Jenny. In 2019, Jenny was at the top of her 2nd grade class. I didn’t know her very well at all then. Once she became sponsored, I started following her a little more closely. When Jenny’s mother came to my office in 2021, I recognized Jenny as being at the top of her class in previous years. But in the time I spent with her mother, I learned what had been going on in the last two years.  

     I can’t even remember why I had called Jenny’s mother. All I can remember is the heartbreak I felt as I heard Jenny’s situation. A teacher had tipped me off that Jenny’s father was an alcoholic and there were some difficult situations that Jenny had witnessed. This teacher is very aware of their students’ emotional and mental states. This explained a lot of why Jenny’s grades were low. By low, I mean non-existent. Jenny had barely turned in anything all year. Her mom was worried. Jenny had no desire to do much of anything, much less schoolwork. By talking with her mom, it was even more obvious that Jenny was most likely carrying a burden inside. In my office, Jenny barely spoke and looked ashamed. I wish I could tell you the heaviness I felt as I looked at this child of God who couldn’t see her own worthy future. I was so glad to have the school psychologist to refer to. Thankfully Jenny went regularly. Her mom did too.

      Fast forward to (almost) today. Jenny’s mom is back in my office. She seems more positive. Jenny is moving around with more energy than last time. I asked Jenny’s mom how it’s going. Jenny snapped into the conversation. Now looking at me directly, she engaged to proudly declare that she was almost in the top two highest grades in her class. It seemed like a new Jenny, but in reality, it was the same Jenny as before. I could see her glow again. After being back in person this year, Jenny was the student we knew a few years ago. So what changed?

     There’s no doubt the pandemic was hard. A lot of students were in their houses which can be hard to begin with, but some students deal with abusive and traumatic situations. I don’t know for certainty if Jenny needed the social interaction, direct support from her teacher, or just a place to get away from her home. But I know that Morning Glory was with her every step of the journey back to her full potential. We’ve seen time-and-time again that Morning Glory is a place of hope and healing for so many. Morning Glory is where hundreds learn what love can do. Jenny is just one Story that came into my office and gave me a glimpse of God's incredible glory that is working all the time in our classrooms. I know there are plenty more Stories of students who find love, acceptance, redemption, and peace at Morning Glory. 

In Guatemala, the students with the highest grades are the "flag-bearers" for the Independence Day Events. They literaly carry the flag

    So as always we are looking into the future. And I can tell you growth is on the way. We are expanding our oldest group, Diversified School. We are getting the human resources in place to fill up all the classes in that age group. We are looking at hiring another teacher in Pre-Primary because of the demand. Primary School already filled up. We want to invest more time and energy into the band. We even have a grant to start building on top of one of our buildings. It’s very much needed to facilitate the number of students and programs we want to be at Morning Glory. And Stories like Jenny’s are proof that it’s not just about logistics. Your gifts change lives!  We know things are different now than they were at the beginning of the year. But one thing is the same: these children need to feel the love of Jesus. We ask and implore you to keep giving to help us continue to grow and multiply the Morning Glory Stories that God works through. Jenny’s very grateful that you do. So are hundreds more.

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Coming up!

     Our school is growing, and so are the needs. We certainly need monthly giving and new sponsors. But we have other opportunities coming up too. We will be raising funds for Giving Tuesday in just a few weeks.  This year we have matching donors, so be on the lookout for more information! After that, we will be publishing our Christmas List that gives you the chance to provide more needs for our facilities. Both of these fundraisers have been vital for our current successes. We love what is coming on the horizon and God is giving us more than we ever imagined! Construction will start soon on a 2nd story Music Hall on the Secondary Building!

With all the changes we have, we have much to praise and petition to God. 
We ask you to pray:
 
     - For wisdom and discernment as we plan for 2023
     - For the students during the vacations; that they will be safe and wise      - For Kaylee and the special-education program starting in January      - For lots of new students in our Diversified programs  

     - That Morning Glory leaders will make wise and brave decisions for the               program

     - For provision as we expand our budget

    - The upcoming fundraisers that are crucial to our program.


We praise God for:

     - A successful school year in 2022!      - Jenny and all the other students like her      - His provision      - The groups that are already planning their trips      - All three pregnant teachers had healthy children      - Controlled levels of COVID in our area

     - Rain has diminished so the land is more stable

How can we pray for you?
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