Missionary Letter - Brenda Allen In Guinea, West Africa with WorldVenture

         
It is Omar's first year of school and he is loving joining his older brothers at school. Learning happens in cramped quarters where a class of 50+ students meet in a classroom which is the size of a large bedroom. Kids spend much of their time copying into their notebooks what the teacher writes on the chalkboard, then later memorizing it. The kids have an amazing ability to memorize. Few kids speak French before coming to school, so sadly it takes until about 7th grade before most can write, understand and converse in French, which is their 2nd or 3rd language.
Omar and little Lancine (pictured), plus their 2 brothers lost their mom last May after a long illness, most likely HIV related since she was a sex worker. In spite of various endeavors to facilitate/find work for their mom, Fanta over the years remained in the ensalving sex trade. It was heartbreaking to watch her suffer and eventually die. I tried to walk alongside the family during her last months, even though a month before she died I arrived stateside. The morning she died I had a long phone conversation with her father and oldest son, Kemo. It is so hard to see someone die angry and without hope of eternal life.
The 5 boys are living with their mother's parents in Kankan. Their grandmother, Sidifadima is a Christian. Their grandfather Papa Lancine is not walking the Jesus road, but amazingly is ok with his wife following the Jesus road. She lacks fellowship with other believers because of alienation of her choosing. Pray for Sidifadima and Papa Lancine, along with the five grandsons. I interact with the family a lot because Papa Lancine is the night guard at my house. Pray that I would be an encouragement to the entire family. Kemo, the oldest grandson, is one of my immediate conservational English students. The grandsons are loosely following the majority religion, Islam.
It is possible for several different families with kids to attend school this year because of generous gifts to my compassion fund. I was also able to provide medical care for Omar's mom before her death. Thanks to those of you who help me meet needs in the name of Jesus for food, shelter, medication, education and medical care!
If you want to be involved more directly in this compassion ministry to kids like Omar, beyond your regular giving, please drop me a note by email. I can tell you how to donate to my compassion fund with WorldVenture.
You are appreciated!
                Brenda Allen
                brendaallen@worldventure.net

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