“God has not forgotten me.”
Those were Patricia’s words when we visited her with the 100 backpacks. Patricia is pictured at the far left in the picture above.
ASC launched our backpack fundraiser 10 days before our Executive Director and International Program Director (Joe and Nidia Sica) traveled to Colombia. They were scheduled to meet with ICBF staff, private orphanages, and more, but they also knew they would visit an emergency shelter that we have supported for several years. The director there is named Patricia, and she has given her life in service of orphans and at-risk children in Colombia. She is an amazing woman who accomplishes much with her very limited resources. Our goal was to raise $2,700 in 10 days–enough money to buy a backpack full of school supplies and hygiene products for each of the 100 boys in her shelter.
We were unsure what the response to the fundraiser would be, and we were quickly blown away by people’s generosity. By Day 8, we had exceeded our goal and the project was fully funded. The backpacks and supplies arrived, and some of you joined us for a Packing Party to get the backpacks ready and to write encouraging notes to the boys. By the day of our departure, we were ready to go in every way.
When we arrived with the backpacks, Patricia along with the staff and boys were all thrilled. These supplies would be really useful to them, and they were excitedly trying on their backpacks and rummaging through to see what they would find inside. Amidst all of this happy commotion, Nidia overheard Patricia on the phone…”How much is the bill?…Can I pay with my next order?…But I don’t have that money now…”.
It turns out that several days before, the pantry shelves in the shelter were literally empty. You can imagine how much food it takes to prepare two or three meals a day for 100 growing boys. She had ordered the food and received it in time to prepare the meals they needed, and she hoped that she would have funds in the bank when the bill came due.
But she didn’t. Standing nearby, Nidia asked her how much she owed.
You see, your generosity provided us with enough funds for the 100 backpacks along with a several hundred dollar surplus. When Patricia told us the amount of the food bill, it was within dollars of the surplus amount from the donations. That amount in cash was literally in an envelope in Nidia’s bag. As she handed it to her, Patricia cried and said, “God has not forgotten me.”
It started with backpacks,
and it ended with God miraculously showing
Patricia that He knows her needs and provides.
Thank you for joining with us in this…it turned out to be more fruitful than we ever dreamed.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”