Lutheran World Relief has been partnering with Children’s Gift Ministry (CGM) since 2015 to distribute school kits to 14,000 children annually in some of the most vulnerable communities throughout Honduras. In coordination with the Assembly of God church network, CGM mobilizes a network of more than 3,000 volunteers throughout the country to accomplish this important work, reaching areas that would otherwise be inaccessible.
CGM Country Director Pastor Jose Portillo says these seemingly simple gifts have a transformative difference on the lives of children and families in these communities.
“For families living in extreme poverty, they put all their energy into putting food on the table. School materials are mandatory for students to enroll and for poor families, it is a cost many of them just can’t handle,” says Pastor Portillo.
Ken Harrell, founder and executive director of CGM, says he is thankful for the meaningful partnership between Lutheran World Relief and CGM.
“Providing children with an opportunity to get an education is our high calling and changing the nation through education is our challenge. We are so very grateful for the partnerships that make this possible,” he says.
After watching her children receive their school kits, happily ruffling through their notebooks and the rest of the contents of their backpacks, Rosa was filled with joy.
“I feel very blessed for what we have received because I wasn’t expecting this at all. God really shows himself in interesting ways,” she says.