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Lena: From Home Alone to Hopeful & Confident

Lena: From Home Alone to Hopeful & Confident

Lena (privacy name) is seven, charismatic, sociable, and very curious to learn how things in her environment work. Her family emigrated two years ago to Quito from another province in Ecuador in search of job opportunities. Lena is an only child who has attended the...

Dream Centers Give New Life to Families

Dream Centers Give New Life to Families

Maggie Shifts from Fighter to Student Leader When Maggie's (privacy name) joined the Cavite Dream Center, she was a typical kid from the streets of Metro Manila. She fought with the other kids and used foul language. After a few months, we saw a big change. She...

In His Image…Christmas Pictures Matter

In His Image…Christmas Pictures Matter

By Dawn Carnill, Christmas Outreach Director It’s just a picture. A small, slightly blurry Polaroid picture. If you’re like me, you have hundreds, if not thousands of pictures of yourself in old photo albums or saved digitally. I even have a few of me on the day I was...

Bridge Church Serves with Passion in South Africa

Bridge Church Serves with Passion in South Africa

The Bridge Church of Miramar, FL continues to serve vulnerable people living in Ecuador and South Africa via short-term mission teams. This team poured into the kids at the Fish Hoek Dream Center by helping them with homework, doing crafts, and serving fun food. Carol...

Victor Experiences Dramatic Life Change

Victor Experiences Dramatic Life Change

Victor (privacy name) came to the Fish Hoek Dream Center like most kids -- a bit broken. He had potential written all over him, but struggled in school and faced chaos at home. How would he find a path forward? Fortunately, Victor leaned into tutoring and mentoring....

Wayne and Chloe Join ER in South Africa

Wayne and Chloe Join ER in South Africa

We have exciting news. We just welcomed two additions to our team in South Africa: Wayne Ferreira and Chloe de Bruin (scroll below to read more on Cloe). Wayne was born in South Africa and grew up in Mozambique from age seven, where his parents are missionaries. He...

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My Childhood Buddy Never Left Me

My Childhood Buddy Never Left Me

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. - Ecclesiastes 4:9 By Raymond Sumaya, iBIKE Director Ryan and I grew up in the same impoverished area of Metro Manila. We were best friends and playmates. I was seven years old and he was nine...

Dream With Us…

Dream With Us…

Together We Dream… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvpU0i_9uB0 What is your dream for improving our world? We’ve been thinking about this all year! Watch the video and be inspired. Dream with us as we fight to improve our world. Here are three dreams shared by our...

Grandmother’s Advocacy Rescues Aziza

Grandmother’s Advocacy Rescues Aziza

Today we revisit the story of a student whose future once appeared hopeless. Because of some unfortunate circumstances, her mother could not care for Aziza, who was suffering poor emotional and physical health. Fortunately, Aziza's grandmother took her in and started...

‘When I Look at Them, I See Me’

‘When I Look at Them, I See Me’

Raymond Sumaya grew up in an extreme section of Makati City, part of Metro Manila. He refers to it as a slum, 'where people struggle to find jobs, housing, food and education." These conditions did not defeat him. Instead, they filled Raymond with drive, passion and...

ER Loses a Great Friend, Pierre Roux

ER Loses a Great Friend, Pierre Roux

The following stories pay tribute to ER heroes - those who have lived sacrificially in order to serve others. We hope you are inspired by their lives. It is with great sadness we share the passing of longtime ER partner Pierre Roux, who led Africa To Asia Innovative...

Teacher, Teacher: Dream Center Student Helps Others

Teacher, Teacher: Dream Center Student Helps Others

Mutsa*, age 8, is a grade 3 student who has been enrolled in the Fish Hoek Dream Center for two years. She is full of joy and laughter. She is easily excited and sees the best in every situation. She dreams of being a teacher and often helps the kids who are...

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