Last week I received a Mission Without Borders update/appeal that focused on impoverished families and the need to break the chains of poverty for families and children.
The letter started "I cannot get my mind off the poor souls imprisoned in villages throughout Eastern Europe".. Not a physical prison, of course, but there are physical aspects. Hunger, deprivation, lack of mobility, and lack of education and opportunity are all aspects of poverty that must be addressed in order to break the cycle of poverty.
The family to family and child sponsorship programs are designed to meet these needs- in a real physical way- to be like Christ in addressing physical and spiritual needs. This letter focused on the real need for education and opportunity. Many children get a basic education in Eastern Europe. What is needed for many youth who have "graduated" from orphanages are special skills- a trade whereby they can support themselves and break the cycle of spiritual and material poverty.
I've graduated! Now what?
How much does an education cost? Fortunately the costs are much lower than in the West and range from $40 (culinary arts) to $155 (auto mechanics) per semester. While costs are low, funds are needed to make this educational opportunity available to as many people as needed.