Let’s Celebrate International School Meals Day

School children need a healthy diet so that they can grow, build their immune system, focus in school, and have energy to be physically active.

If you grew up in a household that provided meals outside of school hours, you may have taken for granted the value of schools meals. However, for too many children in our world their only meal may come from their school. From the United States to Myanmar, school meals are precious.

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Many sponsors ask what their monthly gift goes towards. Is it just to register their sponsored child at their local Adventist school? No, your money goes so much further! Your sponsored child will stand tall with their friends in their uniform that you provide. After a long morning of studying arithmetic and social studies, they’ll fill their belly with a hot meal thanks to you. Then they’ll enjoy play time energized by the nutrients fueling their body.

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Today we celebrate International School Meals Day because of the thousands of grateful children. Thank you for filling those hearts with gratitude!

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Kids Helping Kids

 

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During his Holiday Tour, Jaime Jorge, world-renowned violinist, prepared to pick up his prized violin and walk on stage in Birmingham, Alabama to share his passions for God and for music. This concert would give Jaime the opportunity to share his other passion— Asian Aid USA and child sponsorship. For more than a year, Jaime has traveled as an Asian Aid Ambassador sharing the blessings of child sponsorship. During the concert he was going to air a video of his trip to Myanmar with Asian Aid CEO, Jim Rennie. Jaime wanted everyone to see for themselves the need of the beautiful children of Myanmar to learn about Jesus. Tonight was going to be a blessed night.

Rocco sat down with his mother Gina on a church pew ready for the concert to begin. Rocco loved music. As Jaime’s trip to Myanmar played on the screen, Rocco watched intently. Myanmar was so different from anything Rocco had seen in his 8 years. From the tall mountains, to the large gold temples, to the narrow boat where Jaime sat with a slender native navigating down the river, it was all so different from his world. Rocco was intrigued by their faces, their classrooms and even the type of sunscreen they used to coat their faces. Rocco turned to his mother and politely asked for her phone. His tiny fingers opened up the calculator application and keyed in 38 x 12 = $456. He showed her the numbers and asked, “Do I have enough to sponsor a child for a year?”

rocco-filling-out-form2She smiled and told him that he did. Rocco had always been careful to set aside the money he received on his birthdays and Christmas. Jesus had spoken to his heart and now he would be able to put those funds to good use. After the concert, Rocco and Gina selected a Myanmar child to sponsor—Nay. Rocco attended a Christian daycare center since he was a baby. This Christian education left an impression on him. One day, at four-years-old, he came home and proclaimed, “Mommy, we haven’t been going to church but we should!” The following weekend they found a church to attend and as they pulled in, Gina rolled down her window to ask a man where to park.She explained it was their first time to attend. Rocco piped in from his car seat in the back, “But we’ll be coming here forever!”

jaime-and-rocco-2Now, Gina and her husband have given their hearts to Jesus and Rocco has been dedicated to Him, too. This was a day full of joy. Rocco now has two parents who don’t just love him, but love and live for Jesus. Today Rocco and his step-father are learning to play the piano and the guitar and hope to share their testimony through music. Since becoming a sponsor, Rocco says he, “feels changed.” He prays for Nay daily. Nay has a special place in Rocco’s heart and he hopes that one day, they might meet if not here, then in Heaven. That night at the Jaime Jorge concert will always hold a special place in their hearts. Gina is so proud of Rocco for being willing to be used by God. “I am so grateful to God for His son, Rocco. While I gave Rocco life, Rocco saved my life. To God be the glory for it all!”

 

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Top Instagram Posts of 2016

To ring in the new year, let’s take a moment to celebrate your favorite Instagram posts of 2016.

No. 5  Welcome to Instagram, Asian Aid!

With five countries each with their own rich cultures and over 3,500 shinning faces, our sponsored children have so many stories to share. Now, Asian Aid has joined the Instagram community to further connect them with you.

No. 4  The Beauty and Culture of Myanmar

Located on the southwestern end of China, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is the 40th largest country in the world with over 53 million people. As the Asian Aid program continues to develop there, we are proud of the many wonderful people that we are meeting and the amazing children that are getting the opportunity to learn.

No. 3  Girls Deserve to Learn As Well

About 65 million girls around the globe are denied the right to an education merely because of their gender. At Asian Aid, whether you’re a girl or a boy every child deserves an education. We are proud to sponsor both girls and boys that attend quality Adventist schools in Southern Asia.

No. 2  The Source of Our Compassion

Through the joy of the Lord, each day we are able to reach out and serve others. We put our faith in God that He is with all of us on this journey called life.

No. 1  I Love My Sponsor

The support of our sponsored children would not be possible without all of the love that pours out from sponsors like you. We love you!

 

2016 was a great year! So, follow us on Instagram as 2017 will also be a great year.