At Living Water Adopt-A-Child, we don’t just want to see children fed a couple of times each week, we want to see their lives changed and communities impacted for the future. That is why we love stories like Jose Martin’s, which show the difference that our programmes can make in the life of a child.
‘My name is José Martín Chom Hernández. I was born on November 25, 1983, in the village of Chixocol, Guatemala. When I was 4 years old, I was registered in the feeding program at Chixocol, the first program started in Guatemala. I loved being part of the program because I was born in a family of nine children and we lived in extreme poverty. I will never forget when my mother cooked eggs for our family. She had to add corn dough to the egg to multiply it, so every one of us could eat a small piece of egg. So, the days I went to the feeding program was always the happiest days of the week. It really was a joy to know that twice a week I could eat a good plate of food that I could never have at home. On many occasions, I kept pieces of meat to share with mom or dad.
‘Another thing I loved about the program was the Bible Classes we had after lunch. They taught us God’s Word in many different ways. Our teachers played with us and I loved all the competition games. When I was about 8 or 9 years old, one of the teachers told us about a wonderful man who was willing to give His own life on the cross for all the world, including me. The thing that most impacted me was when my teacher said: ‘do you know? He wants to be your friend and give you His Salvation.’ I remember that afternoon I took my decision to give my life to Jesus.
‘I started to serve the Lord when I was very young – about 9 or 10 years old. I always loved music, so I got into the worship team of our Liberty Church in Chixocol, learning to play many instruments.
‘In 2002, God opened a door for me to be an Evangelism teacher for Living Water/Adopt A Child. I was so delighted to be part of the Ministry that had helped my family. One of the classrooms where I used to teach my Bible Classes was the classroom where many years ago, I gave my life to Jesus. Now I had the privilege of leading other children to the same Lord.
‘In my life, I have seen the fulfilment of the Living Water/Adopt A Child Vision – ‘Changing the world, one child at a time’. Now I can see with joy how many young people are serving God in our different Living Water programs. I can say Living Water/Adopt A Child has been my home, where I have grown physically and spiritually.’
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