“I’m already poor. Isn’t that enough?”

At ten years old, Marina has endured a lot of hardship in the garbage slums, but nothing could prepare her for cancer.

With no money for treatment, living in a filthy shelter with her family of four, Marina’s spirit was crushed. She began to skip school and neglected her appearance. She felt unwanted by friends and family – and unloved by God.

Weekly visits from a Stephen’s Children worker did not seem to help. Marina could not acknowledge God’s love under the circumstances.

Something changed when she attended a Stephen’s Children “day out” program. “Days out” give kids a chance to spend a few hours outside the slums – at a SC camp center or local church. The kids play, eat a good meal, and listen to biblical teaching.

That day Marina heard about God’s overwhelming love – and how he purchased our salvation through suffering and death on the cross. She was affected, and she asked God for a new beginning.

Mama Maggie met and prayed with Marina. “Sickness is given to many great saints” she told her, “you are one of them, and you have a very special place in God’s heart.”

Since then, Marina has been hopeful. She is seeking God and joining her home visit worker for Holy Communion at the church.

  1. Maria

    October 12, 2017 - 3:45 am

    سلام ونعمة ….
    انا اسمى ماريا .
    تعرفت على اطفال استفن من خلال “ماما ماجى”.
    وبداخلى اشتياق عميق للعمل معكم -ان اذنتم لى- لان حقل الرب يسوع الذى انتم ترونه مشبع ومفرح لاى انسان يدخله . فهو ان جاز التعبير عمل لبناء الملكوت.
    فارجوا منكم السماح لى باخذ هذه البركة التى لست بمستحقه لها . اشكركم .

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