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Matthew 19:13-15 talks about Jesus's love for the little children. Jesus called us to love on the little children because only those that are like the children will be allowed into the kingdom of God. Our church has very recently chosen to sponsor a child through the mission organization Compassion International.

Leslie Hernandez Pascual, who turned 8 last Saturday, lives in south of the Dominican Republic, in Monte Plata, in a house with her mother, step-father, and a sibling. That is 1,921 miles from Coopersville. Her household responsibilities include carrying water to the house, running errands, and cleaning. Leslie loves art, playing with dolls, and jumping rope. She also attends church and bible class.

Our Mission & Outreach Committee has made a commitment of $38 per month from our missions fund to support her. This support will provide Leslie with money for school, food, and any medical care she may need. The biggest impact that sponsoring Leslie will have is that she now knows that there is a whole church in a completely different country that loves her and cares about her.

As a church, we will have the privilege of exchanging letters with Leslie to learn more about her and to encourage her. We sent our first letter to her last week, which included a birthday card, and picture of our children wishing her “Feliz Cumpleaños” (Happy Birthday!). And we are anxiously awaiting a response.

We would love to have members of the church write notes to her, send pictures of our church family and events, and continue to share Jesus’ love with her. If you’d like to submit something, email it to Missions@CoopersvilleUMC.org, and we will send it to her.

We will also include all updates and communications we receive and send here on this blog, so check back often! And please pray for Leslie, and her family!