This article was originally published in the August 2021 edition of ITMI Monthly.
ITMI’s Vicky Waraka doesn’t have any biological children of her own. But in South Sudan, there are so many children in need of homes, that she has taken in children in need. She shares what little she has with them, providing meals, helping them with education and giving them a Christ-centered home.
Vicky has had 5 girls, now teenagers and young women, whose families couldn’t care for them, living with her for several years.
One of the girls, Salma, was awarded a scholarship at Sandip University in Maharashtra, India, which covered tuition and 25% of boarding costs. Salma left on July 13 for this new chapter of life, and Vicky and the other girls said goodbye with some words of encouragement and prayer together.
Salma before she left South Sudan.
After she arrived at the University, Salma sent this message to ITMI’s Kent Reisenauer, underscoring the fruit of Vicky’s ministry in her life:
“Keep remembering me in prayers. It's so hard to live alone with none of my relatives next to me, but I know the Lord is always there to watch over me and I am so glad I can always talk to Jesus whenever I feel I am alone.”
About the Authors
Steve Evers has advocated for and served the ITMI partners as ITMI Director since 2001. Approximately once a year, Steve visits with ITMI partners in their countries and brings stories back to encourage supporters. Steve enjoys photography and mechanics, (both hobbies that have greatly benefited ITMI partners!) Prior to becoming ITMI's Director, Steve served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. Steve lives in Arizona with his wife, Darlene.
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