Editor’s note: Mothers and Fathers play a crucial role in the healthy development of ICC children. They are on the frontlines of this ministry tending to the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of the children. 

Your support enables the house parents to serve the children effectively. Not only do you help make transformations possible in the lives of children, you also contribute to the health and well-being of ICC house parents. Following is an edited excerpt from a thank you message recently received from Maniraguh, one of the house mothers in the DR Congo.

First and foremost, I greet you in the name of Jesus-Christ our Lord. Peace and grace to you from our heavenly Father. I am writing to express my deepest gratitude for the profound impact you have had on my life. As a house mother at Patmos Children’s Village, I have experienced a remarkable transformation, and it is all thanks to your unwavering support and compassion.

Twenty-one years ago, I lost my beloved husband, leaving me with four precious children and no means to care for them. Life was a relentless struggle, and I felt utterly helpless. Despite the challenges, I clung to my faith.”

When I was recruited as a house mother at Patmos Children’s Village, my life took an unexpected turn. Your decision to entrust me with this role not only provided me with employment but also gave me purpose. I became a caregiver, a nurturer, and a protector for the children under my care. Their laughter, their dreams, and their resilience filled my days with renewed hope.

Recently, I faced a severe health crisis. I was very sick, and the burden weighed heavily on my heart. I went to many hospitals, but I was told that my sickness had gone beyond recovery. I knew that God is the Father of orphans and widows. My faith convinced me that I will find recovery one day in the name of the Lord. It was during this challenging period that you extended your kindness beyond the call of duty. You ensured that I received the necessary medical attention, even arranging for my operation in Goma. 

Your generosity saved my life, and for that, I am forever grateful.

What makes my role as a house mother even more meaningful is that it aligns perfectly with my faith. Every day I witness the resilience and strength of these children, and I am reminded of God’s grace. 

Words cannot adequately express the depth of my gratitude. You have not only changed my life but also given hope to my children. They no longer face the bleak prospect of becoming street children. Instead, they thrive within the nurturing environment of Patmos Children’s Village.

Thank you for being an instrument of transformation. Your kindness, empathy, and unwavering support have touched my soul. As I recover on campus, I carry your benevolence with me, knowing that I am part of something greater—a family bound by love and shared purpose. May God bless you abundantly for your selflessness and compassion.