Many of the girls at Hope have been sexually abused and exploited.
Thanks to the grace of God and staff members who SPEAK LOVE, that appalling truth is forever in the past as soon as they reach our campus. Unfortunately, it’s a more difficult and much slower process to change their self-perception. These children have been taught since birth that they have value only as a sexual object.
But Hope Unlimited is about transformation. Our story is of a tragic beginning absolutely overwhelmed by a triumphant end.
Each February, churches and individuals across the U.S. add a little something to their Valentine’s preparations. As they make cards for friends and family, and maybe for that special loved one, they take the time to make a card for one of our girls. The cards are given to the girls in early summer during a party celebrating Brazil’s Day of Love.
As the valentines are passed out, godly women talk to the girls about the meaning of love, the importance of purity, and their value as the highest creations of the God who truly loves them. The smiles and squeals as the girls open their valentines are great rewards, but having the chance to change their self-perception means so much more.
We are heartbroken by the lives these girls were forced to lead before they came to Hope. But we rejoice to see their innocence restored, to know that
our God is a God of new beginnings… and WE can be part of those new beginnings!
Will you SPEAK LOVE to these girls?
Share this Valentine Project with family and friends, civic and church groups. Go HERE for celebration ideas, Portuguese phrases, and Valentine stories of transformation.
Then… Send your valentines to Hope Unlimited for Children, P.O. 100, Jefferson City, TN, 37760 (postmarked by April 1)