The Gift of Life: Bibles Bless Children in the Dominican Republic

11/28/12

Walter had never heard the story of Jesus when he began attending school through the Children of the Nations (COTN) child sponsorship program in his community.  But at school he began hearing about this strange man—the miracles he performed, his teachings, his love.  At first, Walter was confused.  "Sometimes I didn't understand the Bible classes," he explains.  Walter went home from class with no one to explain these stories to him, and nowhere to go for answers.

But one book changed all that.  Because partners like you generously gave gifts through COTN's gift catalog, every child in Walter's class in Los Robles, Dominican Republic, was able to have a Bible of their own.  As his teacher placed the Bible in his hands, Walter could barely believe it—he had never owned a book before.  He took his Bible home and proudly showed it to his whole family.  He began reading it every day.

"My life has changed," ten-year-old Walter shares, "because now I have a Bible that I can read by myself.  Now I understand God's word."  

Walter is now able to follow along in Bible lessons, and attends Sunday morning Bible study at his church.  He says that Psalm 19 is his favorite passage so far, because "it explains to me about God."  

Now that Walter has a Bible of his own, he thinks every child should have one. "When children have Bibles, they can come to God, and follow his word," he says.  

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