Alton Webteam: March 2016
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14
I am told there are 3 types of people in the world: those who are good at maths, and those who aren't. Joking aside, that's not just true of maths. Some of us are academic, some musical, others artistic, still others practical. But we are all unique, individual, one-off creations — a blended mix of our parents, with culture and life-experience thrown in.
Turning Point is involved with many unique individuals, one of whom is Loki. He lost his mum two years ago, and his dad has no job. His parents brought him to Turning Point 9 years ago because they couldn't afford to take him to school, and he was at risk of going to the streets. The Fountains of Hope primary school came too late for Loki to benefit, but with Turning Point's support he has made it all the way through another primary, and graduated at the top of his class. When you consider his background, and the weight of circumstance against him, he really is deserving of our congratulations.
He, along with another 20 children who successfully completed primary last year, have just started at secondary schools with Turning Point's help. It will be a tough four years and the odds are against them: some may drop out due to pressures at home and the need to support their family; some girls may get 'married' and drop out; some may become orphans and find they are responsible for younger siblings. But some will make it, will complete their four years secondary education, and will gain more opportunities as a result. Irrespective of the outcome, each is unique. Each is special. Each is loved by God. Each is fearfully and wonderfully made. And each has had the opportunity to understand this, and to respond to God's love for them, because of their journey through Turning Point.
I used to try and take every opportunity I could to remind these children of how special they are to God. I often do it with my own children. As I look around, in town, at the supermarket, on the train, even in church, I see many people who need to understand it themselves. And sometimes I need to refresh my own memory of this simple, yet profound truth — I am fearfully and wonderfully made. And so are you.
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