It is exciting to see how the work of Living Water Adopt-A-Child has expanded in both Guatemala and Albania over the last two years, in spite of—and maybe even because of—COVID-19. We’ve had to pivot and adapt to the many challenges the pandemic has created, but God is faithful, and we continue to press forward in our mission to care for the “least of these.”

We now have nearly 7,200 children registered in Guatemala, but more than 3,000 of them have yet to be sponsored. An 11th program is underway in Guatemala near the town of Chichicastenango. A piece of land purchased has been purchased there which will be home to a new church, feeding program, and a medical and dental clinic.

In Albania, an 8th program and church were planted in the city of Elbasan in 2021. We currently have around 1,150 children registered in our Albanian programs, 360 of whom are still waiting to be sponsored. We also have a new program planned for this year in the capital city of Tirana, where 300 more children will be registering.

More than 100 young adults throughout our Albania programs are currently working through a Bible study series from Christianity Explored. This life-changing journey takes participants through Mark’s Gospel in seven interactive sessions that explore the identity, mission and call of Jesus. It is our hope that this material will be the catalyst that moves our young people into Godly leadership roles in their communities.

It has been a blessing to watch our programs grow steadily over the past two years, even in the face of adversity. As we expand our territory and find new opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus, more funding is required to support these initiatives. The need is greater than ever to care for the thousands of children who lack nutritious meals, medical care and other basic necessities.

We’re looking for partners to walk alongside us as we give the gift of hope to those who need it most. For less than $1 a day you can sponsor a child in Guatemala or Albania to help change a life and give hope to “the least of these.”