One of our goals is to help foster friendships and partnerships between our supporters in the United States and our friends and colleagues in Niger. However, because our supporters are spread out throughout the United States and around the world, this is not an easy task. The distance makes it challenging to create a sense of community. Perhaps, by sharing our stories, we can help “bridge the distance.”
Hello. I’m Pat McKisson, Director of the Student Sponsorship Program for Remember Niger. Before I tell you a little bit about my journey with Remember Niger, I would like to thank everyone who has already sponsored a child.
Also, I am putting out a heartfelt plea to those of you who have thought about sponsoring a child but haven’t yet done so. Now is the time! RNC is hoping to get 40 new sponsors during the 40 days of Lent. In the past 28 days, we have received 14 new sponsorships. That’s less than half of where we want to be. Please prayerfully consider putting $1 a day toward sponsoring one of these children of Niger. One by One we can make a difference.
Being a proponent for Remember Niger has been easy for me. After I heard Kara talk at our church in the spring of 2008, I was ready to help in any way I could. Her vision and understanding of the problems and needs of the EERN in Niger were realistic and achievable in my mind.
In March of 2009, I took my first trip to Niger. While there I was able to meet the EERN leadership, the directors of the 3 schools, many teachers and of course, students. I can’t begin to tell you what an impact meeting the children had on me. I could see with my own eyes how they enjoyed their classes, how they eagerly participated in discussions and even had learned a few greetings for us in English. It is for the children that I give as much of my time and energy as I can. These children have and expect so little that helping them receive an education is the only way I can think of to make a difference in their lives.
In 2010, I traveled back to Niger and spent time at the boarding school in Tsibiri. Even though school was out for the summer, about 14 children from the village came and participated in an art class I had planned. We made and decorated kites and folded paper airplanes to fly; we made and decorated fans to keep ourselves cool; we tried our hand at sand art which seemed like a good idea because 2/3 of Niger is made up of the Sahara Desert; and at the end of the last class made musical instruments and had a marching band. I love these children and their enthusiasm!
Being a part of Remember Niger has been a great blessing in my life. Please pray for RNC, the EERN and all of the children of Niger. Nagode (Hausa for ‘Thank You’).