A Changed Life

By Steve Agosto

The Agosto family with New Hope daughter Birungi.

In 1992 when preparing for my first trip to New Hope, I had no idea that this trip would change my life, my thinking, and my relationship with the Lord. During the visit, I was informed that we were able to sponsor a child and become part of their life by writing letters back and forth, financially and most importantly by prayer.  As a male, I was not accustomed to writing letters and sharing my life and consistently praying for another person. But the Lord laid it on my heart to begin such a relationship with a child from New Hope that needed a relationship, prayers and financial support. While I thought this was going to be a blessing for the child, it did not take long for me to realize that I was being blessed. I was able to begin to truly understand Ps. 68:5, “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God  in His holy habitation.”

Well, it has been 20 years since I obeyed the Lord in this matter, and I have been blessed not only by sponsoring one child, but two.  The first sponsored daughter has graduated from New Hope and went on to study cosmetology and loves the Lord. We still communicate with her, and it is a joy to see the support and prayers come to fruition. Our second sponsored daughter is still in school at New Hope and with our experience with our first New Hope daughter, we engaged ourselves even more into our second New Hope daughter’s  life.

The experience and the joy that my wife and I feel from sponsoring children from New Hope is something we would hope for and recommend to anyone.  As we started to write letters with our children, we were sharing our lives and the Lord while our children were sharing their life with us. It has been wonderful to watch them grow.  The letters that we received were matters of daily life, their work, school, desires, disappointments, prayer request and growth in the Lord. We shared our prayers with them and they shared their prayers with us. When our daughters would tell us that they were praying for us, it showed me how the Lord moves throughout the world. Now that one of our daughters is an adult and working, she still

Steve with first New Hope daughter Fatuma.

relates to us as her parents from America and when she gets married, she wants us to attend.

Sharing our lives with another person in another country and culture has taught us that God is God of all.

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