For One of the Least of These: Update

Written by lauren. Posted in Children, Stories

In January we told you a little bit about a girl who had been brought to our school who’d had a very difficult life so far. We are so grateful to the “Lydia’s Ladies” at Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis for deciding to sponsor Risper so that she can stay at Heritage Academy and be one of the first residents of our new dorm!

 Here is a recap of Risper’s story: 

Risper A.Risper Anyona is now 14 years old and her story is the story of a survivor.  She was born in 1997, and her mother died when she was very young–she doesn’t even remember her mother.  In 2008, her father also died, leaving her in the care of her stepmother.  To put it politely, this was not a good situation.  Risper had been 10 years old before she was permitted to start school.  She made it through class 4 before her stepmother refused to allow her to continue any longer.  The stepmother continually harassed Risper and made life extremely difficult before she was finally thrown out of the house. 

 She moved from place to place struggling for life.  Thankfully, a well-wisher took her in temporarily.  In January of this year, Heritage Academy opened classes through grade 4, and one of the mothers at Heritage brought Risper to try to get her admitted.  When Risper was given the admission test to determine her grade level, everyone was surprised at her ability.  She was very bright!  Although she had to repeat class 4 to be at Heritage, this seemed like the very best option for Risper.  After the first exam, she was number 1 in the class.  We asked her how she had performed at the government school and she shyly replied, “I was either number 1 or number 2 in the class after every exam.” 

Sadly, after all of this, the neighbor where Risper was living could no longer care for
her and asked her to leave.  The mother who brought her to our school desperately
tried to find one of Risper’s relatives to take her, but seemingly Risper was all alone
with no relatives. 

 We are pleased that we had a place for Risper to live and are able to provide for her daily bread.  Soon a dorm will be finished and she will live with other girls from Heritage under the care of the matron.  Risper is a polite, delightful child.  She is in the Heritage Choir and plays sports with the other children.  When she grows up she would like to be a teacher and then help the needy.  We are so happy to have her in our midst and blessed for the opportunity that we have to help her grow into the likeness of Christ and to dream big dreams for the future! Please continue to pray for Risper and the other girls who will be moving into our dorm! 

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