One of our Nathanael Scholars came crying in the middle of the night two days ago. Her grandmother who had been suffering from chronic illness passed away, however Cindy was hysterical because her alcoholic and greedy uncles came because of the small inheritance of land that her grandma was leaving behind. In a single unforeseen moment this girl who had been grasping on to NEW HOPE through our scholarship program and had fought through brokenness and is succeeding in her studies (#1 in her class). Everything looked bleak. HOWEVER THE BIGGER TRAGEDY is that I had not had time to really know beyond the superficial, the true challenges of Cindy's life. Yes we had been mentoring her, yes we offer her a scholarship and a weekly stipend, yes we eat and spend time together, and yes we found her a college scholarship partner. But until I got into the humbleness of her reality when I stood in her room with the corpse of her grandmother I never realized the how fragile that HOPE I was giving her was. THE HOPE IN JESUS IS BEYOND SUPERFICIAL. I was burdened by the broken bathroom that has never worked and wondered what it was like to take care of her bed ridden grandma without running water. The unfinished and unpainted walls of he small 4meter by 4 meter room, the low ceiling that trap in the heat of the Yucatan sun, the eroding ancient room where Cindy and her mom lived, 2 cement blocks and a rock that serves as her stove and kitchen,..... Jesus is this how you felt when you saw me without hope? I made a vow to right this injustice. Did Jesus not promise justice and a life that is full? As the reflection and coworker of God, I will finish the bathroom, I will paint the walls (a pretty pink maybe for Cindy), a desk to study on, a small kitchen to cook in, the very basic things that you and I cannot live without. BUT THIS is not a token offering, we need significant sacrifice to impact Cindy's life in a significant way. We pray that you can partner with us to make this HOPE a reality.