I want to introduce you to the two newest members of the Snow Family.
This is Ariel Fransua.
Ariel is a little boy that absolutely stole our hearts on a Batey in the Dominican Republic last summer. He and I played with a frisbee for about 30 minutes until some of the bigger boys came and took it. Because of my deficiencies in the area of language, I could not yell at the boys to bring back our frisbee. Ariel just cried and cried. We spent the next half our with him sitting on my lap and me attempting to console him (again the language issue).
We are partnering with a ministry called 25 Project for this sponsorship program. When I saw Ariel's card on the table at our church, Susan and I immediately recognized him. It's such a simple thing really...$36 a month ensures that this little guys, who is living in the most extreme poverty I've ever seen with my own eyes, gets food, clothes, and an education. The best part about this partnership is that I will get to see him again when we return in July.
And this is Ana Maria. She is the teacher on the batey where Ariel lives. This batey is called Santa Alicia. This is also one of the bateys where we started a chicken project last summer. Susan and I decided to also support Ana Maria on a monthly basis because of what she does to improve the lives of all of the people who live on this batey. Like most teachers, she works tirelessly for next to nothing but is the glue that holds everything together. We are so grateful for the opportunity to play a small role in the educational process for the kids (and adults) on this batey.
So stinkin' excited we are getting to go back this summer and that we will not only be able to see our friends again, but that we will also be able to introduce our boys to these people who have impacted our lives so profoundly.
Welcome to the family Ariel and Ana Maria. I must warn you, we are huggers!!!