It’s Tuesday morning when we sit down to talk to a little girl called Thalita who lived in Mipindiaú (Negro River).LAK_9090 (2) - Talita Santiago Bastos
    As she sat in front of us, I could tell there was already something different about her. She was very confident and had an unusual seriousness for a 8 year old. She also spoke so well – using big words and sharing mature thoughts.
    Why do I write you about her? Because of a few things that happened during that talk. Ready?
    As leaders of the organization, we are always praying that God will lead us and show us what he wants us to be evolved in and how we can better invest our resources into his kingdom’s growth. In a few minutes with Thalita, our prayers seemed to be answered.
    I asked her so many things about herself and her family, and somehow, she would talk to me as she had known me for sometime. I was fascinated about her story and the things her heart was filled with.
(Before I go any further, must remind you that I am writing about a girl who lives about 12 hours by boat from Manaus, in a village with no electricity, no running water and with an education level up til 5th grade.)
    As I asked Thalita what she would like to learn about that she doesn’t have the means to learn in her village, she told us that she would like to know how to do her mom’s job to take part of the work off of her shoulders. She says: “my mom works too much. She is often so tired and in pain. If I could I would do part of her work so she would feel better.”
    Moved on with the interview and asked her about her prayers. We were curious to know what she wished for in her prayers. “I pray for my dad, that he would go to heaven with us. He is a Christian, but he is not going to church any more. I also pray for the kids in Africa – that they would have food to eat and clothes to wear.” 
    At this point I am curious to know how she knows about the situation in Africa. A pastor came to her church to preach and showed videos and pictures of missionaries in villages and Africa and Thalita felt compelled to pray for people who,supposedly, had less than she did.
About her prayers, she continued: “I have been also praying for a school. When it rains, it feels like we are going to go down with the school.”
    And there we are, spending a whole week and thousands of reais to meet Thalita right there were her heart invited us to be in obedience to God taking care of His children.
    The next question comes and it’s about Jesus. Who is Jesus for you Thalita? – I asked. “Jesus is my savior she replied – with no doubt in her eyes.” – she replied, “he is the person I trust the most in this world.”
That little girl spoke those words with such commitment and assurance. What a friend she had in Jesus.
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My prayers that day was that Jesus would remain faithful and that we would be always sensitive to his voice so that people like Thalita would have their faith strengthened.

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