By Lucas Shipman
Korede was one of six brothers and sisters living in Nigeria. Because her father and mother could not afford to take care of six children, she had to leave her family to go live with another family. As an outsider, Korede was not treated with love or kindness. She wasn’t treated as part of the family.
Korede was in a nightmarish situation of abuse and poverty. In 2014, Korede came to Happy Hill Farm. During her time here we were able to care for her, to give her an education not available to her in Nigeria, and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with her. In 2016, Korede graduated from NCTA, the private Christian school located at Happy Hill Farm, but her story doesn’t end there.
With an athletic scholarship offer, Korede attended and graduated from, just last month, Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a degree in business management. Her future is now bright. She knows what it is to be loved. And she plans to give back by serving in the United States military.
At Happy Hill Farm, our relationships with the children and young men and women who come to us don’t end when they leave campus. We have followed Korede’s journey at SAGU for the last four years and are so excited to share this update with you.
Korede is one of thousands of children who don’t have a place in this world. But, because of Happy Hill Farm, supported by donors and friends like you, children like Korede do have somewhere to go. A special place where they will be loved, educated, and transformed.
You see, much of the world would like to just forget about children like Korede. It would like to cast them aside. But we believe there is more than the world has to offer, that the world we know was created by the one true God, and He has a plan.
You are a part of that plan.
In 2020, the year like no other, children continued to come to us at Happy Hill Farm. Even with social distancing. Even with canceled events, and fundraising difficulties. Even with money being tight. Even with lockdowns and quarantines and closures, the children came. They were loved. They were taught. And the Gospel was shared with every child.
I often think back on that late evening of October 22, 1974, when our Founders and my grandparents, Ed and Gloria Shipman, answered an urgent knock on their door from the county Sheriff. The local Sheriff had two young girls who had run away from their abusive home. With no place to go, they cared for the girls and rescued them from the fear and uncertainty of their vulnerable circumstances.
45 years later, we’re still rescuing kids who have been cast aside by the world. You make this 45 year legacy of life transformation possible.
With support from friends like you, we supply the education and training children desperately need to break cycles of poverty. We equip bright and talented kids to become leaders who show compassion. They leave Happy Hill Farm ready to give back. They’re prepared to be successful. Their lives have meaning and mission. They leave changed and grateful.
Thank you for your support and friendship. I hope you enjoyed this good news update.
I look forward to sharing more good news with you in 2021!
We hope you are inspired as you see how God is using your generous gifts to shape the hearts and minds of young people. Please consider another gift today to help students like Korede thrive.