"Pride and humility. Eagerness and reserve. Finality and new beginnings. Improbability and hope. These words only begin to describe the range of emotion witnessed and personally encountered last week. I was privileged to attend and participate in the graduation celebration of the PathLight class of 2017. Thirteen graduates, ten high school seniors, two vocational school and one university student and their families were joined by nine PathLight S+ sponsors for a special evening of celebration, music, awards, affirmation, reflection and fine dining at Jaguar Creek.
For our students, this is a truly momentous occasion. Most are the first person in their family to ever graduate from High School.
Now open to each of them are choices they never would have had otherwise. Our Biblical reflection that evening was taken from the story of Moses, who was called out of unlikely circumstances to be a leader of God's people, and to achieve something incredible with God's help. I'm certain that this truth is totally appropriate for our students. Each of them have come out of seemingly hopeless circumstances. Each of them have been mentored by our incredible Belizean staff. Each of them have grown in their faith. Each of them are a clearer reflection of the character of Christ, and each of them have been given the tools to be a part of changing the entire country of Belize.
Visiting sponsors Paula, Steve, Kathleen, Lindsey and Josh were able to go to the homes and meet the student and the family they have helped over the past four years, and celebrate with them. Many tears of gratitude were shed, and simple gifts of food and hospitality were shared. “If you are an S+ Sponsor, you need to be on this trip. Every S+ Sponsor needs to plan to come to Belize for the graduation festivities when the time comes for your sponsored student to graduate. It will mean the world to them, and it will forever change you."
– Roger Dermody, PathLight CEO
"It was so fun to meet Ana. She is beautiful in so many ways. I cannot imagine how proud her family is of her. Ana has persevered, reaching this important milestone with the help of all of us who are on her team.
She told me that she cannot believe that she has been able to come this far; and the best is yet to come! For now she pauses, catching her breath before her education continues. And then there will be new challenges. But she is ready, and I have been so blessed to contribute in such a small way to insure Ana’s present and future success. It IS up to her, but she could not have done it without PathLight."
– Steve Madsen, Lead Pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship, Ana's Sponsor
Congratulations PathLight Class of 2017!
Like Moses, God has called you out of unlikely circumstances into leadership, and to do something amazing with God's help. You already have done something truly amazing! Thank you for letting PathLight be a part of that journey.