Congratulations — You’re a Grandparent!

Kid over my desk

It was a warm April morning in Minya when I sat down to chat with George. That’s when I found out you’re a grandparent.

Surprised? I was, too. It took being in Egypt, sitting there with George, to wake me up. To remind me that God decides what happens to the seeds we sow.

I’ve been at this for 25 years, but it’s not every day I get to meet someone like George, who was one of our kids, long ago. As we talked, he told me how he lost his father when he was only 12. Like most of our kids, he faced many hardships.

But something changed when someone like you made a choice — to sow a seed of hope and support for a small child.

For George, that seed became his university education, which blossomed into a good job in Qatar, which later created strong roots for his marriage. Now, over a decade later, he has a happy son and an adorable daughter. 

And that’s when it hit me: Wow. My kids have kids. I’m a grandmother. A Coptic Orphans grandparent.

And so are you. To God, we owe all the wonderful unfoldings and transformations in the lives of thousands of Coptic Orphans kids. He lets you sow, and then be part of what He chooses to let grow. Now you share in every achievement, every birth, every happiness of these children and the grown-ups they become.

You also share in this: George broke the cycle of poverty. God willing, this will also be true for George’s son and future generations.

It’s a miracle, in a way, and yet it’s exactly what we were told would happen in 2 Corinthians 9:6: “The point is this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

Thank you for being one who sows bountifully. Thank you for being a supporter, and for working together with us for the love of the children of Egypt.

May there be many more wonderful grandchildren!

*Coptic Orphans photos are changed to protect the privacy of the child and his or her family

About Nermien Riad

Nermien Riad founded Coptic Orphans in 1988 after volunteering for an orphanage in Cairo. When she saw that most of the children had living widowed mothers who simply couldn't afford to feed them, she gathered family and friends to sponsor children in Egypt. Today Coptic Orphans works through a network of 400+ church-based volunteers in Egypt, who visit fatherless families in their homes and make sure they get everything they need to unlock their full potential. That way, they don't have to get married off as child brides, work as 10-year old family breadwinners, or go to live at an institutional orphanage.