Though Angela is only 11 years old, she has already experienced great heartbreak in her life. In Peru, she lives near the coastal district of Punta Negra, an area known as a vacation destination for the wealthy. But Angela's family lives in the impoverished part-the neighborhood where the families who clean people's summer homes live. Angela's parents work long hours, regularly leaving Angela and her three sisters alone and often spending their hard-earned money on alcohol.
Angela's skin color is darker than her family members and many in the area, so she has grown up bullied and disdained. "I grew up thinking that I was a terrible person," she says sadly. "My family and people at school made fun of me and made me feel horrible about myself." Naturally, she began to push people away so that they wouldn't want to spend time with her.
"I have learned many things from the Project Philip Bible study, but above all that I am valuable to God and He is good!"
Soon, some neighbors told Angela's parents about a church nearby that was having free activities for children. Since her parents were often busy working, they seized the opportunity they had before them. Angela's mom took her to the church-a moment which changed the young girl's life.
The church was holding a Project Philip Bible study for children. Angela says with wide eyes, "I was so happy when I began going to the church for the Project Philip Bible study for children because nobody made fun of me. The way the teacher treated me was amazing. Her face was joyful, and she was affectionate. There, I felt confident to open up."
Today, her confidence is growing and so is her faith. She beams, "I have learned many things from the Project Philip Bible study, but above all that I am valuable to God and He is good!"