Funds for Jennifer


Haley Vandergriff (12) sells baked goods for Jennifer, a girl in Guatemala who needs surgery.

Sometimes God calls you to do things that feel so far out of your reach that you don’t even know where to begin. For me, this calling hit me while I was in Guatemala on a mission trip.


Our group was doing home visits, where we take families bags of rice, ask if they have prayer requests, and pray over them. On one particular home visit, though, God struck me.


We walked into a house where we met a little girl named Jennifer who was about fourteen. She was sitting in a wheelchair and had a huge smile on her face when she was us. A cast covered her leg from knee to ankle, so we asked what happened.


Jennifer was on her way to school one day when a dog started barking at her. She’s terrified of dogs, so she started to run away. When she ran, a motorcycle ran over her leg, breaking it, so she has been in a cast and wheelchair for about three months now, and will soon need surgery to fix it. This surgery will cost about 1000 USD, or 7000Q (Guatemalan currency).


When I heard about her need, I immediately felt called to take action. My mind was racing with ideas–what could I do to help?Finally, it hit me. I could do a bake sale. A week before the sale, I went straight home every day, baking as much as I could. I made roughly 1500 cookies and 25 cakes in a week. I sold these items Saturday, November 7, at First Baptist Church’s Women’s Expo.


When people heard Jennifer’s story, they felt compelled to help. Many people donated extra money to help her cause, and their kindness was overwhelming. I went home Saturday with over $500 and tears in my eyes. A final cost is yet to be provided, but I know that I did what I was supposed to do.


In the Bible, Matthew 25:40 says, “The King will reply, ‘truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”