Advocates of Love’s Child Highlight: Junior

Family—a safe haven of people who bring us into the world, love us, and encourage our growth. Families can be beautiful and full of hope. In many places, for many people, family is everything. However, in the province of Samaná in the Dominican Republic, it isn’t always so. Sometimes, like in Junior’s case, one’s family becomes a significant source of pain.

Junior’s Story

Meet 9-year old Junior Martinez. We ask for continued prayers over him for his healing and spiritual growth in the coming years.

He witnessed multiple traumatic events as his father physically beat his mother. Then his father was killed right in front of him. He was placed with us due to his mother’s inability to care for him because of her mental health. We have not seen this level of trauma in a child of this age before.

Please pray for his emotional, spiritual, and physical healing. The degree of severe trauma that Junior experienced means he will need intense treatment and prayer. Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” May God continually pour His goodness through us to these hurting children.

Become a Child Sponsor for Our Child Highlight: Junior

At Advocates of Love, our Children’s Home and mission of ministry provide for the spiritual and physical needs of children like Junior every day. In time, we hope to see Junior heal, grow, and move forward on the path God has set him on.

Our Christian organization can’t provide the assistance these children need without your support. Become a helping hand and sponsor Junior by visiting Together, we can make a positive difference.

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Melissa Schol

Melissa is originally from Ocala, FL and after moving around Florida, Georgia & North Carolina, she has settled back in Ocala. Melissa went to the College of Central Florida and has pursued a life of service in various administrative, customer service and marketing roles. She has now settled into her dream role as the Communications Director for Advocates of Love.

Melissa was on the state board of the Florida Foster and Adoptive Parent Association while serving 4 years as a foster and then adoptive mom. She has two adopted daughters, Kenzi and Shyne, who keep her busy. Melissa also serves in her local church. 

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