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Following the Martins
A Story of Bringing Hope In Peru, Zambia and Uganda
Hajara, not yet 10, was a house girl, working dawn to dusk in a world of drudgery and abuse when Tom and Cheryl Martin rescued her. They found Kenny in the streets, an orphan with twisted limbs who desperately needed a wheelchair — and school fees. In Following the Martins, you meet them and many more, experiencing the changes that hope can bring. It takes many forms: school fees for children, training and tools for adults, medication for the sick, university tuition for promising students. Suddenly, impossible dreams become possibilities. Children are their primary focus but, unencumbered by organizational straitjackets, they embrace anyone in need, working in hectic bursts for six weeks a year in each of three countries. In the eleven years since the Martins launched their organization, more than eighty North American supporters have travelled to meet the kids and families they sponsor, to share meals, tears and laughter, successes and failures. For many, the visits have been life-changing.
Allen Sackmann takes the reader on a fascinating and poignant journey of faith, hope, and love through the work of Tom and Cheryl Martin. The Martins’ dedication is demonstrated through heartwarming, personal stories of lives transformed and communities enriched. — Stephen McAllister, author of What God Has Promised You Following the Martins is a reminder that real impact results from a willingness to simply meet a need. The generosity of the Martins is not contingent on results, or gratitude of the recipient. It allows hurting people to make mistakes and be offered another chance. Their story is an invitation to participate — to realize that great things happen when we simply take one step forward. — Cam MacMillan, Manager, Strategic Policy, Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, and Chair, Sports4Hope
Allen Sackmann is a communicator, former journalist and federal public servant, and is an active member of the local Presbyterian Church. His interest in the Martins grew as he learned more about their unique approach to helping others with their particular focus on children. He and his wife, author and editor Penelope Williams, became supporters, sponsored a child, and journeyed to Peru to experience the Martin mission first hand. They live in Westport, Ontario.
- Allen Sackmann