Of Esther… of Mutenta…. of Shamira… of Jordan… of Setina…
Esther M. is a case study in adolescent poverty. She doesn’t deserve her life situation. It’s her mantle to make the most of it. But for a 14 year old who has always lived in abject poverty and whose entire extended family is living such, there is little initiative or experience to make a new path. Perhaps she has tried, or has seen her mother try – to no avail. Poverty grips them like a trap. She has one nice shirt, which here makes her look presentable – it is carefully cleaned and mended to preserve it, for who knows when another benevolent handout may arrive. Her mother is critically ill from an incurable, fatal disease – what will her 6 children (3 younger than Esther) who have never known fathers? Even now she has no income, occasional food from a generous unknown, none can afford school… There is one of two options for Esther – either she stays in the village as she is, gets pregnant within a year or two, a good chance of contracting AIDS, never becoming literate, having a relationship with Jesus or achieving a dream…. OR… she might become “adopted” by a Christian family in a far off country who commits to pray for her, get to know her and who encourages and counsels her thru letters or a possible visit, and who sends her to school thru 12th grade – an elite status for a village girl. Then she may break free to find her potential.
Sharon is the typical single parent orphan. At one time her life seemed good – her father was our foreman and a disciple of Jesus. Then he suddenly died of a mysterious cause and her mom moved with her and her sister to a distant village. Eventually another man appeared which often means the kids are unwanted baggage. So they skip from relative to relative, sisters separated, hoping someone has the means to give a blanket, shoes, school – the “optional” things. Thru the last 3 years we have seen her occasionally as she is passed off to different villages. It’s obvious none of them have money to feed or clothe or send her to school. It’s amazing that she doesn’t beg. There is a look in her eye of resigned surrender to the hunger.
JUSTICE – what does that mean to you? Ps 112:5-9 > “It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice… He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord… He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor.”
Justice in God’s economy stipulates not merely giving the poor equal rights, but special rights. Distribution from the affluent to the destitute is equated with righteousness. Giving a percentage of our wealth and time to the poor is not only an optional benevolence which earns one extra points, it is a part of the Divine Law written on the hearts of true sheep (marking a distinction with the goat-hearts – Mt 25:31-46). In the OT it was calculated out as a percentage (Dt 26:12), but in the NT it is a passion of the uncluttered heart ( Lk 14:13; 19:8; 2 Cor 9:7; Gal 2:10)
Shamira is the story of a mobile orphan. Her father died when she was still a babe, and her mother could not keep the kids.. So Shamira went to stay with her aunt in a village in a different tribe. The aunt was one of six wives. Shamira was basically a slave. We will never know the extent of abuse. Shamira is a closed book. When the aunt died the other 5 wives tried to take care of her for a while, but eventually sent her back north. She came back to the mother, but did not know the language of her own tribe. The step father abused her, so Social Welfare put her in a home. The home mismanaged the money, keeping the children hungry while the owners built mansions. Eventually the corruption was discovered and all the children were released – hoping a relative would come. None came for Shamira. That is when Aaron Mulenga, director of our northern home found out about her and took her into the House of Noah. She is still learning the language of love as well as English and the local language. She hardly knows how to be anything but a slave. When she sees the respect and warmth of her family it is beginning to break the stone heart. All of her “brothers and sisters” in the home have similar stories.
You who read this probably have a Family Table, where the family gathers around in the evening for dinner, discussion, “how’s the homework doing?”, perhaps devotions and prayers and encouragement.
What if every Christian home took one or more of these kids around their Family Table for nightly prayers, for encouraging words, for counsel and comfort when hurt? What if by giving a small amount you could give food to one of these, give an education, and give letters of encouragement and set them in a discipleship course that would empower them to succeed in life? Isn’t that what Justice would call for?
There are so many many others…
Setina has some handicaps – uncontrollable drool, a gimpy hand, she cannot talk – but she seems to be sharp as a tack!
Abel is so bright – yet shy. Lives with a poor grandmother.
Charity is a shining star – so friendly and such a good sister.
Siloka is everybody’s favorite. From a very vulnerable life situation, he is now living in the House of Moses and thriving – becoming a humble servant leader.
John Tom is a sweet village boy who works hard to stay fed and clothed. No school, no parents, little food…
What a sweet girl she is – coming from the village to play with our orphan home kids..
God’s answer to terror in this world is FAMILY. When these kids go thru as much trauma as they do – do they have a Father’s hand and prayer of blessing on their life? Do they have the words of a mother that cherishes and encourages? Do they have the brothers to stand up for them? or the sisters to guide them? Where is their security? Where is their next meal or their protection when a teacher wants to take advantage of them? YOU can be that for them. You can pray for them, sponsor them for food and school, you can send them to a discipleship program that will encourage them. You can write them and visit them and send them your pictures and presents. This is not for just an emotional boost. This can be a chance where there was zero chance before to find an education, to get to 12th grade, to get food. Will you help them?
Go to our website – www.lovesdoor.org. Family Table page.
Choose a child. Sponsor that child for $30 a month.
You will get a new sponsor packet.
Write the child, send a picture, begin to pray and intercede for that child.