One of the highlights included visiting one orphanage where the children who have homes to go to at night go home to some relative but spend much of their time during the day at the orphanage. The loving, consistent care, along with extensive bible lessons, give these children a chance for a new life—spiritually and physically—that they probably would never have had without this ministry.
Another orphanage was established by several KBA members several years ago. In contrast to the first, it is modern with extensive landscaping, farming, and livestock, with the look of something you would find in North America. Many of the teachers in this school are pastors who live in the orphanage with their families—their children sleeping in the dorms with the orphan children. This orphanage also gives thorough bible training, as well as excellence in education. Here the hopelessness of the children is erased with the encouragement that they too can grow up to be someone important who can help shape their country or their occupation with a Christian perspective.
In contrast to the hope found at the two orphanages were the boys (including young adults) who live in a park on the streets. These boys always keep a glue bottle in their lip to numb themselves. With only around a dollar (or by shoplifting) they can use the ‘huffing’ of glue to cover the hunger pains, with one bottle lasting around three days. Richard said the boys and young men look like zombies with blank stares and only slow movement. One of the outreach members actually went into shock from seeing and feeling the hopelessness of these street boys who choose to stay on the street.
I wish I had video recorded the presentation to share Richard’s presentation with you online, but I am not techy enough for videotaping to have been my thought at the time.
A big thanks to Keith Graham who provided for Richard to be able to go on this trip!