We often face tough decisions about letting our children visit their villages during school break. Most of the children, though considered “orphans” under the law, have relatives still living in the village. But, often the conditions which made the village an unhealthy place for children, still exist. The government encourages ministries that help hill tribe children to keep them in contact with their relatives, and exposed to their tribal customs, culture, and lifestyle. We agree with that philosophy, but only when it is SAFE and healthy for the children.
Now we’ve faced this issue again with two girls from our Home of Promise. Their mother begged us to send them back to stay with her for a month in the remote village. We balked at that because we had doubts about how well she could protect, feed, and care for the girls. After several meetings & discussions with other villagers, we were convinced to allow the girls to visit for just 2-weeks. We asked our friends to pray with us that all would go well. It did, and may God be praised!
Sisters Laura and Sarah live in our Home of Promise, where they are well & truly loved and treated as God’s precious gift. It was a tough decision to allow them to go back to visit their mother.
Here the girls sit on either side of their grandmother, with their mother & an aunt nearby, in one of the village houses made of bamboo.
“Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10:16)
Audrey, one of our new volunteers, couldn’t help smiling with Laura as they prepared to leave on the long drive back down to Chiang Mai. The girls enjoyed their visit, but were also happy to return to Home of Promise.
“He is the LORD! We have put our trust in him, and now we are happy and joyful because he has saved us. “ (Isaiah 25:9)
These curious children came to see the strange-looking western visitors who came to their village to pick up the girls and drive them back down to their Faithful Heart home.
“Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. ” (Mark 10:14)
Please pray for the poor children left behind in this village, and in the other places where the dangers & hardships of their living circumstances cast a dark cloud over their lives.
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” (James 1:27)
For all of you who are praying for, and supporting this work of rescuing helpless children, may God reward you in the riches of His love and Mercy.
“Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people!” (Psalm 66:5)
Grace and peace be with you forever in Christ,