Who Cares?

Who cares?
Nobody wants you. Not your parents, your grandparents, or any member of your family. No one else on the planet cares either. You are 7 or 8 years old and you wake up one day and there is no one there to take care of you. You sleep on the streets, scavenge for food, and look for any opportunity to get what you need to just survive the day.

This is one of the places our team visited yesterday. It is not really an orphanage or a children’s home. It is a governmental agency to “sort the problems” It is merely a stopping place until they can find a way to get rid of you too. The workers are paid less than minimum wage. Sometimes as little as one dollar an hour. So they are in one of two categories. Either they love the kids and have other sources of income or they are desperate for a job and really don’t care about the kids.

The team witnessed biting, fighting, kicking, screaming, scratching, chair throwing and hair pulling. Ok, they did not just “witness it” they experienced it too. These kids had no problem throwing a chair at us or kicking us in the leg and running. Some of them had to be restrained by the adults until they calmed down. We also visited the governmental hospital where an 18 month has been in a hospital bed for 6 months with no visit from anyone in her family. She looks like a 5 month old because of the malnourishment. Ben Kleckner shared with us that the same kid he visited last year was still there. Abandoned in the hospital. You may wonder how this could be good for these teenagers on the trip? Why would we take them there? Because these kids at these places needed it most. They needed to know that someone cares enough about them to come for a visit. Jesus visited and cared for less than desirable people throughout his ministry. He was teaching us to do the same. Your kids reflected Jesus today in these places. They loved the unlovable, accepted the unacceptable.

At the end of the day, during devotional time, they told us story after story and unfolded life lessons that they had learned during the day.

Lauren Branard told us about trials producing perseverance. Korah Wiley told us that we could not grow without love. Lauren Chudkowsky said she understood why they were angry. The rest expressed the positive side of a very negative situation.

It was a good day.

Gayle Davidson