Not a huge fan of Al Jazeera but the issue of child abandonment as presented in this report is all too real and even worse cases are being reported. Did you know that 1 in 10 children in Moldova are growing up without parents? They may be in the care of relatives or grandparents but many are left without any supervision at all!
I just received the July newsletter from Mission Without Borders today. I want to share the story because it takes the issue out of the abstract (1 million children without parents) into the very real and personal life of John (name changed).
John is a 14 year old boy who attends school daily. At first glance, he appeared like a normal teenage boy. Boris, a Mission Without Borders staff member, began to visit with John and the other children at his school. One day John was absent and upon checking up on him at his home, Boris was met with a horrifying discovery.
John's parents had abandoned him. His parents had divorced the previous year. His mother has left. His father took John's sister soon afterward and left John alone to fend for himself. He was alone for a year.
It was a miracle that he survived the winter. He lives alone in a rundown house. The front door is busted and won't shut properly. There is a wood fireplace that must be burning continually to prevent freezing in the cold Moldovan winters.
|This isn't John's house. Sadly it is very similar|
Now that Mission Without Borders knows about John, Boris visits regularly- bringing food, wood, and other necessary supplies. John was also able to attend summer camp this year- truly a much needed vacation from the harshness of life.
John continues to attend school. He gets himself up, tends to the house, and does his homework. He wants to graduate and attend vocational school. He wants to have some hens so that he will be able to provide for himself.
These children need to know that they are not abandoned. God has not abandoned them and neither should we. If there's any way you could afford to sponsor a family or child through Mission Without Borders, would you consider doing so? Any gift, large or small, will help the thousands of children in Moldova hear and see the love of God expressed in practical ways.
Thanks. I know these stories are hard to read but if you're like me, sometimes we forget how blessed we are and we are blessed by God to BE a blessing. Pray for John and children like him. And be thankful for everyday blessings.