Deborah Girls’ Home, Colachal, Tamil Nadu, was started after the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004, to accommodate displaced girls from tsunami affected families. Many of these children have now left the home, and a few have completed their school final exams. Now residing in the Deborah Home are fourteen (mostly destitute) children, who come from different nearby districts. Of the fourteen girls, eleven come from non – Christian families. Most of the girls know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. They attend the nearby government school and do well in their studies and extra – curricular activities. Deborah Girls’ Home children are known for their discipline in the school, and teachers have only words of praise about them.
Children love their home parents who take care of them well. Clean surroundings, healthy habits, neat dresses, and wholesome food make their life pleasant at DGH. The daily prayer sessions and spiritual classes help them to grow in the “grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.” For these children, it is their home away from home! Please pray for this partly sponsored mercy ministry for needy children.
“Could you please admit my granddaughters in your orphan home sir?” asked the weary looking elderly gentleman. I had just taken the corner and was about to walk home for lunch that afternoon. I had seen the poorly clad man waiting in the reception area. His hair was unkempt and his feet dirty, obviously after walking a great distance to our office in town. His eyes were sad.
As he pointed to the two sparsely nourished children by his side, I could see a tear drop down his cheek.“ You see both of these are my granddaughters. Their father and their mother both died of TB a few weeks ago. We have been left to take care of these children in our old age.” Soren had had a life of sorrow. His only son had died. They obviously relied on him and today there was none to rely on. The little they had they borrowed from the village money lender. With high interest rates, they only became poorer and poorer. Now unable to work for himself, his only concern was for his two grand daughters.
Barki and her elder sister Sanchita were admitted to the orphan home run by the mission. Within a few weeks, Sanchita was diagnosed to have Kala-azar, a blood disease affecting the liver and the bone marrow. In spite of our best efforts to save 11 year old Sanchita, she slipped away from our hands….
Our first death in the mission and something we felt powerless to do anything about. After a few weeks, we heard of the passing away of both Barki’s grandparents. Here she was –all alone at age 4. Injustice to a young girl.
“Where was Papa’s shoulder to lean on? Where was my Mama to play with? What about my sister?” For a few weeks after Sanchita’s death, Barki was quiet. Perhaps she was processing all of life’s cruel events. She had no one left – absolutely no one.
Barki today lives in a safe and quiet environment which affords her the comfort and love of a home. Along with a hundred and twenty five others, she has found her new family. Nutrition, education, clothing, and medical care are all part of the care which she presently receives. She studies in an English medium school and is growing up in the fear and the knowledge of the Lord.
Today she is a leader among her peers. As she leads singing and bible verses with her friends, a radiant smile emanates from her once sad face. “ I do not know about tomorrow; but I do know who holds my future."
Thank you, Dear Partners, for bringing the smile back to these young lives!
Your investment produces much fruit!!
DISADVANTAGED FROM THE START:
BARKI'S TALE OF SORROW