“By this we know love…but whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:16-17)
A few years ago three pastors came to me asking for help with a ministry they knew God was calling them into – the burned women (Dowry Castaways). What I didn’t realize in the beginning were the children of these women we would need to rescue from the streets before they experienced more horror in their young lives. The children we rescue from the women who die from their injuries and the women who survive but are disabled are generally between the ages of five and nine.
Obviously, like all our children in the Hope Homes, these children also need food, clothing, shelter and an education, but let me focus on an education for a minute.
Most of their mothers have had little to no education. When the abuse starts, many are too frightened of the unknown – how they will support their children – to leave the home. If any of these women had ANY skills or the ability to read and write, they could escape and begin life over again with their children. When I have talked with these children I discover that they understood how trapped their mothers felt and they don’t want that life for themselves when they grow up. That’s why an education is critical for these kids – for all kids.
We have begun raising funds to purchase Hope Packs ($50). The Hope Pack is a book bag, a school uniform, shoes, underwear and grade appropriate school supplies. With an education, these children will have choices – especially the little girls who generally don’t want anything to do with marriage after watching what happened to their mothers. An education provides a future with choices.
Our God knows the needs of these wounded women and their children – just as He does for all of the children in our Hope Homes. The children and I know that the Lord is our source; a source that taps into hearts like yours to give where giving is extremely important, needed and life altering.
Thank you so much for your continued generosity!
“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1John 3:18).