Helping A Desperate Young Mother
A young mother sat begging in the local market while holding her 18-month-old daughter. Ridden with AIDS, the young mother was desperate to ease her pain with drugs. She was also concerned about her daughter. Who would look after her? Her husband also had the dreaded disease. They were alone, just the three of them. Eyes without hope and body malnourished, anyone looking at this toddler would instantly feel their heartstrings tug to give them money or food. And, just the opposite, any predator would have an “easy prey” with this infant in a society where child sex trafficking accounts for 14% of that nation’s Gross National Product.
“Will you buy my daughter?” the young mother asked our house mother. Instead, our house mother gave money though her heartstrings were pulled and tugged. She knew that if this young mother asked the wrong person this toddler would live a short life of hell. She also knew that it was wrong to buy a child, even if intentions were honest and for the child’s own good. She went back to the young mother. The toddler’s young arms grabbed our house mother’s shoulders and would not let go. The young mother and our house mother exchanged numbers. Our house mother pried the toddler’s strong grip from her shoulders. The toddler cried and our house mother left, begging Jesus to keep the child safe until she could return with authorities.
The next day our house mother and a social worker conducted an interview in the young parents’ squatter shack. Legal documents were signed and made legitimate with the customary thumbprints. A few moments later, the young parents gave their young daughter a final hug. Then our house mother, relieved, happy and thanking Jesus, returned to the children’s home with the youngest child Remember Nhu had ever taken in. A few months later, after the toddler was safe in her Remember Nhu children’s home, her mother passed away from AIDS, and, a year later, her father.
Today, the happy and active toddler is free from HIV/AIDS and safe in Remember Nhu’s care. Full of boundless energy and eyes that sparkle and have hope, she keeps everyone on their toes. Thank you to Remember Nhu sponsors who give children likes these a hope for the future.
Boys Receive a Mother’s Love
Our first all-boys home opened in Thailand with eight rambunctious youngsters aged 6-14. The first visible difference of having a boys home compared to a girls home came during the very first church service. While the girls sing in a “girly” fashion, prim and proper, the boys belted out songs with as much energy in their voices as they displayed when playing outside. The second contrast came during their time of play. Girls, for the most part, play quietly, not making much noise. For the boys, soccer games were in abundance along with scratches, bruises and bumps. It wasn’t long before one of the boys fell off the jungle gym and had to have stitches to his head. The tetherball became a seat for bouncing on and around, instead of hitting.
And, last, but certainly not least, came their very first Christmas. Girls intentionally and carefully open their gifts, saving every piece of wrapping to use for writing a letter or doing a craft. With the boys, this was not the case. The bags and paper went flying; taking all of about three seconds to go through to see what they had received from their sponsor family. Ah, but the question . . . what was the same between the girls and boys? Huge smiles on adorable Asian faces, expressing thankfulness that their sponsor family cares for, supports and prays for them.
Founder Carl Ralston and Remember Nhu international workers were a little hesitant of the boys having a single lady be the house mother. At the time, a quiet, godly, Spirit-filled Remember Nhu house mother took on the task of caring for the boys with a bit of anxiousness, not sure herself how the boys would respond.
How would the boys respond to a female authority figure in a male-dominated society? Would they listen? We were pleasantly surprised by their obedience and respectfulness to her leadership. It didn’t take long to figure out why. Through her quietness she leads her boys by example. She shows them Jesus’ sweet love. She instills values in her boys. She does a wonderful job protecting these young boys who were at risk. As all of us pondered why our boys responded this way compared to other young boys in their culture, the answer soon became evident. They were receiving a mother’s love, which they had never known and is unheard of in this society.
Thank you, to the sponsors who provide these future leaders with their physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs!