I wish I could only write about the happy stories I encounter on my trips, but I feel the need to share about the mother and son pictured above.
I regret now not writing down her name as well as her son’s name, but the Lord knows who they are and you can still keep them in your prayers.
The mother lives in a village that is over 100 miles away from New Eden Orphanage in Kalaymyo. She is a widow and there are no schools nearby for her son to attend. Like many people around her, she decided to send her son to a faraway orphanage so he could receive an education.
That was five months ago (which felt like an eternity for them). While we were visiting New Eden Orphanage, she came to visit her son because she missed him so dreadfully. Fortunately, I was there to meet her and feel her burden.
As I talked with her, I tried my best to come up with a solution where she could take her son home with her. Sadly, every possibility seemed to end in a roadblock. We couldn’t offer her or her village a micro-loan because they were beyond our current reach. Micro-loans take constant coaching and care to ensure they are successful, and we currently don’t have anyone working anywhere near her village. I tried to offer them a bicycle or motorbike so her son could travel to the nearest middle-school that was 8 miles away, but because their “roads” are nothing more than small mountain walking paths, neither of those options were safe or viable. And moving to another village wasn’t an option she wanted to consider. There just seemed to be no current possibility for her son to be reunited with her and still gain the education she so desperately wanted him to receive.
I solicit your prayers for her and her son. Please pray that sooner than later we can reach her village with a micro-loan and that would eventually enable their village to start their own school. That way her son can be where he belongs…with his family.
This is my final blog from Myanmar, but thank you so much for joining me on this incredible trip!
Looking towards the future,
Director of Orphan’s Tear