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A not-so-happy ending [Tenth and final blog from Myanmar]

15 Nov

A not-so-happy ending [Tenth and final blog from Myanmar]

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,


Elisabeth Walker
Director of Orphan’s Tear

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  • Sue Nofziger

    Is there ever a way a homeschooling education can be considered? I know we’re talking a different culture and all, but I too think this is heartbreaking, children learn so easily and quickly at that young age and it seems as though this mother cares very deeply to sacrifice like this! Bless you for all you do!!

    • admin

      Sue,

      Sadly, homeschooling isn’t currently an option in Myanmar. Even if it was legal, his mother most likely never went to school herself and wouldn’t be able to teach her son.

      -Elisabeth Walker

  • Patricia Schneider

    Oh, Elizabeth! This is truly heart-wrenching for a Mother to be separated from her child, for whatever reason…as a Mom myself, I empathize deeply with her.
    Already offered a special prayer for these 2 special souls. Not only for their physical needs, but that they both come to know and love our Father God and accept Sweet Jesus as their Savior, you know?
    As a Christian, I have learned to follow God’s Will, God’s Plan for me & my family, and especially to WAIT upon His Perfect Timing!! (That last is a real toughie for me, Elizabeth! I’m such an impatient brat! Hee-Hee! Yet, when Father does answer my prayers, I see immediately it WAS HIS PERFECT TIMING!!! What a terrific, mighty God we serve!!! Right, Elizabeth?
    God’s wonderful blessings & graces be showered upon you, Elizabeth, and your family!!
    Your loving Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t there anything that can be done Elizabeth…any options?

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