A Sweet Ending for Cherry

Picture of Orphan's Tear Ministry Director Stephen Servant with newborn son, Asher
30Jan

A Sweet Ending for Cherry

I want to tell you about the young girl in Myanmar who felt she had no choice but to give her newborn daughter to an orphanage. Her story hits home for me because my wife and I just welcomed our third child into our family. When I hold my son in my arms and look into his sweet, innocent face, I’m horrified at the thought of abandoning him to be raised in an institution!

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Picture of child reunified with family in Myanmar
20Sep

Betrayed by My Parents

Marn Shel Nu and her son greeted me at the door. I didn't need a DNA test to see they were related. We removed our sandals, a Myanmar tradition, before entering their small wooden hut. After introducing myself, I asked Marn Shel Nu to tell me her story.

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Picture of reunified family in Myanmar
18Sep

Encouraging Progress!

"I remember saying, 'If we can get just 50 children back into families, I'll be satisfied.'" Joney Thawng Hup reflected as he and I reminisced over coffee and Oreos in Yangon, Myanmar about our first efforts to return orphanage kids to their families back in 2015.

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Family reunited in Myanmar
02May

Summer Break…Already!

Road trip! As you read this, 34 children from orphanages in Myanmar will be traveling back to their remote home villages to visit their families. During hot season (March through May), schools in this tropical Southeast Asian country shut their doors for their annual summer break. This provides our social workers with a window of opportunity to take the children with whom they are currently working out of the orphanages and into the rural villages they came from to visit their families.

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Picture of child forced to be in orphanage
17Jan

No One Tried to Help Us

“No one tried to help us,” lamented Khaw Leng Ting, a young mother who lives in rural Myanmar. Just a few months after joyfully giving birth to Mawia, her third child, tragedy struck—her husband died of malaria. Adding to that tragedy, her relatives didn’t offer her any support. Instead, they encouraged Khaw to send her children to an orphanage. After struggling for four years to keep her family together, Khaw felt she had no choice but to send her three children to a nearby orphanage in 2006.

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Picture of Hung Maung at Loknu Orphanage
05Oct

Presumed Dead

Hung Maung didn't know where his brother was, where his mother was, or even where he came from. Aside from being labeled an "orphan," the boy had no identity, value, or anyone who loved him. He was all alone and had no hope of finding his family—if he still had one.

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