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.
Below are just a few of the many testimonies we receive about lives being impacted and transformed by the Orphan’s Tear Ministry of Heaven’s Family.
"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.
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.
“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.
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.
Tears of joy, relief and fear merged to wet Eden's cheeks. Excitement nearly overwhelmed her as she fled. She'd been separated from her family against her will for years; but now, filled with hope, she thought of home!