Children’s Ministry is special to us because it gives us the opportunity to touch the lives of young children in different ways. Children’s’ brains are like sponges who take in everything that is given to them. That is why we believe that working with children is so important. We want to instill in them a Christ centered life from an early age so that they do not forget Jesus as they grow older. As the Bible says in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it”.
Many of the children we work with are orphans that live in apartments with no running water and share a communal toilet. Some of them have no winter clothes and come with summer clothes when it is freezing cold just so they can eat one hot meal a day, which we offer them. Every day approximately 50 children come and eat a warm meal at our church and after that we teach them about Jesus. For many of them this is the only meal they have, we pray that God will help us to continue to provide this meal for them. We remember one girl who ate her food as if in a race and when asked why she was in such a hurry she said she wanted “to go home to give her brother her shoes so he can come and eat as well.”
Many of the girls become prostitutes by the age of 13 because they have no hope for a better future. Lots of the children are infected with the HIV virus and have no treatment. Realities like these break our hearts but also encourage us to go on because these children need someone to care for them. What is amazing is that despite all the hardships these children have faced they still have a smile on their face. Jesus loves these children and we love them as well, we pray that God helps us to be a light in their dark lives.