Orphans

lleana’s Story

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The kids at Hope Unlimited come from different backgrounds. Before they are sent to us, they might endure neglect, abandonment, abuse, exploitation, or even torture. Our staff and social workers labor tirelessly to help our students leave the darkness of their pasts behind them, but each child will forever bear emotional and often physical scars. We are their safe haven, and in order to protect their privacy, I will always change the names of the students whose stories I tell, and I will never tell anyone’s story without permission. Last year a visitor from the U.S. asked one of our …

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Are we serious?

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Do we take Jesus’ words seriously? The numbers don’t look like it: 200 million children worldwide are either biological or social orphans; 24,000 children die of hunger or hunger-related disease every day, two million girls and boys are forced into the sex trade every year.  In Brazil, the country where I work with mortal-risk children, up to three million children have been abandoned to the streets; once on the streets they’re lucky to live five years. What is our answer to their cries for help? In this blog, I’ll introduce you to the struggle of some of the world’s most …

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