During the campaign last November, the district leaders told Ebenezer of the many orphans in the Dono-Manga District and requested that we consider helping them with this great burden. This need was again brought to Ebenezer during this trip in a very forceful way. What follows is Ebenezer’s description of another way we can be Christ to the people of Dono-Manga.
“You may recall that in the second mission trip it was reported that the local government chairman had requested that we look for a way of assisting the orphans in this community. This time I could not avoid the situation as one of the orphans, Lydia, now three months and three weeks old was brought to me. Her father died while she was still in her mother’s womb and her mother passed away four weeks after her birth. Since that time she is with a neighbor who is nursing her own baby and this little girl. She is surviving so far. The foster parents are new Christians as were the baby’s parents. So many others were brought to me with similar stories.
“The reason for the large number of orphans is that many men from Dono-Manga were drafted to fight in war torn Darfur. They all died in battle and never returned home. At the same time their families suffered economically and with poor health as they could not afford medical services so many of the mothers died from disease. The district leader had also mentioned before that there are also so many orphans resulting from the AIDS crisis.
“We [Ebenezer and his wife Regina] have decided to help with the feeding of forty-one of these orphans and hope that others will join us in this effort. As a beginning, the children will stay with their foster families and will come the where the Church meets for their breakfast, lunch and dinner as long as they have enough to share.”
Ebenezer and Regina have had a heart for orphans long before his visit to Chad. Since they have lived in northern Nigeria they have visited and supported orphans in a small orphanage in Maiduguri on a regular basis.
We want to work with Ebenezer in the caring for these children. He tells me that $60 per month would provide basic food, medical, clothing and shelter needs for one child. If you would like to make a difference in the life of one or more of these children contact us ASAP. You may not be able to change the world, but you can change the world for one of these children.