Living in the USA with all of its blessings makes it difficult to imagine what it would be like to live in the poverty so common in Africa. Poverty without opportunity to change you circumstances. But it is more difficult to imagine what it would be like to have Polio or to have been born with a birth defect. Poverty without opportunity is one thing. Poverty without opportunity and a handicap is a much different story.
Children with handicaps, if they live through the birth process, are most always doomed to a life of begging for their very livelihood. They are shunned, teased and become the outcasts of society. They can’t run and play with the other kids. They live on the sidelines of life watching others doing what they will never be able to do. They live day to day with one desire, survival.
This would have been the case for Ndorhotodje and Ogoita, two physically challenged kids who are now attending our school in Dono-Manga. Ndorhotodje lost the use of both of his legs to complications from Polio and Ogoita was born with a congenital birth defect. Rambi reporting on his recent trip said about these two, “They are so excited to have found this opportunity to learn. They lived so far away from the school that walking back and forth in their condition was not possible, but now they live here. They look forward to being useful to themselves and others after obtaining their education, instead of being a liability to anyone. They are not deterred by their handicaps.”
These two children and the other 373 kids attending school, made possible by your gifts, remind me again why God opened the door to work in Dono-Manga, Chad. The words of Richard Stearns, in his book, “The Hole in Our Gospel” come to mind often when I think of our kids in this remote poverty stricken area of southern Chad. “Does God have different levels of compassion for children based on their geographic location, their nationality, their race-or their parents’ income level? Does he forget their pain because He is preoccupied with other things? Does He turn the offending page to read the sports section or is His heart broken because each child is precious to Him? Every one of these children is His child – not somebody else’s”
Thanks to each of you who support Hope Springs International. You make this work possible.