A Family

He came to our open arms when he was an infant. Moses arrived at the Hohidiai Children’s Home same time as two other boys and they were the same age. These three grew up together and were inseparable. If you saw one, you knew that the others were close. Moses was the quiet one in this trio. He watched and was more thoughtful than the other two who would jump in and ask questions later. Moses went thru a challenging time last year. A...

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My Name Sake

My Name Sake

When I first saw him in February I was not sure he would even live another day. He was very frail and sick. He was a throw away child–just like the other children we have in our care. He was born at our hospital and was unwanted. I was told by Peter Scarborough that they had named him. His name was Carl. I took a long look at him and wondered if little Carl would even live. I got a report that his caretaker, Ribka, was doing a great job in...

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Kalkati

Kalkati

It is interesting how some names are given to children. In some cases names are just given on a “try out” basis. Imagine my surprise to know that a new born was given my name. It is the Indonesian spelling of my first and last name. They called him Kalkati (pronounced Call-Kay-Tee). He was born early and was an abandoned child. He was not in very good health. I was humbled that a “little life”, a living individual was...

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Measles

We are in the middle of malaria season and now an outbreak of measles. Several of the children on our base now have measles. Peter Scarborough wrote,” Viktor had malaria before the measles, so he is pretty thin. His spots have come out and he is now fine. They start to get better once the spots come out. In our house, Lestari, Leigh, Theresa, Ami and Merna all have fevers so we expect spots to appear soon. The fevers are high and the kids...

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Another Viktor

Victor came to our clinic when he was seven months old. He was very malnourished and had sores from head-to-toe. He was is very bad shape. It took a lot of round-the-clock care for him to turn a corner. He became such a loving and sweet little boy. Viktor is almost five years old now. He is bi-lingual and loves everyone. Peter just sent a note from the medical base and said we have another Viktor. His name is Yoshua and he is badly malnourished...

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Listari’s First Birthday

Listari’s First Birthday

Listari has had a couple special days in her short one year of life. The first special day was when she was adopted by Epen Akay. Listari was abandoned at birth and Epen’s heart went out to her–he believed he could give her a good life. Epen has never been married but he is a great father. He gives her a father image and lots of affection. Listari just turned one year old recently. This was another special day for her. She is happy...

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Christiana

Christiana

Lodi and Eka have their own son, Christian, who is ten years old. He is bright and full of energy. He comes home from school and hardly sets his books down and he is out the door with the soccer ball. He is also the top student in his class. He is now a big brother to his new sister Christiana. She is a new born who was adopted by Lodi and Eka. Chritiana was born at our clinic to a mother was not willing to give her a home. She wanted her to go...

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The Number is 35

The number is now 35 children in our care. These are children who are either abandoned or orphaned. We have older kids and new born babies. The older children like Merna, who lost both parents, is being educated and supported by us as we watch over her well-being. She is happy, loved and has a lot of friends. Merna is one of the 35 souls we have been given to provide a happy and nurturing life. Esther Scarborough wrote about the most recent...

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Planting Oak Seeds

Children were being left at our clinic. There were some who just were not wanted but others were orphans. The number started to grow and we had to make a decision about how we would care for them. We decided to not only care for them but to provide a future for these little ones. They had no idea their lives just made a turn for the best. These were the seeds being planted for the future. They are like the oak seeds that were planted to provide...

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She Wanted a Girl

Jeremy has curly hair and seems to smile all the time. He is plump and looks very healthy. When he was born he was rejected by his mother. She wanted a girl. His mother was a prostitute and she was not willing to keep him. He could not advocate for himself and ask for life but she was talked into giving him to us. His future is bright and he is just adorable. The future would have been dark if he was raised by a mother who would provide little...

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