When you’re hungry, it’s hard to see any future beyond your next meal.
Hunger consumes your thoughts and drives your actions until all of the energy in your body is spent. Have you ever tried to sleep on an empty stomach? The pain and the emptiness keeps you awake, tossing and turning. Your energy is too low, your mind is too exhausted to pretend the hunger isn’t there, but there's too much pain to actually rest.
Paul became an orphan at a young age. His oldest sisters dropped out of school to try to care for their siblings, but it was difficult and miserable. He remembers they would be out very late at night in search of food but would return with none. Sleeping on an empty stomach was a common, nightly occurrence. Kids who can’t sleep, can’t dream.
You gave him and his siblings a place to go. Thanks to our Orphan Rescue Operations, Paul joined the Ephraim Kinship Project with his sisters and brother.
Their journey was rough, and they faced every hardship. Now he and his siblings are blessed with three meals a day, an education, and a life without sleepless nights of stomach pain. Finally free from fighting hunger, Paul sleeps well and approaches both education and worship with enthusiasm.
Paul can see his future far more clearly, now.
In fact, he can’t stop talking about it!
One of his dreams is to grow. Literally! He wants to be big, strong, and tall, but he will have to wait a little longer until his growth spurt hits. His other dream will require more work. Paul wants to be a doctor.
Though he has trouble talking about his past, Paul is now a proud and confident boy who has just started his first year of high school after scoring very high marks on exams at the end of last spring. According to our field team member Elizabeth, all he talks about is school. He is already impatient with high school, even though he just started – he’s just so eager to go to college, to a university where he can study and fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor.
Paul might remind you of of Biblical Paul the Apostle, and perhaps one of his most famously profound lines of scripture, which he wrote in the book of the Philippians:
“Whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12)
One day, when he becomes a doctor, Paul hopes to give back to the community the same love he's received. He remembers, with great pain, what it was like to be hungry and needy. He wants to support vulnerable children to make sure they won’t have to endure the same hardships.
Thank you for giving Paul a safe place to thrive and dream. More kids just like him await rescue and support. If you feel the call to give today, please consider making your donation for “Orphan Rescue and Care”.