The end of 2020 is in sight, but the lasting effects of this year are clearly seen in Romania, Nepal, and India.
As these countries grapple with how to contain the virus and keep their citizens safe, our homes have been surrounded by the fear and uncertainty that grips their communities. The lockdowns have been long and very strictly enforced. The children in most of our homes have been required to stay inside, and not even go out onto the streets. Hospitals have been kept only for coronavirus related patients, leaving those struggling with other ailments alone. Stores are only open for a short period of time, and travel between different districts is limited if not completely stopped.
It has been difficult for a lot of our leaders to keep their children happy and calm as they have all been stuck inside a small area for so long. But it has been important for them to keep spirits high and to encourage their children to trust in God. It has turned into an opportunity for everyone to grow closer together and to grow closer to God. We have heard of a lot of children spending more time in the Word, in worship and prayer, and in community with their family.
Now, in this season, Romania has progressed far in their reopening, and the children are happy to be out and about again. But India and Nepal have seemed to increase their restrictions. It is still a struggle to go to the store and to travel, so our children are still remaining at home. But what all of our homes are dealing with now, is how to navigate online school. This is proving to be a very big struggle for our homes since they need an electronic device for each child, or at least for every grade. And while some children do well with learning at home, others have a hard time.
Outside of virus related issues, we are thankful that our children all remain safe and are able to live in a healthy and loving environment. The children dream about their future, and we are thankful to have a new initiative that focuses on their education. Click here for more information on our Running-the-Race Education Children’s Initiative. https://kidstown.org/running-the-race
We have been blessed to watch some of our children get baptized and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and to hear how our homes are meeting the needs of their communities. A lot of children have learned new skills, and many are learning the importance of taking care of their home and the self-sustaining benefits of gardens and farm animals.
Although there is little to know about what the future will look like for our homes and their communities, we are certain that as long as we stay true to our mission of helping them, and they continue to strive towards God and helping their children, we will see the provision of God and the success of the children!
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