Communication is key as we try to understand the current situations in Romania, Nepal, and India. We understand how important it is for you to know how your child is doing, and if everyone is staying safe.
There have been significant changes in these countries as they are all in a lock down. There is no school, no transportation, and authorities are enforcing sheltering-in-place orders. Fortunately, our homes are reporting that they are all safely inside with their children. They have stockpiled necessary cleaning supplies and potential medical supplies. They are teaching their children to practice extra precautions around the home while they clean and spend time with each other.
Taking a look inside our different homes, we see a home in India using routines to help their children stay active and engaged, a home in Romania taking their children on walks in the countryside, and a home in Nepal gathering together to worship and pray. They are all learning to adjust to a different lifestyle and finding what works best for them. Some of our homes are in remote areas, and their life has not changed too drastically besides not having school. Other homes that are located in larger cities are finding life a little harder. One home finds their rooftop the best place for their kids to get some sunshine and read!
As we have sought to encourage our homes and find what their needs are, they have returned to us with hope and vision. One leader shares his belief: “so far in His grace we have been able to convey the message that our almighty God is all sufficient to take us through this hardest time and HE has done it in the past and will do for us today also.” Certainly, God is looking over our homes and leading them through this trial. Most of the children have been able to watch sermons on TV, have regular Bible studies, and continue learning and memorizing scripture.
It is concerning for some of the students to be unsure of the future of their education. For some, they were in the middle of an exam, or between grades, but the homes are doing their best to keep them educated. It has also been straining for some homes to purchase so many extra supplies for the purpose of disinfecting and preparing for any medical needs. Prices have increased in some areas, putting a strain on our leaders. A number of homes have also relied on the help of outside workers for cooking and cleaning; now that they are isolated they are left with a lot of extra work. We ask that you lift up these areas in your prayers.
We continue to hear how thankful our home leaders are for Kidstown’s sponsors and donors. They are praying for us and express their concern for our safety and emotional health. Although these are concerning times, they encourage us all to find strength and peace in God. Another leader expresses his thoughts: “Thank you for everything you have been doing for us. We understand these times are uncertain and we don’t know what the future looks like but we know God is in control. We are praying everyday for you and all the donors for protection.”
As of now, we remain grateful that no one has been affected too greatly by the virus in our homes, and we are beyond thankful knowing that our children are living in safe and healthy homes. We will continue to do our best to keep you informed as time progresses. In the meantime, we pray for your health and ask that you do the same for our homes and children!
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